The Cranberries: ‘When You're Gone’
Yerlyn ( Cook Islands )
The song ‘When You’re Gone’ by The Cranberries – Yerlyn’s goosebump moment
“Hello, my name is Yerlyn, and I come from the Cook Islands. My goosebump moment was when I first listened to the song ‘When You’re Gone’ by The Cranberries. I remember listening to the song around 2019, when I was listening to the radio with my dad one night. This song is very special to me because it allowed me to bond with my dad because he used to like that same song when he was younger, and it was really crazy that I liked that song as much as he did back then. I remember that we would spend hours and hours talking about that band, and he would recommend me more songs from that band, and he would recommend me more songs from that band to listen, but that one is the one that really stuck to me because it has a very nostalgic sound and it allowed me to really create beautiful memories with my dad.”
‘When You’re Gone’, a commercial success
The song ‘When You’re Gone’ is a pop rock ballad that was released as a single in April 1996 as part of the band’s third studio album, “To the Faithful Departed”. It was written by the band’s lead singer, Dolores O’Riordan, who was inspired by the sadness she felt at being separated from her husband, Don Burton, while on tour with the band. The lyrics talk about missing someone and how hard it is to move on without that person.
The song was a commercial success, reaching the top 20 in several countries, including #4 in the UK and #22 in the US. The music video, directed by Jake Scott, features the band playing in a house while a separated couple is shown struggling to move on without each other.
Sadly, Dolores O’Riordan passed away in January 2018, but her musical legacy lives on in songs like ‘When You’re Gone’, which continue to be popular with fans of the band and music in general.
The legacy of The Cranberries
This alternative rock band, formed in Limerick, Ireland, in 1989, was originally called “The Cranberry Saw Us”, and consisted of guitarist Noel Hogan, bassist Mike Hogan, drummer Fergal Lawler and vocalist Dolores O’Riordan.
The Cranberry signed with Island Records in 1992 and released their debut album, “Everybody Else Is Doing It, So Why Can’t We?”, in 1993. The album was a hit in Europe and featured songs such as “Linger” and “Dreams” that reached the top 40 on the charts.
The band’s second album, “No Need to Argue” (1994), was even more successful and produced the single “Zombie”, which became a worldwide hit and is still one of their best known songs.
The Cranberries continued to release albums and singles throughout the 1990s, including “To the Faithful Departed” (1996) and “Bury the Hatchet” (1999). The band took a break in 2003, and its members pursued solo projects.
In 2009, its members reunited and started a world tour, and in 2012 they released their last studio album, “Roses”. After some lineup changes, the band broke up for good in 2019 after the sad loss of their vocalist Dolores O’Riordan, who passed away in January 2018.
The Cranberries left a lasting legacy in the alternative music of the 1990s and are still remembered for their distinctive vocals and their melancholic and emotive musical style.
More about the song ‘When You’re Gone’ by The Cranberries
- When You’re Gone – Wikipedia
- The Cranberries – Wikipedia
- Dolores O’Riordan, Cranberries, And A Legacy That Will Live Long Into The Future