Another head hangs lowly
Child is slowly taken
And if violence causes the silence
Who are we mistaking
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 ei ei
What's in your head
In your head.
Zombie, zombie, zombie ei, ei, ei, oh do,do,do,do,do,do,do,do

Another mother's breaking heart is taking over the violence causes silence
We must be mistaken
It's the same old thing since 1916
In your head in your head
Their still fighting
With their tanks and their bombs
And their bombs and their guns
In your head in your head they are dying


Lyrics submitted by Novartza, edited by jjon43, Unanimated, ncc74656m, Beery, AmberBell

"Zombie" as written by Dolores Mary O'riordan, Rui Jorge Da Silva, Darin Pappas, Antonio Pereira

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  • +10
    General Comment:"Zombie" is about the ethno-political conflict in Ireland. This is obvious if you know anything of the singer (Dolores O'Riordan)'s Irish heritage and understood the "1916" Easter Rising reference.

    "Another head hangs lowly
    Child is slowly taken
    And the violence caused such silence
    Who are we mistaken


    Another mother's breaking
    Heart is taking over"

    Laments the Warrington bomb attacks in which two children were fatally injured on March 23rd, 1993. Twelve year old Tim Parry was taken off life support with permission from his mother after five days in the hospital, virtually braindead.

    "But you see it's not me
    It's not my family"

    References how people who are not directly involved with the violence feel about it. They are "zombies" without sympathy who refuse to take action while others suffer.
    DanielRogerson September 01, 2011   Link
  • +3
    General Comment:The best Cranberries song ever, and one of the best i've ever heard.
    make love, not war.
    Al Bundyon March 09, 2002   Link
  • +3
    General Comment:RS41, a short history lesson...

    the easter rising of 1916 did not start the violence in northern ireland, it began a six year military campaign by the irish that finally forced the british to realize that they did not belong. however, in the treaty that followed, the english refused to give up six of the northern counties [because of their dominant protestant population]. because of the civil war that followed [and death of two of the most forward thinking irishmen of the time], northern ireland has been a war zone for the last thirty years.

    at the moment, the ira has stopped fighting and the english have realized that the interests of fringe ira groups are not the interests of the northern irish people. what now needs to happen is for the irish of NI who want to join the republic to wait a decade or two until the population shifts and the majority of ulster is no longer pro-british. the catholics of ulster are no longer lacking civil rights. they need to retain the patience they are currently expressing.
    kingmikekingon April 30, 2003   Link
  • +2
    General Comment:The association of dogs and war goes back at least as far as the famous line, shakespeare, I think, "Let loose the Dogs of War", and black is a natural color to describe anything sad or evil
    punchykon May 23, 2002   Link
  • +2
    General Comment:This is a really beautiful song with a lot of meaning.
    LiViNg_DeAd_GiRlon June 28, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General Comment:i totally agree with Al Bundy. anyone who is in a war at the moment should listen to this song. it might help them to see that Love is Much better than Hate, famine and war.
    Shandaceon April 19, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General Comment:I love the video for this song. It brings out very strong feelings. I have one question, though: What does the black dogs symbolize? I've seen them on several things associated with war (Northern Ireland, especially).
    Silmëon May 19, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General Comment:Being an Irish band like U2, this song holds a lot of the emotions that hold true in Ireland. It's a beautiful song that has a great supporting music video. The video has pictures and images of Ireland the scars that violence has left on the region.
    Why can't England just leave? *sigh*
    jkdudeon July 05, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General Comment:My fav by the Cranberries for sure! She has a beautiful voice.
    wolfplaya07on July 28, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General Comment:weaselfire - the 1916 is a reference to an irish revolution.

    this is such a powerful song though, it is universal to all wars. If you really feel superior to the other side, you arent at all, it's all in your head.
    paranoia_girlon August 22, 2002   Link

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