Yeat’s Grave

Artist: The Cranberries
Released on: No Need To Argue (Track #11)
Length: 3:00

LYRICS

Na, na na na, na na na, na na na na na

Silenced by death in the grave la la la la
William Butler Yeats couldn’t save la la la la
Why did you stand here
Where you sickened in ti-ime
But I know by now
Why did you sit here ah ah
I-in the grave, i-in the gra-a-ave
I-in the grave, i-in the gra-a-ave
A a-a-a a-a-a

Why should I blame her
That she filled my days
With misery, or that she would of late
Have taught to ignorant men most violent ways
Or hurled the little streets upon the great
Had they but courage equal to desire

Sad that Maud Gonne couldn’t stay la la-a-a-a
But she had Mac Bride anyway la-a
And you sit here with me
On the isle Innisfree
And you writing down everything
But I know by now
Why did you sit here ah ah (ah ah)
I-in the grave, i-in the gra-a-ave
I-in the grave, i-in the gra-a-a-ave
laladada laladada laladaladalada
laladada laladada laladaladalada

(la la, la la)
William Butler, William Butler
William Butler, William Butler

Why should I blame her
Had they but courage equal to desire
(William Butler)
Had they but courage equal to desire
(William Butler, William Butler)

CREDIT INFORMATION

Music and Lyrics by D. O’Riordan
Produced and Engineered by Stephen Street assisted by Julie Gardiner
Recorded in the Magic Shop, New York (assistant – Edward Douglas)
All string written & directed by D. O’Riordan
Published by Island Music Ltd 1994

MEANING

  • In an interview given to Hot Press in January 1994 Dolores explained: “I was really into Yeats’ poetry, so much so that I wrote a song called Yeats’ Grave the first time I went to Sligo and saw where he is buried. I loved his passion, the dreamer he was. And the fact that he looked beyond the material world to matters spiritual, which is really representative of the Irish people as a race. As with the native Americans and Jamaicans, I’ve found.
  • In October 1994 Dolores told: “I just always loved Yeats, him as a human. He was so passionate and just wrote what he felt. I always found it difficult in school because I loved Yeats’ poetry but I wasn’t into analysing it. I just had my own understanding of it, me as a poet myself – a young girl who writes. I write my own lyrics and as far as I’m concerned I’m writing my own poems and verse and it might not be over-intellectual and it mightn’t be fifty pages and have big words and y’know, clauses and all that stuff in it but I’m just writing what I feel and as far as I’m concerned Yeats just wrote what he felt. But then you sit down at your exam and it’s like ‘where does he use similes in this poem’ and ‘where is he being ironic’. I’m sure when Yeats wrote his poetry he didn’t want kids to look for the irony in it, I’m sure he wanted young people to sit down and go ‘wow that’s cool, I really understand that’.” (Hot Press)

NOTES

  • The song is “Inspired by 2 poems by William Butler Yeats (1865 – 1939) : ”The Lake Isle of Innisfree” & ”No Second Troy”.
  • The two poems are written in the booklet of the Complete Sessions version of the album.
  • The album version of this track was featured on the 1997 tribute compilation Now And Then In Time – A Musical Celebration Of The Works Of W.B.Yeats.

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