"I remembered a wise old man who said to me, don't try and fight darkness with light, just make the light shine brighter. I was giving Reagan too much importance, then I thought Martin Luther King, there's a man. We build the positive rather than fighting with the finger." - Bono
"Because of the situation in our country nonviolent struggle was such an inspiring concept. Even so when Bono told me he wanted to write about Martin Luther King. At first I said, 'Woah, that's not what we're about.' Then he came in and sang the song and it felt right, it was great. When that happens there's no argument. It just was." - The Edge
This was the most successful pop song we've ever written. You can see there is a certain craft to the songwriting. I use the word "pop" in the best possible sense; pop for me is an easily understood thing, you listen to it and you comprehend it almost immediately. You relate to it instinctively. A lot of the album isn't like that at all." - Bono
''THE STORY BEHIND THE SONG''
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