The Cranberries – Promises

Artist : The Cranberries
song : Promises
Album : Bury the Hatchet – 1999
Style – Tempo – Signature – Length : Rock – 130 – 4/4 – 5:25
Musician : Fergal Lawler
pages : 4
Version : Album
Level : Intermediate

“Promises” is another well-known song by the Irish rock band The Cranberries. It was released as a single and included on their fourth studio album, “Bury the Hatchet,” which came out in 1999. The song is notable for its catchy melody and distinctive sound, which blends rock and pop elements with the band’s signature style.

Lyrically, “Promises” explores themes of love, commitment, and the complexities of relationships. The song’s narrator reflects on a troubled relationship and the broken promises within it. The chorus, with the repeated line “Doesn’t matter, ’cause it’s enough to be young and in love,” conveys a sense of resignation and acceptance despite the challenges faced.

Dolores O’Riordan’s powerful and emotive vocals are a standout feature of the track, as they often were in The Cranberries’ music. The song’s music video, directed by Olivier Dahan, also gained attention for its visually striking and surreal imagery.

“Promises” remains one of The Cranberries’ most recognizable and enduring songs, contributing to their legacy as a prominent alternative rock band of the 1990s and early 2000s.


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