Human Spirit

Artist: Dolores O’Riordan
Released on: Are You Listening? (Track #4)
Length: 4:02

LYRICS

Don’t let life consume you
It could eat you up inside
Can you see the human spirit
Tell me why should I have to hi-ide

And with my hea-a-a-art in my hand
And with my ha-a-a-and upon my heart
And with my hea-a-a-art in my hand
It’s not like we pla-anned

Don’t betray your lover
You will just betray yourself
Can you see the human spirit
Is there emptiness inside

And with my hea-a-a-art in my hand
And with my ha-a-a-and upon my heart
And with my hea-a-a-art in my hand
It’s not like we pla-anned
Ho ho ho, ho ho ho, ho ho ho, ho-o
Ho ho ho, ho ho ho, ho ho ho, ho-o

Can you see this human spirit
Is there emptiness inside
Can you see this human spirit
Is there loneliness inside

And with my hea-a-a-art in my hand
And with my ha-a-a-and upon my heart
And with my hea-a-a-art in my hand
It’s not like we planned
Ho ho ho, ho ho ho, ho ho ho, ho-o

Ho ho ho ho ho ho ho, ho ho ho ho ho
Ho ho ho ho ho ho ho, ho ho ho ho ho

CREDIT INFORMATION

Music and lyrics by Dolores O’Riordan
Produced by Dolores O’Riordan & Dan Brodbeck
Engineered by Dan Brodbeck
Mixed by Richard Chycki
Published by Sanctuary Records Group Ltd

MEANING

In an interview given to SoundSpike in 2007, she said:”“Human Spirit” has a similar kind of piano part [as in Black Widow], and that song was particularly rewarding for me. I wrote it during a period when I was sort of looking for something of my own mind. Over the years, I spent so much time with The Cranberries, touring about and all, and, in a way, I became this famous singer person. But I wanted to know who I really was, what it would be like for me to take away the singer and take away that whole world. And, over that four years, it has been really good, because the self-discovery had a rejuvenating effect on me.

NOTES

  • In this song Dolores plays tin whistle, she explained in an interview given in 2007 that it’s because she “think[s] it fits the song.

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