U2 have released the nine-minute short film “Song for Someone” starring Woody Harrelson as a man getting released from a prison. He meets up with his daughter (played byHarrelson’s real-life daughter Zoe) in the parking lot and they drive off. Very few words are spoken throughout the entire film, though it’s clear the man was in prison for quite a while and he barely knows his daughter, though both seem determined to forge a new relationship. The video, directed by Vincent Haycock, premiered on SundanceTV’s website and ties into the channel’s show Rectify, which is also about a man struggling to adjust to life outside of prison.
“Song for Someone” is the third single from U2’s newest album, Songs of Innocence. Bono wrote it about his wife, Ali, who he met when they were teenagers. “My ideas about love are probably very unromantic,” Bono told Rolling Stone last year. “I see love as a decision not made in the heat of the moment. I see it as an enduring thing that doesn’t depend on feelings to verify it, though it’s great when they do. And in the end, love is often DNA tricking you into making a much bigger commitment. It’s what happened to me, before I even knew what commitment was. I ended up as a young man in the arms of this young woman, in a world somewhat hostile to the concept of the childhood sweetheart and a first love.”
The band has played “Song for Someone” every single night of their ongoing Innocence + Experience Tour, which resumes tonight for a four-night stand at Boston’s TD Garden. They then wrap up the U.S. leg of the tour with eight consecutive concerts at New York’s Madison Square Garden before heading over to Europe for the rest of the year.