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The True Story Behind The Cranberries's Hit Song 'Zombie'

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Following the tragic passing of The Cranberries's lead singer, Dolores O'Riordan, 46, fans are coming together to mourn the talented musician.

As fans pay tribute to the Irish artist, media outlets are doing the same by revealing the meaning behind the popular 90s band's most popular songs.

According to BBC, The Cranberries's hit single, "Zombie" isn't about the undead, but rather about a devastating event that rocked Northern Ireland forever.

In March 1993, the Provisional Irish Republican Army (IRA) bombed the Cheshire town of Warrington, resulting in two causalities and more than 40 injuries.

Three-year-old Johnathan Ball was killed when two bombs hidden in garbage bins detonated on a busy shopping street, while 12-year-old Tim Parry passed five days later.

"I remember seeing one of the mothers on television, just devastated," O'Riordan told Vox magazine in 1994.

"I felt so sad for her, that she'd carried him for nine months, been through all the morning sickness, the whole thing and someā€¦ prick, some airhead who thought he was making a point, did that," she added.

However, not everybody knew about the the song's hidden meaning.

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