Moment of Surrender
by U2

Album: No Line on the Horizon (2009)
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Songfacts®:

  • This 7-minute-long spiritual ballad about an epiphany at an ATM machine has been billed as this album's "One."
  • Producer Brian Eno told The Observer Music Monthly February 2009. "Apart from some editing and the addition of the short cello piece that introduces it, the song appears on the album exactly as it was the first and only time we played it."
  • Daniel Lanois, who produced the No Line On The Horizon album with Brian Eno, contributed the pedal steel guitar to this track.
  • Co-producer Daniel Lanois told The National Post about the writing of this song: "That was an ensemble composition. It had that great Eno/Mullen thing from the go. A kind of rolling hand drum. And the original sketch had me in charge of the chorus. Bono would point to me: 'Ok, Lanois, you sing the chorus' (sings the chorus' hook out loud). It's very much a Canadian sound there, a tribute to The Band. We call it the 'Simcoe sound.'"
  • This topped Rolling Stone's Best Songs of 2009 poll. In a double whammy for the Irish rockers, No Line On The Horizon also scored the magazine's Best Album of 2009 honor.

Comments: 3

  • Pete from Whistler, BcHaunting but joyful, it was beautiful to hear as the last encore at the live show. from a lifelong fan since the album Boy.

    Apparently, critically acclaimed as well.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moment_of_Surrender#Reception
  • Grayson from Cleveland, OhBeautiful Song, on yet another great U2 album.
  • Rob from Sydney, AustraliaI love this song. Surrender is the path to true freedom.
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