"I have nightmares of my kids saying, Did you really look like that? Did you really make that shit? I want to make good enough records for them to be able to say I'm OK."
- Larry Mullen jr, 2001
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.