site logo

Cranberries Zombie Lyrics

Last updated: 03/06/2014 06:23:28 AM

Another head hangs lowly,
Child is slowly taken.
And the violence causes silence,
Who are we mistaken?

Let 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 taken over.
And 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...

Thanks to for submitting Zombie Lyrics.

write a review for this song
(Important: Use a nickname if you don't want your name to be published) Type your review in the space below:

I understand | Reviewer: 13 year old | 3/6/14

hey irish dude. I understand. im American. just because americans didn't have the same tragic disaster doesn't mean we haven't had one. and if you have to say no offense then you probably shouldn't have typed

to one or the other you're another | Reviewer: Clay | 1/17/14

Zombie, is you and me because we are free. Our nature has determined the hatred that we believe. To one side or the other you are another who cannot steady this keel. Do not be discouraged because there is no one way to feel. A warrior and a lover are one in the other. Zombie my Zombie walk to the other side, its time we realize the nature we despise.
Whether it is one or the other you are another fucking destined to die. Then you will believe in the moment when you see the atonement of our lies.

Back to the song? | Reviewer: Iain | 12/20/13

Coming back to the song.

I just have to say that this is the first song I heard by the Cranberries. I immediately fell in love with Dolores O'Riordan's voice. To my ears it is the most unqiue singing voice I had and have ever heard.

To those that feel this song is heart wrenching, I agree but I would also point them to 'Ode to my Family' also by the Cranberries. In my opinion even more heart wrenching.

To the person below | Reviewer: Anonymous | 5/22/12

You cant compare 9/11 to the IRA bombing or the IRA in general, The IRA are said to be terrorists but in actuality they aren't they are countrymen who fight for their country particularly Northern Ireland because of England's rule and it's clashes with the rest of the country. How would you feel if all of a sudden Spain set up shop in Florida again and started making laws only for them and not the rest of the country? IRA and Al Qaeda are not equals not even close

To Fair Witness | Reviewer: Anonymous | 5/22/12

How can you say the IRA are evil? The whole bombing would've been avoided if England would just leave Ireland, its not the 16th century anymore and whether you want to admit it or not the "royal crown" that rules the UK is just a figure head, the real stuff is done by parliment and ran mostly by the Prime minister of the country at the time. Look who was the minister when this happened, Margaret Thatcher a woman who let 10 members of the republic die due to starvation because of the withdrawal of the special categaory status which made the prisoners more like POWs. Before you start calling out who's good and who's bad why don't you do some research first. Yes it was a tragedy that those kids died but what about the 10 men who died? Then to top it off all Thatcher said was that it was a loss for the IRA

uhhh | Reviewer: Anonymous | 11/20/11

This song is the singer's response to the death of her children in the IRA bombings in 1993. And to Irish guy below who said "no offense americans,but to understand this song you have to have know the feeling and the pain that the song refers have to understand that pain." have you not heard of 9/11 man?

A meaningful song worth listening to | Reviewer: Anonymous | 11/18/11

I love this song it not only speaks about the war back then but relates to present tense.Things happening today.The person who spoke about cranberries stuck in the past I don't agree with you.It's as though you're a zombie who refuses to open your brains to what's happening in the world around you.Rape ,burglary,murders,kidnapping, etc. are all acts of war on mankind and there are people who are scared to speak up,even government bodies who stiffle the rights of there citizens.Americans are lucky you can say and almost do as you please but you must remember not all other countries are fortunate as you are.People want change ,they want to move forward but there crys for help are just ignored, that dosen't mean they live in the past.

My Gorvenment... | Reviewer: Hteemoopoe | 3/28/11

this song talks bout violence likes,talk about my gorvenment cuz he is so serious,,he have killed a lot of my Karen people.
Then he doesn't like good guy and nice guy..
I think if ours Country Burma could get democrazy, all people will be happy....Now we can't do anything in ourlives cuz everything are in his hand.He always force his citizens...

finaly,a song that gets it right | Reviewer: Anonymous | 2/20/11

im irish and currently living just outside derry after movig from dublin some years ago.ofcourse many songs have been written on the subject but not on what this kind of war does to the people.who can blame the song writers though for it is a very touchy subject and an even harder topic to write and sing about much less put into words.but even among irish groups...disappointing.come on irish people,you should be able to write a song on this.
what amazes me is how much americans love this song.most of them dont even know what its about,even if they know the lyrics,it goes deeper than that.and even then they can never truely get the offense americans,but to understand this song you have to have know the feeling and the pain that the song refers have to understand that pain.and in order to do that,you have to as well felt that feeling and that pain and that fear.gone through it,lived it.but its nice that a song finaly gets it right.that there is a song that finaly speaks for the people.

