[ ]   [ ]   [ ]                        [ ]      [ ]   [ ]
Snow Patrol — Shut Your Eyes
Album: Eyes Open
Avg rating:
7.4

Your rating:
Total ratings: 2342









Released: 2006
Length: 3:14
Plays (last 30 days): 1
Shut your eyes and think of somewhere
Somewhere cold and caked in snow
By the fire we break the quiet
Learn to wear each other well

And when the worrying starts to hurt
And the world feels like graves of dirt
Just close your eyes until you can imagine this place
Yeah, our secret space, at will

Shut your eyes, I'll spin the big chair
And you'll feel dizzy, light and free
And falling gently on the cushion
You can come and sing to me

And when the worrying starts to hurt
And the world feels like graves of dirt
Just close your eyes until you can imagine this place
Yeah, our secret space, at will

Shut your eyes
Shut your eyes
Shut your eyes
Shut your eyes

Shut your eyes and sing to me (Shut your eyes and sing to me)
Shut your eyes and sing to me (Shut your eyes and sing to me)
Shut your eyes and sing to me (Shut your eyes and sing to me)
Shut your eyes and sing to me (Shut your eyes and sing to me)
Comments (235)add comment
love this song... and the album cover art.    
I missed the best in 2006, because I did not hear this right from the start. This song is a time piece. 
Now THAT is a groove.  Don't know much about this band, but I know it's hard to get separate instruments, at one and the same time, so crystal clear and so intertwined.
Is Spitting Games or Run on RP ? Ought to be if not...
Rating calculation from me... 7 for the song +1 from being a band from Northern Ireland = 8.

Yeah! 
Soothing lyrics for this day. Thanks Bill!
This is one of my faves by Snow Patrol
Never heard of them. Great!  Fresh sound.  A gentler Cake, which a like a lot.
 Cynaera wrote:
The more I hear Snow Patrol, the more I love their music.  This song is another perfect one for a sunny, mellow day with no responsibilities... *sighs happily* {#Sunny}

 
bump...
Snow Patrol - consistently outstanding! 
indifferent
This song rocks in so many ways...such a throwback....and yet timely...
 
 Proclivities wrote:
This song, its arrangement, and its chord structure are really not as "simple" or basic as some people here seem to be think.  Not that it matters, good tune.
 
Maybe that's why I like it so very much, despite it being "not my style".
This song, its arrangement, and its chord progression are really not as "simple" or basic as some people here seem to be think.  Not that it matters, good tune.
The more I hear from this band, old or new, the more I like them.
A cool thing about this song is that the band knows exactly when to shift the tempo, arrangement, lyric and vibe. Still lovin' it, big-time!
 junebaby65 wrote:
I always think of Stephen Stills when I hear this.

 
Interesting.  Now I do too.


Must give these guys a fair crack of the old whip some day.  Never busted out a full album but like lots of their songs.

Oh also I hear parallels in the vocals with some Mutton Birds songs or am I just going a little (more) nuts?
I always think of Stephen Stills when I hear this.
 Typesbad wrote:

If the two worse things about socialism are a couple of bands you don't particularly care for, then sign me up.
 
Agree totally! I like this band, btw!
{#No} .... as it finished yet
 rdo wrote:
Snow Patrol and Postal Service:  the two greatest arguments against Socialism

 
If the two worse things about socialism are a couple of bands you don't particularly care for, then sign me up.
Snow Patrol and Postal Service:  the two greatest arguments against Socialism
 unclehud wrote:
Quiet, yet driving and insistent beat drives this beautiful melody deep into my heart.

 
yes.
Quiet, yet driving and insistent beat drives this beautiful melody deep into my heart.
 There is energy embedded into songs that goes beyond words. This is one that has a very clean, committed and liberating potency behind it. So, yes, uncomplicated bliss, and yes, cool people rule! coolpeople_rule wrote:
let's jst settle for uncomplicated..bliss?! 


fusion7891 wrote:
Simple sells. This one works well.

 



 


let's jst settle for uncomplicated..bliss?! 


fusion7891 wrote:
Simple sells. This one works well.

 


 Mugro wrote:

{#Stupid} huh?

In what way?


 

In that the tone of the guitar and voice are similar to my ears.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1EacQEhrbBQ
More like Strawberry Alarm Clock and their greatest hit: Incense and Peppermints.

 
teodora wrote:
Snow PatrolShut Your Eyes sounds pretty much like U2...

