"I'll tell you, you learn a lot about women from dressing up in women's clothes! You learn that when a woman asks you 'Do I look alright?' what she's really saying is 'I have just spent a lot of time making myself uncomfortable. If I go out in this condition will I look foolish, or is it worth it?'"
- Adam Clayton
The lyrics of The Ground Beneath Your Feet were written by Salman Rushdie, and he is featured in the video, shown writing the song. Rushdie also provides an account of his relationship with the band and how the song came to be written in his book of essays, Step Across This Line.