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The Cranberries

“Zombie” by the Irish band The Cranberries problematises the violent troubles in Northern Ireland. The protest song was composed after two kids were killed and dozens of people injured in a bomb attack in Warrington city on March 20, 1993. Written in memory of the young victims and the mental trauma caused by the conflict, the lyrics outline that “It’s the same old theme since 1916. / In your head, In your head they’re still fightin’ / with their tanks and their bombs / and their bombs and their guns. / In your head, In your head they are dyin’.”

The song and the music video are relevant resources to teach the relationship of the UK, Ireland and Northern Ireland, as the conflict between the loyalists and the republicans continues. Due to its topicality, interdisciplinary and cross-curricular teaching is possible concerning the subjects of History and Politics.

· · 1994

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The Cranberries. "Zombie." No Need To Argue, Island Records, 1994. 4 min.

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