"Get Out Of Your Own Way" (2015)

Demo Song

Background Information

“Get Out of Your Own Way” is a song that was being developed for the Songs of Experience album.

We first heard about the song in May 2015. Journalist Marsha Lederman of the Globe and Mail interviewed Bono and during that interview he mentioned the song. On May 13, 2015 Lederman tweeted:

From my interview with the band: One of the songs U2 has written for the next album, Songs of Experience: “Get Out of Your Own Way.” They were talking about getting of your own way, not to fight with yourself, in striving to perform at the top of your game.

The song was also mentioned at the end of 2015, when Q Magazine (February 2016 issue) released their preview of upcoming music for 2016, including a one page article on U2. The article draws from other sources and previous interviews, but there is also some new content, including a discussion with Adam Clayton and more info from Bono.

Last year, Bono played Q four new songs in various states of completion, “Instrument Flying” had a sleek, motorik quality. “The Little Things That Give You Away” was vibrantly anthemic; “Much More Better” was a deeply personal acoustic demo about Bono’s recovery from his bike accident; and the tense, heavy “Civilisation” sounded like a surefire album opener. Bono described Larry Mullen’s colossal drum roll in the middle of the song as “my favorite bit on a U2 album in years.” He also previewed an untitled, riff-heavy song related to Songs of Innocence’s “Volcano,” mentioned the titles “Landlady” and “Where the Shadows Fall,” and said that the producers so far included Slaves’ producer Jolyon Thomas and Andy Barlow of electronic duo Lamb. Elsewhere, he has talked about songs called “Red Flag Day” and “Get Out of Your Own Way.”

The song “Get Out Of Your Own Way” may feature on Songs of Experience.

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