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...

The Cranberries - Zombie lyrics meaning

Meaning

The Cranberries directly tackle ignorance towards the Troubles throughout the song, and many hold them responsible for raising awareness about the conflict across the world.

In the second verse Dolores sings about those who turn their head away from the situation because they’re not involved. She also references Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, or PTSD. This is a psychological illness following a stressful situation, most commonly attributed to soldiers who return from war. “Zombies” explains that everyone in Ireland is in a state of shock, constantly living in fear of bombs, guns and fighting even when no one is actively fighting.

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