"Linger" as written by Dolores Mary O'riordan and Noel Hogan....
If you, if you could return
Don't let it burn
Don't let it fade
I'm sure I'm not being rude
But it's just your attitude
It's tearing me apart
It's ruining every day
For me
I swore I would be true
And fellow, so did you
So why were you holding her hand?
Is that the way we stand?
Were you lying all the time?
Was it just a game to you?
But I'm in so deep
You know I'm such a fool for you
You've got me wrapped around your finger
Do you have to let it linger?
Do you have to, do you have to, do have to let it linger?

Oh, I thought the world of you
I thought nothing could go wrong
But I was wrong, I was wrong
If you, if you could get by
Trying not to lie
Things wouldn't be so confused
And I wouldn't feel so used
But you always really knew
I just want to be with you
And I'm in so deep
You know I'm such a fool for you
You've got me wrapped around your finger
Do have to let it linger?
Do you have to, do you have to, do have to let it linger?

And I'm in so deep
You know I'm such a fool for you
You've got me wrapped around your finger
Do have to let it linger?
Do you have to, do you have to, do have to let it linger?

You know I'm such a fool for you
You've got me wrapped around your finger
Do have to let it linger?
Do you have to, do you have to, do have to let it linger?


Lyrics submitted by Novartza, edited by TheMirzaei

"Linger" as written by Dolores Mary O'riordan Noel Anthony Hogan

Lyrics © Warner/Chappell Music, Inc., Universal Music Publishing Group

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  • +10
    General Commentwhat a fabulous song this is. it's about wanting someone who has kind of fucked you over. you really know you shouldn't want to be with him anymore, but logic really doesn't mean a lot when you care about someone so much.
    catherinekson June 10, 2002   Link
  • +8
    General CommentWhat I really like about the song is just the general feeling that you get from the combination of the background music and the singer's voice. I don't even pay attention to the words anymore, I just let the feeling wash over me. I played the melody on the harmonica for my friends once, and they still got the meaning of the song: all the hurt and betrayal and foolish loyalty and hope. The meaning is obvious, but the artists managed to utilize the entire song (instruments + voice + words) to convey that meaning.
    fyrefoxon May 09, 2002   Link
  • +4
    General CommentThis is such a beautiful song. It's about how her guy let her down but she still loves him and she knows it's stupid to keep loving him but she has to go w/ her her heart. I personally can't relate but it's still a really good love song.
    emo_SavestheDayon April 23, 2002   Link
  • +4
    General Commentof course, it always lingers... (sigh)
    juliashopeon July 05, 2002   Link
  • +4
    General CommentThe song basically highlights the fact that when you really like or love someone, even when they hurt you, your love doesn't die immediately. Feelings can't be turned on and off like a light bulb. It takes time to heal, esp. when the heart is involved. It hurts so much when this happens because even know you know you should just let it go, you cant seem to. That is why the words "such a fool for you" makes so much sense. We become colossal idiots when we're in love.
    coolercanson January 15, 2011   Link
  • +3
    General Commentyea, foolish loyalty. like what fyrefox said. i can relate to the song.. cause im foolishly loyal. *grins* i just love this song so much.
    bitterstaron May 22, 2002   Link
  • +2
    General Commenti only have praise for this song. bcoz it clearly defines exactly how i am feeling for being so damn hurt and inlove to a guy who just treated me like a big joke. i even bought my own copy so i can listen to it as many time as possible. if anyone asks how i feel about my hurting experience i just say listen to LINGER! cranberries rule!
    kirbieon May 12, 2002   Link
  • +2
    General Commentthe cranberries are my life force and this song is my world.
    bunny rabbiton May 15, 2002   Link
  • +2
    General CommentThis song simply hits the spot for me. Pregnant girlfriend nearly miscarried and freaked out, moved home to her mum 7 hour drive away and now ignores all contact with me saying she wants to do this on her own now. I feel completely betrayed and lost.
    Foolishly i listen to this song constantly.

    "I'm in so deep, I'm such a fool for you" "Dont let it burn, dont let it fade"

    The longer you shut me out babes, the more of my daughters life I'll be missing. Dont let it linger :-( x
    anfoolon April 15, 2012   Link
  • +2
    My InterpretationToo me this song is about someone who she was dating.

    "Don't let it burn, don't let it fade"

    This guy is distant. Her feelings for him are beginning to dissapear the longer he waits to contact her.

    "It's just your attitude, it's tearing me apart it's ruining every day"

    She really likes this guy and she has become a fool for him. But she can feel something is off about him when he's very distant and confusing by the way he's acting, not knowing where he stands gives her that bad feeling in her stomach, she can't stop thinking about him, wondering what he's thinking and what he wants with her which ruins her days because she can't think off anything else except him.

    "I swore I would be true and honey, so did you"

    They both commited to a relationship where they wouldn't date others.

    "So why were you holding her hand, is that the way we stand?"

    She finds out that the bad feeling she had before is real. She sees him with another girl. He was distant and confusing because he was lying. She's now questioning where they stand in the relationship they have because he told her that he wouldn't be with another girl. This guy is making it more confusing.

    "But I'm in so deep. You know I'm such a fool for you. You've got me wrapped around your finger"

    Even though she knows he's an asshole she can't seem to let him go because the feelings she has for him have grown to deep.

    "Do you have to let it linger?"

    She knows it's wrong to still like him so much and she wants him to let her go because she can't let him go. He holds on to her even though he doesn't want the same thing she wants, a commited relationship.

    "I thought the world of you. I thought nothing could go wrong. But I was wrong"

    She was blinded by her feelings for him, she didn't see what a douchebag he actually was. Now that she's seen what an ass he is she realizes how wrong she was about him but she's still a fool for him.

    "If you could get by, trying not to lie. Things wouldn't be so confused and I wouldn't feel so used"

    He makes it all so confusing by lying, if he could just stop lying and started telling the truth she wouldn't have to feel used by him.

    "But you always really knew, I just want to be with you"

    He knows that she only wants him yet he keeps lying to her about how he feels about her. Holding on to her, keeping her thinking about him everyday.

    It's such a beautiful but sad song. I'm surprised any guy could do this to sweet Dolores.

    I'm going through the exact same thing atm and this is my go to song all the time. Love can be such hell sometimes =(
    chimpsson April 22, 2013   Link

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