 


Snow PatrolShut Your Eyes sounds pretty much like U2...
this song somehow takes me far off to places i've been or have yet to see every time i hear it... a three minute dream without the burden of sleep.
 neuticle wrote:

tell it to the Beatles
 
Or to their sound engineers
 ziggytrix wrote:

Seriously.  Pop songs aren't often known for their amazingly complex forays into musical theory.

 
tell it to the Beatles
Simple sells. This one works well.
I can't deny that this is a very moving track, and reaches and unleashes incredible power and vibes...still like it!
ditto 

unclehud wrote:
I like it.  Pop, simple, whatever your criticisms, it doesn't change the fact that I like it.  I shut my eyes and think of other people all the time. 
 


A good hook is a good hook.


This time last week, exactly, I was taking my seat for 2hrs of live Snow Patrol & a great show it was.

I like it.  Pop, simple, whatever your criticisms, it doesn't change the fact that I like it.  I shut my eyes and think of other people all the time. 
 listen_n_sf wrote:
That's really the kind of chord progression you learn in the first week of guitar lessons.
 
No, it isn't.
nice logo....did you make that yourself.   rtrudeau wrote:
There is a lot of



in this thread.
 


 Baby_M wrote:

I don't think that makes it unworthy of listening.  Complexity is an independent variable from likability. I've heard songs with very complex chord progressions (some on this very radio station!) that don't engage me half as much as this one.

 
Seriously.  Pop songs aren't often known for their amazingly complex forays into musical theory.

 listen_n_sf wrote:
That's really the kind of chord progression you learn in the first week of guitar lessons.
 
I don't think that makes it unworthy of listening.  Complexity is an independent variable from likability. I've heard songs with very complex chord progressions (some on this very radio station!) that don't engage me half as much as this one.

Ahhhhh, a classic RP song — love it!  This song made me a Snow Patrol fan.
Good response WL. I love this song.

 
WonderLizard wrote:
listen_n_sf wrote:
That's really the kind of chord progression you learn in the first week of guitar lessons.
 
Your point? I mean, other than general snarkiness. Really, if you could play this well after only a week's lessons, you should drop everything and let us know when your band is signed to a major label.
 


 listen_n_sf wrote:
That's really the kind of chord progression you learn in the first week of guitar lessons.
 
That's probably why I've never learned how to play guitar...
 Cynaera wrote:
The more I hear Snow Patrol, the more I love their music.  This song is another perfect one for a sunny, mellow day with no responsibilities... *sighs happily* {#Sunny}
 
I like this song more every time I hear it, but I find a mysterious dark element in this (and much of their other music) that is intriguing.

listen_n_sf wrote:
That's really the kind of chord progression you learn in the first week of guitar lessons.
 
Your point? I mean, other than general snarkiness. Really, if you could play this well after only a week's lessons, you should drop everything and let us know when your band is signed to a major label.

That's really the kind of chord progression you learn in the first week of guitar lessons.
I like this song, and it sounds surprisingly like it is from the 1980's. Maybe that's why where the "blast from the past" comment came from.

 
danmcminn wrote:

Hehe. The song's from four years ago. I don't think that counts as much of a blast. More of a short pass from the past. Or slightly-stretching hand-off from the past.

Fun song tho, I agree.

 

Oh lovely - haven't heard this in a while!
Another band for modern review-writers!

This song is really not bad - has some groove,
still and overall I find their albums not too appealing!

Maybe I compare with "THE THE" too often?
I agree, the more I hear them I like their sound.  Although an entire cd of their music might sound too much the same!
The more I hear Snow Patrol, the more I love their music.  This song is another perfect one for a sunny, mellow day with no responsibilities... *sighs happily* {#Sunny}
 stromdal wrote:
Blast from the past. In a good way.
 
Hehe. The song's from four years ago. I don't think that counts as much of a blast. More of a short pass from the past. Or slightly-stretching hand-off from the past.

Fun song tho, I agree.

Love this so much!
Blast from the past. In a good way.
So simple, so catchy!
little bit of magic in the chorous appeals
 derekd wrote:
I'm admittedly a late comer to this band. But RP is slowly turning me into a Snow Patrol fan.

 
Ditto - except that I'd say 'slowly but surely - and maybe not so slowly'.

toller Song
I like this very much.  Listen to the music... ah.
I like this!
Eh, itsokay. 6.
most upped to 9 

I love this - it was my ring tone until I got the i-phone...
Best song on Eyes Open.
I'm admittedly a late comer to this band. But RP is slowly turning me into a Snow Patrol fan.

 a_genuine_find wrote:
This reminds me a lot of Quick Silver Messenger Service (that's a good thing!)

