Zombie, Revisted

Zombie. The Cranberries, No Need to Argue, Island Records, 994.

Written in 1993 in memory of Jonathan Ball and Tim Parry, two of the thousands of victims of terror attacks in Northern Ireland, a conflict pitting Nationalist Catholic Christians v Unionist Protestant Christians.[1]  I also observe that the word terror was brought to us by Robespierre’s and the Jacobins’s mass slaughters to consolidate the French Revolution.

I know, I know. “Terrorism.” It’s a Muslim thing!

Zombie

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…

@WilHMoo

[1] Yes, I know this is an oversimplification that does not do justice to the The Troubles.  The purpose of this post is the punchline, not to do justice to The Troubles.

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About Will H. Moore

I am a political science professor who also contributes to Political Violence @ a Glance and sometimes to Mobilizing Ideas . Twitter: @WilHMoo
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