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Dolores Mary Eileen O'Riordan [/oʊˈrɪərdən/] (6 September 1971 – 15 January 2018) was an Irish musician and singer-songwriter who led the rock band the Cranberries for 13 years before the band took a break starting in 2003, reuniting in 2009.
- Another mother's breaking
Heart is taking over
When the violence causes silence
We must be mistaken.
- It's the same old theme
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-ie-ie
What's in your head, in your head
Zombie, zombie, zombie-ie-ie, oh
- "Zombie" (1993)
- Oh my life is changing everyday
In every possible way
And oh my dreams
It's never quite as it seems
Never quite as it seems.
- "Dreams"; first released as a single (29 September 1992)
- And now I tell you openly
You have my heart so don't hurt me
You're what I couldn't find
A totally amazing mind
So understanding and so kind
You're everything to me.
- And oh my dreams
It's never quite as it seems
'Cause you're a dream to me
Dream to me.
Are You Listening? (2007)
- This is just an ordinary day
Wipe the insecurities away
I can see that the darkness will erode
Looking out the corner of my eye
I can see that the sunshine will explode
Far across the desert in the sky
Won't you be my inspiration?
Don't you throw your love around
What in the world, what in the world
Could ever come between us?
- I'm knowing this could be our last event
Jaweh, Jaweh, Jaweh
I'm knowing I am your youngest descent
I don't want to know your pain
I don't want to play the game.
- "Angel Fire" · True Music with Katie Daryl performance on HDNet
- I can't find a word to say to you
I can't comprehend, I can't relate to you
Plain to see your faith for me
Take me higher angel fire
Take me where I want to go
Teach me things I need to know.
- Angel Fire
Quotes about O'Riordan
- Only yesterday did I discover that her group, or she herself, had composed the song in memory of the event in Warrington.
My wife came home from the police centre where she worked yesterday and told me the news. I got the song up on the laptop, watched the band singing, saw Dolores and listened to the words.
The words are both majestic and also very real … The event at Warrington, like the many events that happened all over Ireland and Great Britain, affected families in a very real way and many people have become immune to the pain and suffering that so many people experienced during that armed campaign.
To read the words written by an Irish band in such compelling way was very, very powerful.
- Colin Parry, father of a 12 year old child killed in the Warrington bomb attack of 20 March 1993, after learning that her song "Zombie" had been inspired by that event, as quoted in "Dolores O'Riordan thanked by father of IRA bomb victim for 'majestic' lyrics" by Clarisse Loughrey, in The Independent (16 January 2018)
- I’m saddened to hear of the death of Dolores O’Riordan at just 46. Her wonderful band recorded a moving song after the Warrington bomb in memory of two innocent victims, Johnathan Ball and my son Tim. RIP Dolores … I was completely unaware what it was about.
- Colin Parry, commenting on the song "Zombie" after learning of its meaning, in "Dolores O’Riordan’s ‘majestic’ Zombie lyrics hailed by father of IRA bomb victim" by Nick Reilly in NME (16 January2018); also quoted in "Father of IRA bomb victim thanks Dolores O’Riordan for ‘majestic and very real’ Zombie lyrics" by Rebecca Lewis, in METRO (16 January 2018)