Dolores O'Riordan Quotes About Experience, Process, Songs

Dolores O’Riordan Quotes About Experience, Process, Songs

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Dolores O’Riordan Quotes:

A lot of these songs just came from day-to-day experiences. And it was a very natural, kind of organic process.

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For a while there, our writing got really edgy… I’ve always written about experiences, so when your life gets a bit crazy, you start to write songs that are a bit edgy.

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For an artist or an entertainer, it’s the ultimate when you can go to the forest when you’re done your work and escape.

Dolores O’Riordan

For me, you can’t be a big fat pig up there, slovenly and singing croaky and whatnot. You have to work.

Dolores O’Riordan

I always come across like I’m looking serious, but I just don’t like smiling. Honestly, obviously I’m different in person.

Dolores O’Riordan

I am just trying to live for my kids. It is all about my kids now. I love them endlessly.

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I didn’t get a lot of attention from my dad when I was young. That’s a big part of it for girls. Because your dad is the first love of your life. If he doesn’t put you on his lap and give you a pet, you do end up not really liking yourself that much.

Dolores O’Riordan
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I didn’t know initially whether I’d like doing TV and whether I’d be able to work with other people. I’ve always done my own thing. I’ve never put myself into that situation, but it’s the most fun I’ve had in years.

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I guess all bands get to that point where they run out of inspiration and just get bored with the chemistry.

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I hated singing, I hated being on stage; I hated being in the Cranberries. I was constantly crying. I was going insane. I wanted to be a shopkeeper, a hairdresser, anything. I was so desperate to have a reality, friends, a regular, boring life. I missed that.

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I look like that in the morning: my hair’s all greasy – it’s not, ‘Hey, look at the babe of the band!’ I hate that kind of thing, the way women are always pushed forward as beauties… it’s very easy: you can make the ugliest pig look lovely in a photograph.

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I love to go home to my kids. I don’t have that lull in my life when I didn’t have them.

Dolores O’Riordan

I think there’s a difference between somebody who grows up in Paris or London and goes to Los Angeles. But if you grow up in the green fields, and you rarely go into the city, you’re so overprotected that when you do go to L.A., it’s almost a bigger slap in the head.

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I was 19 when I wrote ‘Dreams,’ and that would have been when it started to happen. The band got signed, and I was probably beginning to see different things besides my small town of Ballybricken.

Dolores O’Riordan

I was so young when I got so famous, and then I kind of put up a wall around myself. I didn’t really want to show people any fragilities or fears; I was trying to be this tough person that I felt was expected of me.

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I went to Irish dance when I was four. I was playing the tin whistle when I was five. So I think certain things are bred into you.

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I went very close to the edge, but it’s nice to have been strong enough to get through it. I’m lucky I had family, a good husband, and my mom. People like that help balance you. When you’re feeling down and bad, it’s the people that love you who kind of sort your head out for you.

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I worked myself into a frenzy. By 1996, I had a nervous breakdown just from working. I couldn’t eat, couldn’t sleep, just getting anxiety attacks and all of that stuff because I was doing too much, too young, all the time.

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I’m an artist, and I need to work, like everybody. We need to be challenged and that we’re getting up and doing something with our lives.

Dolores O’Riordan

I’m an icon. I’m the Queen of Limerick.

Dolores O’Riordan

In Canada, anything that’s not in the city is referred to as a cottage. Or a log cabin.

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It was different to what everyone else was doing. It was very hard to pigeonhole The Cranberries. And we were just huge; it was just sensational.

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It was tough. We went right from being teenagers to musical superstars with money and fame and attention. All of us had a hard time adjusting to it, especially me.

Dolores O’Riordan

It’s amazing to see anyone come out, let alone tell you they have been waiting so long. They are loyal people, our fans.

Dolores O’Riordan

It’s important to take time off because it’s a long journey this life, and I want to be singing in 30 years’ time. You see a lot of artists who get caught up in the here and now, and they just burn themselves out, and I kind of did that myself with my third album.

