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U2 Bible References: Boy

Boy (1980)

The band’s debut studio album reflects on the innocence and idealism of adolescence. It was well received and produced the hit, “I Will Follow,” a standard that U2 continues to use in concert.

Each song may show up in one, two or three of the following categories:

Direct Quotes: lyrics that are clearly taken from specific verses in the Bible

Indirect References: lyrics that are likely referencing the Bible but without quoting specific verses

Possible Influences: lyrics that hint at biblical themes and influences, but have no overt connection



"I Will Follow"


U2 lyric

If you walk away walk away I will follow


Inderict reference

Romans 8:38-39 For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. (NIV)

NOTE: "It's a song about unconditional love, which is what a mother has for her child. If you walk away, I will follow. No matter what you do, you cannot separate yourself from my love. Which echoes the scriptures: 'nor from the love of God.' ...I'm singing from a mother's point of view." - Bono, U2 By U2, 2006


Possible influence 

Ruth 1:16 But Ruth said, “Do not urge me to leave you or turn back from following you; for where you go, I will go, and where you lodge, I will lodge. Your people shall be my people, and your God, my God. (NIV)