Zombie

Artist: The Cranberries
Released on: No Need To Argue (Track #4)
Length: 5:06

LYRICS

Another head hangs lowly
Child is slowly taken
And the violence caused such silence
Who are we mistaken
But you see, it’s not me
It’s not my family
In your head, in your head
They are fighting
With their tanks, and their bombs
And their bombs, and their guns
In your head, in your head
They are cryin’

In your head, in your head
Zombie, zombie, zombie-e-e
What’s in your head, in your head
Zombie, zombie, zombie-e-e-e oh
Tu tu tu lu lu, tu tu tu lu lu
Tu tu tu lu lu, tu tu tu lu lu

Another mother’s breakin’
Heart is taking over
When the violence causes silence
We must be mistaken
It’s the same old theme since 1916
In your head, in your head
They’re still fightin’
With their tanks, and their bombs
And their bombs, and their guns
In your head, in your head
They are dying

In your head, in your head
Zombie, zombie, zombie-e-e
What’s in your head, in your head
Zombie, zombie, zombie-e-e-e oh
Ho-o, ho-o, ho-o, ho-o, ho-o, ho-o, hey hey ah, ya-a-ah

CREDIT INFORMATION

Music and 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 1995, in an interview given to Evelyn McDonnell, Dolores said : “On the second album I wanted “Zombie” to be a really aggressive song because it was about an aggressive subject: a child’s life being taken by violence.

On 1995, in an article of the magazine Vox Dolores explained: “It was written on an English tour about a year-and-a-half ago, when there was a big eruption of trouble between Northern Ireland and London, and it was doing my head in. For a while, things were gnawing at me about the whole bombings thing, and I was reading articles about what was going on in Bosnia and the way women and, more painfully, kids were being treated. At that time there was the bomb in Warrington, and those boys were killed. I remember seeing one of the mothers on television, just devastated. I felt so sad for her, that she’d carried him for nine months, been through all the morning sickness, the whole thing, and some…prick, some airhead who thought he was making a point, did that.”
She added: “The IRA are not me. I’m not the IRA. The Cranberries are not the IRA. My family are not. When it says in the song,”It’s not me, it’s not my family”, that’s what I’m saying. It’s not Ireland, it’s some idiots living in the past, living for a dream. OK, I know that they have their problems up there, but there was no reason why that child should have been taken, why that woman should have gone through that […] I really don’t give a shit-excuse the vulgarity- but don’t care whether it’s Protestant or Catholic, I don’t care whether it’s England or Ireland. At the end of the day I care about the fact that innocent people are being harmed. That’s what provoked me to write the song, it was nothing to do with writing a song about it because I’m Irish.

On march 1995, in an interview given to Soundi Magazine, Fergal said: “It’s about a bomb in London about a year and a half ago, when the explosion killed an innocent child. It’s not about IRA, it’s about what the terrorism and wars do to people. It’s about people’s feelings, it’s not a political statement.

Dolores said in an interview to Hot Press in 1996 : “People said that we shouldn’t have done ‘Zombie’ but, excuse me, I’m Irish, I’m a human being, I’m allowed to have feelings about the North, the same I’m allowed to have feelings about what’s going on in Bosnia. I express those feelings in my songs, it’s up to people then to decide whether they want to listen to ‘em or not”.

NOTES

  • In the booklet of the album Dolores wrote: “Zombie was written on the Cranberries English Tour 1993.
  • Zombie is the first single released from No Need To Argue in September 1994.
  • A different studio version (produced by James Birtwistle) was recorded in 1994 for  BBC Radio 1 Evening Session. This was not a live, one-take recording like other media performances. This version was released on a Vox Magazine promo cassette.
  • The song was played in several tv series or movies:
    – Police 110, “Kleine Dealer, groβe Traüme” (1996)
    – Blackrock (1997)
    – Hinter Gittern – Der Frauenknast, “Machtspiele” (1998)
    – Hinter Gittern – Der Frauenknast, “Verloren” (1999)
    – So You Think You Can dance (2005)
    – The Office, season 3 episode 14 “The Office” (2007)
    – 20 to 1 (TV Series documentary) “Music with a message” (2008)
  • The song was covered by several artists, to name a few: A.D.A.M featuring Amy (1995), Breed 77 (2007), Christophe Willem (2007), Jay Brannan (2009), Skott Freedman (2011), Mohombi (2011, sample of the chorus in his song In Your Head), Lovedrug (2011), Sarah Jezebel Deva (2011).
  • Zombie was used in an advertisement for a car in 2010.
  • A remix of the song was released in 2002 on No Need To Argue (The Complete Sessions 1994-1995).

