"A Day Without Me" as written by and Dave Evans Adam Clayton....
Starting a landslide in my ego
Look from the outside
To the world I left behind

I'm dreaming
You're awake
If I were sleeping
What's at stake
A day without me

Whatever the feelings
I keep feeling
What are the feelings
You left behind

Today's a day without me

I started a landslide in my ego
Look from the outside
To the world I left behind

In the world I left behind
Wipe their eyes, and then let go
To the world I left behind
Shed a tear, and then let go

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"A Day Without Me" as written by Dave Evans Adam Clayton

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    General Commenti read in an early interview that the song was written about the suicide of Ian Curtis. Ian Curtis was the lead singer of Joy Division who later became new Order.
    irishprincesson February 04, 2005   Link
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    General CommentTo me, this song represents a somewhat skewed and childlike curiosity of how the world would move on without the lyricist in it. Clearly it reflects thoughts of suicide, but it seems like an innocent curiosity rather than a hardcore vision. When we're teenagers, most of us go through a period where we wonder what our significance is in the world we live in and "A Day Without Me" sort of reflects that.

    The line "I started a landslide in my ego", to me at least, signifies that Bono is writing about how people often lead themselves to believe that they have a great purpose in life and because most of us at a young age feel as if we have some great role to fill in our life, this song is asking the innocent and simple question...If I were to exit the Earth right now; would the world even notice I'd gone or would it still go on as if nothing had happened?
    eirenightshadeon December 29, 2005   Link
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    Correction!on May 09, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI'm pretty sure the line "If I were sleeping, what's at stake?" is "If Alison's sleeping, what's at stake?" refering to Bono's childhood sweetheart/wife Ali.

    I've heard this song is from the perspective of someone who has committed suicide.
    elwyn5150on October 15, 2002   Link
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    General CommentYeah, I heard that Bono wrote this song when he was in his teen years when he was comtemplating over the idea that "would it really matter if i committed suicide?" Well anyway I really like the song.
    u2elevationon April 05, 2003   Link
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    General CommentYep, i have read (and it is somewhat obvious) that it is about suicide and think about what it would be like if he was gone.

    Good song.
    Uncle Chop Chopon November 23, 2004   Link
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    General CommentWhat a great song, its a great early example of that classic atmospheric sound of U2's. I really enjoy listening to it.
    MiracleDrugon April 01, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI'm starting a landslide in my ego ......i think its the realisation that not everything is about you and you affect everyone around...so you need to "Look from the outside to the world I left behind" look and see what your doing to the people around you
    love2zworldon February 05, 2006   Link
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    General Commentirishprincess is right, this about Ian Curtis.
    quiffpornon October 30, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI think its from the perspective from someone who is thinking or already has committed suicide ' looked from the outside to a world I left behind'.
    golightlyon December 24, 2006   Link

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