When You’re Gone

Artist: The Cranberries
Released on: To The Faithful Departed (Track #3)
Length: 4:57

LYRICS

Do bee da, do bee da, do bee da, do bee da
Do bee da, do bee da, do bee da, do bee da

Do bee da, do bee da, do bee da, do bee da
Do bee da, do bee da, do bee da, do bee da

Hold on to lo-o-o-ove, that is what I do
Now that I’ve found you
And from abo-o-o-ove, everything’s stinking
They’re not around you

And in the night, I could be helpless
I could be lonely, sleeping without you
And in the day, everything’s complex
There’s nothing simple, when I’m not around you

But I miss you when you’re go-o-o-one
That is what I do-o-o, Ba-, Ba-, -by
And it’s going to carry o-o-o-on
That is what I kne-e-e-ew, Ba-, Ba-, Ba-, -by
Do bee da, do bee da, do bee da, do bee da

Hold on to my hand
I feel I’m sinking, sinking without you
And to my mi-i-i-ind, everything’s stinking
Stinking without you

And in the night, I could be helpless
I could be lonely, sleeping without you
And in the day, everything’s complex
There’s nothing simple, when I’m not around you

And I miss you when you’re go-o-o-one
That is what I do-o-o, Ba-, Ba-, -by
And it’s going to carry o-o-o-on
That is what I kne-e-e-ew, Ba-, Ba-, -by
Do bee da, do bee da, do bee da, do bee da (Ba-, Ba-, -by)
Do bee da, do bee da, do bee da, do bee da (Ba-, Ba-, -by)

CREDIT INFORMATION

Music and Lyrics by D. O’Riordan
Produced by Bruce Fairbairn and The Cranberries
Engineered and Mixed by Mike Plotnikoff
Recorded in November, December 1995 in Dublin, Ireland at Windmill Lane Studios
Orchestration written and arranged by Michael Kamen
Published by Island Music Ltd

MEANING

Dolores: “I wrote this song for certain reason, but over the years it became something different, songs grow and it means something different to me now. Every time I sing this song I can see my grand-parents, ‘cause when people died, did they really go? Or are they with us? You know you wonder. Well, I can see my grand-parents… and this song’s called When You’re Gone” (Live in Paris, March 22, 2010)

NOTES

  • When You’re Gone is the third single released from To The Faithful Departed in November 1996.
  • Fergal: “Before we recorded it we thought of that timeless thing again, like almost Spector vibe of ‘Linger’. I remember recording the finger snaps – cheesy as they are, they had to be there, they suited it perfectly so we had to do it. I love that song, still love playing it live, especially when you’re on tour, it just says it all”. (November 2002, Hot Press)
  • The song was played for the first time in concert at the end of 1994.
  • When You’re Gone was used in an episode of the TV series Cold Case (season 1 episode 3 “Our Boy Is Back”, 2003)

OTHER RELEASES

  • When You’re Gone (snippet) [:43], Salvation Promo CD (US), 1996
  • When You’re Gone (edit) [4:29]
  • When You’re Gone Promo CD (UK & US), 1996
  • When You’re Gone CD single (Australia, Canada, France, Japan & US), 1996
  • When You’re Gone (new edit version), Stars The Best Of 1992-2002, 2002
  • When You’re Gone (live in Nantes, 2010), Live 2010, 2010
  • When You’re Gone (live in Madrid, 2010), Live 2010, 2010
  • Roses 2 CD Deluxe Edition, 2012
  • When You’re Gone (live in Barcelona, 2010), Live 2010, 2010
  • When You’re Gone (live in Milano, 2010), Live 2010, 2010
  • When You’re Gone (live in Lyon, 2010), Live 2010, 2010
  • When You’re Gone (live in Paris, 2010), Live 2010, 2010
  • When You’re Gone (live in Amsterdam, 2010), Live 2010, 2010
  • When You’re Gone (live in Berlin, 2010), Live 2010, 2010
  • When You’re Gone (live in London, 2010), Live 2010, 2010
  • When You’re Gone (live at The Hammersmith Apollo, London, UK, 2012), Live 2012, 2012
  • When You’re Gone (live at Zéntih, Caen, France, 2012), Live 2012, 2012

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