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The Cranberries — Linger
Album: Everybody's Doing It So Why Can't We?
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Released: 1993
Length: 4:32
Plays (last 30 days): 0
If you, if you could return
Don't let it burn, don't let it fade
I'm sure I'm not being rude
But it's just your attitude
It's tearing me apart
It's ruining everything
And I swore, I swore I would be true
And honey so did you
So why were you holding her hand
Is that the way we stand
Were you lying all the time
Was it just a game to you

But I'm in so deep
You know I'm such a fool for you
You got me wrapped around your finger
Do you have to let it linger
Do you have to, do you have to
Do you have to let it linger

Oh, I thought the world of you
I thought nothing could go wrong
But I was wrong
I was wrong
If you, if you could get by
Trying not to lie
Things wouldn't be so confused
And I wouldn't feel so used
But you always really knew
I just wanna be with you

And I'm in so deep
You know I'm such a fool for you
You got me wrapped around your finger
Do you have to let it linger
Do you have to. do you have to
Do you have to let it linger

And I'm in so deep
You know I'm such a fool for you
You got me wrapped around your finger
Do you have to let it linger
Do you have to, do you have to
Do you have to let it linger

You know I'm such a fool for you
You got me wrapped around your finger
Do you have to let it linger
Do you have to, do you have to
Do you have to let it linger
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Crap this song grabs me by the booboo...cry every time.
R.I.P.  


Dolores Mary Eileen O'Riordan (6 September 1971 – 15 January 2018), On 15 January 2018, at the age of 46, while in London, England, for a recording session, O'Riordan died unexpectedly.


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I can't sing a note, but these vocals and harmonies give me the cringes.
This is a timeless song for me.  Love it just as much now.
 lily34 wrote:
so, so bad. annoying.

 
If your writing about the carping and the whining, I agree 100%.
for you Susie B
so, so bad. annoying.
Man this takes me back.
The Cranberries
Garbage
The Cardigans

3 bands ... not 2.  

2 more bands with the same concept:
Texas
Metric

Strange how they sound peculiar similar.
Did you have to pull my finger...blegh
Hearing this makes me recall visiting The States when it came out; I bought Crowded House's 'Together Alone' CD and this at a shop, jammed them on friends' systems, then took them back to Noto Hanto in Japan and played them happily in solid rotation for years...
A lovely song. Great Album too.
A sappy song, but I do love it so.
 bam23 wrote:

Indeed. One of the problems with the type of dismissive comment you were responding to is that somehow or other, not every person in the entire world has heard a given song as many times as a specific pissed-off listener has, and thus may not dislike it as righteously as he/she is supposed to. It is puzzling that so many listeners assume that personal taste is universal. Apparently, not everyone is as evolved nor has as refined a sense of taste. It is possible to like music and like some Cranberries songs without too much much cognitive disonance. Or so I surmise.

 
That's exactly what I mean when I say, "Whatever. You know, you can be such an ass."....The musical reference  in the statement can be replaced with any topic at hand. I have found, if I were to try and expound at such a level, the other party might go glassy eyed and hurt themselves trying to process such "truthiness." Therefore, for the safety of all involved, I try to keep my responses to the level of the person making the disdaining comment. None the less, I agree whole heartedly with you. Well put.

{#Devil_pimp} 
What would 1993 have been without this song? HOLY CHRIST THAT WAS 20 YEARS AGO.

Not my favorite song but it holds up well enough despite being played to death. (Do I hold up as well after so long?)
 Cynaera wrote:
This song is so lush and dreamy - the vocals are so clear and beautiful... I love it.  Can't. Get. Volume. Any. Louder. Gah! {#Frustrated} {#Lol}
 

Miss you so much, Cynaera...

love this song...
 
 smartn1 wrote:
Gaah. I would be happy not ever having to hear this song again. 

 
Management regretfully reports that this song will be removed from rotation until further notice to undergo intensive restoration and repair after years of abuse and overplaying.

Another Cranberries song (yes, they did write more than two) will take the place of "Linger."   

Please do not celebrate immoderately or excessively. Thank you for your continued patronage.  

 
This is the song the rating of 7 was made for.
 joelbb wrote:

No one can understand how a few individuals can actually dislike The Cranberries.  You must hate pop.
 
