"On the road I was surrounded by people who were older than me and more experienced than I was. I was seventeen. I was a virgin. I had difficultly as any normal teenager would."
- Larry Mullen jr. on joining U2 as a young kid
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.