Analyse

Artist: The Cranberries
Released on: Wake Up And Smell The Coffee (Track #2)
Length: 4:10

LYRICS

Close your eyes, close your eyes
Breathe the air, out there
We are free, we can be wide open
For you opened my eyes to the beauty I see
We will pray, we still stay wide open

Don’t analyse, don’t analyse
Don’t go that way, don’t live that way
That would paralyze your evolution
Don’t analyse, don’t analyse
Don’t go that way, don’t live that way
That would paralyze your evolutio-on

La-a-a this greatest moment
La-a-a this greatest day
La-a-a the greatest love of them all
La-a-a this greatest moment
La-a-a this greatest day
La-a-a the greatest love of them all

Close your eyes, close your eyes
Breathe the air, out there
Fantasise, fantasise we are open
For you opened my eyes to the beauty I see
We will pray, we will stay togethe-er

La-a-a this greatest moment
La-a-a this greatest day
La-a-a the greatest love of them all
La-a-a this greatest moment
La-a-a this greatest day
La-a-a the greatest love of them all

La-a-a la la la la la
La-a-a la la la la
La-a-a la la la la la la la
(Du du du du-du du du du, du du du du-du du du)

CREDIT INFORMATION

Music by D. O’Riordan
Lyrics by D. O’Riordan
Produced by Stephen Street
Engineered by Cenzo Townsend assisted by Emma Jane Lennon and Shay Dooher at Windmill Lane, Dublin
Mixed at Town House Studios, Shepherds Bush (London) by Stephen Street and Cenzo Townsend assisted by Tom Stanley
Mastered at Sterling Sound by George Marino
Publishing administered by Universal Music Publishing, Ltd, London

MEANING

In an interview given in 2001, Dolores said: “‘Analyse’ is the typical song I wrote at my house with an acoustic guitar. It has that optimistic and happy sound. Is like waking up and say: ‘This is going to be a great day’.”

At the question “What experience is behind ‘Analyse’?” Dolores answered: “We try to work with a different life style, and to find holiness in that same life style. The album recording was refreshing, like to take a fresh water shower, and to have a new breath as a band. Obviously, that the personal changes like to have had children, have influenced the lyrics in this new album.” (2001)

When I wrote [Analyse] I was actually stuck for lyrics. I was going ‘Close your eyes / Breathe the air’ Looking for lyrics. Then it was ‘We are free / We can be wide open.’ But as I was trying to think of lyrics, I was telling myself not to analyse, just to let it come and that became the idea of the song. And what the song says is, basically, ‘because of you I see beauty I didn’t see before so don’t analyse, just live for the moment’. You know when you analyse, you tend to go ‘maybe I should, maybe I shouldn’t do this?’ and you take the spontaneity out of it. This song is about not analyzing.” (Dolores, Hot Press, November 2001)

In 2002, in an interview given to VH1 Dolores was asked: “Do you think in the past you’ve overanalyzed situations?”, she answered: “I did definitely. I found my first pregnancy was definitely harder than my second ’cause I started analyzing what I should and shouldn’t be doing. It’s like your first relationship. You’re paranoid, but when you stop analyzing things and just follow your heart, you really enjoy everything more. It’s something you learn with a little bit of experience. I’m glad that I’ve come to that conclusion now, because it means that I’ve started to enjoy life like I’ve never done before.

NOTES

  • “Analyse” is the 1st single released from Wake Up And Smell The Coffee on September 17th, 2001.
  • Analyse was played live for the first time during a MTV concert at Vicar Street in Dublin, Ireland (November 11th 2000).
  • In 2002, Analyse was the opening song in many concerts of the Tour. After the reunion of the band in 2009, Analyse was played for the first time in Nantes during the encore (March 5th, 2010), then from the next concert in Bordeaux until the end of the Tour Analyse was the opening song. In 2011, Analyse was the opening song again, in all the concerts except in the London Feis (London, UK, July 18th, 2011).
  • Analyse was to be released on the movie “Sweet November” soundtrack (2000) but was actually not included.
  • The song was used in some TV series: Smallville (season 1 episode 4 “X-Ray”, 2001), The Sopranos (season 4 episode 10 “The Strong, Silent Type”, 2002).
  • Dolores O’Riordan performed an orchestral version of ‘Analyse’ at the Concerto Di Natale in Vatican in 2001.
  • “Analyse (Oceanic radio edit)”, “Analyse (Oceanic radio version)” and “Analyse (Oceanic mix)” are alternate titles of the same track version/mix. Length difference are due to the silence length at the end of the track.
  • “Analyse (Oceanic long version)” and “Analyse (Oceanic radio long version) are alternate titles of the same track version/mix. Length difference are due to the silence length at the end of the track.

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