Indeed. One of the problems with the type of dismissive comment you were responding to is that somehow or other, not every person in the entire world has heard a given song as many times as a specific pissed-off listener has, and thus may not dislike it as righteously as he/she is supposed to. It is puzzling that so many listeners assume that personal taste is universal. Apparently, not everyone is as evolved nor has as refined a sense of taste. It is possible to like music and like some Cranberries songs without too much much cognitive disonance. Or so I surmise.
I like this song, but the rhyme finger and linger just somehow conjures some very unpleasant images...
finger, linger.....................worthy of a zinger
 smartn1 wrote:
Gaah. I would be happy not ever having to hear this song again. 
 
And even happier never hearing this group again.
 smartn1 wrote:
Gaah. I would be happy not ever having to hear this song again. 
 
No one can understand how a few individuals can actually dislike The Cranberries.  You must hate pop.
 Elroweho wrote:
Zombie is a much more powerful song from the Cranberries
 
Powerfully annoying.
Gaah. I would be happy not ever having to hear this song again. 
Great to hear that Irish band The Cranberries again! It's a time machine back to 1993...thanks Radio Paradise!
Wow...this stretch is peppered so well and piquantly with early and mid 90s tunes...those were happy times indeed...  AND IT LINGERS...
All the good stuff in my mind plays along to gems like this and so many others found consistently on RP...  Thanks!
Linger becomes loiter.
Oh, NO!!!
Cranborings again...Cry


   

I love RP.  This is the only song, for over 5 years of listening, I am pushing mute.  Here I go, be back soon...
Zombie is a much more powerful song from the Cranberries
 sirdroseph wrote:

I remember when this song came out, I was like this is really good and I expected great things from this band. However, other than this song, it all just went horribly wrong! This song is a stand alone good song though!{#Clap}


 

{#Yes}
One of my favorites of all time.Just amazing {#Dancingbanana_2}
horrible song.
Nice!
Still good
loverly..........

I remember when this song came out, I was like this is really good and I expected great things from this band. However, other than this song, it all just went horribly wrong! This song is a stand alone good song though!{#Clap}


we get it you're Oirish now F**K Off
 Brooky wrote:
What ever happened to?
 

In 2009 The Cranberries reunited and began a North American tour, followed by dates in Latin America and Europe in early 2010. They performed at the opening ceremony of the 2010 Irish Special Olympics games at Thomond Park on 9 June 2010, their first performance in their native city for over 15 years. 

Thanks Wikipedia!
This song is so lush and dreamy - the vocals are so clear and beautiful... I love it.  Can't. Get. Volume. Any. Louder. Gah! {#Frustrated} {#Lol}
<<<<falls easily for any female Irish accent. And don't even start me on French...
was it just a game to you? you've got me wrapped around your finger. I was wrong...
 Chlorice wrote:
Linger, used to make me cringe a bit inside...today it didn't
 
Cool!  Is it yesterday already? {#Angel}
Linger, used to make me cringe a bit inside...today it didn't
What ever happened to?
Happy way to start the morning at work.
Did you have to pull my finger?
That will make it linger....
Do you have to?
Do you have to?
Do you have to let this song linger?

After much overplay of this song, I think I can handle this maybe once every 6 months and no more often...
You had a breakthrough on your finger...
Do you have to...Do you have to....Do you have to let it linger?

Dolores :)))

 lewie221 wrote:
Let what linger?

It's always bothered me that I can't work out that lyric. Unless, of course, it was the only rhyme for "finger" they could think of.
 
He (or she, depending on sexual orientation, neither no nor care) is not breaking up, but not loving lead singer anymore who herself can't break up. I guess.

Saw them back then. When they got famous afterwards I wore the t-shirt off.

 modernrelics wrote:
The Cranberries were always best when they stuck to writing beautifully made little love songs like this one.
 
I completely agree!  I love this!

Her voice does something unpleasant me...can't really verbalize it...shiver. {#Stop}
 peter_james_bond wrote:
I was away and now I'm back and I missed one of my favorite Cranberries songs.....arrrrrrrrgh {#Arghhh}
 
{#Iamwithstupid} Didn't miss it this time. {#Jump}
Dolores, one question: did you have to?
I can never remember if they're the cranberries or the raspberries.
The Cranberries were always best when they stuck to writing beautifully made little love songs like this one.
I was away and now I'm back and I missed one of my favorite Cranberries songs.....arrrrrrrrgh {#Arghhh}
dingleberries often linger around long after wiping... {#Moon} just like the cranberries.

a solid 2 b/c this song reminds me of that..

Someone dared her "how many notes can you hit in a song while singing the word FINGER".  Fingeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee—-ahhhhh
{#Motor}  Inspired by love

 pb10538 wrote:
still works, even after 5M listens
 


 lily34 wrote:

always been a 1/10 for me.