 
{#Stupid} huh?

In what way?

I love it when they play this intro on Democracy Now on PBS. 
There is a lot of



in this thread.
I like this song. 
LOL Unique comments on this song.
 pianocomposer wrote:
I am going to make sure RadioParadise shuts your account off. I actually agree with your politics, but this is not the place to post such info, westslope.

Wow, is Bill in your pocket?
I like this sound

to the post's below.....cool your jets and mellow{#Sunny}
pianocomposer wrote:
I am going to make sure RadioParadise shuts your account off. I actually agree with your politics, but this is not the place to post such info, westslope

Then why did you repost his entire screed?
jools wrote:
Errr - you do know that this is a MUSIC message board??

And you too?  You reposted the entire message?

Idjits!

I am going to make sure RadioParadise shuts your account off. I actually agree with your politics, but this is not the place to post such info, westslope.

 
westslope wrote:

Koan and Horstman:



Bush II is not a 'country boy'.  He is about as rich and spoiled as they get, witness some of the expensive, bad self-medication habits he developed prior to being 're-born'.

Bush II has the Messiah Complex and is willing to cater to just about every wealth-destroying special interest group that comes knocking in order to achieve his goals.



There is an interesting comparison to be made with Canada's former Prime Minister Jean Chrétien.  One of Canada's most successful prime ministers in recent memory, he came from modest beginnings, a large Roman Catholic family in a small, forest industry town called Shawinigan Falls.

Chrétien had a reputation as a street brawler.  He once severly choked a demonstrator that got too close.  He served for years under the charismatic and very public intellectual former prime minister Pierre Elliot Trudeau.  Chrétien was viewed as a highly effective cabinet minister.



Chrétien spoke lousy English and even worse French.  He was the little guy from Shawinigan Falls.  The image was 100% home-spun populist.  He was charming and self-deprecating.  He may not have been as imaginative as other quebecois intellectuals of his era but anybody who knew him understood that his mind was one the sharpest knives in the drawer.

Chrétien believed in talking to people and co-opting them into win-win arrangements.  The discourse for quebecois nationalists was sometimes tough and uncompromising but outside of the limelight he was willing to make significant concessions.


Trudeau, Chrétien and company were all Canadian federalists but proud to be québécois and in the tradition of a once colonized people, anti-militarist, suspicious of all imperial powers, and fiercely multi-lateralist (e.g., pro-NATO, pro-UN). Chrétien tamed Canada's galloping deficit/debt situation in the mid-1990s by slashing defence expenditures following the collapse of the Soviet Union and a number of high profile scandals (as well as less publicized high-level corruption).


Chrétien kept Canada forrmally out of Iraq, and suffered much wrath at the time for this decision.  In this respect, he was a much better friend and ally to the USA than others who should have known better (Great Britain, Israel) but kept silent or encouraged the folly. Canada has been running solid fiscal surpluses continuously since the mid-1990s.


Funny how the styles of the two leaders, Pres. Bush, Jr., and former Prime Minister Chrétien, are in some respects so similar but the policy outcomes are so different.



The current prime minister Stephen Harper taps into a different constituency that is much more comfortable with the aerial bombing of ordinary civilians and the use of military might to take resources in the Middle East.
 


 westslope wrote:

Koan and Horstman:




Bush II is not a 'country boy'.  He is about as rich and spoiled as they get, witness some of the expensive, bad self-medication habits he developed prior to being 're-born'.

Bush II has the Messiah Complex and is willing to cater to just about every wealth-destroying special interest group that comes knocking in order to achieve his goals.




There is an interesting comparison to be made with Canada's former Prime Minister Jean Chrétien.  One of Canada's most successful prime ministers in recent memory, he came from modest beginnings, a large Roman Catholic family in a small, forest industry town called Shawinigan Falls.

Chrétien had a reputation as a street brawler.  He once severly choked a demonstrator that got too close.  He served for years under the charismatic and very public intellectual former prime minister Pierre Elliot Trudeau.  Chrétien was viewed as a highly effective cabinet minister.




Chrétien spoke lousy English and even worse French.  He was the little guy from Shawinigan Falls.  The image was 100% home-spun populist.  He was charming and self-deprecating.  He may not have been as imaginative as other quebecois intellectuals of his era but anybody who knew him understood that his mind was one the sharpest knives in the drawer.

