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Learn the real meaning of the song “Zombie”

Learn the real meaning of the song “Zombie”

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One of the great things about learning a new language is the possibility of understanding the meaning of the songs that you’ve been hearing your entire life!

Some of you might think that the tune “Zombie” from the Irish rock band The Cranberries refers to an apocalyptic universe with the walking dead taking on the earth—I sure did!  I couldn’t have been more wrong! The song was actually inspired by the IRA bombing in Warrington, Cheshire in 1993, where two children, Jonathan Ball and Tim Parry, were killed. The IRA (The Irish Republican Army) is a militant group determined to remove British troops from Northern Ireland.

 

Lead singer Dolores O’Riordan states that “Zombie” speaks about “The Irish fight for independence that seems to last forever.” Check out in the lyrics, especially in the part that says, “It’s the same old theme since 1916.”

To learn more about the IRA troubles and many other facts about Irish History, come to our free History & Culture Classes. They happen every Thursday at 5PM, here at The English Studio Dublin.

The Cranberries – Zombie
Another head hangs lowly
Child is slowly taken
And if violence causes the silence
Who are we mistaking
But you see it’s not me
It’s not my family
In your head in your head
They are fighting

With their tanks and their bombs
And their bombs and their guns
In your head in your head they are crying

In your head
In your head
Zombie zombie zombie ei ei
What’s in your head
In your head
Zombie, zombie, zombie ei, ei, ei, oh do do do do do do do do

Another mother’s breaking heart is taking over the violence causes silence
We must be mistaken
It’s the same old thing since nineteen-sixteen
In your head in your head
Their 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 ei ei
What’s in your head
In your head
Zombie, zombie, zombie ei, ei, ei, oh do do do do do do do do

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