Moment of Surrender
by U2

Album: No Line on the Horizon (2009)


  • 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."
  • Co-producer Daniel Lanois 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.
  • 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.
see more comments

Editor's Picks

Allen Toussaint - "Southern Nights"

Allen Toussaint - "Southern Nights"They're Playing My Song

A song he wrote and recorded from "sheer spiritual inspiration," Allen's didn't think "Southern Nights" had hit potential until Glen Campbell took it to #1 two years later.

Kristian Bush of Sugarland

Kristian Bush of SugarlandSongwriter Interviews

Kristian talks songwriting technique, like how the chorus should redefine the story, and how to write a song backwards.

Susanna Hoffs - "Eternal Flame"

Susanna Hoffs - "Eternal Flame"They're Playing My Song

The Prince-penned "Manic Monday" was the first song The Bangles heard coming from a car radio, but "Eternal Flame" is closest to Susanna's heart, perhaps because she sang it in "various states of undress."

Rick Astley

Rick AstleySongwriter Interviews

Rick Astley on "Never Gonna Give You Up," "Cry For Help," and his remarkable resurgence that gave him another #1 UK album.

Five Rockers Who Rolled With The Devil

Five Rockers Who Rolled With The DevilSong Writing

Just how much did these monsters of rock dabble in the occult?

Adam Duritz of Counting Crows

Adam Duritz of Counting CrowsSongwriter Interviews

"Mr. Jones" took on new meaning when the song about a misguided view of fame made Adam famous.