By Jon Wiederhorn
U2 have debuted a new song titled “You’re the Best Thing About Me.”
The track is the first official single from the band forthcoming album Songs of Experience (out December 1) and the chiming guitars, insistent bass line and trademark vocals are instantly recognizable. Like many great U2 tunes, it’s ultimately a love song with a slight twist:
“You’re the best thing about me, the best thing that ever happened a boy/ You’re the best thing about me, I’m the kind of trouble that you enjoy/ You’re the best thing about me, the best things are easy to destroy,” sings Bono in the chorus.
U2 frontman Bono called in to The Kevin & Bean Show this morning to talk about the new track.
“What is there to tell, really? The world is exploding and I’m writing a song about my girlfriend,” laughs Bono.
“We look at this as ‘What’s the point in releasing a new U2 album?’ It better be something to say. This is one of the most personal songs, but it’s kind of comic in its own way and it’s about a dream I had where I woke up and had destroyed something that’s most important to me – my relationship. I woke up and I was in a puddle. I told my missus and she started laughing at me.”
Bono also revealed that fellow frontman Brandon Flowers from The Killers was recently in a biking accident – although not nearly as serious as Bono’s fall a few years ago.
Last week, U2 release the performance video for “The Blackout,” a song that will also presumably be included on Songs of Experience, the companion release to 2014’s Songs Of Innocence.
Songs of Innocence “charted the band’s earliest influences and experiences in the late 1970s and early 80s,” and Songs of Experience will be a “collection of songs in the form of intimate letters to places and people close to the singer’s heart; family, friends, fans, himself,” reads a message on the band’s official website.
Check out the lyric video for U2’s “You’re the Best Thing About Me” below: