Miss You When You're Gone



Heartbreaking news came in last Monday, January 15th 2018, that the frontwoman of the Cranberries, Dolores O’Riordan, passed away. Once again, the world has lost one of its greatest talents. As a kid born in early 1990, I was growing up listening to the Cranberries’ songs. Particularly, I grew up listening to O’Riordan’s voice and music. The Cranberries is a legend. Dolores O’Riordan was a legend. Over the years of her career in the music industry, her songs had accompanied many people all around the world through generations. Her lyrics had touched the heart of many people all around the world through generations. Her voice had given salvation for many people all around the world through generations. There are people who will live forever even after they have left the world. And Dolores O’Riordan is one of them. She’s gone now, but we all will surely miss her. She’s gone now, but her music will echo forever. She’s gone now, but her voice will linger forever. And it’s going to carry on. And that is what we do.

“And in the night, I could be helpless; I could be lonely, sleeping without you. And in the day, everything’s complex, there’s nothing simple, when I’m not around you.” –The Cranberries, When You’re Gone

“When You’re Gone”, performed by Irish band, the Cranberries, was released as the third single taken from the band’s third studio album, “To the Faithful Departed”, on November 1996. The album itself was release prior to the single on April 30th 1996. The alternative pop rock track was written by the late Dolores O’Riordan. I listened to this song right after I heard the news of O’Riordan’s departed. My heart is breaking apart. Her voice is really one of a kind and there won’t be any like her; not even in a million years. She is a legend. She will be remembered. She will be worshipped. And she will be missed.


"When You're Gone" single cover | source: en.wikipedia.org

Falling in love could be everything but soothing. As much as it excites us, it makes us feel unsettling. And yes, this is the other side of falling in love that is rarely being spotted on. People talk about falling in love as if it’s the most beautiful thing in the world that could ever happen to us. However, they rarely talk about the other side effect of falling in love in which ironically we experience. “Hold onto love, that is what I do now that I’ve found you. And from above, everything’s stinking, they’re not around you.” Everything is beauty when we’re falling in love, noting that it’s wherever the person we’re in love with is around. On the other hand, it’s all ugly where the person is not around. We feel like flying when we’re falling in love, nothing that it’s whenever the person we’re in love with is around. On the other hand, we feel like sinking when the person is not around. That is just how falling love is. “Hold onto my hands, I feel I’m sinking, sinking without you. And to my mind, everything’s stinking, stinking without you.”
Falling in love could not be anything but troubling. As much as it gives us warm and fuzzy feeling, it makes us feel restless. Everything is fine whenever we’re with the person we’re in love with. However, things are not alright whenever that person is not around. Everything feels wonderful whenever we’re beside the person we’re in love with. However, things feel cold and harsh whenever that person is not around. “And in the night, I could be helpless; I could be lonely, sleeping without you. And in the day, everything’s complex, there’s nothing simple, when I’m not around you.” We could fast asleep and sound whenever we’re with the person we’re in love with. However, we find it hard to fall asleep whenever that person is not around. We could do our daily routine in peace whenever we’re with the person we’re in love with. However, we find it hard to do well whenever that person is not around. That is what falling in love could do to us. Be it the day or the night, it all seems unbearable without that person around us.
Falling in love could be all the beautiful things in the world, as well as the ugly things. As much as it makes us fulfilled, it makes us empty and hollow as well. We cannot live with it yet we cannot live without it. Though the absence of the person we’re in love with is hell for us, it doesn’t mean that cutting off the feeling would solve the problem. It cannot be done easily. Moreover, it will only make everything worse. When that person is gone, we’ll be missing them. And it’s going to be like that all the time. “But I’ll miss you when you’re gone, that is what I do, hey, baby. And it’s going to carry on, that is what I knew, hey, baby.” Nothing we do can seem to ease our anxiety; not until that person is here with us. Nothing we think can seem to calm our mind; not until we get to be together with that person. Nothing we say can seem to make things better; not until we’re beside that person. We spend the whole time missing that person. And that is what we do. We’re carrying that feeling all along all the time. And that is what we know.

"To the Faithful Departed" album cover | source: en.wikipedia.org

Missing someone is one of hardest feelings ever. It’s the emptiness caused by the absence of someone so significant. It’s the anxiety and hollow caused by the lingering presence of someone so important. It’s the pain and sorrow caused by the longing for someone so precious. And the harder thing is that we know the feeling will be carried on. That person’s hand is the only thing that could save us from sinking, but the realization that the person is not here to reach out their hand is killing us. That person’s scent is the only thing that could save us from the stinking surrounding, but the awareness that the person is not around to give out their scent is killing us. It makes us helpless. And helpless is one of the worst feelings ever. Is there really nothing we can do to be with that person? Is there really not any effort we can try to be with that person? In the end, all we can do is holding onto love. However, when we love someone, we sacrifice for that person, right? Is there really no sacrifice we can do to be with that person? There must be is.

“But I’ll miss you when you’re gone, that is what I do, hey, baby. And it’s going to carry on, that is what I knew, hey, baby.” –The Cranberries, When You’re Gone




Hold onto love, that is what I do now that I’ve found you
And from above, everything’s stinking, they’re not around you
And in the night, I could be helpless, I could be lonely, sleeping without you
And in the day, everything’s complex, there’s nothing simple, when I’m not around you

But I’ll miss you when you’re gone, that is what I do, hey, baby
And it’s going to carry on, that is what I knew, hey, baby

Hold onto my hands, I feel I’m sinking, sinking without you
And to my mind, everything’s stinking, stinking without you

And I’ll miss you when you’re gone, that is what I do, hey, baby
And it’s going to carry on, that is what I knew, hey, baby

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