Cedars of Lebanon (song)

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"Cedars of Lebanon"
Song by U2
from the album No Line on the Horizon
Released 27 February 2009
Genre Rock
Length 4:09
Label Island
Songwriter(s) U2, Brian Eno, Daniel Lanois (music); Bono (lyrics)
Producer(s) Daniel Lanois, Brian Eno
No Line on the Horizon track listing
"Cedars of Lebanon"

"Cedars of Lebanon" is a song by Irish rock band U2. It is the eleventh and final track on their 2009 album No Line on the Horizon. It is sung in the character of a war correspondent who is "squeezing complicated lives into a simple headline"[1] and who "observes "this shitty world" where the aroma of a rose "lingers and then it just goes".[2] The song samples producer Brian Eno's collaboration with Harold Budd, "Against the Sky", from the 1984 album The Pearl.


In a review of the album, Jon Pareles of The New York Times called the song "a somber meditation on war, separation and enmity".[3] Comparing the song with "Moment of Surrender" on the same album, NME reviewer Ben Patashnik described "Cedars of Lebanon" as "similarly downbeat but no-less-enthralling", and said that the song "is buoyed by Larry Mullen Jr's martial drumming and a twinkling guitar".[4] The Sydney Morning Herald called the song a "masterful closer", and said that the "backing vocals, ambient noises and restraint seal a deal alongside the atmosphere of philosophical weariness."[5]




  1. ^ Donovan, Patrick (27 February 2009). "No Line On The Horizon". The Age. Melbourne. Retrieved 19 May 2013. 
  2. ^ Kootnikoff (2010), p. 139
  3. ^ Pareles, Jon (2 March 2009). "Last Gang in Town". The New York Times. Archived from the original on 14 October 2014. Retrieved 18 May 2012. 
  4. ^ Patashnik, Ben (26 February 2009). "No Line on the Horizon". NME. Archived from the original on 23 October 2009. Retrieved 18 May 2013. 
  5. ^ Zuel, Bernard (28 February 2009). "U2: No Line On The Horizon (Universal)". Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 18 May 2013. 
  6. ^ a b Owens, Catherine (2009). No Line on the Horizon (Box format hardback book). U2. Interscope Records. B0012638-00. 


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