Published on Jun 28, 2012
"Last Night on Earth" '97
Directed by Richie Smyth
Written by U2
Music: The Edge, Adam Clayton, Larry Mullen, Jr.; Lyrics: Bono, Naná Vasconcelos, Denise Milan
"Last Night on Earth" Single by U2 from the album Pop
Released: 1 July 1997
"Last Night on Earth" is the third single from U2's 1997 album, Pop. The song features excerpts from "Trayra Boia," written by Naná Vasconcelos and Denise Milan.
Before the first verse, Bono would start the song by saying something similar to the following:
I went looking...
I went looking for spirit... Found alcohol
I went looking for soul... And I bought some style
I wanted to meet God... But you sold me religion
During the middle of the song, the band would slow down their tempo, and Bono improvise lyrics beginning with "It's not the last night on earth" and would typically make references to the city or country in which the band was performing. The end of the song featured a guitar jam, featuring both Bono and The Edge playing electric guitar.
The video was filmed in Kansas City, Missouri, and directed by Richie Smyth. It features Sophie Dahl and the late William S. Burroughs in his final filmed performance.
Bono -- lead vocals, additional guitar.
Adam Clayton -- bass guitar.
The Edge -- guitar, keyboards, backing vocals.
Larry Mullen, Jr. -- drums, percussion, programming.
U2: Bono, The Edge, Adam Clayton, Larry Mullen, Jr.
© 1997 Island Records UK.
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