 

definitely, 5/10
 davin wrote:
always been a 10/10.
 
always been a 1/10 for me.

Few songs make me actually stop the feed, but this, the "fart song", is one of them.  Please, make it stop.
Let what linger?

It's always bothered me that I can't work out that lyric. Unless, of course, it was the only rhyme for "finger" they could think of.
newbaby wrote:
i'm in heaven when i hear this song
Right there with you!
i'm in heaven when i hear this song
bigB_3 wrote:
Do you have to, do you have to, do you have to pull my finger?
Yes, I must!
Great song, can listen to it over and over... "Did you have to pull my finger..." Solid 9.
Do you have to, do you have to, do you have to pull my finger?
This takes me back to high school.
Listening to the radio, it took me a long time to learn that there was only one female vocalist in the group. Such impressive harmonies.
Unique music...they got me with Zombie.
always been a 10/10.
still works, even after 5M listens
Beauty of a well-crafted song along with fantastic vocal...definitely lingers with ya' :yes:
:yes: :yes: - 10
This one is fun to listen to just for the delicious brogue.
This song lingers...unfortunately.
This really belongs in some kind of Hall Of Fame - landmark work.
coloradojohn wrote:
God this was good when it came out and gently rolled over me -- and after not hearing it for a while, it still has that "chills down the spine" thing going.
...ten, beautiful...
God this was good when it came out and gently rolled over me -- and after not hearing it for a while, it still has that "chills down the spine" thing going. Thanks a mil, Bill! Also heard some awesome old Toad the Wet a few minutes ago... SCHWEET! Always a good idea, putting RP on and turning up the Vol...
Verpeiler wrote:
Much better than their zombie crap. They really had a way with this melodic stuff. Wonderfull.
Yep, whenever they try the melodic and peaceful work they succeed.
This is one of the weird "exception" songs for me. I totally dislike this style of music, yet I've always sorta liked this particular song. So it is.
Much better than their zombie crap. They really had a way with this melodic stuff. Wonderfull.
10. 10. Perfect 10.
slugore wrote:
I can't help but sing along with "Do I have to, do I have to, do I have to pull your finger?" For that alone I enjoy this song. :eyes:
And for that, you enjoy this song ALONE!
I could enjoy Delores O'Rierdan's reading of the telephone book. Hell, if she just repeated the word "Linger" over and over for 4 minutes, I'd give it a 9.
This was a great song the first 5,000,000 times I heard it. Now - :puke: Hate to complain. I love this station!
This is a lovely song. The Cranberries never even came close to this level again.
whoooooooosch......and back in the 90's on any party during my time in university.... wein, weib und gesang. :bananapiano: :cheers:
I can't help but sing along with "Do I have to, do I have to, do I have to pull your finger?" For that alone I enjoy this song. :eyes:
one of the greatest 90s song
I have a hard time listening to this song. Overplayed on smooth jazz station my old boss played all day long at work..this song was on 2 sometimes 3 times a day. Totally ruined it.
A most excellent love song. Love the lady's singing - sorry don't don't the name.
:sleep:
Pipes wrote:
Why stop there? Listen to a little Blind Melon and maybe you could start doing heroine and stop learning all together!
I do heroine quite often. No effect on my learning. Now, heroin, that's another matter. :wink: Really, to this day this song serves a better punchline than musical entertainment. Acceptable at best.
Dolores Whine and The Whinberries ... the worst band to come out of Ireland ...
The best, the best, the best!!!! :dancingbanana:
ManchesterUK wrote:
love the way this song starts, slowly fading in. Top notch !
The acoustic version of this is even more spine tingling.
love the way this song starts, slowly fading in. Top notch !
byrd wrote:
I always thought that this album started a pretty good period for women in music. Between my Sophmore and Junior years of college, I spent quite a bit of time listening to these discs: Cranberries - Everyone Else Is Doing It... Tori Amos - Under the Pink Natalie Merchant - Tigerlily Sarah McLachlan - Fumbling Towards Ecstasy Kirsty MacColl - Titanic Days Innocence Mission - Glow ...and I'm thinking that this song is now 13 years old... It's actually beginning to make me feel kinda old. :o
OMG-- are we the same person? I was right there with ya!
DO YOU HAVE TO! DO YOU HAVE TO! DO YOU HAVE TO!
Wadro13 wrote:
