Stay (Faraway So Close)
by U2

Album: Zooropa (1993)
Charted: 4 61


  • U2 wrote this for the soundtrack of the Wim Wenders movie of the same name. In the movie, angels come to earth and assume human form.
  • In 2000, Bono teamed up with Wenders to write the movie The Million Dollar Hotel. Wenders directed the film, which stars Mel Gibson and Milla Jovovich.
  • Bono's duet with Frank Sinatra, "I've got you under my skin," is the B-side of the single.
  • On the 2001 Elevation tour, while The Edge played the acoustic intro, Bono would say "This is from the period where we got art-y, we went to Berlin, and started out on two extraordinary albums by our point of view (Achtung Baby and Zooropa). Then we thought we were genius. Pop we just floated out there.. this song was kind of a diary of the float.. you find some extraordinary things while you are out there." >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Bill - Johnstown, PA
  • In 2002, Bono recorded a new version of this with Scottish composer Craig Armstrong. It is on Armstrong's album As If To Nothing.

Comments: 6

  • Nick from La Paz, BoliviaOne of their best songs for sure!! Criminally underrated. It has some of the best lyrics and metaphors Bono has ever written. Best song in Zooropa too. "Stay with the demons you drowned, stay with the spirit i found"... it doesn't get much deeper than that my friends.
  • Eddie from East Islip, NyStay and the night would be enough great lyrics. Who hasnt had a one night stand the time is magic.
  • Racine from Truro, MaThis is the song that got me into Wim Wenders. "Wings of Desire" is my favorite movie now.
  • Kevon from Philadelphia, Pathe band flyleaf did an acoustic cover of this song
  • Rick from Humboldt, Iabono said in rolling stone that this is possibly the greatest song he ever wrote.
  • Marius from Lüneburg, Germany"Dressed up like a car crash - Your wheels are turnin' but you're upside down." - metaphors like this make U2's songs so intensive.
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