Bono explained to Rolling Stone
that this buzzing, thumping rocker started off its life about a personal apocalypse ("some events in my life that more than reminded me of my mortality") before events such as Brexit and Trump's election transformed it into a critique of the current volatile political climate ("the political dystopia that we're heading towards now.")
Bono added: "'Dinosaur, wonders why it still walks the earth. A meteor promises it's not going to hurt' would have been a funny line about an ageing rock star. It's a little less funny if we're talking about democracy and old certainties – like truth."
"The second verse 'Statues fall, democracy is flat on its back, Jack. We had it all and what we had is not coming back, Zac. A big mouth says the people they don't want to be free for free. The blackout, is this an extinction event we see?' goes straight to the bigger picture of what's at stake in the world right now."