AHH Reminiscience... I'm fourteen years old... the good kid. I get all the good grades and am popular with the parents. They've seen me sing at church or community events and think, "Why can't my Sharon date a nice boy like that!" I've listened to contemporary christian, Country, and showtunes up until now. My friends all like this music they call "Alternative" but assure me that I won't like it. Well, golly, I just want to be cool like you! Katrina was the one who did it for me. She played this album (Everybody else is doing it.....) over and over and over. "This is alternative? I like this." I had to broaden my horizons. So just to spite all my friends I started listening to the Edge (92.1) Lansing Michigan. It was staticy on my boombox in Greenville, MI, but I listened all the same. There was a lot of music on there that I liked. The Red Hot Chili Peppers drew my attention as did the ever so eccentric Bjork. I went a step further and actually started watching MTV.... there was a show called Alternative Nation that played all of the music I wasn't supposed to like. I liked it though! It wasn't long after that my grades dropped and I started smoking pot, the cool grungey kids started to appreciate me a bit more as did I them. Thanks Cranberries for pulling me in with your non aggressive melodies and wonderfully orchestrated harmonies. I'd be running sound for the local baptist church if you hadn't pulled me out of my goodie-two-shoes!!!!!!
You have to be grateful for something that drops your grades and gets you smoking pot. Why stop there? Listen to a little Blind Melon and maybe you could start doing heroine and stop learning all together!
I always thought that this album started a pretty good period for women in music. Between my Sophmore and Junior years of college, I spent quite a bit of time listening to these discs: Cranberries - Everyone Else Is Doing It... Tori Amos - Under the Pink Natalie Merchant - Tigerlily Sarah McLachlan - Fumbling Towards Ecstasy Kirsty MacColl - Titanic Days Innocence Mission - Glow ...and I'm thinking that this song is now 13 years old... It's actually beginning to make me feel kinda old. :o
AHH Reminiscience... I'm fourteen years old... the good kid. I get all the good grades and am popular with the parents. They've seen me sing at church or community events and think, "Why can't my Sharon date a nice boy like that!" I've listened to contemporary christian, Country, and showtunes up until now. My friends all like this music they call "Alternative" but assure me that I won't like it. Well, golly, I just want to be cool like you! Katrina was the one who did it for me. She played this album (Everybody else is doing it.....) over and over and over. "This is alternative? I like this." I had to broaden my horizons. So just to spite all my friends I started listening to the Edge (92.1) Lansing Michigan. It was staticy on my boombox in Greenville, MI, but I listened all the same. There was a lot of music on there that I liked. The Red Hot Chili Peppers drew my attention as did the ever so eccentric Bjork. I went a step further and actually started watching MTV.... there was a show called Alternative Nation that played all of the music I wasn't supposed to like. I liked it though! It wasn't long after that my grades dropped and I started smoking pot, the cool grungey kids started to appreciate me a bit more as did I them. Thanks Cranberries for pulling me in with your non aggressive melodies and wonderfully orchestrated harmonies. I'd be running sound for the local baptist church if you hadn't pulled me out of my goodie-two-shoes!!!!!!
I've always liked this song, and thought this album was very good as a whole. However, imho, their followup stuff is way too reliant on the lead singer's nasaly vocal tremelo sounds that remind me of a moose in heat trying to yodel. Can't deal with that.
I was going to make a pull my finger joke but obviously I am too late and my intellectual peers (not a compliment) beat me to it. :dance: I like the song though.
Great song, but one of the most overeplayed. Same dismiss file as Dave Matthews, Tracy Chapman, John Mellancamp.
I always thought I hated them, too. And I was right. One band that just affects me like missing the clutch at 50mph...grrrnnnnnddd. Please don't let it linger!!!:stop:
Have always thought I hated them, but have to admit this is a beautiful song.
This is one the local "classic rock" station (yes, singular) plays to death (after all, "Every song is a familiar classic!") . . . but it's a good tune.
gorgeously downbeat.
This tune is one of the top impact-songs of its '93 release time. It has "Linger" ed exceptionally well. paloeguevo wrote:
For me the problem with the canberries is basically that they just recorded the same album 4 or 5 times, They just changed the name of the songs and the front cover of the album. Repetition can kill any good artist.
True but the first album is a classic.
psycholynx wrote:
Why'd you have to let it linger?
LOL farts are hilarious dude srsly. i recall this track from commercial radio when i was 10 years old, or so. lovely song. reminds me of my nightly baths when i was a kid, just because it got played so much on the station i listened to.