Holdin' 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
You're not the one
There
There
There
There
There
There

All night long
Laid on my pillow
These things are wrong
I can't sleep here

So lovely
So lovely
So lovely

I have decided to leave you forever
I have decided to start things from here
Thunder and lightning won't change what I'm feelin'
And the daffodils look lovely today
And the daffodils look lovely today
Look lovely today

Through your eyes I can see the disguise
Through your eyes I can see the dismay
Has anyone seen lightning?
Has anyone, looked lovely?

And the daffodils look lovely today
And the daffodils look lovely today
Look lovely today

Look lovely (look lovely)
Look lovely (look lovely)
Look lovely (look lovely)
Look lovely (look lovely)
Look lovely (look lovely)
Look lovely (look lovely)
Look lovely (look lovely)
Look lovely (look lovely)
Look lovely

Na-na
Na-na-na-na
Na-na
Na-na-na-na
Na-na
Na-na-na-na
Na-na
Na-na-na-na-na


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Daffodil Lament Lyrics as written by Dolores Mary O'riordan

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  • +9
    My Interpretation

    I 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
  • +3
    General Comment

    I 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
  • +2
    General Comment

    I think this song is about suicide. In the first bit of the song she makes the decision she has been holding on, thats what I do since I met you (depression) and it won't be long. Would you notice if I left you (suicide). Sleepless nights.

    Then she she starts singing about the daffodils looking lovely, she has come to peace with her decision. I have decided to leave you forever.

    The end nanana symbolizes death, funeral music almost. When you pick a dafodil it begins dying even though it looks lovely for a while.

    cooga16on August 26, 2018   Link
  • +2
    My Interpretation

    I think their is more than meets the eye to this song...

    Considering the theme of this album being Dolores introspection and reflection on her hardships and emotional turmoil I believe this is a song about how her inner demons are conflicting with her ability to love and be in a relationship someone

    It's important to note that she says she has been "holding on... since I met you" unless their relationship has been on the rocks from the very beginning she must be "holding on" to something else for some other reason

    Coming from someone who has experience with depression some of the things that she says strike a chord with me such as "would you notice If I left you" which sounds like something someone would ask themselves in reference to committing suicide which makes me think when she says she is holding on she is referring to life or hope, rather than the relationship.

    further more for someone dealing with mental anguish it can be frustrating when you feel like someone you depend on doesn't understand your situation which is why "And it's fine for some/ 'Cause you're not the one." makes a lot of sense to me

    "All night long, I laid on my pillow/ These things are wrong/ I can't sleep here" sleepless nights are a symptom of anxiety and depression, "I have decided to leave you forever" the extreme finality of this statement is eerily reminiscent of the finality of death or the decision to commit suicide. need I say more? The thunder and lightning part is to show how extreme her emotions are by saying "even something as powerful as lightning could not destroy these feelings inside of me"

    Finally I think the song ends with her trying to distract herself from the grim reality of her thoughts by focusing on something rather benign and positive in nature like flowers or in this case daffodils "And the daffodils look lovely today".

    it's important to note the symbolism of daffodils and how frail they are to be blown away by something as soft as wind just as her constitution and will to stay alive are frail and hanging by a thread.

    kutabarekidon October 30, 2016   Link
  • +1
    General Comment

    such a beautiful and creative song.. one of the finest artworks of its time.

    motorbreath23on June 08, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General Comment

    This song seems like the perfect soundtrack for Henrik Ibsen’s A Doll’s House. The wife, Nora, decides to leave her husband for a number of reasons, and I have pulled several quotes from Act III that I believe allude to her reasons: ‘I must stand quite alone, if I am to understand myself and everything about me.’ ‘You have never loved me. You have only thought it pleasant to be in love with me.’ ‘I have existed merely to perform tricks for you’ ‘I believe that before all else I am a reasonable human being’

    There are also several quotes from that final act that say almost exactly what is said in some of these lyrics: ‘I am going away from here now’ sounds like “I have decided to leave you forever”. ‘I cannot spend the night in a strange man's room’ sounds like “I have decided to leave you forever”. ‘I do not exactly know what religion is’ alludes to “has anyone looked lovely?”. ‘I have other duties just as sacred’ alludes to “And it’s fine for some”. ‘Both you and I would have to be so changed’ is similar to “Thunder and lightning won’t change what I’m feeling”.

    Both the song and the play instill in me the idea that these woman have found a logical justification to leave in accordance with natural laws and a duty to themselves.

    ofnothingon September 18, 2013   Link
  • 0
    General Comment

    this is an awesome song. "and the daffodils look lovely today..." :)

    halfaliveon March 04, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General Comment

    i wish i could just say goodbye to him...

    and i don't seem to notice the daffodils anymore

    xxdistanceon April 23, 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 Comment

    I 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

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