"There are a couple of songs from the point of view of an active soldier in Afghanistan,and one of them, White As Snow, lasts the length of time it takes him to die."
- Bono, 2008, on No Line On The Horizon
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The Picture of Dorian Grey mentioned in the song 'The Ocean' is a novel by Oscar Wilde, the Irish author who has been a huge influence on Bono's lyrics. In referring to it, Bono mocks his own vanity in thinking a rock star can change the world.