Troy (song)

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Sinead OConnor Troy single cover.jpg
Single by Sinéad O'Connor
from the album The Lion and the Cobra
B-side"Still Listening"
StudioOasis Studios
(London, England)
Songwriter(s)Sinéad O'Connor
Sinéad O'Connor singles chronology
Music video
"Troy" on YouTube

"Troy" is a song by Irish singer-songwriter Sinéad O'Connor from her debut studio album The Lion and the Cobra (1987). It was released by Chrysalis Records as the lead single from The Lion and the Cobra in 1987. Written by O'Connor, the lyrics are based on the poem No Second Troy by William Butler Yeats. In 2002, a dance version of the song was released as "Troy (The Phoenix from the Flame)", becoming a top-ten hit on several international dance charts including the US Dance Club Songs chart.

Critical reception[edit]

AllMusic editor Stephen Thomas Erlewine noted in his review, that songs like "Troy", "Jackie", and "Jerusalem" "are compelling because of their hushed, quiet intensity."[1] Mark Richardson from Pitchfork described the song as an "epic and visceral psychodrama", and added that it is "lushly orchestrated, painting the story of desire and betrayal on a wall-sized canvas."[2] Sal Cinquemani from Slant wrote that "the fierce melodrama of young love and betrayal is imbued with the surrounding violence in "Troy", the song's crumbling romance equated with the burning of the famous Greek city." He added that the song "is, perhaps, the album's defining moment, exhibiting all of the traits—vulnerability, fury, conviction, theatricality—the infamously outspoken singer-songwriter would become known for in the years that followed."[3]

Music video[edit]

The video featured O'Connor, completely bald and covered with gold and silver body paint, singing to a background of moving images including flames.

Live performances[edit]

O'Connor only sang "Troy" live the year after it was released, after that she refused to perform "Troy" again[citation needed] until 2008 when she performed at the Night of the Proms in Belgium and The Netherlands.

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1988)
(Original version)
Dutch Top 40[4] 5
Dutch GfK Singles Chart[5] 8
Flemish Singles Chart[6] 12
Chart (2002)
(Remix version)
Flemish Singles Chart[7] 35
UK Singles Chart[8] 48
US Billboard Hot Dance Music/Club Play[9] 3
US Billboard Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales[9] 6


  1. ^ "Sinéad O'Connor - The Lion and the Cobra". AllMusic. Retrieved 2020-03-23.
  2. ^ Richardson, Mark (2009-04-24). "Sinéad O'Connor: I Do Not Want What I Haven't Got (Limited Edition)". Pitchfork. Retrieved 2020-03-07.
  3. ^ Cinquemani, Sal (2007-08-03). "Review: Sinéad O'Connor, The Lion and the Cobra". Slant. Retrieved 2020-03-23.
  4. ^ "De Nederlandse Top 40, week 3, 1988". Archived from the original on 2008-01-20. Retrieved January 19, 2016.
  5. ^ "". Retrieved January 3, 2009.
  6. ^ "". Retrieved January 3, 2009.
  7. ^ "". Retrieved January 3, 2009.
  8. ^ " search results". Retrieved January 3, 2009.
  9. ^ a b "Allmusic – Sinéad O'Connor – Billboard singles". Retrieved January 3, 2009.

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