"African Sunrise" (1984)

Demo Song

Background Information

“African Sunrise” was a title U2 worked on for The Unforgettable Fire.

In the exhibit at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame celebrating U2 in 2003, a number of notebooks identified as being Brian Eno’s were on display, however, we believe these may have been Daniel Lanois’ notebooks. In the notebooks a number of songs worked on for The Unforgettable Fire are identified. “African Sunrise” was one of the titles, but there is little additional information given.

The song is described in the notebooks as “filler”, and an alternate title is also given “Spirits of the Rising Sun”. It is likely this song became “Three Sunrises”.

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