The Cranberries – Ode to my family (lyrics)

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  1. Great song!!…Great artists!!……I miss you….Delores!….what a talent you were!!…..In my opinion the best cover of this song was done by Radical Face…..check it out!!

  2. 26/07/2019
    Às 10:08h
    Rio de Janeiro 🇧🇷
    Obs: Eu precisava vir aqui matar a saudade curtindo essa bela e inesquecível canção 🎸

  3. The Cranberries were the soundtrack to my teenage years growing up in Ireland in the nineties. Awake at 2am on hot summer nights listening to Linger playing on longwave radio. Very simple but amazing memory with Delores amazing and unique voice. Gone way way too soon. Very emotional listening to songs like this as it must be for all Cranberries fans especially growing up around those years.

  4. 12:48 midnight july 5, 2019 — from now on im going to sing this song to the videoke or karaoke,,, i love it!!❤❤❤

  5. The more i listened to this song, the more i think that – she (character in this song) became rebelious after experiencing a bad childhood. And the fact that the parents in this song, doesnt seem to care about her future and whatever they become. And she became distant from there when she was out, missed them a little but like the feeling though.

    I never seemed to bother about the lyrics and enjoyed the song but having listening this with my daughter, she asked me alot about what the lyrics was being sung over the song.

  6.  for all who are confused on lyrics and meaning here it is……

    You are here: Cran World » Music » Song List A-Z » Ode To My Family

    Artist: The Cranberries
    Released on: No Need To Argue (Track #1)
    Duration: 4:32

    Tu tu lu tu
    Tu tu lu tu
    Tu tu lu tu
    Tu tu lu tu

    Tu tu lu tu
    Tu tu lu tu
    Tu tu lu tu
    Tu tu lu tu

    Understand the things I say
    Don’t turn away from me
    Cause I spent half my life out there
    You wouldn’t disagree

    D’you see me (a-aaaaaa-aa-aaaah)
    D’you see
    Do you like me
    Do you like me standing there
    D’you notice (a-aaaaaa-aa-aaaah)
    D’you know
    Do you see me
    Do you see me
    Does anyone care

    Unhappiness
    Where’s when I was young
    And we didn’t give a damn
    ‘Cause we were raised
    To see life as fun
    And take it if we can

    My mother (a-aaaaaa-aa-aaaah)
    My mo’ she hold me
    She hold me
    When I was out there
    My father (a-aaaaaa-aa-aaaah)
    My father he liked me
    Oh he liked me
    Does anyone care

    Understand what I’ve become
    It wasn’t my design
    And people everywhere think some-
    -thing better than I am

    I miss you (a-aaaaaa-aa-aaaah)
    I miss ’cause I liked it
    Cause I liked it
    When I was out there
    D’you know this (a-aaaaaa-aa-aaaah)
    D’you know
    You did not find me
    You did not find
    Does anyone care

    Unhappiness
    Where’s when I was young
    And we didn’t give a damn
    ‘Cause we were raised
    To see life as fun
    And take it if we can

    My mother (a-aaaaaa-aa-aaaah)
    My mo’ she hold me
    She hold me
    When I was out there
    My father (a-aaaaaa-aa-aaaah)
    My father he liked me
    Oh he liked me
    Does anyone care
    Does anyone care
    Does anyone care
    Does anyone care
    Does anyone care
    Does anyone care
    Does anyone care
    Does anyone care

    Tu tu lu tu
    Tu tu lu tu
    Tu tu lu tu
    Tu tu lu tu

    Tu tu lu tu
    Tu tu lu tu
    Tu tu lu tu
    Tu tu lu tu

    Tu tu lu tu
    Tu tu lu tu
    Tu tu lu tu
    Tu tu lu tu

    Music by Noel Hogan & Dolores O’ Riordan
    Lyrics by Dolores O’ Riordan
    Produced and Engineered by Stephen Street assisted by Julie Gardiner
    Recorded and Mixed at The Manor Studios, Oxford and the Townhouse Studios, London
    All string written & directed by Dolores O’ Riordan
    Published by Island Music Ltd 1994

    On January 9, 1994 in an interview given to the Irish Times, Dolores explained that on No Need to Argue “there’s […] songs like Ode To My Family which isn’t very rock’n’roll, it’s about my parents and growing up in Limerick.” She added: “’Ode To My Family’ is a paean to the simple old days and the warmth and security of family life.” (January 1994, Hot Press)

    Dolores (Novembre 2002, Hot Press) “You know who really gets that song? People who’ve lost their parents. It breaks their heart listening to that song, ‘cos they go, “Why didn’t I tell them when they were alive?” They go through that weird self-consciousness about certain relationships.”

    “Ode to My Family” is the 2nd single released from “No Need To Argue” in November 1994.

    Fergal: “Did Dolores have any reservations about that song being so personal? No, she never has. We’ve often spoken about that and it’s like, she just writes the song and gets out whatever’s on her mind and then it’s released and you don’t really think about the consequences until you start getting the backlash or whatever. If you start worrying about what people will say if I do this or that, then you won’t be yourself and you won’t be honest, and that’s why we do what we do. Basically there are no rules, that’s the whole great idea of rock’n’roll; when you’re 17 or 18 it’s like, fuck them, I can do what I want. You just have to not care what people think.” (interview given to Hot Press, in a “Cranberries Special” in November 2002)

    During the concert in Montreal in May 2012, Dolores dedicated the song to her father who passed away in November 2011.

    In an interview to “Le Télégramme” in November 2012, Dolores explained that at that time she couldn’t sing this song anymore because of the death of her father, so during the European Leg of the “Roses Tour” she didn’t sing it at all except at the last concert of the Tour in Montbéliard where she let the crowd sing all the lines linked to her father.

    Lyrics on this page were transcribed by our team and aim to be the exact ones (even including all the la la la’s as much as possible) as official lyrics available in different album releases are most of the time incomplete and/or sometimes have mistakes.

    Official lyrics (above photo) off the “NNTA” commercial CD, catalog number CID 8029 524 050-2

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  7. Rip you may not know the loss, but those left behind do. The world lost so much, the day it lost you . X

  8. What a beautiful Limerick accent, and everybody tries to sound like her when they sing a long 😂😂 only Delores could make a Limerick accent sound great. RIP.

  9. Even i have unhappiness memory when i was young… but i have dream to make my daughter always happier…

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