"I'm not sure who is holding onto who. Check my son's hand.. He's a tough kid but not so tough that he can't hold onto his father as his father holds onto him"
- Larry on the Songs of Innocence cover
According to an interview from 1982 the song 'October' is about the Bolsheviek revolution in Russia in 1917, that brought Communism to power. This theme is mixed with a personal theme, possibly Bono's mothers death.