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Linger
CranberriesLinger
song by The Cranberries
Released February 1993 (original release)
February 1994 (re-release)
Format CD
Recorded 1993
Genre Alternative Rock
Writers Dolores O'Riordan, Noel Hogan
Producer Stephen Street
cover song

"Linger" is a song composed by Irish musicians Dolores O'Riordan and Noel Hogan of the rock band The Cranberries.

The song was covered by Simon Le Bon and Dolores O'Riordan at the Pavarotti & Friends concert on 12 September 1995.

About the songEdit

The song has an acoustic arrangement featuring a string section and became the first major hit for The Cranberries, peaking at no.3 in the Republic of Ireland, no.8 in the USA and no.14 in the UK.

In the documentary '99 Love Life & Rock 'n' Roll, O'Riordan said that the song is about her first serious kiss.

Other related appearancesEdit

Albums:

Lyrics Edit

If you, if you could return
Don't let it burn, don't let it fade
I'm sure I'm not being rude
But it's just your attitude
It's tearing me apart
It's ruining everything
And I swore, I swore I would be true
And honey so did you
So why were you holding her hand
Is that the way we stand
Were you lying all the time
Was it just a game to you 
But I'm in so deep
You know I'm such a fool for you
You got me wrapped around your finger
Do you have to let it linger
Do you have to, do you have to
do you have to let it linger 
Oh, I thought the world of you
I thought nothing could go wrong
But I was wrong
I was wrong
If you, if you could get by
Trying not to lie
Things wouldn't be so confused
And I wouldn't feel so used
But you always really knew
I just wanna be with you
And I'm in so deep
You know I'm such a fool for you
You got me wrapped around your finger
Do you have to let it linger
Do you have to. do you have to
do you have to let it linger 
And I'm in so deep
You know I'm such a fool for you
You got me wrapped around your finger
Do you have to let it linger
Do you have to, do you have to
do you have to let it linger 
You know I'm such a fool for you
You got me wrapped around your finger
Do you have to let it linger
Do you have to, do you have to
do you have to let it linger

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