"The Icicle Melts" as written by and Dolores Mary O'riordan....
When will the icicle melt,
And when
When will the picture show end
I should not have read the paper today
Cause a child, child he was taken away
There's a place for the baby that died
And there's a time for the mother who cried
And she will hold him in her arms sometime
Cause nine months is too long
How could you hurt a child
Now Does this make you satisfied
I don't know what's
Happening to people today
When a child, he was taken away
There's a place for the baby that died
There's a time for the mother that cried
And she will hold him in
Her arms sometime
Cause nine months is too long
There's a place for the baby that died
And there's a time for the mother who cried
And you will hold him in
Yours arms sometime
Cause nine months is too long

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"The Icicle Melts" as written by Dolores Mary O'riordan

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  • +5
    General CommentI'm from Australia and even i know what this song is about.
    A few years back, there was a whole saga when a couple of teenages stole a baby from a supermarket. they took the baby down to the railway station and beat it, threw rocks at it etc until it died. this is what the song is about.. the loss of a child and how people can be so cruel. make sense now?

    tunes xo
    tuneson September 29, 2005   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI'm sure I read somewhere that it was about a case of child murder or abuse - maybe the Bulger case, maybe not, but it's abut the feelings engendered by hearing about anything like this; how can we, as human beings, inflict this on others. The pain of realising this kind of thing happens, and the fear that people are becoming more desensitized to other people's pain. "How could you hurt a child, Now does this make you satisfied?" It's a very human reaction to very inhumane events.
    Linmartinon August 09, 2006   Link
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    General CommentAnd she will hold him in her arms sometimes
    'Cause nine months is too long

    I never thought this was about abortion, about saying they had an abortion because nine months was too long to waste carrying a child. I always thought it was about a mother whose baby died, and she is grief-stricken because although he wasn't around for long, she carried him for nine months.

    And how can you hold an aborted child in your arms?
    ~Lexi~on July 11, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentOkay, everyone.

    I thought I read this on this website, but aparently it was taken down.

    This song, and I am 100% sure, is about a case in England, I believe, about these two teenagers who, about 15 years ago, kidnapped a toddler from a supermarket, walked him around for a while, brought him to a railroad track, and beat him to death for fun.

    The "nine months is too long" part refers to the mother grieving over her dead baby, because she had him inside her for nine whole months only to have him be killed early in his life. She "holds him in her arms sometimes" both literally, before he was buried, and figuratively, in her mind after his funeral.

    As much as I am pro-life, and I would love this to be a song against abortion, it just is not.
    goodenoughon May 01, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentYes, it was the James Bulger case from Liverpool, 1999.
    goodenoughon May 01, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General Commentwow I can't believe people actually thought this song was about abortion.
    motorbreath23on June 08, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI really cannot believe people at times...Abortion ? Dont make me laugh listen to the lyrics Theres a time for the baby that died & a time for the mother who cried, why oh why would the mothe cry if she`s just had her baby aborted, surely thats her choice ???...If you are a true Cranberries fan then you would know that The Icicle Melts is definately about James Bulger abduction & killing in 1993 when Dolores wrote the song & subsequently appeared on No Need to Argue in 1994..Awesomw Awesome song that really goes un-noticed on the album I think !!!!
    UNCERTAIN1992on March 30, 2010   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationI believe it is the loss of a baby and the way people treat the mothers that lost their child! As a woman whos baby boy died the day after he was born and was buried 1 week after he was born, I can tell you "This song captures the feelings I feel, especially when people say "get over it!" Thank you for your words because it shows not everyone is heartless!
    Naomi75on May 15, 2017   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIs she for or against it?
    kaleidoscopeeyes8on March 24, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think that this song is about that that many people today have cold,stone hearts (icicle) and she is asking her self when will they melt, when will they start loving each other, when will everyone live in harmony, helping each other ?!
    dmode9on July 14, 2005   Link

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