Ode To My Family

Artist: The Cranberries
Released on: No Need To Argue (Track #1)
Length: 4:32

LYRICS

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Understand the things I say
Don’t turn away from me
‘Cause I’ve spent half my life out there
You wouldn’t disagree
D’you see me
D’you see, do you like me
Do you like me standing there
D’you notice
D’you know, do you see me
Do you see me
Does anyone care

Unhappiness
Where’s when I was young and
We didn’t give a damn
‘Cause we were raised
To see life as fun and take if we can

My mother
My mother she hold me
Did she hold me
When I was out there
My father
My father he liked me
Oh he liked me
Does anyone care

Understand what I’ve become
It wasn’t my design
And people everywhere think some-thing
Better than I am
But I miss you
I miss ’cause I liked it
Cause I liked it
When I was out there
D’you know this
D’you know, you did not find me
You did not find
Does anyone care

Unhappiness
Was when I was young
And we didn’t give a damn
‘Cause we were raised
To see life as fun and take if we can

My mother
My mother she hold me
Did she hold me
When I was out there
My father
My father he liked me
Oh he liked me
Does anyone care
Does anyone care
Does anyone care
Does anyone care
Does anyone care
Does anyone care
Does anyone care
Does anyone care

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CREDIT INFORMATION

Music by N. Hogan & D. O’Riordan
Lyrics by D. O’Riordan
Produced and Engineered by Stephen Street assisted by Julie Gardiner
Recorded and Mixed at The Manor Studios, Oxford and the Townhouse Studios, London
All string written & directed by D. O’Riordan
Published by Island Music Ltd 1994

MEANING

On January 9, 1994 in an interview given to the Irish Times, Dolores explained that on No Need to Argue “there’s […] songs like Ode To My Family which isn’t very rock’n’roll, it’s about my parents and growing up in Limerick.

She added: “’Ode To My Family’ is a paean to the simple old days and the warmth and security of family life.” (January 1994, Hot Press)

Dolores (Novembre 2002, Hot Press) : “You know who really gets that song? People who’ve lost their parents. It breaks their heart listening to that song, ‘cos they go, “Why didn’t I tell them when they were alive?” They go through that weird self-consciousness about certain relationships.

NOTES

  • Ode to My Family is the second single released from  No Need To Argue in November 1994.
  • Fergal: “Did Dolores have any reservations about that song being so personal? No, she never has. We’ve often spoken about that and it’s like, she just writes the song and gets out whatever’s on her mind and then it’s released and you don’t really think about the consequences until you start getting the backlash or whatever. If you start worrying about what people will say if I do this or that, then you won’t be yourself and you won’t be honest, and that’s why we do what we do. Basically there are no rules, that’s the whole great idea of rock’n’roll; when you’re 17 or 18 it’s like, fuck them, I can do what I want. You just have to not care what people think.” (interview given to Hot Press, in a “Cranberries Special” in November 2002)
  • During the concert in Montreal in May 2012, Dolores dedicated the song to her father who passed away in November, 2011.
  • In an interview to Le Telegramme in November 2012, Dolores explained that at that time she couldn’t sing this song anymore because of the death of her father, so during the European Leg of the Roses Tour she didn’t sing it at all, except at the last concert of the Tour in Montbeliard where she let the crowd sing all the lines linked to her father.

OTHER RELEASES

  • Ode To My Family (radio version) [4:22], Ode To My Family Promo CD (US), 1994
  • Ode To My Family (live in Feile, Tepperary, Ireland, 1994)
    • [4:53] Ode To My Family CD single (Australia & UK), 1994
    • [-:–] Polygram Promo Hits Promo Single (Brazil), 1994
    • [4:37] Music To A Muse, promo compilation (USA), 1994
    • [4:34], Bualadh Bos, 2010
  • Ode To My Family (live at Grosse Freiheit, Germany, 1999) [4:30], Animal Instinct CD single (Canada, Germany, Japan & UK), 1999
  • Ode To My Family (live at Palalido, Milan, Italy, 1999) [4:34], Just My Imagination CD single (Italy), 1999
  • Ode To My Family (live in Stockholm, Sweden, 2002), Stars The Best Of 1992-2002, 2002
  • Ode To My Family (live in Nantes, 2010), Live 2010, 2010
  • Ode To My Family (live in Madrid, 2010)
    • Live 2010, 2010
    • Roses 2CD Deluxe Edition, 2012
  • Ode To My Family (live in Barcelona, 2010), Live 2010, 2010
  • Ode To My Family (live in Milan, 2010), Live 2010, 2010
  • Ode To My Family (live in Lyon, 2010), Live 2010, 2010
  • Ode To My Family (live in Paris, 2010), Live 2010, 2010
  • Ode To My Family (live in Amsterdam, 2010), Live 2010, 2010
  • Ode To My Family (live in Berlin, 2010), Live 2010, 2010
  • Ode To My Family (live in London, 2010), Live 2010, 2010

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