"Daffodil Lament" as written by and Dolores Mary O'riordan....
Holding on that's what I do
Since I met you
And it won't be long, would you notice
If I left you
And it's fine for some
'Cause you're not the one.
All night long, I laid on my pillow
These things are wrong
I can't sleep here
So lovely, so loving
I have decided to leave you forever
I have decide to start things from here
Thunder and lightning won't change
What I'm feeling
And the daffodils look lovely today
Oh in your eyes I can see the disguise
Oh in your eyes I can see the dismay

Has anyone seen lightning
Has anyone looked lovely
And the daffodils looked lovely today
Looked lovely


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"Daffodil Lament" as written by Dolores Mary O'riordan

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  • +4
    My InterpretationI think this song is really well crafted..

    Like many have pointed out it's about how this girl knows that the relationship she's in isn't going anywhere.. She knows she should let go but yet she can't seem to do it.

    In the transition music after this part is where I think the decision making is taking place.

    When it goes into the "happy" upbeat melody is where she has decided to let go, and she starts realising the beauty around her.

    The thing is, after the happy part it continues with a very sombre and sad tune, which seems to suggest that there is still a lot of pain and sadness. So in this sense I don't think the song has a happy ending. Moreover, the fact that it's called Daffodil Lament suggests that the beautiful daffodils are also a symbol of anguish and pain.

    Knowing this, if you re-listen to the "happy" upbeat melody in the stanzas about the lovely daffodils, there seems to be a desperateness in the rhythm. The rhythm is fast-paced, intense and moreover there is little silence in between the lines; for instance when she repeats "look lovely" there's an echo repeat that intensifies the song. If silence can be said to represent a peacefulness, then the fact that there is so much vocals in the daffodil section might suggest that she still isn't at peace with the decision.

    Btw, the lines "So lonely, So lonely" also sound like "Say you love me, say you love me"
    deeniceon March 03, 2009   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI think this song is reffering to her and her love relationship. how her lover doesn't care about her and she's just holding on on the edge and she's about to fall. and her lover doesn't care if she leaves him.
    "Holding on, that's what I do since I met you "

    And in the middle of the song she's saying that she's decided to forget about him and look for another person. and everything looks lovely to her like the daffodil flowers.
    "I have decided to leave you forever.
    I have decided to start things from here."
    it's a really beautiful song if u can go deep inside the song. and really feel it.
    ---kia---on December 29, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General Commentsuch a beautiful and creative song.. one of the finest artworks of its time.
    motorbreath23on June 08, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis is an awesome song. "and the daffodils look lovely today..." :)
    halfaliveon March 04, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti wish i could just say goodbye to him...

    and i don't seem to notice the daffodils anymore
    xxdistanceon April 22, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General Comment"'cos your not the one, your not the one!"

    this song supprised me. i love it. i have "no need to argue" the album. i love it. why hasent any one posted just my imagination
    luckycatch08on May 12, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think of this song every time about to break up.
    She's realizing how she's holding on to someone who in a sense isn't even there. She's with him, but is so lonley and the music's almost like funeral music because it's like she's realizing how dead this really is. Half of her is trying to muster up strength and be positive, but the other half is grieving.
    halo748grlon December 31, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe whole album 'No need to argue' is very funeral. A girl who died at my school a few years back had that playing throughout her funeral, it was beautiful.
    PURE_MASSACREon February 24, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commentwhat does she sing at the end? sounds like 'deo' which would be part of a Catholic anthem.. anybody..?
    _ellieon April 14, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIf I picture this song... the things I can see; at first, is a woman arguind with a guy... then he hits her and then she's like "This is enough, I leave" and she takes her things and go away while the guy follows her desperately through the streets and rain (thunder and lightning won't change what I'm feeling) and she sees a lot of pretty daffodils while walking to her new place, with a big smile on her face, like she's free now. :) Love it.
    CoobyMXon October 25, 2007   Link

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