"We really wanted to explore using room ambience, the sound of a room and of musicians playing together in a room, instead of using an artificial sense of space, which was a very common thing earlier in the Eighties. We wanted to try and record in a more naturalistic way, so that you could get the impression of a space, giving the recording a real sense of dimension. Eno was interested in these ideas, so we did do a lot of playing together in a room and recorded it. You can hear it on some of the tracks. It's got a real sound!"
- The Edge on The Unforgettable Fire, 1999
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Much of the Boy album's lyrics focus on thoughts and frustrations of adolescence. Some songs, including "I Will Follow", focus on the death of Bono's mother when he was 13.