Song of the Day #2,390: ‘Fire On Babylon’ – Sinead O’Connor

sinead_universal_motherIt’s Throwback Weekend with a focus on uncompromising female artists, as the Random iTunes Fairy follows Madonna with Sinead O’Connor.

I know she became a nut known more for her Twitter battles than her music, but once upon a time Sinead O’Connor was one of the most exciting, sexy and artistically unique singer-songwriters around.

Her debut, The Lion & The Cobra, was a gorgeous primal scream. Its follow-up, the smash hit I Do Not Want What I Haven’t Got, went in a completely different direction, with delicate ballads showcasing her pristine vocals and ‘Nothing Compares 2 U’ emerging as one of the best love songs of the 90s.

Universal Mother came four years later and had no hope of living up to its predecessor. But it’s a powerful record, highlighted by this opening track and some of her most poignant and delicate performances (including a whisper-quiet cover of Nirvana’s ‘All Apologies’).

She took my father from my life,
Took my sisters and brothers on.
I watched her torturing my child.
Feeble I was then, but now I’m grown.

Fire on Babylon,
Oh, yes, a change has come.
Fire on Babylon,
Fire,
Fire,
Fire.

She’s taken everything I liked.
She’s taken every lover on.
And all along she gave me lies,
Just to make me think I loved her.

Fire on Babylon,
Oh, yes, a change has come.
Look what she did to her son,
Fire,
Fire,
Fire on.

Life’s backwards, life’s backwards,
People turn around.
The house is burned, the house is burned,
The children are gone.
FIRE!
FIRE!

Fire on Babylon,
Oh, yes, a change has come.

Fire on Babylon,
Fire,
Fire.

Fire on Babylon,

Oh, yes, a change has come,
Look what she did to her son,
Look what she did to her son,
Fire,
Fire,
Fire.

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2 thoughts on “Song of the Day #2,390: ‘Fire On Babylon’ – Sinead O’Connor

  1. Dana says:

    She may be a kook, but she is undoubtedly a talented kook.

  2. pegclifton says:

    I happen to love her voice; definitely a talented kook 😉

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