Bosnia cover
Bosnia cover

Bosnia Lyrics Meanings
by The Cranberries

Adult Alternative
2002
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Bosnia Lyrics

I would like to state my vision
Life was so unfair
We live in our secure surroundings
And people die out there
Bosnia was so unkind
Sarajevo changed my mind
And we all call out in despair
All the love we need isn't there
And we all sing songs our rooms
Sarajevo erects an undertune
Sarajevo, Sarajevo, Sarajevo
Bosnia was so unkind
Sarajevo, Sarajevo, Sarajevo
Bosnia was so unkind
Sure things would change if we really wanted them to
No fear for children anymore
There are babies in their hands, terror in their heads
For life, for life
When do the saints go marching in?
When do the saints go marching in?

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This song is, due to the lyrics and what kind of band The Cranberries is, about the Bosnian War. If I would have to guess, it is specifically criticizing the world for not intervening or trying to help sooner than they did.

I think that the lyrics are referring to how a Bosnian patriot started WWI, wanting freedom for his country. They are stating how they feel it was unfair of Bosnia to start the war. I am Bosnian and think it is ridiculous to blame all of Bosnia for just one citizen's actions upon Archduke Franz Ferdinand. The lyrics also say," Sarajevo changed my mind," most likely referring to the fact that Archduke Ferdinand was shit in Sarajevo, the capital of Bosnia and Herzegovina. Summarizing my comment, the lyrics are looking down on Bosnia in shame of WWI.

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