"It is extraordinary that you can find 700 billion dollars to save Wall Street and the entire G-8 can't find 25 million to save the lives of 25,000 children who die every day from preventable and treatable diseases. That is mad."
- Bono, 2008
Much of the Boy album's lyrics focus on thoughts and frustrations of adolescence. Some songs, including "I Will Follow", focus on the death of Bono's mother when he was 13.