U2 ~ "The Ground Beneath Her Feet" 2000
Directed by Wim Wenders
Written by U2
Music: The Edge, Adam Clayton, Larry Mullen, Jr.; Lyrics: Salman Rushdie
"The Ground Beneath Her Feet" Song by U2 and Daniel Lanois from the album The Million Dollar Hotel: Music from the Motion Picture
Released: 8 February 2000
"The Ground Beneath Her Feet" is a song by U2 from the film, The Million Dollar Hotel, and featured on the film's soundtrack, The Million Dollar Hotel: Music from the Motion Picture. The song was recorded with Daniel Lanois on the pedal steel guitar for the film. However, a different mix than the one heard in the film appears on the soundtrack. The song credits author Salman Rushdie as its writer because the lyrics are taken from his book of the same name.
U2 singer, Bono, came up with the idea for the song after reading a manuscript of Rushdie's novel. In the novel, the fictional character Ormus Cama writes the lyrics as a lamentation for his lover, Vina Apsara. U2 uses these lyrics almost word for word, however omitting the following line:
"She was my ground, my favorite sound, my country road, my city street, my sky above, my only love, and the ground beneath my feet."
Rushdie, himself, was very pleased with the song, claiming it had "some of the most beautiful melodies [Bono] had ever come up with." In reference to the song, Rushdie said, "So I always knew, you know, that it wasn't going to be an uptempo foot-tapper, because it's a sad song. I think it sounds like, I hope, one of those big U2 ballads for which Bono's voice, actually, is beautifully well suited."
"The Ground Beneath Her Feet" was originally intended to be a single, therefore a music video was created for the song's release.
Bono – lead vocals, guitar.
Adam Clayton – bass guitar.
The Edge – guitar, keyboards, backing vocals.
Larry Mullen, Jr. – drums, percussion.
U2: Bono, The Edge, Adam Clayton, Larry Mullen, Jr.http://www.u2.com
© 2000 Island Records UK.