Sinéad O'Connor

About Troy

"Troy" is a song written and recorded by Sinéad O'Connor, the first single from her 1987 debut album, The Lion and the Cobra. In 2002, a dance version of the song was released as "Troy (The Phoenix from the Flame)" becoming a top 10 hit on several international dance charts including the US.


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I'll remember it
And Dublin in a rainstorm
And sitting in the long grass in summer
Keeping warm
I'll remember it
Every restless night
We were so young then 
We thought that everything
We could possibly do were the right
Then we moved
Stolen from our very eyes 
And I wondered where you went to
Tell me when did the light die
You will rise
You'll return
The phoenix from the flame
You will learn 
You will rise
You'll return
Being what you are
There is no other Troy
For you to burn

And I never meant to hurt you
I swear I didn't mean 
Those things I said
I never meant to do that to you
Next time I'll keep my hands to myself instead
Oh, does she love you
What do you want to do?
Does she need you like I do?
Do you love her?
Is she good for you?
Does she hold you like I do?

Do you want me?
Should I leave?
I know you're always telling me 
That you love me
Just sometimes I wonder 
If I should believe
Oh, I love you
God, I love you
I'd kill a dragon for you
I'll die
But I will rise 
And I will return
The Phoenix from the flame
I have learned
I will rise
And you'll see me return
Being what I am
There is no other Troy
For me to burn 

And you should've left the light on
You should've left the light on
Then I wouldn't have tried
And you'd never have known
And I wouldn't have pulled you tighter
No I wouldn't have pulled you close
I wouldn't have screamed
No I can't let you go
And the door wasn't closed
No I wouldn't have pulled you to me
No I wouldn't have kissed your face
You wouldn't have begged me to hold you 
If we hadn't been there in the first place
Oh but I know you wanted me to be there oh oh
Every look that you threw told me so
But you should've left the light on
You should've left the light on
And the flames burned away
But you're still spitting fire
Make no difference what you say
You're still a liar
You're still a liar
You're still a liar

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Sinéad O'Connor

Sinéad Marie Bernadette O'Connor ( /ʃɪˈneɪd oʊˈkɒnər/; born 8 December 1966) is an Irish singer-songwriter who rose to fame in the late 1980s with her debut album The Lion and the Cobra. O'Connor achieved worldwide success in 1990 with a cover of Prince's song "Nothing Compares 2 U". more »

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Written by: Sinead O'Connor

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Artist Profile
"Troy" is a song by Irish singer Sinéad O'Connor. It was released as the first single from her debut album "The Lion and the Cobra" and established her unique sound in the music industry.
Song Characterization
The song is well-known for its epic style, with sweeping orchestration and O'Connor's distinctive vocal performance. It combines elements of rock, pop, and classical music.
Musical Composition
"Troy" is nearly seven minutes long, and the song structure strays from the typical verse-chorus-verse formula. This format is reflective of O'Connor's often experimental approach to music.
Lyrical Theme
The lyrics are deeply personal and intense, inspired by pain and betrayal O'Connor felt at the end of a romantic relationship. The title "Troy" is a metaphorical reference to the ancient city, drawing a parallel between its downfall and the ending of her relationship.
Critical Reception
"Troy" received high praise from music critics upon its release and continues to be cited as one of O'Connor's best songs. It was recognized for its emotional depth and innovative composition.
Commercial Success
Despite its nontraditional structure and length, "Troy" reached the Top 10 in the Netherlands and Top 20 in her native Ireland. However, it didn't chart in the US or UK initially.
Live Performances
"Troy" has remained a staple of O'Connor's live performances. Her live renditions often emphasize the song's raw emotional power.
Resurgence in Popularity
The song gained a resurgence in popularity when it was remixed by DJ and producer Rob Searle. The dance remix charted in the UK and received substantial airplay in clubs worldwide.
The music video for "Troy", directed by Steve Barron, features Sinéad in a flowing white dress amidst ruins, underscoring the song's metaphorical reference to the fall of Troy.
Influence on Other Artists
"Troy" has been covered by several other artists, including a notable version by Emilíana Torrini, an Icelandic singer known for her delicate, ethereal style, demonstrating the song’s continuing impact on contemporary music.

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