Chrétien believed in talking to people and co-opting them into win-win arrangements.  The discourse for quebecois nationalists was sometimes tough and uncompromising but outside of the limelight he was willing to make significant concessions.




Trudeau, Chrétien and company were all Canadian federalists but proud to be québécois and in the tradition of a once colonized people, anti-militarist, suspicious of all imperial powers, and fiercely multi-lateralist (e.g., pro-NATO, pro-UN). Chrétien tamed Canada's galloping deficit/debt situation in the mid-1990s by slashing defence expenditures following the collapse of the Soviet Union and a number of high profile scandals (as well as less publicized high-level corruption).




Chrétien kept Canada forrmally out of Iraq, and suffered much wrath at the time for this decision.  In this respect, he was a much better friend and ally to the USA than others who should have known better (Great Britain, Israel) but kept silent or encouraged the folly. Canada has been running solid fiscal surpluses continuously since the mid-1990s.




Funny how the styles of the two leaders, Pres. Bush, Jr., and former Prime Minister Chrétien, are in some respects so similar but the policy outcomes are so different.




The current prime minister Stephen Harper taps into a different constituency that is much more comfortable with the aerial bombing of ordinary civilians and the use of military might to take resources in the Middle East.

 
Errr - you do know that this is a MUSIC message board??

Wow - The Kooks and Snow Patrol within 10 mins - 2 of my fave tracks!  Thanks Bill.  Now how about Madruada and DCFC soon...!

Koan and Horstman:



Bush II is not a 'country boy'.  He is about as rich and spoiled as they get, witness some of the expensive, bad self-medication habits he developed prior to being 're-born'.

Bush II has the Messiah Complex and is willing to cater to just about every wealth-destroying special interest group that comes knocking in order to achieve his goals.



There is an interesting comparison to be made with Canada's former Prime Minister Jean Chrétien.  One of Canada's most successful prime ministers in recent memory, he came from modest beginnings, a large Roman Catholic family in a small, forest industry town called Shawinigan Falls.

Chrétien had a reputation as a street brawler.  He once severly choked a demonstrator that got too close.  He served for years under the charismatic and very public intellectual former prime minister Pierre Elliot Trudeau.  Chrétien was viewed as a highly effective cabinet minister.



Chrétien spoke lousy English and even worse French.  He was the little guy from Shawinigan Falls.  The image was 100% home-spun populist.  He was charming and self-deprecating.  He may not have been as imaginative as other quebecois intellectuals of his era but anybody who knew him understood that his mind was one the sharpest knives in the drawer.

Chrétien believed in talking to people and co-opting them into win-win arrangements.  The discourse for quebecois nationalists was sometimes tough and uncompromising but outside of the limelight he was willing to make significant concessions.




Trudeau, Chrétien and company were all Canadian federalists but proud to be québécois and in the tradition of a once colonized people, anti-militarist, suspicious of all imperial powers, and fiercely multi-lateralist (e.g., pro-NATO, pro-UN). Chrétien tamed Canada's galloping deficit/debt situation in the mid-1990s by slashing defence expenditures following the collapse of the Soviet Union and a number of high profile scandals (as well as less publicized high-level corruption).




Chrétien kept Canada forrmally out of Iraq, and suffered much wrath at the time for this decision.  In this respect, he was a much better friend and ally to the USA than others who should have known better (Great Britain, Israel) but kept silent or encouraged the folly. Canada has been running solid fiscal surpluses continuously since the mid-1990s.




Funny how the styles of the two leaders, Pres. Bush, Jr., and former Prime Minister Chrétien, are in some respects so similar but the policy outcomes are so different.



The current prime minister Stephen Harper taps into a different constituency that is much more comfortable with the aerial bombing of ordinary civilians and the use of military might to take resources in the Middle East.


