What lyrics has the Edge written for U2?

Songs written by The Edge.
This is the Edge!

The Edge is known as U2's guitarist however he is really Bono's other half.

He is the Richard to Bono's Jagger, the John to Bono's Paul. But enough with the cliche's - the two are a song writing partnership that has prospoered both within and without U2.

For instance they are both credited as writing the Spider Man musical, Turn off the Dark and Golden Eye for Tina Turner which featured in the James Bond film of the same name.

Whilst Bono contributes the majority of U2's lyrics and is the front man for the band, the Edge has quietly whiled his time away, contributing some great lines of verse.

Here's three of the Edge's well known songs and lyrics where he has been separated from his writing partner:


"Numb" from the Grammy Award winning album Zooropa is perhaps the Edge's most popular song where he wrote the majority of the lyrics.

 Featuring himself talking in a dull and disturbing monotone that would make David Duchovny proud, the Edge covers a random amount of territory advising the listener to not 'speak but suggets' and refrain from 'pissing in the drain'.

One of U2's defining political songs, the song had its origins in the now famous riff written by The Edge and some lyrics he put together and the song grew from there.

Van Diemen's Land

The lyrics to this song where from an inspired Edge after learning of the story of a Fenian poet named John Boyle O'Reilly, who was deported to Australia because of his poetry. And probably for being a Fenian.

He probably stole some pigs or something too.

The track itself is from Rattle and Hum.

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