Just My Imagination

Artist: The Cranberries
Released on: Bury The Hatchet (Track #5)
Length: 3:41

LYRICS

There was a game we used to play
We would hit the town on Friday night
Stay in bed until Sunday
We used to be so free
We were living for the love we had and
Living not for reality
Just my imagination (my imagination), just my imagination (my imagination), just my imagination, it wa-as
Just my imagination (my imagination), just my imagination (my imagination), just my imagination, it wa-as

Thar was a time I used to pray
I have always kept my faith in love
It’s the greatest thing from the man abo-o-ove
The game I used to play
I’ve always put my cards upon the table
Never be said that I’d be unstable
Just my imagination (my imagination), just my imagination (my imagination), just my imagination, it wa-as
Just my imagination (my imagination), just my imagination (my imagination), just my imagination, it wa-as

There is a game I like to play
I like to hit the town on Friday night
And stay in bed until Sunday
We’ll always be this free
We will be living for the love we have
Living not for reality
It’s not my imagination (my imagination), it’s not my imagination (my imagination), it’s not my imagination, it wa-as
Not my imagination (my imagination), not my imagination (my imagination), not my imagination, it wa-as
Not my, not my (my imagination), not my, not my, not my (my imagination), not my, not my, not my
Not my, not my (my imagination), not my, not my, not my (my imagination), not my, not my, not my
La-a-a la la la la-a-a, la la la la-a-a-a a
La-a-a la la la la-a-a, la la la la-a-a-a a-a
My imagination, my imagination (not my imagination, not my imagination)
My imagination, my imagination (not my imagination, not my imagination)
My imagination, my imagination (not my imagination…)

CREDIT INFORMATION

Music by N. Hogan & D. O’Riordan
Lyrics D. O’Riordan
Produced by The Cranberries & Benedict Fenner
Engineered and Mixed by Mike Plotnikoff at Sarm West and Olympic (London)
Recorded at metalworks (Toronto), Windmill Lane (Dublin), Le Miravel (France), Sarm West (London)
Mastered at Gateway Mastering Studios (Portland, Maine)
Published by PolyGram International Publishing Inc. (ASCAP) 1999

MEANING

In 2010, in Paris Dolores introduced the song telling: “It’s a song about, ok written, when you’ve got lots of small little ones running around making you get up on Sunday when you wanna stay in bed ‘avec la gueule de bois’ […] you have to go to the park, this one is euh… it all  comes around and they grow up and you get your freedom back.” (Zénith, Paris, March 22nd 2010)

NOTES

  • Just My Imagination is the third single released from Bury The Hatchet in 1999.
  • It was played live for the first time during the Hard Rock Cafe show in 1999.
  • The song was used in the TV series Charmed (season 2 episode 5 “She’s a Man, Baby, a Man”, 1999)
  • The song was used in a French advertisement for a bank.

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