Directed by Wim Wenders
Written by U2
Music: The Edge, Adam Clayton, Larry Mullen, Jr.; Lyrics: Bono
"Stay (Faraway, So Close!)" Single by U2 from the album Zooropa
Released: 22 November 1993
Recorded: February–May 1993 in Dublin, Ireland
As the recording sessions progressed, Wim Wenders approached the band and asked them for a song for his next film, Faraway, So Close!. The Edge said "we heard Wim Wenders was looking for a song... so I had a go at finishing it". U2 watched the film, Faraway, So Close!, for inspiration on how to craft the song. Bono said "the film was about angels who want to be human and who want to be on Earth. But to do so they have to become mortal. That was a great image to play with - the impossibility of wanting something like this, and then the cost of having it."
"Bono used to say it was for Frank Sinatra but we needed songs for Zooropa so we thought we would have a go." — Adam Clayton.
The music video for "Stay (Faraway, So Close!)" was directed by Wim Wenders, produced by Debbie Mason, and edited by Jerry Chater. The video was filmed in Berlin over the course of three days, primarily in black-and-white but with some sequences in colour. It contains cameos of some of the actors who appeared in Faraway, So Close!, including Otto Sander, as well as Wenders' nephew. Several scenes are taken directly from Faraway, So Close! and Wenders' 1987 film Wings of Desire, which also served as the principal inspiration for the video's premise. Wenders noted that "making a video is really a very different ballgame.
The video depicts a band playing "Stay (Faraway, So Close!)". U2 were cast in the role of the band's guardian angels, watching over the position that corresponds to their instrument in U2. Meret Becker is the lead actress of the video, cast as the band's lead singer. Wenders stated that they "liked the idea that Bono's voice would be sung by a girl in this video." Throughout the video U2 help the musicians play the track; drummer Larry Mullen, Jr. is shown assisting in the beat, while The Edge tunes the guitar, which Wenders noted is "what you'd do if you were guardian angel to a lead guitarist." The video alternates between the band playing, the members of U2 standing on Victoria, and scenes from both Wenders films. At the conclusion of the video, Bono leaves the band on their own. The final shot shows him falling to earth, personifying the final lyric "Just the bang and the clatter as an angel hits the ground."
"I love the interplay between Bono and Meret. It's very hard for Meret to pretend to be singing all alone, and Bono really teased her... he tried to distract her but she just continued singing as if he wasn't there." — Wim Wenders.
Bono – vocals.
The Edge – guitar, backing vocals.
Adam Clayton – bass guitar.
Larry Mullen, Jr. – drums, percussion.
U2: Bono, The Edge, Adam Clayton, Larry Mullen, Jr.http://www.u2.com
© 1993 Island Records UK.