"I used more film for this album than for any other project I've worked on. We had nudity, cross-dressing, masks, exotic walls and borins beaches, serious fun and serious men, cars and animals in front of the camera."
- Anton Corbijn on Achtung Baby
The title for the song 'Shadows and Tall Trees' is taken from William Goldings "Lord Of The Flies", whose 5th chapter bears the same name. The song, and the album, is about boyhood, innocence and struggle, as is Golding's book.