The band's friendship with Nelson Mandela goes way back and it was after seeing early cuts of a new biopic 'Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom' - and at the invitation of producer Harvey Weinstein - that they were inspired to write Ordinary Love.
The track was released as a limited edition 10-inch vinyl pressing to mark Record Store Day, 2013.
The sleeve artwork features a striking painting of Nelson Mandela by Irish artist and illustrator Oliver Jeffers. Oliver, along with Mac Premo, also directed a lyric video for the track.The b-side of the Record Store Day single features a second track, Breathe (Mandela Version).
'Over the years U2 and I have had a superb relationship,' explained Harvey Weinstein, Co-Chair of producers TWC, 'Including partnering on the Academy Award-nominated and Golden Globe winning song 'The Hands That Built America' for Martin Scorsese's Gangs of New York.
'When I asked them to consider writing a song for Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom, it was the fastest 'yes' I have ever received. The band saw various cuts of the film over the summer and worked diligently to write a song that truly reflects Nelson Mandela. I think they did a brilliant job honoring the man and the leader they have known for over 20 years.'