Let’s love, not fight!

I don’t make such posts. But I’m just past ‘Zombie’ on my playlist. The words, so strong!

A friend played this song yester-night as we were having supper at his digs. He happens to be a victim of the PEV that rocked Kenya 2007/2008, that seemingly even reshaped the politics of the country and left after-mayhem consequences to the victims.My pal, and the family, lost property and land – a very worthy investment.

joeIt’s pitiable that we, who were never affected anyhow, either through direct loss of property, loved ones etc are so non-caring in that when we mention ICC (International Criminal Courts) the best we can do is delve into murky politics that mushroomed out of an evil encounter. I’m not re-opening wounds. I’m just wondering, justifiably so, whether justice will ever prevail after any war/conflict or violence. There are always civilian casualties in war. The world is a global village, yes, but that’s only as pertains to the economic flow of good and services and sharing of information. But when it’s war, the people on the ground are the only ones who bear the brunt! We, well, since it’s not our families, take a it’s-just-another-conflict stance.

The ‘Zombie’, if you didn’t know, is a rock song, based on the violence in Northern Ireland. It’s simply a protest song against all the violence taking place. The meaning of the song IS about the troubles in N.I. Its what Dolores and the rest of the band have said many a time. Its not judging either side but more the war itself. Much like ‘Sunday Bloody Sunday’ in that respect. But it does seem a shame that so much blood has been shed over what was, originally, a difference of opinion about something that shouldn’t be about shedding blood – ie: God. Some of the troubles are listed here by WIKIPEDIA. Check this!

Here go the lyrics.

I’ve tried to extract the meaning and explain it down there, but I assume that this song isn’t just about the war in Ireland in 1916 and well it’s not anti-British like my friend tried to convince me. It’s just a song, passing out a very strong message. I know you’ll enjoy, everyone does, Cranberries.

“Zombie” Lyrics

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…
cran
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…
zombieMeaning:
This is not official, just what I think the song entails.
“Another head hangs lowly
Child is slowly taken
And the violence caused such silence
Who are we mistaken
Laments the Warrington bomb attacks in which these two children were fatally injured on March 23rd, 1993. I learnt about that here, go check this out! Twelve year old Tim Parry was taken off life support with permission from his mother after five days in the hospital, virtually brain-dead. The who are we mistaken park is almost as if someone’s questioning himself if this is a good idea.
“But you see it’s not me
It’s not my family”
References how people who are not directly involved with the violence feel about it. They are “zombies” without sympathy who refuse to take action while others suffer.
Another mother’s breaking
Heart is taking over”
I think that’s the best line of the whole song. When someone’s son/daughter is killed, you’ve killed a part of that person. So the “breaking heart takes over,” and the mother advocates violence because she wants revenge, but that will only continue the cycle of violence and death, and not really help anyone.P.S. grieving violent mothers are scary.
It’s the same old theme since nineteen-sixteen.
In your head, in your head they’re still fighting,
Whatever 1916 refers to, it has a reference to war. I think it refers to someone involved in the conflict continuing to try and rationalize their actions while another part of them argues that they’re just making up excuses. (I fight with myself, and other people I know do the same, so this makes sense to me).
“With their tanks, and their bombs”
Well, so far as I’m aware, neither the IRA nor the loyalists have ever used tanks in Ulster, and the British army have never used bombs. That’s why i say the song is generally about any war in the world. War or violence is just BAD!
In your head, in your head,
Zombie, zombie, zombie,
Hey, hey, hey. What’s in your head,
In your head,
Zombie, zombie, zombie?
This, as the chorus, I would say to me, it’s the idea of what they are fighting for that’s lost in their heads. Much of the glory… of the honour shouldn’t actually be there anymore, people don’t want it, yet they still fight thinking its right.It’s always this way for every WAR. Remember the fighting was religion-based ie: protestant vs catholic, was it/is it? Somehow yeah!
*OKAY*
That’s what I presume the song’s about. As a Kenyan giving much thought to those who suffered in the post-election violence 2007/2008, which was just war based on difference in opinions, and being that we (the rest) are all mum about it, let’s;
war
Remember:
“Do not think of knocking out another person’s brains because he differs in opinion from you. It would be as rational to knock yourself on the head because you differ from yourself ten years ago.”
― Horace Mann
“Be leery of silence. It doesn’t mean you won the argument. Often, people are just busy reloading their guns.”
― Shannon L. Alder
“I don’t think avoiding conflict is not caring.”
~Shin
Have a good day!
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