U2's 50 Greatest Songs

A definitive guide to 35 years of music that changed the world

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42. "In a Little While"

When Bono came up with the understated, soul-kissed "In a Little While," he thought he'd written a simple little tune about stumbling home after a night out drinking and facing the inevitable hangover to come ("Friday night running/To Sunday on my knees"). But the song took on a new meaning when Joey Ramone died of cancer only a year after its release; the singer was a huge U2 fan who loved All That You Can't Leave Behind, and he had been listening to "In a Little While" in the hospital during his final moments. "Joey turned this song about a hangover into a gospel song," Bono said later. "That's the way I always hear it now, through Joey Ramone's ears." 

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