"There were no jobs to get. It was like we were all going nowhere, so we decided to go nowhere together and form a band."
- Larry Mullen jr, 1986
Get On Your Boots is about Bono taking his family on vacation to France and witnessing warplanes flying overhead at the start of the Iraq War. The chant "let me in the sound" was developed late in the recording sessions and became a theme throughout parts of the album.