"The Rebels" as written by and Dolores Mary O'riordan....
Seems like yesterday we were 16
We were the rebels of the rebel scene
We wore Doc Martens in the sun
Drinking vintage cider having fun

Drinking vintage cider having fun
It wasn't often that we fought at all
It wasn't often
We wore Doc Martens in the sun

Paint our toenails black and let our hair grow
What I am now is what I was then
I am not more acceptable that then
I an not more acceptable than then

It wasn't often that we fought at all
It wasn't often
Seems like yesterday we were 16
We were the rebels of the rebel scene


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"The Rebels" as written by Dolores Mary O'riordan

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    General CommentOne of the Cranberries' favorite songs to play, they wrote this about the innocence of youth and the desire to reclaim it.
    calystoon October 06, 2004   Link
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    MemoryI think @calysto really captures the spirit of the song. Doc Martens were quite popular when I was growing up, and I can really picture scenes in my youth of people that were like what they describe in the song. The whole musical undertone of the song just perfectly captures that emotion of trying to recapture your youth / innocence.
    sokornyon March 24, 2016   Link
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    General CommentYou can hear her sigh at the end of the song. You definitely know that this was written from the heart for someone special that she remembers from her youth; a childhood friend, lover, etc… A great song about capturing innocence and no worries in the world. Growing up in the 1990's; when DOC's were better back then.
    James Deanon April 13, 2016   Link

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