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"I love hymns and gospel music, but the idea of turning your music into a tool for evangelism is missing the point. Music is the language of the spirit anyway." — Bono

Michael Stipe Discusses Bono's Influence on Part of New R.E.M. Album

Raygun magazine
(Commenting on a question about who inspired/assisted with the Up album)

"Bono should be added to that list, too. He was definitely there. He helped me write the second verse of 'Walk Unafraid' which is my favorite song on the record. I told him what I wanted it to be, and I'm like, 'I think I'm making these proclamations & I don't want that.' And he was like, 'turn it into a question' and it was like a light bulb went off. I would've never thought of that in the three more months of tearing whatever hair I have left, trying to get the lyrics finished. You know, I never took song writing 101 and I like barely eeked my way through English lit, before becoming a proud dropout. But I think lyrically, it's some of the best stuff I've ever done."

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