U2's 50 Greatest Songs

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34. "Gone"

"I've written a song now that's like a two-finger salute to the people who tried to foist a sense of guilt on us because we're successful," Bono said. "The thing is, we always wanted to be one of the biggest bands in the world." On "Gone," he takes on the price of fame ("You get to feel so guilty/Got so much for so little") over guitar that's like a drill boring into glass. "The sounds that a guitar is capable of creating are, at this point, cliché," the Edge said. "The challenge is to find things you can do with the instrument that are not already used up." On the PopMart Tour, "Gone" was occasionally dedicated to late INXS vocalist Michael Hutchence. Said Bono at one show, "Going ... going ... but never gone."

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