"'New Years Day' is a love song. Subconsciously, I must have been thinking about Lech Walesa being interned and his wife not being allowed to see him," says Bono in the book In His Own Words (Omnibus, 1997). "Then when we released the song, they announced that martial law would be lifted in Poland on New Year's Day." Prophetic, synchronistic, or just plain luck, the new year coincidence found U2 with its first ever U.K. Top 20 song in February 1983. The simple but melodic keyboard line, Bono's trademark wail, the Edge's evocative, sharp guitar, and the rhythm section which makes the whole thing roll is, in essence, the sound of U2 packaged into one perfect anthem. The middle instrumental break that precedes the final verse is drawn out (for dramatic effect?); the evocative lyric "Under a blood red sky" became a signature for U2 when they reprised it as the title of their live album that same year. The song and its sound served as a culmination of U2's work to date: It signaled the group's end as a young, scrappy yet determined band on the way up and opened the door toward a longstanding career as professional agents of love and change in the big arenas.