"I can program stuff in live and not actually play the lines. Some people might regard that as an easy option? Well, I guess that depends on whether they're pre-post-modern or post-post-modern, doesn't it?"
- Adam, 1996
The Picture of Dorian Grey mentioned in the song 'The Ocean' is a novel by Oscar Wilde, the Irish author who has been a huge influence on Bono's lyrics. In referring to it, Bono mocks his own vanity in thinking a rock star can change the world.