Z is for Zombie by The Cranberries

First, the formalities: Lyrics and Blogging from A to Z info.

This is an interesting song simply because of what it is about. Written by the band’s lead singer, Dolores O’Riordan, Zombie is a protest song that was released in 1994. It was written during the Cranberries’ English Tour in 1993 by O’Riordan in memory of two boys, Jonathan Ball and Tim Parry, who died in an IRA bombing in Warrington. The Warrington bombings were two attacks that took place in early 1993 in Warrington, England. The first was on the 26th of February at a gas storage facility, which caused a lot of structural damage, but no injuries. While fleeing the scene, however, the bombers shot and injured an officer. Two of them were caught following a high-speed car chase. The second attack was on the 20th of March. Two small bombs were placed in trash cans outside of shops and businesses on Bridge Street. Although a warning was sent, the area was not evacuated in time, resulting in two children being killed and dozens of people injured.

These attacks were carried out by the Provisional Irish Republican Army, or as most people know them, the IRA. The IRA had been carrying out attacks on infrastructure and commercial areas in Northern Ireland and England. Their goal was to harm the economy and cause disruption, which would hopefully put pressure on the British Government to withdraw from Northern Ireland. The bombing on March 20 resulted in massive coverage in the media and cause widespread anger and protests against the IRA in Dublin.

I happen to love Dolores O’Riordan’s voice though, whatever the song is about. The video is a bit strange, mostly because I’m not sure why she’s all gold in parts of it and the other parts are black and white “footage” style pieces. I feel like they should’ve chosen one direction to go or the other.

What did you think of the song and the video? How did you enjoy my posts for the Blogging from A to Z Challenge? As always, I’d LOVE to hear your thoughts. 🙂

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