Bono Introduces An All-Star Cover Of U2’s “Beautiful Day”
via YouTube Originals
He Also Addresses The Class of 2020
For YouTube’s “Dear Class of 2020” special, Bono introduces an all-star ensemble for a cover of U2’s classic hit “Beautiful Day.” Singer, songwriter, and record producer FINNEAS enlists the help of Coldplay’s Chris Martin, Camila Cabello, Ty Dolla $ign, Tove Lo, Khalid, Leon Bridges, Cynthia Erivo, Ben Platt and Noah Cyrus for his “remix” of the 2000 track.
Bono first speaks to the Class of 2020 by saying: “As an Irishman, I’ve always believed that America is not just a country, it’s an idea, it’s a dream that belongs to the whole world. Now I know in recent times, the world is being reminded that America is an idea that doesn’t even belong to a lot of Americans. And for many Black Americans, Lady Liberty’s torch is far from a beacon of hope. It’s often a flashlight in the face.”
He adds, “Now there were storm clouds over Dublin when U2 recorded ‘Beautiful Day,’ things were not as they might have been. But the song was not a description of where we were at, it was a prayer for where we could go, and a dream — like America is a dream — of where we might be. We now know that America is a song yet to be written. That America might be the greatest song the world has never heard. It’s a wild thought, that America is yet to exist. And even wilder that the Class of 2020 might be the very people to bring it into being.”
Check out the video below.