Magnificent (5:24)

Cover of No Line on the Horizon

From No Line on the Horizon and 28 other releases

“Magnificent” originated from the band’s improvised recording sessions with Brian Eno and Daniel Lanois in Fez, Morocco in June 2007.The track was created out of a series of chord changes in the midst of a jam. The Edge noted that “The basic chord progression had a power that got everyone inspired. I think we all knew that it was inherently joyful, which is rare.” A group of Moroccan percussionists played along with the band, and the result quickly became a band favourite during the sessions.

Bono noted that the lyrics were influenced by both Cole Porter and Bach, and that the song is about “two lovers holding on to each other and trying to turn their life into worship.”Lanois described the song’s origins: “We wanted to have something euphoric and Bono came up with that little melody. And he loved that melody, and stuck with it. Almost like a fanfare. And then I was involved in the lyrical process on that, because we wanted to talk about sacrifice that one makes for one’s medium or one’s art. I thought it had for a setting New York in the 50s; looking out a small bedroom window. Maybe a Charlie Parker kind of figure.”

Will.i.am participated in the creation of an as-yet unreleased remix.

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