Never Grow Old (2:36)

Cover of Wake Up and Smell the Coffee

From Wake Up and Smell the Coffee and 7 other releases

“Never Grow Old” is an acoustic song by the Irish band The Cranberries taken from their 5th studio album “Wake Up And Smell The Coffee”.

In an interview to Hot Press in November 2001, O’Riordan explained how she wrote the song: “’Never Grow Old’ is a song I wrote with no music whatsoever. I was walking outside here, with my little baby in a pram and my son with me and I started singing. ‘I have a dream / Strange it may seem / This is my perfect day’. So I ran home and tried to get down the chords on the piano but didn’t because I was distracted. The baby was crying! So I lost it. But the next day I woke up and it came back to me so I wrote it at the piano, then played it with the lads”.

In an interview given in 2002, the drummer Fergal Lawler explained that the song “was written for Dolores’ new baby daughter Molly”.

In an interview given to VH1 in 2002, O’Riordan was asked what was some of the little things that she enjoyed the most about life, she answered: “Things like just going out and lying in grass and looking at clouds, and making shapes out of the clouds in my head. I know it sounds terrible, but in “Never Grow Old,” the lyric, “Birds In the sky/ They look so high” is from a personal experience. I was walking along a countryside road with my children in a pram. My little girl was asleep and my son was holding on. I was looking at them, and I was thinking, ‘God, this moment’s perfect. I hope it never goes.’ As I was looking at my kids I had a flash, and I became my mother and my daughter became me. I suddenly thought, ‘Jeez, I’m moving a generation here… aah.


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