U2: Didn’t Phone in “Ordinary Love”
Bono says U2 “didn’t phone in” “Ordinary Love,” because “a whole lot of our life is wrapped up” in it.
Speaking to the L.A. Times, the singer describes early versions of the song as “more literal” than the one that ended up in the movie Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom and is up for an Oscar on Sunday. After he read the love letters Nelson Mandela and his wife Winnie exchanged while Mandela was in prison, Bono decided that the lyrics should be more emotional and universal. He says what he read gave him “a clue as to the kind of language to use in the song.”
Mandela’s daughters Zindzi and Zenani have been invited to attend the Academy Awards to watch U2 perform the song written for their father. Deadline.com ran a statement from the two about how honored they were by the invitation. The Academy did not respond to our attempts to confirm that they’ve actually accepted and are coming.