Tracks for Easter – Until the End of the World by U2

19 Apr

It’s scary to think that this song – from Achtung Baby (U2’s best ever album methinks) – is almost 20 years old.

Until the End of the World never really grabbed me until we saw U2 perform it at Birmingham NEC in 2001 when Lisa was eight and a half months pregnant with Rosie. Bono was shooting round the heart-shaped stage like a forty-something possessed and the Edge’s riffs bounced off the rafters with laser gun precision.

Bono and co are known for their God-bothering ability, so it’s no surprise that Easter themes surface. Dig a little here and you’ll unearth a song by Judas to Jesus, recalling the Last Supper (“We ate the food/we drank the wine…I took the money/I spiked you drink”) and the betrayal in the garden (“…I was playing the tart/I kissed your lips and broke your heart”).

Intriguingly, the last verse finds the disgraced disciple dreaming of redemption: “Waves of regret and waves of joy/I reached out for the one I tried to destroy…you said you’d wait ’til the end of the world”.

You can view the original video on YouTube and there’s a crackin’ live version below.

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One Response to “Tracks for Easter – Until the End of the World by U2”

  1. lisa April 26, 2011 at 8:13 pm #

    i remember it well 🙂

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