Zombie
Miley Cyrus Lyrics


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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 crying
And 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-ie, oh

Another mother's breaking
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-ie-ie
What's in your head, in your head
Zombie, zombie, zombie-ie-ie-ie
Oh oh oh oh oh oh oh, ay, ya ya

Zombie, zombie, zombie-ie-ie-ie
Oh oh oh oh oh oh oh, ay, ya ya





Zombie

Overall Meaning

The song "Zombie" by Miley Cyrus is a cover of The Cranberries' 1994 hit song. The lyrics describe the despair and tragedy of violence and war that has led to the loss of innocent lives. The first verse describes the sorrow and devastation caused by violence that has led to the death of a child. The violence has caused such a silence that it prompts the question of who is to blame for such a tragedy.


The chorus of the song highlights the recurring image of a zombie in the listener's head. Miley Cyrus draws attention to the idea that the war and violence are leaving a lasting impact on individuals, as they are constantly reminded of the death and destruction they have witnessed. The second verse reveals that this is a recurring theme, since the fighting dates back to 1916, and people are still dying to this day.


Miley Cyrus's interpretation of the song aptly captures the original message of the song, which was written by The Cranberries in response to an IRA bombing in 1993 that killed two children. The song reminds us that the impact of war and violence on innocent people is devastating and lasting, and that we must continue to fight for peace and justice.


Line by Line Meaning

Another head hangs lowly
Someone else has been killed or taken captive, and the people observing this are saddened.


Child is slowly taken
A young person has been captured or killed, and the people watching are upset by this.


And the violence, caused such silence
The violence that is happening is causing people to be quiet and not speak up about what is happening.


Who are we mistaken?
People are realizing that they didn't expect this violence or oppression to happen and are questioning why it is occurring.


But you see, it's not me
The singer is not saying that she personally is experiencing this violence, oppression or sadness.


It's not my family
The singer's family is not personally affected by the violence, oppression or sadness.


In your head, in your head, they are crying
People are imagining the suffering and sadness of those affected by the violence.


And their tanks, and their bombs, And their bombs, and their guns
These are the weapons of war and oppression that are creating the violence and sadness.


In your head, in your head they are crying
People continue to imagine and empathize with the sadness and suffering of those affected.


Zombie, zombie, zombie-ie-ie
The term 'zombie' is used to describe people who are affected by war, oppression, or trauma and are living in a state of shock or numbness.


What's in your head, in your head
The singer is asking what the listener is thinking or imagining about the violence.


Another mother's breaking
Another mother is experiencing trauma and sadness because of the violence.


Heart is taking over
The sadness and trauma are beginning to overwhelm people emotionally.


When the violence causes silence
The violence is causing people to be quiet and not speak up about what is happening.


We must be mistaken
People are realizing that they didn't expect this violence or oppression to happen and are questioning why it is occurring.


It's the same old theme, since nineteen-sixteen
This violence and oppression is a repeating cycle that has been happening for a long time.


In your head, in your head, they're still fighting
Even though people might not be physically fighting back, they are still holding onto their dignity and humanity amidst the violence.


In your head, in your head, they are dying
The suffering and sadness is still present, and people are still imagining the loss and death that is occurring.


Oh oh oh oh oh oh oh, ay, ya ya
These sounds are just expressions of the emotion and pain that people are feeling in response to the violence and trauma they are seeing.




Lyrics © CONSALAD CO., Ltd., Kobalt Music Publishing Ltd., Warner Chappell Music, Inc.
Written by: Dolores Mary O'Riordan

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Comments from YouTube:

@DianaZappitello

The fact that the Cranberries tweeted and said "Dolores would be impressed!" makes me emotional....

@mychemicaldirection

did she die? ;(

@victoriabenitez2281

@@mychemicaldirection yes

@ShatteringPerception

@@mychemicaldirection yeah in 2018, the day she was supposed to do a duet with the band Bad Wolf of Zombie together. She drowned due to alcohol intoxication

@DB-xo6xh

@@ShatteringPerception I didn't know that. Thats crazy that I didn't know that. What a beautiful legend. RIP

@juana4567

Waaaaaawwww

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@hasminreigns684

this era is the best miley has ever sounded. this is her lane. this is what her voice is made for.

@natalieanhorn2568

Absolutely! :-) I agree with you.

@petersumut8307

Absolutely..do the best Miley..

@Jared-xf5xl

This or country. She could do either she pleaded, but she shouldnt go back to the nudity or crazy ass pop songs where she was naked for some performances. I think shes finally happy

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