"He's anti anything pretentious, anti anything too arty, flowery. Larry is generally going to tell you something's too long or it's too slow or where is the melody."
- The Edge
The Picture of Dorian Grey mentioned in the song 'The Ocean' is a novel by Oscar Wilde, the Irish author who has been a huge influence on Bono's lyrics. In referring to it, Bono mocks his own vanity in thinking a rock star can change the world.