"The last two weeks of the making of any U2 album are 'chaos'. Everything is up for grabs; lyrics are still being written, some songs are being entirely retooled and others simply dumped."
- Steve Lillywhite describes the making of an U2 album
"Crumbs from Your Table" is about the relationship between Western countries and developing countries. The verses and chorus address the relationship from the perspective of citizens from the developing world, focusing on the disparity between the long-term socioeconomic planning stressed by the Westand the developing world's immediate need for sustenance.