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No to Violence

November 24th, 2010 · No Comments · Tolerance

Yesterday it was a Bangladeshi migrant worker killed on a public street, his insides ripped open. Today it could be another young Maldivian kid. Tomorrow it could be another. Do we care? Or do each one of us pretend it’s not me, not my family? How long could this go on? Shouldn’t we as a nation do some soul searching, push the pause button on the political feuds and sort out this mess? Say No to Violence.

Zombie

“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, dou, dou, dou, dou, dou…

Another mother’s breakin’,
Heart is taking over.
When the vi’lence 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… ”

Written by Dolores O’Riordan, 1993

The Irish band The Cranberries’ song Zombie from their 1994 album ‘No Need to Argue’ is a protest song about the violence in Northern Ireland and in particular the killing of two boys three-year-old Jonathan Ball and 12-year-old Tim Parry in an IRA bombing in England in 1993.

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