OTHER RELEASES

  • Zombie (edit version)
    • [-:–] Zombie Promo CD single (France), 1994
    • [4:14], Zombie Promo CD single (US), 1994
    • [4:14], The Island Conference Sampler (UK), 1994
  • Zombie (live in Feile, Tepperary, Ireland, 1994)
    • [5:17], Zombie Promo live CD (Spain), 1994
    • [5:17], Zombie Promo CD (US), 1994
    • Ode To My Family CD single (Australia, Canada & UK), 1994
    • [5:17], Ode To My Family Promo CD (US),1994
    • [5:21], Animal Instinct CD single (France), 1999
    • [5:08], Bualadh Bos, 2010
    • No Need To Argue + Live EP, 1995
  • Zombie (Radio One Evening Sessions, UK, 1994) [5:24], Vox Presents The Radio 1 FM Session volume 2 cassette (UK), 1994
  • Zombie (live acoustic, Live X Session, WNNX, 1994) [5:28], 99X LIVE X II: “One Life”, CD (US), 1994
  • Zombie (live acoustic in MTV Most Wanted, UK, 1994)
    • I Can’t Be With You Promo CD single (UK), 1995
    • I Can’t Be With You CD single (UK), 1995
  • Zombie (live acoustic at Cadena 40 Principales, Madrid, Spain, 1995), When You’re Gone CD single (Australia & France), 1996
  • Zombie (live from MTV unplugged, New York, US, 1995)
    • [4:54], When You’re Gone CD single (Canada, Japan & US), 1996
    • The Very Best of MTV Unplugged Vol.2 (US), 2003
  • Zombie (live at Pine Knob, Clarkston, US, 1996), To The Faithful  Departed Bonus Disc “Live In Detroit” (Australia, 1996)
  • Zombie (Camel’s Hump Remix)
    • [7:53], When You’re Gone CD single (Canada, Japan & US), 1996
    • [7:54], Need To Argue (The Complete Sessions 1994-1995), 2002
  • Zombie (live), Animal Instinct Promo CD (Japan), 1999
  • Zombie (live at Grosse Freiheit, Germany, 1999)
    • [6:13], Just My Imagination CD single (Germany & UK), 1999
    • Just My Imagination CD single (Japan), 1999
  • Zombie (live at Hard Rock Cafe, US), Hard Rock Live The Cranberries & Seal Radio Network CD Promo (US), 1999
  • Zombie (live in Stockholm, Sweden, 2002), Stars The Best Of 1992-2002, 2000
  • Zombie (versions: includes parts of “demo edit”, “live acoustic edit” and “live edit”), Doors and Windows (US, Europe & Australia), 1995
  • Zombie (live in Nantes, 2010), Live 2010, 2010
  • Zombie (live in Madrid, 2010)
    • Live 2010, 2010
    • Roses 2CD Deluxe Deition, 2012
  • Zombie (live in Barcelona, 2010), Live 2010, 2010
  • Zombie (live in Milan, 2010), Live 2010, 2010
  • Zombie (live in Lyon, 2010), Live 2010, 2010
  • Zombie (live in Paris, 2010), Live 2010, 2010
  • Zombie (live in Amsterdam, 2010), Live 2010, 2010
  • Zombie (live in Berlin, 2010), Live 2010, 2010
  • Zombie (live in London, 2010), Live 2010, 2010
  • Zombie (live at The Hammersmith Apollo, London, UK, 2012) [5:16], Live 2012, 2012
  • Zombie (live at Zénith, Caen, France, 2012) [5:24], Live 2012, 2012

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