"It's hard to leave it, actually. It's very exciting, you know, to be making a record with this group, I have to say."
- Bono, 1999, on recording a new album
The title of the song Hawkmoon 269 came from a place U2 passed by during the Conspiracy of Hope tour called Hawkmoon. The number 269 stands for the amount of mixes the song needed before it was ready, it took the band three weeks to record.