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playAnother head hangs.lowly
playChild is slowly taken
playAnd the violence caused such silence
playwho are we mistaken

playBut you see it's not me
playIt's not my family
playin your head, in your
playHead they are fighting
playWith their tanks and their bombs
playAnd their bombs and their guns
playIn your head,
playIn your head they are cryin'

playIn your head, in your head
playZombie, zombie, zombie
playHey, hey
playWhat's in your head, in your head
playZombie, zombie, zombie
playei, ei, ei, oh do,do,do,do,do,do,do,do

playAnother mother's breakin'
playHeart is taking over
playWhen the violence causes silence
playWe must be mistaken

playIt's the same old theme since nineteen-sixteen
playIn your head,
playIn your head they're still fightin'
playWith their tanks and their bombs
playAnd their bombs and their guns
playIn your head, in your head they are dyin'

playIn your head, in your head
playZombie, zombie, zombie
playHey, hey
playWhat's in your head, in your head
playZombie, zombie, zombie
playHey, hey, hey
playOh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh
playHey, oh, ya, ya-a

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meaningMeaning

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”.

http://cranberriesworld.com/music/song-list-a-z/zombie/

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ya

Acceptable: Replacement for "you"


hangs.

To hang. To hold or incline downward; let droop

  1. hang one's head in sorrow.

Who are we mistaken

The line 'Who are we mistaken' is confusing. From the IRA's POV, that the line is actually read as "Who? Are we mistaken?"


In your head

This line implies that the IRA is fighting a war that exists only for them


same old theme since nineteen-sixteen

This line refers to the 1916 Easter Rising, when the Irish Republicans rose up against British occupation. "It's the same old theme" means that the IRA is continuing to fight a war that has been going on since 1916.


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