Dolores O’Riordan

It’s very difficult to break in Europe unless you break in England, and it’s very difficult to break in England if you’re Irish.

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I’ve come to the conclusion that life is for the taking and just too short to dwell on the negative.

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‘Linger’ was the first song I wrote after joining the Cranberries. I was 18, and the youngest member of the band was 16 at the time. We never imagined it’d be such a big hit.

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Luckily I don’t have a sinful past, because there’s nothing you can hide from your kids now.

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Men have no idea how much more difficult it is for women in the rock and roll industry, and while we are trying to give birth, breastfeed, all they do is have a good time.

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My father, I spent a lot of time with him at the hospital. I was with him when he took his last breath, but I felt something coming from him into my hand and into my body.

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My husband Don’s mother, Denise, was diagnosed with cancer, and she was given eight months to live. We decided to go and stay there and help live her days with her, ’cause you don’t get those chances again, right?

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My parents were in the local church choir, and I used to go along and sing and play the organ at all the weddings and christenings.

Dolores O’Riordan

Once you succeed at what you’re doing, your parents see that what you were doing wasn’t so bad after all, though they’d prefer to see you in a secure lifestyle where you have a contract for years and years, or you have a diploma or degree.

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Only we were in The Cranberries. Only we know what it was like being in that crazy whirlwind of fame. We have children and spouses and lives, but there is only one Cranberries.

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People often ask me why I sing with a strong Irish accent. I suppose when I was five years old, I spoke with a strong Irish accent, so I sang with one, too.

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Room service is nice. Ooh-la-la, a hotel. At home, it’s laundry and school lunches.

Dolores O’Riordan

Sometimes your kids give you that shove out the door to do things that you need. Teenagers are good that way; they keep you in the loop.

Dolores O’Riordan

The feeling that’s in your heart all the time comes out spiritually in your voice and the music.

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The first album didn’t become successful until the second was practically written.

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The school I went to was so Gaelic that you learned how to play the tin whistle and how to Irish-dance in class.

Dolores O’Riordan

U2 and Sinead O’Connor – I haven’t a clue why we’re compared to them. Apart from us all being Irish, we’ve nothing in common.

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What’s amazing is – I actually have problems getting it into my head – Canada is so big, right? And Ireland’s small, you know; you drive from coast to coast in three hours.

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When I got pregnant, I started singing again. It was my saving grace. I literally mean having this amazing human life, and our relationship in the sense of mother and child, redeemed my soul.

Dolores O’Riordan

When I was about 14, I got a tacky keyboard for 250 pounds and put on a drum machine and found I could write a song.

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When my grandfather died, I was on tour, and I didn’t go to the funeral. I never got to say goodbye, and this is one of the problems of being in a rock band is that you’re away, and your loved ones die, and you can’t even see them.

Dolores O’Riordan

When The Cranberries got really big in Ireland, it became difficult for me to be there with all the photographers and paparazzi.

Dolores O’Riordan

When the Greatest Hits came out and we did that tour, I just felt I wanted to take a break, totally. Probably because, as well, I was so young when I got famous. I did album, tour, album, tour, album, tour, then I had a public nervous breakdown where I just lost tons of weight.

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Why can’t we actually sing and get respected as good singers and songwriters without having our boobs and butt hanging out?

Dolores O’Riordan

You get older and come to the conclusion that it’s a great gig making music. Even if you turn into an old gnarly fart, no one cares what you look like if you write good songs – the only gig is to sing well and perform.

Dolores O’Riordan

You know that band that are all over ‘Melody Maker,’ Huggy Bear, they’re just a load of crap, right? Riot grrrl group – y’know, it’s all sexism and stuff, women standing up for their rights: ‘This girl said this at the gig off the stage.’ It’s nothing got to do with music. They’re probably untalented gits when it comes to the crunch.

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Who is Dolores O’Riordan?

Dolores Mary Eileen O’Riordan was a singer and composer from Ireland. She was best known as the main vocalist and lyricist for the Cranberries, an alternative rock band. In the 1990s, O’Riordan’s voice was one of the most recognizable in rock.