Twilight (4:22)

Cover of 1980-02-26: National Stadium, Dublin, Ireland

From 1980-02-26: National Stadium, Dublin, Ireland and 186 other releases

“Twilight” is the second track from U2’s debut album, Boy.

The track originally appeared on the “Another Day” single, but was polished up for the album. The b-side version was apparently cut in five minutes. The song was supposedly written about the grey area of adolescence where “In the shadows, boy meets man.” “Twilight” never really found a set place in the band’s setlist. It was played fairly often on the Boy, October, and War Tour. A live performance of the song at Red Rocks Amphitheatre on the War Tour appears on the DVD release of the concert film Live at Red Rocks: Under a Blood Red Sky.

The song was also played at the first few shows in U2’s first visit to New Zealand and Australia in 1984 but it hasn’t appeared in a live setting since then. It was last performed on 24 September 1984 in Perth, Australia. In a 1982 interview, Bono said of the song, “Live, the songs evolve; they’re still evolving. In Dublin there’s a record with an early version of ‘Twilight’ on the B-side - it’s a demo version we cut in five minutes, literally - and the lyrics are totally different. If you put the two together they fit; one is the start and one is the finish. I switch lyrics, the band changes things - we go for a rawer, bigger sound.”

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