"It's an album about essence, the essential things. The things that are cast in the way of the non-essential things and realising what those essential things are: family, friendship, it all adds up." - Bono on All That You Can't Leave Behind
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The song 'A Day Without Me' was written in response to the suicide of Ian Curtis of Joy Division and reflects Bono's take on the selfishness of suicide, which is the dominant theme of the song.