THE 1000 BEST SONGS IN THE WORLD EVER.
766-U2-I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For.
1987-Number 6 single.
Best Bit-At 2.31.On an episode of the American talk show ‘Late Night with Conan O’Brien,’U2 took part in the ‘Celebrity Secrets’ portion of the show, where they joked that at one time the band was in a grocery store and could not find the cereal ‘Boo Berry,’ and that was the inspiration for the song.
‘I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For’ was written by Bono (lyrics,) and U2 (music,) it was produced by Daniel Lanois, and Brian Eno, who also provided backing vocals. The song was released as the second single from their 1987, fifth studio Album ‘The Joshua Tree, an Album on which U2 wanted to explore various forms of American music. Bono had been listening to Gospel music from such artists as The Staple Singers, and this was to be U2’s Gospel song. In an interview with ‘Rolling Stone’ magazine, Bono (see also best songs 320-190 and 84) said the song was ‘An anthem of doubt, more than faith.’It was ‘The Edge'(David Evans) who came up with the songs title, he said it was influenced from a line in the Bob Dylan song ‘Idiot Wind,’You’ll find out when you reach the top, you’re on the bottom.’The lyrics are open to interpretation, they may be about a search for love, but more than likely are about a search for spiritual enlightenment. In my opinion Bono wants to believe that there is a God 100%, but can only get 99% of the way there. He knows that 100% ‘Faith’ without any proof is not logical.
‘I believe in the Kingdom come, then all the colours will bleed into one, bleed into one, but yes, I’m still running.