"Adam probably felt a little bit like the other three had lost it. Suddenly, from being in a rock 'n' roll band, he's with a bunch of guys who have got religion and are carrying Bibles in their luggage and occasionally getting together for a meeting to pray."
- The Edge on U2's early days
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.