"It can be frustrating at times when they sometimes take a song and work it into the ground, then work it back to life again. That's what happened with Stand Up Comedy. I was thinking the other day that Edge has probably heard the song more times than even the most dedicated U2 fan ever will."
- Brian Eno on U2's recording proces
The song 'A Day Without Me' was written in response to the suicide of Ian Curtis of Joy Division and reflects Bono's take on the selfishness of suicide, which is the dominant theme of the song.