Zombie by The Cranberries

Another of my personal favorites. Initially, I just used to listen it without understanding the meaning of the lyrics fully 😛 , just for the weird music and the strange way of saying “In your head”. Now that I understand the lyrics, I like it even more. Pretty addictive number. Here, I feel that ‘Zombie’ term represents the emotionless and mindless people who go around killing little children.

Zombie is an anti-war song and biggest singles ever of the Irish band “The Cranberries”. This song is a protest song about the conflicts in Northern Ireland, also known as The Troubles1, with references to the Easter Rising2 of 1916. The music is atypical of the band’s usual music,with the heavy guitar riff.

Inspired by the IRA3 bombing in Warrington, Cheshire in 1993, it was written in memory of two kids, Jonathan Ball and Tim Parry, who were killed during the bombing.

One of the song facts from this site:

Lead singer Dolores O’Riordan claimed that “Zombie” speaks about “The Irish fight for independence that seems to last forever.” The lyrics even say, “It’s the same old theme since 1916.”

In the “Zombie” music video, the lead singer Dolores O’ Riordan is shown surrounded by children. Her body, covered with golden paint and strapped to a tree, is evocative of the classic image of Saint Sebastian.

Song Info:

Album: No Need to Argue (1994)
Genre: Rock (Alternative Rock)
Writer(s): Dolores O’Riordan

Video from YouTube:

And here’s the lyrics:

Another head hangs lowly,
Child is slowly taken.
The violence caused such silence,
Who are we mistaken?

But you see,
it’s not me,
it’s not my family.
In your head, in your head
they are fighting,
With their tanks and their bombs,
And their bombs and their guns.
In your head, in your head, they are crying…
In your head, in your head,
Zombie, zombie, zombie,

Hey, hey, hey.
What’s in your head, in your head,
Zombie, zombie, zombie?
Hey, hey, hey, hey, oh, dou, dou, dou, dou, dou…

Another mother’s breakin’,
Heart is taking over.
When the vi’lence causes silence,
We must be mistaken.

It’s the same old theme since nineteen-sixteen.
In your head, in your head they’re still fighting,
With their tanks and their bombs,
And their bombs and their guns.

In your head, in your head,
they are dying…
In your head, in your head,
Zombie, zombie, zombie,
Hey, hey, hey. What’s in your head,
in your head, Zombie, zombie, zombie?
Hey, hey, hey, hey, oh, oh, oh, Oh, oh, oh, oh, hey, oh, ya, ya-a…

 

1. The Easter Rising (Irish: ’Éirí Amach na Cásca’) was a rebellion against British colonial rule staged in Ireland in Easter Week, 1916.

2. “The Troubles” is a term used to describe two periods of violence in Ireland during the twentieth century.

3. The IRA (The Irish Republican Army) is a militant group determined to remove British troops from Northern Ireland.

Reference:

Wikipedia
Songfacts

 

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