"People often ask, 'Why don't you do some stuff like you did on The Joshua Tree?' The truth is, we couldn't. We wouldn't know how to repeat ourselves."
- Larry Mullen Jr.
The lyrics of The Ground Beneath Your Feet were written by Salman Rushdie, and he is featured in the video, shown writing the song. Rushdie also provides an account of his relationship with the band and how the song came to be written in his book of essays, Step Across This Line.