"We're still friends, but it's a lot more difficult now. It's not the four guys fighting the whole world. That doesn't exist any more. The opportunity to just sit around the pub and have a pint and talk about nothing doesn't happen as often as it should."
- Larry Mullen jr, 2009
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.