"We wanted to make a very personal album... Let's try to figure out why we wanted to be in a band, the relationships around the band, our friendships, our lovers, our family. The whole album is first journeys—first journeys geographically, spiritually, sexually. And that's hard. But we went there."
- Bono on Songs Of Innocence
The title of the song 'Stay (Faraway, So Close!)' alludes to the 1993 Wim Wenders film: Faraway, So Close.