Stuck In A Moment You Can't Get Out Of

29 January, 2001
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'You gotta stand up straight, carry your own weight/ These tears are going nowhere, baby...'

A song rooted, lyrically, in the sudden death of Michael Hutchence, Bono has explained that he wrote the words in the form of an argument that he wished he had with his friend about the foolishness of suicide.

The second single from All That You Can't Leave Behind, it went on to win a Grammy in 2002.

Mick Jagger had originally been in the studio to record some backing vocals for the album version of the song and although they didn't feature on the final mix, a few years later, at the 25th anniversary of the Rock'nRoll Hall of Fame in 2009, Jagger teamed up with Bono to perform a live duet of the track.

Released Date:
29 January, 2001
Produced By:
Brian Eno and Daniel Lanois
Richard Rainey
Island Records
Recorded At:
HQ, Windmill Lane Recording Studios, Westland Studios and Totally Wired in Dublin, and South of France

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Bono told Rolling Stone that Stuck In A Moment You Can't Get Out Of was inspired by the mysterious death of INXS singer Michael Hutchence, and that the pair discussed suicide prior to his death and decided it was "pathetic".

'We discussed suicide a few times and we both agreed how pathetic it was.' He said they had 'kinda promised each other' neither would ever kill themselves.

'Stuck In A Moment... is an argument,' he said. 'It's a row between mates. You're kinda trying to wake them up out of an idea. In my case it's a row I didn't have while he was alive. I feel the biggest respect I could pay to him was not to write some stupid soppy fucking song, so I wrote a really tough, nasty little number... slapping him around the head. And I'm sorry, but that's how it came out of me.'
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