Song of the Week: “Zombie” as covered by Jay Brannan


I’ve had this song stuck in my head ever since I first heard it on Pandora, and the more I listen to it, the more I like it.  “Zombie” was originally performed by The Cranberries, but Jay Brannan’s soulful acoustic cover takes it to the next level.  The blend of Brannan’s smooth voice and the gentle strum of the guitar is captivating, and the music matches the lyrics perfectly throughout the song, from the poetic lines of the verses to the driving, repetitive cries of the chorus.  The result is one of the most hauntingly beautiful tunes I’ve heard in a long time, and I hope you enjoy it as much as I have.

“Zombie” as covered by Jay Brannan:

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…

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