Monday, January 2


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Did you miss me? ;-)

Well, our song lyrics for today are quite serious and heavy. So I’m not sure if you’re ready for this one after the long holiday.

Our chosen song for today is….

Zombie” by the Cranberries.

Even if the title isn’t so familiar to you, I’m sure you’ve already heard this song. It’s quite popular. Try and watch the Youtube video at the bottom to refresh your memory. ;-)

Let’s get started….

First of all, “Zombie” is NOT a song about a horror movie. You know, like “Biohazard” or “Dawn of the Dead” where everybody else in the world dies and then they try to eat your brain.

I wish it was. 

Cranberries’ “Zombie” is seriously, socially significant* – very much so.  And it’s hardly a joking matter.

*significant = important

Zombie” is about one of the most controversial, impassioned and tragic conflicts in history: that between Northern Ireland and England. This continued for a long time that’s why, in the song, you can hear the words:

It’s the same old theme since 1916…

This part talks about an insurrection made by Ireland in the Easter of 1916, to end British rule. That was only the start of decades and decades of misery, poverty and deaths.

So, basically, the song can mean the horrors of war – at whatever point in human history, or over whatever beliefs.

This is why the song should be significant until now. To remind ourselves to never let the terrors of war happen again.

Here is the chorus of the song to make us feel the tragedy and devastation brought by war:

In your head, in your head they're still fighting, 
With their tanks and their bombs, 
And their bombs and their guns. 
In your head, in your head, they are dying... 

In your head, in your head, 
Zombie, zombie, zombie, 
Hey, hey, hey. What's in your head, 
In your head, 
Zombie, zombie, zombie,
Hey, hey, hey, hey, oh, oh, oh,

Also, the lead singer of the band, Dolores O’Riordan, said this about the song:

'Zombie' was inspired by a child's death. His life was taken in the arm's of his mother. She was shopping in London last year, and there was a bomb planted in a rubbish bin in London and he happened to be at the wrong place at the wrong time and he died. The reason the bomb was planted was because of a political territorial kind of thing that goes on in the North of Ireland and the UK. So the references to 1916 was when a contract was signed, which signed away the 6 counties to England. And it still goes on today: the war, the deaths, and the injustice.

You can hear this in the beginning of the song as:

Another head hangs lowly, 
Child is slowly taken. 

In summary, whatever flag, religion, resource or idea it is we fight over, war is never the answer. It is never worth all the suffering and lives lost.

So, the next time you hear this song on the radio or on your iPod, think about it. And this year and forever, support World Peace. 

P.S. Here's the music video of the song from The Cranberries VEVO

Keep on learning !

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