One” is a song by Irish rock band U2. It is the third track from their 1991 album Achtung Baby, and it was released as the record’s third single in One love. One Direction PDF 1992. One” was released as a benefit single, with proceeds going towards AIDS research.
Författare: Barbara Beckam.
The song was acclaimed by critics upon its release, and it has since been featured in polls of the greatest songs of all time. U2 has performed “One” at most of their tour concerts since the song’s live debut in 1992, and it has appeared in many of the band’s concert films. In October 1990, U2 arrived in Berlin on the eve of German reunification to begin the recording sessions for Achtung Baby at Hansa Studios. At the instant we were recording it, I got a very strong sense of its power. We were all playing together in the big recording room, a huge, eerie ballroom full of ghosts of the war, and everything fell into place. It was a reassuring moment, when everyone finally went, ‘oh great, this album has started.
Ultimately, a breakthrough in the sessions was achieved. While jamming on a song called “Sick Puppy”—an early version of “Mysterious Ways”—the band tried different chord progressions for the bridge. There was melancholy about it but there was also strength. One is not about oneness, it’s about difference. It’s not the old hippie idea of ‘let’s all live together.
It is a much more punk rock concept. The band returned to Dublin in 1991 to record at the “Elsinore” mansion on the Dalkey coastline. Flood, the sessions’ engineer, was unconvinced by the song’s mix, saying he “was the nagging doubter. I always felt it was a bit straight, until we did the final mix. 4 time signature at a tempo of 91 beats per minute. Bono described the song’s theme as such: “It is a song about coming together, but it’s not the old hippie idea of ‘Let’s all live together. It is, in fact, the opposite.
It’s saying, We are one, but we’re not the same. It’s not saying we even want to get along, but that we have to get along together in this world if it is to survive. It’s a reminder that we have no choice”. One” was released as the album’s third single in February 1992 as a benefit single, with all of the band’s royalties being donated to different AIDS research organisations for each country in which the single was released. Three music videos were created for “One”.