A Million Songs
“40” – U2 (1MS#00002)
“40” is the final song on U2‘s third album, War (1983). The song is loosely based on Psalm 40:1-3, hence the quotation marks and title. For seven years after its release, it was the closing song of almost every U2 concert. Despite its prominent bass line, U2 bassist Adam Clayton did not play on it.
Forced to only choose one version of the song, I eventually chose the Live At Red Rocks version. The live version, with its extended running time and audience participation, is a large part of the lasting legacy of the song, and the video broadcast and release of the concert was an essential element in the rise of U2 in the 80’s.
Written By: U2
Vocals, Guitar: Bono
Bass Guitar, Guitar, Lap Steel Guitar, Piano: The Edge
Drums, Percussion: Larry Mullen, Jr.
Producer: Steve Lillywhite
Studio: Windmill Lane Studios, Dublin
Record Label: Island Records
Original Release Album: U2 – War
Original Release Date: 1983.02.28
1983 – Under A Blood Red Sky
2005 – Vertigo 2005 – Live From Chicago
2016 – Innocence + Experience (Live In Paris)
2000 – Vitamin String Quartet – (Strung Out On U2)
2001 – dc Talk – (Solo)
2001 – Apt.core – (Rhythms Of Remembrance)
2002 – Ginny Owens – (Something More)
2002 – Michael W. Smith – (Worship)
2003 – Victory Fellowship – (Elevator Music)
2004 – Starfield – (VA-In The Name Of Love: Artists United For Africa)
2005 – Frames – (VA-Even Better Than The Real Thing-Vol. 3)