The Last Track: U2 – Cedars of Lebanon

“Cedars of Lebanon” is a song by Irish rock band U2. It is the eleventh and final track on their 2009 album No Line on the Horizon. It is sung in the character of a war correspondent who is “squeezing complicated lives into a simple headline”and who “observes “this shitty world” where the aroma of a rose “lingers and then it just goes”. The song samples producer Brian Eno’s collaboration with Harold Budd, “Against the Sky”, from the 1984 album The Pearl and is produced by Eno with Daniel Lanois.

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