Of course zombies are the stuff that hits are made of and this one is raw and raging. “Zombie” is The Cranberries at their best—very grunge/alternative metal and fierce. From the Irish band’s 1994 album, No Need to Argue, it was a number one hit on an album that went triple platinum. No doubt the protest song struck a chord. Dolores O’Riordan’s lyrics are angry and haunting.
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 …
and so on.
A battle cry? A lament? A message? A classic. Waaargh!
—Erin Orison, DEAD LOVE/the Daily Slice