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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 crying...

In your head, in your head,
Zombie, zombie, zombie,
Hey, hey, hey. What's in your head,
In your head,
Zombie, zombie, zombie?
Hey, hey, hey, hey, oh, dou, dou, dou, dou, dou...

Another mother's breakin',
Heart is taking over.
When the violence causes silence,
We must be mistaken.

It's the same old theme since nineteen-sixteen.
In your head, in your head they're still fighting,
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,
Hey, hey, hey. What's in your head,
In your head,
Zombie, zombie, zombie?
Hey, hey, hey, hey, oh, oh, oh,
Oh, oh, oh, oh, hey, oh, ya, ya-a...

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    mckulit_raichuSep 5, 2008 at 8:21 pm
    this song goes to all of us who are affected by war either directly or indirectly...
    we are all victims of situation plotted by vicious people who have vested interest...
    i pity those who are directly affected... the victims who are not really suppose to be victims, especially the children and the mothers...

    i hope this world is more peaceful...

    i salute cranberries...
    love the song...
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    exorcisingemilyOct 12, 2010 at 7:36 pm
    "It's the same old theme since 1916..."

    Zombie is unquestionably about the conflict in Ireland and Northern Ireland. The conflict didn't begin in 1916, and there were a number of failed "Risings" prior to 1916. What makes 1916 a pivitol point in Irish history is the fact that it was organized, run, and accomplished almost entirely by the Irish intelligensia--the Irish poets. At the end of the Easter Rising, in which the Irish Republican Brotherhood captured part of Dublin and flew the Irish flag again, the British executed the leaders in the streets, heightening Irish resentment and polarizing politics in Ireland beyond it being simply a "fringe group." The IRB became the IRA, and the Easter Rising has been a touchpoint for that group since. If you're an American, think of it along the lines of "Remember the Alamo"--the unforgivable actions of the "enemy." Despite the Irish Civil War ending, the IRA still sees Ireland in a state of war, because 6 counties (Northern Ireland) remain under British control.

    The song makes the point, as have several Irish poets and songwriters before and since, that Ireland is a country constantly dredging up their dead. The leaders of the Rising have been so referenced by the IRA that they were never truly allowed to die, the memory of the dead is kept fresh in order to keep up the war and justify the violence. They are the "living" dead.

    What I believe the song is doing is drawing the parallel that the IRA, the people still enacting violence for an "old cause" are the Zombies. They're walking dead--they are likely TO die, because of their tactics, and they are the ones walking amongst the memories of the dead.

    The narrator is not one of them--she sees the changes happen to those around her, becoming entrenched in the violence (becoming zombies--"another child is slowly taken.") and the people don't talk about it. They don't discuss the polarization, the violence, and their roles in creating it ("the violence cause such silence, who are we mistaken?").

    In the heads of the "zombies," the war never stopped.
  • Rock-Goddess
    Rock-GoddessAug 31, 2008 at 1:59 am
    I have no clue what it means, but it is awesome. My step-dad showed it to me, and I love it!
  • Randomgirl
    RandomgirlJul 21, 2009 at 2:21 pm
    Lead singer Dolores O'Riordan claimed that "Zombie" speaks about "The Irish fight for independence that seems to last forever." The lyrics even say, "It's the same old theme since 1916." Like the responsive works of Yeats, Heaney and U2, the Cranberries claim they wrote "Zombie" to be a "Song for peace, peace among England and Ireland."
  • Rock-Goddess
    Rock-GoddessAug 31, 2008 at 2:03 am
    I think it involes some type of war, or something though. Sorry I forgot to write that in my last review.

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