"Ode To My Family" as written by Dolores Mary O'riordan and Noel Hogan....
Doo doo doo do, doo doo doo do
Doo doo doo do, doo doo doo do
Doo doo doo do, doo doo doo do
Doo doo doo do, doo doo doo do

Understand the things I say
Don't turn away from me
'Cause I've spent half my life out there
You wouldn't disagree

Do you see me, do you see?
Do you like me
Do you like me standing there?
Do you notice, do you know
Do you see me, do you see me?
Does anyone care?

Unhappiness where's when I was young
And we didn't give a damn
'Cause we were raised
To see life as fun and take it if we can
My mother, my mother
She'd hold me
She'd hold me when I was out there
My father, my father
He liked me, well he liked me
Does anyone care?

Understand what I've become
It wasn't my design
And people everywhere think
Something better than I am

But I miss you, I miss
'Cause I liked it
'Cause I liked it
When I was out there
Do you know this, do you know
You did not find me
You did not find
Does anyone care?

Unhappiness where's when I was young
And we didn't give a damn
'Cause we were raised
To see life as fun and take it if we can
My mother, my mother
She'd hold me
She'd hold me when I was out there
My father, my father
He liked me, well he liked me
Does anyone care?

Does anyone care?
Does anyone care?
Does anyone care?
Does anyone care?
Does anyone care?
Does anyone care?
Does anyone care?

Doo doo doo do, doo doo doo do
Doo doo doo do, doo doo doo do
Doo doo doo do, doo doo doo do
Doo doo doo do, doo doo doo do
Doo doo doo do, doo doo doo do
Doo doo doo do, doo doo doo do


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"Ode to My Family" as written by Dolores Mary O'riordan Noel Anthony Hogan

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    General CommentI'm pretty sure that part of the issue is incorrect lyrics. She's Irish so her pronunciation is going to be a bit different. I always heard the beginning of the chorus as "and happiness" but it comes out sounding like "an happiness" which sounds like "unhappiness" which would make no sense in that context.

    And to brightestfirefly and others: how did you get molestation from "he liked me?" that is a huge, not to mention twisted, leap that again doesn't make sense in context. She just said that they were raised to see life as fun etc. I think that that line is beautiful in its simplicity, that her father liked her as a person, which speaks to a really healthy father-daughter relationship as a child. The "does anyone care" part seems to speak to the constant focus on negativity in today's world and her wondering if her happy childhood holds any meaning to others outside her family. Also prostitution from "do you like me standing there" really? again so quick to jump on the worst-case scenario bandwagon and again makes no sense given the context.

    An ode is a lyric poem often of a serious or meditative nature marked by strong feelings. She is both celebrating her happy childhood in Ireland and seeking acceptance for the person that she is today. The present tense "do you like me" contrasts with past tense "he liked me" as she asks her family to understand the person she is today. Ireland when she grew up was quite religious and conservative and people lived very simple lives. She entered a totally different world when she joined a band professionally which caused tension with her family but she's saying she hasn't forgotten where she comes from, it is still a part of her, she values the love and strong foundation her parents gave her, and yearns to go back to those days.
    penguinwithasporkon June 17, 2011   Link

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