"One Finger Piano" (1995)

Demo Song

Background Information

This song is first mentioned in issue 23 of Propaganda magazine in an article titled “All Passengers Present and Correct” which was written about the final days of work on the album Original Soundtracks 1.

A piece of music presently called “One Finger Piano” — later “Beach Sequence” — is playing and everyone is listening to make comments. It is written for a scene in the Antonioni/Wenders film where John Malkovich is on the beach by a swing. It opens with birdsong and the one finger is Bono’s. The singer is murmuring a single vocal line: “Time…shoots by on” repeated over and over.

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