Yep. This is a good one. This band is pretty hit or miss with me.
Koan wrote:
Doesn't 'country' really only represent *parts* of the United States of America? You could just as much claim other musical forms born in your country as its signature, like jazz or blues or soul/r&b. I'd probably feel better about all our futures if you did. The country boy in charge of your country scares me.
I do feel good about the future of the United States, and yes, it will be a much better place, and hopefully a safer world when dingbat George and his agenda of hate wrapped in the Bible is out the door. That said, many great musical styles have evolved in America and true country is very expressive of the rural roots that have helped to shape this country into what it is today. Unfortunately, the forces of capitalism are beginning to break some of these bonds and this is evident in a lot of areas as farms become more centralized and the individual spirit is diluted.
For some reason I always compare them to Coldplay...and Snow Patrol are normally ahead..there's less baggage. i.e Chris Martin!
One of the best songs on this album, in my opinion.
Keeps getting better.
I really dig this song :good-vibes:
This song has really grown on me.
I do like this song. A couple of their others too.
Snow Patrol, Quicksilver Messenger Service they are NOT. But I do like this song very much. The words are very provocatively sexy and the song is mind soothing and inspiring. I can feel my body changing.
joanie wrote:
there are the artists...and there are the admirers, these are the artists... i saw them live.
So true. The video of their song Chocolate, watch it at YouTube. That is art-- people rushing around the crowded square, trying to survive time as counted by the hourglass. End of the world or a relationship, human frailties and flaws, fidelity/infidelity or just a heart stopping moment of realization, beautifully done with a great tune. And the video of their song Spitting Games, I've played it over and over, it's infectuously rocking and played with precise pleasure.
PS: it's for sale if anyone wants it. $6.00 U.S.
chirpie wrote:
I suppose the irony is this is the first time I've heard this song on RP. ^_^;
It's been played to death everywhere!
I bought the album based on this song. Unfortunately it's painfully mediocre stuff. Only one other song on it with character such as this one.
REM wrote:
I used to like this song, but it's been played to death on RP.
I suppose the irony is this is the first time I've heard this song on RP. ^_^;
I used to like this song, but it's been played to death on RP.
This reminds me a lot of Quick Silver Messenger Service (that's a good thing!)
Another interesting Scottish band. I like "Open Your Eyes" although I know it has been already over exposed.
THANKS!!!!! THIS IS JUST LOVELY!!!
slartibart_O wrote:
309 days. Not that I'm counting either.
I just don't have that many fingers.
philbertr wrote:
Most of us do feel really good about Our future (capital O to mean all people of the world) because we know the days of country boy, his handler (Darth Cheney) and their neo-con unilateralism are numbered. And as of today, that number is 336. Not that I'm counting.
309 days. Not that I'm counting either.
This is just beautiful! I tunr it up to full volume everytime it comes on and even have the opening bars as my cell ring tone! Play once a dat please Bill!
I like this song. It's not life-changing or anything, and the lyrics are a little sophomoric, but it has a nice sound.
shut your mouth 3 :arrowd: 1
Koan wrote:
.... I'd probably feel better about all our futures if you did. The country boy in charge of your country scares me.
Most of us do feel really good about Our future (capital O to mean all people of the world) because we know the days of country boy, his handler (Darth Cheney) and their neo-con unilateralism are numbered. And as of today, that number is 336. Not that I'm counting.
there are the artists...and there are the admirers, these are the artists... i saw them live.
Koan wrote:
Doesn't 'country' really only represent *parts* of the United States of America? You could just as much claim other musical forms born in your country as its signature, like jazz or blues or soul/r&b. I'd probably feel better about all our futures if you did. The country boy in charge of your country scares me.
:clap:
Just great! We played one of their songs as our first wedding dance, which one I cannot say... By the way, loveya Aurélie! :heartkiss:
horstman wrote:
Stay in England. The United States of America is doing well with country music. Some of it is bad crap but there is a lot of it that is great and is the signature of a great country, its people, its roots and its future. :flamed:
Doesn't 'country' really only represent *parts* of the United States of America? You could just as much claim other musical forms born in your country as its signature, like jazz or blues or soul/r&b. I'd probably feel better about all our futures if you did. The country boy in charge of your country scares me.
I am curiously attracted to this song. I don't want to be, and I have guilt over it, but I am. There. I said it.
First flouride, then Snow Patrol, just what DO you approve of, Clarence? FluorideFreeMN wrote:
could do without this song on the rotation.
Love Snow Patrol--love this song--thanks RP!
Very cool
could do without this song on the rotation.
driver8 wrote:
webslinger48 wrote:
"The Theory of Relativity states that, relatively speaking, Snow Patrol sucks." - Albert Einstein
Albert obviously needed to close his eyes and get lost in the music, instead of wasting his time with pointless maths equations.
"The Theory of Relativity states that, relatively speaking, Snow Patrol sucks." - Albert Einstein
Bill, recommend you run this one back-to-back with "Soul Meets Body." They go together nicely.