"We wanted to make a very personal album... Let's try to figure out why we wanted to be in a band, the relationships around the band, our friendships, our lovers, our family. The whole album is first journeys—first journeys geographically, spiritually, sexually. And that's hard. But we went there."
- Bono on Songs Of Innocence
The song 'Peace On Earth' refers to the August 1998 Omagh city bombing which targeted shoppers and was planted by an extremist group known as the Real IRA.