In a Songfacts interview with Dolores O'Riordan
, she said this was one of the most therapeutic songs for her to write. "'Ode to My Family' was written when I first came to America with The Cranberries," she said. "I was away from my family and friends and I was lonely, so I wrote that."
That first trip to America came in the Summer of 1993 after they had already toured Europe to promote their debut album Everybody Else Is Doing It, So Why Can't We?
The Cranberries were hardly known in the US when they arrived, but by the end of the year, "Linger
" was getting airplay, and in 1994 they became huge stars.