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the debut album...

The album has themes of youth and adolescence, punctuated by Bono's impassioned vocals and The Edge's shimmering guitar textures.

 

It was preceded by the single "I Will Follow". The single was a hit on college radio and established a buzz surrounding the group's debut. The song was widely perceived as a religious song, affirming the band's Christian faith, though this has never been confirmed or denied.

 

The album was recorded at Windmill Lane Studios in Dublin with Steve Lillywhite producing. Some of the songs, including "An Cat Dubh" and "The Ocean", were written and recorded in the studio. Many of the others were regularly performed in concert at the time, including "Stories for Boys", "Out of Control", and "Twilight".

 

In 1981, Boy peaked at #63 on Billboard's album charts. "I Will Follow" peaked at #20 on the Mainstream Rock charts. It did not chart in the United Kingdom.

 

Interestingly, this is the only U2 album from which every song (as well as every B-side) has been performed live at least once.

 

Boy was voted #417 on Rolling Stone's 500 greatest albums of all-time.

 

   1. "I Will Follow" (3:36)

   2. "Twilight" (4:22)

   3. "An Cat Dubh" (6:21)

   4. "Into the Heart" (1:53)

   5. "Out of Control" (4:13)

   6. "Stories for Boys" (3:02)

   7. "The Ocean" (1:34)

   8. "A Day Without Me" (3:14)

   9. "Another Time, Another Place" (4:34)

  10. "The Electric Co." (4:48)

  11. "Shadows and Tall Trees" (4:36)

 

I Will Follow

I was on the outside when you said

You said you needed me

I was looking at myself

I was blind,I could not see

A boy tries hard to be a man

His mother takes him by the hand

If he stops to think, he starts to cry

Oh why

If you walk away, walk away

I walk away, walk away

I will follow

If you walk away, walk away

I walk away, walk away

I will follow

I will follow

I was on the inside

When they pulled the four walls down

I was looking through the window

I was lost, I am found

Walk away, walk away

Walk away, walk away

I will follow

If you walk away, walk away

I walk away, walk away

I will follow

I will follow

Your eyes make a circle

I see you when you go in there

Your eyes

Your eyes

Your eyes

Your eyes

If you walk away, walk away

I walk away, walk away

I will follow

If you walk away, walk away

I walk away, walk away

I will follow

I will follow

I will follow

I will follow

I will follow

Follow

 

 

Twilight

I look into his eyes

They're closed but I see something

A teacher told me why

I laugh when old men cry

My body grows and grows

It frightens me, you know

The old man tried to walk me home

I thought he should have known

Twilight

Twilight, lost my way

Twilight, can't find my way

In the shadow boy meets man

In the shadow boy meets man

In the shadow boy meets man

In the shadow boy meets man

I'm running in the rain

I'm caught in a late night play

It's all, it's everything

I'm soaking through the skin

Twilight, darkened day

Twilight, lost my way

Twilight, night and day

Twilight, can't find my way

Can't find your way

Can't find my way

Can't find your way

Twilight, darkened day

Twilight, lost my way

Twilight, night and day

Twilight, can't find my way

In the shadow boy meets man

In the shadow boy meets man

In the shadow boy meets man

In the shadow boy meets man

 

 

An Cat Dubh

Say good night

She waits for me to turn out the light

Really still

She waits to break my will

Yes, and I know the truth about you

She cat

And in the daylight

A black bird makes a violent sight

And when she is done

She sleeps beside the one

Yes, and I know the truth about you

She cat

 

 

Into the Heart

Into the heart

Of a child

I stay a while

But I can't go there

Into the heart

Of a child

I can smile

I can't go there

Into the heart

into the heart

Of a child

I can't go back

I can't stay a while

Into the heart

Into the heart

 

 

Out of Control

Monday morning

Eighteen years of dawning

I said how long

Said how long

It was one dull morning

I woke the world with bawling

I was so sad

They were so glad

I was of the feeling

It was out of control

I had the opinion it was

Out of control

Oh oh oh

Boys and girls

Go to school, and girls

They make children

Not like this one

I was of the feeling

I was out of control

I had the opinion it was

Out of control

Oh oh oh

I fought fate

There's blood at the garden gate

The man said childhood

It's in his childhood

One day I'll die

The choice will not be mine

Will it be too late

You can't fight fate

 

