Fire On Babylon Lyrics - Sinead O'Connor

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She took my father from my life oh
Took my sister and brothers oh
I watched her torturing my child
Feeble I was then but now I'm grown
Fire on Babylon
Oh yes a change has come
Fire on Babylon
Fire
Fire
Fire
She's taken everything I liked
She's taken every lover oh
And all along she gave me lies
Just to make me think I loved her
Fire on Babylon
Oh yes a change has come
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Look what she did to her son
Fire
Fire
Fire on
Life's backwards
Life's backwards
People turn around
The house is burned
The house is burned
The children are gone
Fire
Fire
Fire on Babylon
Oh yes a change has come
Fire on Babylon
Fire
Fire, oh
Fire, oh
Fire on Babylon
Oh yes a change has come
Look what she did to her son
Look what she did to her son
Fire, haha
Fire, haha
Fire
Fire
Fire, aha
Fire on Babylon
Fire on Babylon







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Jah, Babylon etc. | Reviewer: Daniel N. | 9/22/13

This is a Biblical Babylon, opressor of God's people. This is a metaphor, nothing about Iraq.

In the live version she at the end sings Psalm 68, but like Tosh... Jah arise, etc. Google for Pete Tosh Jah...

Mentioning "Fire", "Babylon", "Jah" in a song proves this to be a Rasta song. Only the Lion in Sion is missing.

Check her tatoos.

Meaning of the song | Reviewer: Kate | 7/18/13

Guys, she didn't write it about a country war but a family war. Her mum was apparently abusive to her and her siblings. She didn't write it about Iraq... It's a personal account of her abusive mother

Listen to Abdul | Reviewer: Anonymous | 12/9/11

He may have misinterpreted the song, but what he has to say is important. The Irish stance on not being involved in war is a good one. It's important that we know the truth from the Iraqi people's side, too. Our british government invaded their country and killed their men, women and children needlessly and indiscriminately, despite millions of brits marching against the war. They bombed mosques and schools. Some people still believe it was 'just'. The people in power have destroyed lives like this - the interpretation of a sinead o connor song means f*ck all when faced with the enormity and reality of this. Don't ignore him. He found a voice here - a strange place, true. But his voice should still be heard. Our government are the real terrorists. The Iraqi people never wanted "liberating" - they didn't want our country getting involved and nor do afghanistan or libya! People are dying and for what? Why? Abdul deserves our reverence and respect. He has been through the worst kind of hell at the hands of our government.

Live version of Fire on Babylon - question | Reviewer: Anonymous | 11/3/11

In the live version - what does she sing at the end? It's something like "Jah will abide, Jah's enemies will scatter (repeat); so shall the wicked bleed before the Lord, so shall the wicked bleed!"

Is that it? I'm pretty sure it's not "abide"

Abdul is very mistaken | Reviewer: Anonymous | 8/16/11

Did the irish invade Iraq? I think not.

Is Babylon even an actual place in Iraq? Babylon existed thousands of years ago. It's not the modern Iraq.

The word Babylon is often used as a symbol of what is considered to be a corrupt social system. The word has become synonymous with oppression and is a collective term for materialism, selfishness, prejudice and all that suppress personal freedom and true spirituality.

And in my mind this has little to do with the ancient Babylon.

About this song | Reviewer: Gloria Flannery | 12/7/09

This song is about Sinéad's physical abuse from her mother when she was a child and how did she overcome this trauma with age.
Babylon is a common, general term for the rastafari in Jamaica to refer to the Western white, oppressive society. Sinéad has strong ties to this rastafari ideology since she began playing and has even made a reggae album in Jamaica with Jamaican musicians.
What has this to do with her mother? I think she expresses the need to end with oppression beginning from her own home, that's why she sets "on fire" the past to build a sane future. This has nothing to do with the actual city of Babylon as it is now, nor with the Middle Eastern culture as you justly but wrongly said Abdul.
I'm proud of Sinéad being Irish.

Fire on Babylon | Reviewer: Elijah Ras Baba | 12/18/08

I think you've both missed a subtle point.

This song is most likely more about the concept of 'Babylon.'
Not literally the current city of Babylon,
nor a person literally named Babylon.

Babylon as a metaphor embodies an oppressive government, corrupt society and a Godlessness who imposes it's own Will regardless of the Will of the people.

Mental and Literal slavery; like the Isrealites imprisoned in Babylon by the Assyrians -

This song is a call to action and complete condemnation of the 'modern' Babylon which is this society of greed and material gain that so many western countries (most guilty the one I&I was born into) have been seduced by.

The fire in this song is also a metaphor - to set fire on this world of hard-hearted ignorance we must all learn to love and be patient with each other; Give up our obsession with wealth and power; then accept that no race is superior or inferior and that we are all One.

Love,
Elijah Ras Baba


Abdul you misinterpret. | Reviewer: Anonymous | 1/20/08

I think you miss understand what she is trying to say Mo'. I am sorry for all Sinead's unfortunate treatment as a child. Her Mother sounds like all the other confused, self-centred, bitter parents who lash out towards their children.
Why do they always do this? I will never know.

I guess Abdul & Sinead share the similar understanding that 'how can an omniscient being like God allow such actions', be it war or parental abuse?

Fir on who ? | Reviewer: Abdul-Hameed | 1/8/08

Can't you see what did your country army did to my country? Almost 2 millions killed in Iraq! 4.5 millions left their homes! 400.000 innocent poeple are in prisons! more than 10.000 women are in prisons and most of them have been raped! Almost 7000 childs are in prisons! millions of widows! And then comes a druggery like you to say fir on Babylon? I won't say fir on Ireland because Irish people are honored and have been fighting for their freedom for years!! I say let the fire be on people like you! I feel sorry and sad that you are an Irish!!!!!



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