On the weekend, I came across this song on XM Octane that I really enjoy listening. As I dug deeper into the song and its meaning, it made me like it even more. I love songs that mean something. As many knows, this song was originally done by The Cranberries. I remember listening to that song a lot when I was a teenager, but during that time, I didn’t really focus on the meaning of it and the fact I was raised in Quebec which I spoke only French, I will admit, I didn’t understand the words, except for the Zombie part, haha! Hearing the version from Bad Wolves, made me want to look deeper into it.
The song was written during The Cranberries’ English Tour in 1993, in memory of two boys, Johnathan Ball and Tim Parry, who were killed in an IRA bombing in Warrington, England in February 1993.
The tragedy inspired the lyrics to Zombie which it became an anthem for innocents trapped by other people’s violence.
Dolores O’Riordan the lead singer of the Cranberries suddenly passed away on January 15, 2018, just a few hours before her vocal recording session for Bad Wolves version of the song.
Bad Wolves decided to release the song in memory of the deceased singer. They are giving part of the proceeds from the song to Dolores children.
Bad Wolves did a great job with the remake of the song. I find the music (lyrics & arrangement) is very powerful. It gave me goosebumps. I love this version and it is a very nice gesture towards Dolores O’Riordan’s children.
Hope you enjoy as much as I do!