 

Stories for Boys

There's a place I go when I am far away

There's a T.V. show where I can grow

Sometimes a hero takes me

Sometimes I don't let go

Hello, hello

There's a picture book with colour photographs

There's a comic strip that makes me laugh

Sometimes away he takes me

Sometimes I don't let go

Stories for boys, stories for boys

Stories for boys, stories for boys

Stories for boys

There's a place I go and it's a part of me

There's a radio and I will go

Sometimes a hero takes me

Sometimes I don't let go

Hello, hello

Stories for boys

 

 

The Ocean

A picture in grey, Dorian Gray

Just me, by the sea

And I felt like a star

I thought the world could go far

If they listened to what I said

The Ocean, the Ocean

Washes my feet

Splashes the soul of my shoes

When I looked around

The world couldn't be found

Just me by the sea

 

 

A Day Without Me

Starting a landslide in my ego

Look from the outside to the world I left behind

I'm dreaming, you're awake

If I were sleeping

What's at stake

A day without me

Whatever the feelings I've been feeling

What are the feelings you left behind

Today's a day without me

I started a landslide in my ego

Look from the outside to the world I left behind

In the world I left behind

Wipe their eyes and they let go

In a world I left behind

Shed a tear and let love go

 

 

Another Time, Another Place

Bright morning lights

Wipe the sleep from another day's eyes

Turn away from the wall and there's nothing at all

Be naked and afraid

In the open space of my bed

I'll be with you now

I'll be with you now

We lie on a cloud

We lie

Just as I am

I awoke with a tear on my tongue

I awoke with a feeling of never before

In my sleep, I discover the one

But she ran with the morning sun

I'll be with you now

I'll be with you now

We lie on a cloud

We lie

Another time, another place

We lie

Another time, another place

Another child has lost the race

We lie

Another time, another place

We lie

Your time, your price

We lie

Another time, another place

We lie

Another child has lost

We lie

Another time, another place

We lie

Your time, your place

 

 

The Electric Co.

Boy, stupid boy

Don't sit at the table until you're able to

Toy, broken toy

Shout and shout, you're inside out

If you don't know

Electric Co.

If you don't know

Electric Co.

Red, running red

Play for real, talk and feel

A hole in your head

You won't shout, you're spoon fed

If you don't know

Electric Co.

If you don't know

Electric Co.

Two, three, four

I can't stop

Useless is the castle wall

Useless is the metal wall

He's gonna jump

If you don't know

Electric Co.

If you don't know

Electric Co.

If you don't know

Electric Co.

If you don't know

Electric Co.

If you don't know

Electric Co.

If you don't know

Electric Co.

Till someone leaves him below

He's searched high and low

A tap on the wrist and he'd know

Somebody hear him

Just leave him

I can't find my way home

I'm alone

I've lost my way home

You know and you know

And you know and you know

And you know

 

 

Shadows and Tall Trees

Back to the cold, restless streets at night

I talk to myself about tomorrow night

Walls of white protest, a gravestone in name

Who is it now

It's always the same

Who is it now who calls me inside

Are the leaves on the trees just living disguise

I walk the sweet rain tragicomedy

I'll walk home again to the street melody

But I know oh no

But I know oh no

But I know

Shadows and tall trees

Shadows and tall trees

Shadows and tall trees

Shadows and tall trees

Life through a window, a discolored pain

Mrs. Brown's washing is always the same

I walk the sweet rain tragicomedy

I'll walk home again to the street melody

But I know oh no

But I know oh no

But I know

Out there

Do you feel in me anything redeeming

Any worthwhile feeling

Is life like a tightrope hanging on my ceiling

But I know oh no

But I know oh no

But I know

Shadows and tall trees

Shadows and tall trees

Shadows and tall trees

Shadows and tall trees

Shadow, shadow, shadow

My shadow, shadow, shadow

Shadows and tall trees

Shadows and tall trees

Follow me

My shadow, shadow, shadow

Seeing my shadow, shadow, shadow

Shadows and tall trees

Shadows and tall

 

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