"Fee Fi Fo" as written by Dolores Mary O'riordan and Noel Hogan....
Fee fi fo she smells his body
She smells his body
And it makes her sick to her mind
He has got so much to answer for
To answer for
To ruin a child's mind

How could you touch something
So innocent and pure
Obscure
How could you get satisfaction
From the body of a child
You're ville, sick

Chorus
It's true what people say
God protect the ones who help themselves
In their own way
It's true what people say
God protect the ones who help themselves
In their own way

He was sitting in her bedroom
In her bedroom
And now what should she do
She's got so much insecurity
And his impurity
It was a gathering gloom

How could you touch something
So innocent and pure
Obscure
How could you get satisfaction
From the body of a child
You;re vilem sick

Repeat Chorus twice

Fee fi fo


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"Fee Fi Fo" as written by Noel Hogan Dolores Mary O'riordan

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  • +2
    General CommentTo me, it is fairly apparent that it is about the abuse of a child, sexual or otherwise. How could you not get it?
    radiofuckon May 09, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song is about child abuse.
    Mmhmm_rkon June 02, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentHave you people heard the song?

    "How could you get satisfaction from the body of a child?
    You're vile, sick"

    Of course it's about child abuse...
    djenderon September 10, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song is so obviously about child abuse, how could you possibly not understand it. To me, it's about sexual abuse, not physical.
    "
    He was sitting in her bedroom
    In her bedroom"
    abaybayon September 19, 2007   Link
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    My InterpretationYes, this lyric is undoubtedly about child abuse, but I think there's more to it. Well, O'Riodan was great composer or co-composer, but not always equally good as lyricist. Sometimes, however, she 'made it' and this song is one of that positive examples.
    First, it's interesting on literary level. Dolores uses 'fragmentary narration' here, a bit like Joyce used to. So-called 'stream of consciousness'. Short description of what happens, then associations and reflections appear just like that, with no 'bridge' between, next short description etc.
    Second, this song is also a statement, and the religious one. 'God helps those who help themselves' is typically Protestant approach. Dylan in 'With God on Our Side' did negate this approach from Jewish point of view, looking at history and politics. Cranberries did the same from Catholics side, and on individual example. Because if God really cared only of those who care of themselves, then what about someone too weak to self-protect (child in this case)? And even worse: if God was always on stronger one's side, then what if a sinner is strong enough to get everything he wants, does sinner 'have God on his side' then? Cranberries seem to believe it doesn't make sense.
    Next intriguing issue is the title, that 'Fee Fi Fo' which the song begins and ends with, and which seemingly couldn't fit less with such a serious subject. It sounds like careless whistling, sign of some disrespect. It can be the abuser's approach - he doesn't care at all what he just did to a little girl (destroyed her self-respect, robbed her from dignity, killed her innocence) - which would mean he's a kind of psychopath. Also this can be the approach of other people, who either don't notice at all something wrong has happened, or pretend they didn't notice, or (at the worst) underestimate it, thinkin' it's trifle. Or it can be the victim's attitude, who tries to either hide from herself a real meaning of what's happened, or just forget it, to proctect herself from the mental pain.
    Also the sound of car engine on the very end of track sounds meaningful.Maybe it symbolizes that perpetrator has escaped from punishment, avoided it. And notice that the same or very similar sound effect returns on the beginning of 'Dying Inside' (on Cranberries' next album), which's lyric could descript the effect of this abuse: he hurt her very 'self' so hard that now she's dying inside, and he still couldn't care less.
    Yarekhon January 27, 2018   Link
  • -1
    General CommentI dont have idea what this song's actual meaning is. But sometimes, such songs fit in so nicely in some situations... I love this song.
    anupamsron September 29, 2005   Link
  • -1
    General Commentmy sister is obsessed with this song. but then my sister also claimed that my brother raped her.
    mighty_mooseon February 12, 2006   Link
  • -1
    General Comment“She smells his body
    And it makes her sick to her mind”

    "She's got so much insecurity
    And his impurity It was a gathering gloom"

    Male & female, 2 abuse cases.
    MickyFoxon August 17, 2008   Link

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