Rock On | Reviewer: Amy | 2/28/10

We listened to this song in my history call when we where learning about the IRA. I fell in love with this song cuz it puts such strong feelings into words that some people cant find. Its awasom to know that some people will speek out for that they think is wrong or right. We dont have many people that do the anymore. To me this song to me just helps you get a better understanding about what when and what is going on. And that you might not always be there to see something like this...but once you learn about it, it is always in you head.

Correction... V2 | Reviewer: Anonymous | 6/24/09

To correct reviewer "XXXX" and "...",

The Easter Rising in 1916 marked the beginning of the rebellion of the irish 'republic', then under the control of Great Britain, as the proclamation of the republic was read by Padraig Pearse outside the GPO. Although the Rising was largely unsuccessful, it eventually led to the Irish war of Independence, which we won to some extent. Now, did you know that the republic consisted of southern ireland, while northern ireland remained under the control of the British government? Yes, well that is quite important. 'The Troubles' you refer to is the fighting in Northern Ireland, because you see, the IRA (heard of them before?) wanted northern ireland under the control of the republic, and on the other hand the UVF wanted NI to remain british. It was the republicans vs the loyalists and their war only destroyed the people in nothern Ireland. Refer to the wikipedia if you want to know a bit better:,

Now that you know that much: the time of this song's release (1994) was at the height of the troubles in Ireland. What this song is saying is that "since 1916" people have fought and fought with the same mindset that they must fight, but all they have caused is hurt for irish people. Dolores is shouting out against the people causing the violence; what's in their heads? WHy are they doing this?

"Who are we mistaken?" refers to the people who believe that Northern Ireland should be brought under the control of the Republic by any means necessary. (Believe me there are a lot of them). But they don't know the extent of the damage they are causing, they are mindless 'zombies', they don't care about the hurt they are causing...

At least now with the Peace process things are finally looking up, and it is funny that people consider the recession the end of the world when only a few years ago Ireland was in a much much worse state... Songs like this not only gave hope to people at the time, they also force us to remember where we came from. To think that it effects people in other countries shows how similar we all are. Violence really does unite...

what's in your head? :: in your head :: zombie :: zombie :: zombie :: hey, hey | Reviewer: Ceej | 5/30/08

Quite a chilling song, really. But that just shows how great a song Zombie truly is. It's one of those songs that really makes you stop and really think about the world... and that's basically the mission of a protest song. The music video also suits the song really well... some of the footage is actually quite hard to watch. Great song, great music video, great band.

A Zombie? - No Name reviewer (correction Reviewer: ... | 11/2/2007") | Reviewer: fair whitness | 5/23/08

This reviewer is exactly what the Cranberries were writing about - someone so stuck in the past that they want to cling on to an excuse for terrorists killing innocent children then cynically manipulating the parents to support them in the name of a "cause". As the lyrics say - "its the same old theme since 1916" The Zombies were very brave to write this song as anyone that stood up to the terrorists was a target. So No Name reviewer, here are the facts: "Zombie" was recorded at the Windmill Lane Studios in Dublin in 1994. It was written during the Cranberries' English Tour in 1993, in memory of two boys, Jonathan Ball and Tim Parry, who were killed in an IRA bombing in Warrington, Cheshire (North-West England) on 20 March 1993. So please No Name, let the hatred go, let it go.

cassie | Reviewer: ally | 4/15/08

did you guys know that cassie bernall, the girl who said yes to the guys at the columbine school shooting when they asked her if she believed in GOD and then they killed her, was said that she listened to the Cranberries?she was such a strong girl, i am sure GOD and JESUS are proud of her and she is in Heaven with them.

JESUS loves you all and so do i

The LORD is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth. He fulfills the desires of those who fear him; he hears their cry and saves them.
(Psalm 145:18-19)

very cool | Reviewer: jsw | 2/2/08

I actually like Miser's cover of this song just as well. It's not better, but it's just as good. That might just be me though. I like the harder rock sound of Miser singing this song. The Cranberries are awesome though and so is this song. I can't stop listening to it.