Until the End of the World (4:41)

Cover of Achtung Baby

From Achtung Baby and 225 other releases

“Until the End of the World” is a song by rock band U2 and the fourth track from their 1991 album Achtung Baby. The song began as a guitar riff composed by lead vocalist Bono from a demo, which the band revisited with success after talking with German filmmaker Wim Wenders about providing music for his film Until the End of the World. The song’s lyrics describe a fictional conversation between Jesus Christ and Judas Iscariot. [1] The first verse discusses The Last Supper; the second is about Judas identifying Jesus with a kiss on the cheek in the Garden of Gethsemane; and the final is about Judas’ suicide after being overwhelmed with guilt and sadness.


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Haven't seen you in quite a while
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Last time we met was a low-lit room
We were as close together as a bride and groom

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  • hitbyambulance

    Bono can write good lyrics when he puts himself to it...

    9 Feb 9:35pm Reply
  • Kinderoverdose

    "... Except you, you were talking about the end of the world..." [3]

    22 Dec 2014 Reply
  • joshsaussey

    "... Except you, you were talking about the end of the world..." [2]

    27 Apr 2014 Reply
  • Eye_Gore

    I think my fave of theirs.

    2 Apr 2014 Reply
  • Nochek

    The Edge's best guitar solo. lOve.

    19 Mar 2014 Reply
  • mot00rzysta

    Edge just went over himself twice here

    12 Jan 2014 Reply
  • sev8ath

    One of U2's best songs, along with Stay and Walk on.

    24 Dec 2013 Reply
  • Mr_Luca

    In my dream I was drowning my sorrows but my sorrows, they learned to swim...

    5 Aug 2013 Reply
  • thomaster87

    this song rocks!

    14 Jun 2013 Reply
  • Nakkinak

    reminds me of the stone roses

    18 Apr 2013 Reply
  • wackersska

    close together, ive been there, i start to drink

    2 Apr 2013 Reply
  • Cologne_Fly

    "Frank, is it the end of the world?" ... the U22-Version is AMAZING

    22 Aug 2012 Reply
  • muaddib1488

    Incredible song, perhaps my favorite U2 song and definitely from my favorite album. Hopefully, Edge's lyrical playing won't get lost in all this talk of Jesus and Judas. Excellent, excellent song.

    10 May 2012 Reply
  • Devildom


    27 Mar 2012 Reply
  • Wolverine6663

    Enjoy life Until the end of the world ......

    25 Feb 2012 Reply
  • heaventree22

    the edge + eno = GORGEOUS tones

    11 Dec 2011 Reply
  • tcbp


    1 Oct 2011 Reply
  • wyzwolenie

    The Edge es DIOS [2] al cuadrado

    26 Sep 2011 Reply
  • goddaughter


    4 Aug 2011 Reply
  • JPerry1980

    Captures the horror of betrayal of Christ by Judas Iscariot through the ripping and haunting guitar riffs and Bono's knowing McPhisto-like swagger of excess perfectly. Here is a picture of the soul of Judas in the final moments made manifest.

    24 Jul 2011 Reply
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