Music by U2, lyrics by Bono--why?

David J Marbaugh ([email protected])
Tue, 07 Jul 1998 18:14:06 -0500

I'm new to the list but I have a question that has plagued me for some time
now. Why in the credits is it often printed, "Music by U2, lyrics by Bono"?
Is it a legal thing? I know Lennon and McCartney did it, and countless other
continue to do it. But to me, it seems that even if the singer writes the
lyrics in his or her hotel room, the entire band should be credited with the
song. I know many guitarists come up with riffs sitting on the Edge of their
bed, and yet the music is credited to the entire band.

Help my confusion...


P.S. I saw U2 perform as the Dalton Brothers in Indianapolis in 1987 as they
waited for the delayed Los Lobos. I have a tape (very poor quality) of that
show, but my friend who recorded it didn't realize it was *the* band until too
late and failed to turn on the recorder. Needless to say, I had to kill him.
(kidding...maybe) At least I was sitting in the fifth row and have the
memories and the version of Lucille they played at the end.

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