“Linger” is a song composed by Dolores O’Riordan, who we still miss here at Jammy Toast, and Noel Hogan of the rock band The Cranberries. It was released in 1993. The song, which has an acoustic arrangement featuring a string section, became the band’s first major hit, peaking at #3 in the Republic of Ireland, #8 in the United States and #14 in the United Kingdom. In 2017, the song was released as an acoustic, stripped-down version on the band’s lead single for the Something Else album.
Dolores said that the song is about her first serious kiss. Originally, the lyrics were written by Cranberries’ first singer Niall Quinn. After Dolores was hired as the lead singer for the band, she re-wrote her own set of lyrics, turning it into a song of regret and based on a soldier she once fell in love with.
The music video for “Linger”, shot in black & White, is a tribute to Jean-Luc Godard’s 1965 film noir Alphaville. In one of the rooms of the hotel a silent film is being shown which features 1950s stripper Blaze Starr.
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