When We Were Young

Artist: Dolores O’Riordan
Released on:
Are You Listening? (Track #2)
Length: 3:25

LYRICS

Du du du du du, du du du du du
Du du du du du, du du du du du

Funny how things just tasted better
When we were young, when we were young
Funny how things just seemed so easy
When we were young
It’s been a long day (ha-a-a), it’s been a long day (ha-a)
It’s been a long day (ha-a-a), it’s been a long day

I wanna get out, I wanna go home
Is anything better than you on the phone
I wanna get out, I wanna go home
Is anything better than you on the phone
Du du du du du, du du du du du
Du du du du du, du du du du du

I think that we weren’t always grateful
For what you’ve done, when we were young
I think that we weren’t always grateful for what you’ve done
We’ve come a long way (ha-a-a), we’ve come a long way (ha-a)
We’ve come a long way (ha-a-a), we’ve come a long way

I wanna get out, I wanna go home
Is anything better than you on the phone
I wanna get out, I wanna go home
Is anything better than you on the pho-o-one
(La-a, la-a, la-a) you on the phone, (la-a) you on the phone, (la-a, la-a, la-a, la-a, la-a) you on the pho-one
I wanna get out, I wanna go home
Is anything better than you on the phone
I wanna get out, I wanna go home
I wanna feel better, can’t make it alone
I wanna get out, I wanna go home
Is anything better than you on the pho-o-o-o-o-one
La-u-e-e-o-o-a-a-a-a-a, la-u-e-e-o-o-a-a-a-a-a, la-u-o-o-a-a-a-a-a

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 in 2007, Dolores explained the meaning of the song: “It’s kind of like when you have little ones, you become aware that they’re in a kind of a headspace. And they’ll never be able to get it back when they hit ten, then twelve, then the teens… and the angst… and suddenly they’re on the next level. In a way, when you’re a kid, you have no stress, because all you have to do is worrying about dressing yourself. I’m just looking back on when I was a kid and saying ”thanks mom, thanks for doing all you did” and hoping my own kids love and appreciate me the same.

NOTES

  • When We Were Young is the second single released from Are You Listening? in 2007.

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