Troy (6:34)

Cover of The Lion and the Cobra

From The Lion and the Cobra and 18 other releases

“Troy” is a song written and recorded by Sinéad O’Connor, the first single from her 1987 debut album, The Lion and the Cobra.

The song uses the story of the ancient city of Troy as a metaphor. The lyric “Being what you are, there is no other Troy for you to burn” is a reference to the poem “No Second Troy” by William Butler Yeats (“Why, what could she have done being what she is?/Was there another Troy for her to burn?”)

The video featured O’Connor, completely bald and covered with gold and silver body paint, singing to a background of moving images including flames. The video’s striking imagery of this angry, bald young woman was for many their first and most striking introduction to O’Connor.

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  • takingaleft

    Boy does she mean it or what

    14 Aug 7:01pm Reply
  • SayNo2NWO

    Wow, what an electrifying performance! She is truly a great artist!

    6 May 12:03am Reply
  • maxisfrommars

    I am not hugely impressed by the entirety of the lyrics. What I mean is, the lyrics are, no doubt, good and some parts are near brilliant, but I personally am not sad I wasn't the one to write them. However the emotional charge is exceptional and I absolutely adore the song. It's fantastic.

    7 Dec 2013 Reply
  • abfdrumz

    @imprecisely: agreed. I'm slightly more entranced by "I will RISE" a few seconds later, but that entire passage is terrifying in the best possible way.

    27 Jul 2013 Reply
  • JerryZola25

    glorious

    26 Jan 2013 Reply
  • St8of_Emergency

    this is insane. love it so much.

    10 Nov 2012 Reply
  • ThirstLight

    GREAT SINGER:) AND GREAT SONG:)

    22 Oct 2012 Reply
  • fandermusik

    ich geh kaputt.....

    19 Sep 2012 Reply
  • Tapeek

    This is one of a handful of songs that I still have trouble believing was written by a human being. I mean, we can DO that? <3 x2

    21 Jul 2012 Reply
  • Echo_system

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    28 Feb 2012 Reply
  • Rubygirl

    raw emotion...♥

    26 Feb 2012 Reply
  • theviperchick

    ..........♥

    10 Jan 2012 Reply
  • schizoid-man

    There is no other Troy for you to burn

    25 Dec 2011 Reply
  • abfdrumz

    This is one of a handful of songs that I still have trouble believing was written by a human being. I mean, we can DO that? <3

    12 Dec 2011 Reply
  • glovetalker

    just read: Sinead O Connor just got married in the back of a pink cadilliac in las vegas...>TOPICAL COMMENTS USA 2011.com

    9 Dec 2011 Reply
  • Hastiani

    just epic ! hair raising ! so emotional ! oh this is awesome , her voiceeeee

    4 Nov 2011 Reply
  • arnobillard

    love big time!

    4 Oct 2011 Reply
  • dufundo

    Absolutely <3 this whole album.

    2 Oct 2011 Reply
  • Dado7

    live performances can kill

    17 Jul 2011 Reply
  • Deformografy

    fucking powerful!live performances are a must!

    1 Jul 2011 Reply
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