Happy Martin Luther King Day, everybody.
Do you know the story of this song (and album)? U2 were touring America in 1983 and 1984 in support of their War album, just on the verge of stardom, and they came through Chicago with a day to kill. Staying downtown, they wandered around a bit and came upon the Peace Museum, which was then housed in River North near the Merchandise Mart, where, it is said, they were dazzled with the story of Martin Luther King and the non-violent movement.
The movement, and their experiences in America, became the inspiration for their 1985 album, The Unforgettable Fire, which included this song, which truly launched them into stardom.