Bono is back in journalism mode on the new U2 album, “No Line on the Horizon.” The singer, who has been moonlighting as an editor and op-ed columnist in recent years, opens the track “Cedars of Lebanon” this way:
Yesterday I spent asleep
Woke up in my clothes in a dirty heap
Spent the night trying to make a deadline
Squeezing complicated lives into a simple headline
Indeed, one of the roles of the copy editor is to turn complicated stories into simple headlines. It’s not as easy as it sounds, as Bono has apparently realized. He’s got the lifestyle of a journalist down, though.
Hear the song here.