U2's 50 Greatest Songs

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

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28. "Ultra Violet (Light My Way)"

U2 had so many ideas going into Achtung Baby that one early creation, "Ultra Violet," wound up being split in two – half of it became "The Fly," and the other half mutated into this often-overlooked gem. Brian Eno wrote about the song's "helicopter-ish melancholy," a phrase that captures both its fluttering majesty and desperation. The lyrics seem to describe a relationship, with Bono insistently repeating the word "baby" – the first time he'd ever sung that word on a U2 song. Said producer Flood, "There was a good deal of laughter about Bono coming out and going 'baby.'"

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