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

It wasn't often, that we'd fight at all
It wasn't often
It wasn't often, that we'd fight at all
It wasn't often

We wore Doc Martens in the snow
(We will never go)
Paint our toe-nails black and let our hair grow
(We will never grow)
What I am now's what I was then
(We will never know)
I am not more acceptable than them
But, I am not more acceptable than them

It wasn't often, that we'd fight at all
It wasn't often
It wasn't often, that we'd fight at all
It wasn't often
It wasn't often
It wasn't often
It wasn't often
It wasn't often
It wasn't often
It wasn't often
It wasn't often
It wasn't often
It wasn't often

Seems like yesterday we were sixteen
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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