Speaking to Rolling Stone
about this song, Bono admitted that he "didn't realize until too late" that was writing this to himself. He explained: "In all of these advice type songs, you are of course preaching what you need to hear. In that sense, they're all written to the singer."
Bono added: "The best songs for me are often arguments with yourself or arguments with some other version of yourself. Even singing our song 'One
,' which was half fiction, I've had this ongoing fight. In 'Little Things,' innocence challenges experience: 'I saw you on the stairs, you didn't notice I was there, that's cause you were busy talking at me, not to me. You were high above the storm, a hurricane being born but this freedom just might cost you your liberty.'"
He concluded: "At the end of the song, experience breaks down and admits his deepest fears, having been called out on it by his younger, braver, bolder self."