"Zombie" is about the ethno-political conflict in Ireland. This is obvious if you know anything of the singer (Dolores O'Riordan)'s Irish heritage and understood the "1916" Easter Rising reference. "Another head hangs lowly Child is slowly taken And the violence caused such silence Who are we mistaken - Another mother's breaking Heart is taking over" Laments the Warrington bomb attacks in which two children were fatally injured on March 23rd, 1993. Twelve year old Tim Parry was taken off life support with permission from his mother after five days in the hospital, virtually braindead. "But you see it's not me It's not my family" References how people who are not directly involved with the violence feel about it. They are "zombies" without sympathy who refuse to take action while others suffer.
My pulse pounds on my ear drums like the beat of a trance song in a dance club that is the soundtrack to the six a.m. news because a couple teens overdosed until they were comatose thanks to a hot new illegal drug with a hip name and a solid history of peer-pressure. You might as well be dead if you don't do it, and you might as well be called dead if you do. This migraine is everywhere, my knees shake from my throbbing skull. Morning time is a painful time and it hurts to wake up. Looking in the mirror is like walking througha graveyard on a foggy morning where the sun doesn't want to rise. Its like stepping over bodies of the passed out and the date-raped on the way from the DJ to the door. It hurts to go on, to even begin to guess what it was I let myself do last night. The pounding in my head is like knocking on the door, and the ringing in my ears is off the hook. Ringing like the hands of the angry unpaid pimp whose had it up to here with those Johns. I've been answering the door constantly, it's either paranoia or someone playing a game with me. Maybe I'm going insane. But maybe I'm getting my sanity back. Either way, it's something I'd rather not do. I just want this headache to go, I just want to stop paying for last night.
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