The Ocean
by U2

Album: Boy (1980)
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  • The water is a metaphor for traveling and freewill. Ireland has lots of coastline, which Bono drew inspiration from.
  • Dorian Gray, who is a character in an Oscar Wilde book, is mentioned in the lyrics.
  • The lyrics, "When I looked around, the world could not be found, just me by the sea," were included in the booklet for the LP. These lyrics never ended up being used for the final recording. >>
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    Bill - Johnstown, PA
  • The album shows a shirtless, 7-year-old boy on the cover. The American release had an alternate cover with a black and white photo of the band to avoid controversy.
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  • Angela from Hagerstown, Mdthe book being The Portrait of Dorian Gray, of course. A very good book as well as Lord of the Flies, another book U2 often draws from. Oscar Wilde was Irish, BTW.
  • Ray from Portland, OrIn the 80s, there was a band called Dorian Gray, who spelled their name "Dorian Grey". They later shortened it to just "Grey", alluding to the Oscar Wilde character and also the look of the ocean (and sky) near Los Angeles where the band was based.
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