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There was a game we used to play
We would hit the town on Friday night
And stay in bed until Sunday
We used to be so free
We were living for the love we had and
Living not for reality

It was just my imagination [x3]

There was a time I...


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    Dec 6th, 12:18pm report

    The above comments provide a very good explanations to the meaning of this song. My parent’s world was centred around their love and their children. However, towards the end of my mother’s life, she questioned why to bring a child in a world of cruelty and be heartbroken by losing them in your life. Also, my mother would wonder what her life would have been, if she never had married and did not come to live in Canada. She was very happy with her marriage, life, and children; but just curious. Dolores O’Riordan was a deep thinker and a very caring person. Maybe Dolores O’Riordan was also questioning why to give birth to only have the child to experience a cruel world. Remember her childhood had a period of pain and trauma; which I believed haunted her. The quick and sudden rise to fame, also had an effect on this once shy girl. She may have questioned why such pain and cruelty was allowed to exist by God. She would not be the first person to question the reason for evil to exist and why man treats others so inhumanity. Dolores O’Riordan may have wondered what her life would be like, if she had not married and had no children out of curiosity: a much simpler life. Music was a outlet for Dolores O’Riordan to express her thoughts and feelings. Sadly, Dolores O’Riordan was struggling on many increasing fronts. I rather doubt Dolores O’Riordan would have given up her children without one raging hell of fight to death.


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    Apr 8th, 2019 4:10am report

    This is about a woman who is imagining she is married and has children and thinking of the consequences of her getting married and her preference of staying with her husband in bed during Sunday mornings. If she wanted to be free and without any care for her children, she should have discussed with her husband that they don't want to have kids.

    However, is having kids while being married a loss of freedom? It seems she has no love for her kids. She should have used protection every time she makes love with her husband. Kids are to be loved and they are a blessing.



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    Apr 6th, 2019 4:44pm report

    As per Dolores O'Riordan herself at the introduction of the song from the 2010 concert in Paris, the song is about life before having children, then when having children, and concluding when the children have grown and gone.

    As she put it, having to go to the park instead of going to the bar. Freedom, the loss of Freedom, and regaining Freedom.


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    Apr 2nd, 2007 4:19pm report

    The song is generally about escapism, with shades of one who've lost faith in Christianity and all of hte born-again stuff -- reminds of that song byu the Christian group JARS OF CLAY's "5 Candles" song (also check THE OFFSPRING's "So Far Away", and Michael W. Smith's "Place In This World")), which rings quite surreal to a realists perspective about life, God, and the world in general - similar to the book of Ecclesiates found in the Bible itself and was acknowledged by Christ himself as found within one of the scriptures' gospel record passages.

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