"Wake Up And Smell The Coffee" as written by Dolores Mary O'riordan and Noel Hogan....
I, I went to hell, I might as well learn by my mistakes
I, at twenty-four, was insecure, do whatever it takes

Come on and wake up, (wake up, wake up, wake up
Shut up, shut up, shut up, shut up
It's time, smell the coffee, the coffee)

She's only got one reason to live, this is your life
She's only got one message to give, give it tonight

She's so gorgeous, I'll do anything
She's so gorgeous, I'll lose everything,

Any day!

Come on then wake up, wake up, wake up, wake up
Shut up, shut up, shut up, shut up
It's time, smell the coffee, the coffee

She's only got one reason to live, this is your life
She's only got one message to give, give it tonight

She's so gorgeous, I'll do anything
She's so gorgeous, I'll lose everything,

Any day!


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"Wake Up and Smell the Coffee" as written by Dolores Mary O'riordan Noel Anthony Hogan

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    General CommentWell, I see it in the context of whole album. Motherhood seems to be one of the most dominate themes on the album. She sings about all her insecurities and fears years back, when all she saw were death and suffering. And then her inner voice speaks to her about the importance of waking up from that hell because there are people (her new born daughter for example) who just can't survive without her affection and commitment. It's a song that tells important message (for a change in O'Riordan's case)about self-release that comes only with dedicating your life to other human being. Cause it's the only way to reach self-oblivion.
    archibaldkroninon April 06, 2010   Link
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    General CommentThis is so good a song... dolores is goddess. When I am down, I listen to cranberries. this song so beutifully explains me at times, i lobe this song.
    anupamsron August 03, 2005   Link
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    General CommentBeautiful song! nuf said
    fred-bearon October 22, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI love this song, it's one of my favourite, but i have NO IDEA what it's about... i was hoping i'd find the answer here, but noone has written anything helpful.

    Wikipedia said "The term 'Wake Up And Smell the Coffee' was made famous by a newspaper columnist Ann Landers from her book of the same title", but, you see, I'm from Bulgaria and I've never heard of anything of the sort...

    Does anyone fully understand the lyrics? Please explain them to me...I'll check the site every now and then..10q
    Ralyyyon August 15, 2007   Link

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