ODE TO MY FAMILY
Though not as huge of a hit as Zombie, Ode to My Family remains my most favorite song from the Irish band. I like it because of its delicate poignancy; the melody is almost minimalistic, but it warms your heart big time (thanks to the song’s lyrics and Dolores O’Riordan’s voice).
Hearing Ode to My Family as an eight year-old was kinda haunting. The song resembles a lullaby that echoes from an 18th century mansion (especially the doo, doo, doo, doo… part); it’s like a ghost from the past that yearns to belong in the present (but I miss you, I miss, ’cause I liked it, ’cause I liked it, when I was out there). It has a remarkable power to permeate one’s spirit.
The video also shows random shots of a quiet town (possibly Limerick) and its people (mostly kids). I especially liked the kids’ scenes, because they perfectly personify the song’s true meaning: ah, the simple, young life!
Ode to My Family: