Two children lost their lives in Warrington, England, from a bomb blast outside a McDonald’s restaurant. The act was committed by the Provisional Irish Republican Army (IRA), an organization that has used violence to press for the removal of Northern Ireland from the United Kingdom. A year after this event, the Cranberries crafted this song, in 1994, though the oft-repeated “In your head” lyric may distract from the message of regret for the long history of “The Troubles” of Northern Ireland.
Since the IRA’s formation in 1969, there have been efforts at ending the violence, such as the 1998 Good Friday Agreement, and evidence of disarmament in the 2000s.
Perhaps Irish rockers The Cranberries would feel some contentment by a statement from Sinn Féin (the IRA’s socialist political party) in 2011 that the war is over. Yet, factions of the IRA continue to be seen as posing threats to safety.
A related song is Belfast Child, by Simple Minds.