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Snow Patrol — Set The Fire To The Third Bar
Album: Eyes Open
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Total ratings: 1453









Released: 2006
Length: 3:17
Plays (last 30 days): 2
I find the map and draw a straight line
Over rivers, farms and state lines
The distance from A to where you'd B
It's only finger lengths that I see

I touch the place
Where I'd find your face
My fingers in creases
Of distant dark places

I hang my coat up in the first bar
There is no peace that I've found so far
The laughter penetrates my silence
As drunken men find flaws in science

Their words mostly noises
Ghosts with just voices
Your words in my memory
Are like music to me

And miles from where you are
I lay down on the cold ground and I
I pray that something picks me up
And sets me down in your warm arms

After I have traveled so far
We'd set the fire to the third bar
We'd share each other like an island
Until exhausted close our eyelids

And dreaming pick up from
The last place we left off
Your soft skin is weeping
A joy you can't keep in

And miles from where you are
I lay down on the cold ground and I
I pray that something picks me up
And sets me down in your warm arms

And miles from where you are
I lay down on the cold ground and I
I pray that something picks me up
And sets me down in your warm arms
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I met Martha Wainwright and her mom while vacationing in Tulum, Mexico years ago. I wasn't sure who they were at first, they gathered around the campfire with guitars with a few friends at the resort we were staying at.. Martha laid a nice kiss on me at the end of of the night.. unexpected and still a fond memory. Sweet voice and sweeter lips!
This is quite nice. But, being a (U.S.) Georgian, we have a ridiculously high bar for the harmonizing stuff (think Mike Mills to Mikey Stipe). So it's just rather... nice. 
Love this and Snow Patrol, one of the best live bands I've seen in a long time!
Up graded to 9
{#Daisy}
 RasterPix wrote:

I agree.  Her voice does sound a good bit like Kate's, which is not necessarily a bad thing.  I am not sure of how i missed this song, but it is a bit different for Snow Patrol. {#Smile}

 
There's a number of young girls nowadays here in Mexico singing on that style. But Martha has better songs and lyrics :)
Yay for playing this song! For me, it's one of those stop-everything-and-listen songs.
Martha Wainwrights' voice makes this piece work remarkably well. There is something special about the blend of her voice in the mix. I recognize the voice from the few songs I have heard, but this is a different sound. I approve.
 Pyro wrote:
Her voice reminds me of Kate Bush.

 
I agree.  Her voice does sound a good bit like Kate's, which is not necessarily a bad thing.  I am not sure of how i missed this song, but it is a bit different for Snow Patrol. {#Smile}
 kcar wrote:

Dat bunny iz stylin'

 
Strangely,  this photo takes me back to the innocent days when my internet/tribal username was famous-pancake-beret.  "Tell me of your home world, famous pancake beret." But I would not.
Just love this song, something about the tension that the music creates and the amazing vocals - I have been known to listen to this song several times in a row. Just gorgeous.
Saw them performing this on the "later" show in tv. Very nice song!!
I'm always left wishing this song went to another level...seems like it COULD, just didn't. Still nice...but left wanting more. 
Martha's voice sounds great on this, a lovely song, beautiful melody, beautifully sung.
Pass.....
ah you say Martha Wainwright is who i hear!
 lophrequa wrote:




 
Dat bunny iz stylin'


 coloradojohn wrote:
Sometimes, oh hell yes, sometimes, this thing just catches me by surprise, and nearly floors me.  Haunting.  Beautiful.  Everything.  Wow...

 
agreed {#High-five}
Sometimes, oh hell yes, sometimes, this thing just catches me by surprise, and nearly floors me.  Haunting.  Beautiful.  Everything.  Wow...
sounds a bit like Of Monsters and Men.
..lovely presentation..awesome how he cedes vocal prominence to her, despite it being a "snow patrol song'"..
Her voice reminds me of Kate Bush.
good vehicle for little Martha
 Mosay wrote:


And repeated today :)
 

and repeated yet again today, minus the Hendrix...Hmmm do I detect a pattern? RP on AutoPilot maybe.
Lovely way to start my day, thanks RP!  Martha's voice reaching across the airwaves, Divine{#Meditate}
I love this one....great stuff

 nigelr wrote:

And a somewhat pleasant female voice..........
6.7? Nah........
 
Female voice belongs to Martha Wainwright
Their 6th album coming out on the 4th of September 2011, first title available now on their website from the 21st of July 2011
 Kimberly8 wrote:
It is both haunting and beautiful at the same time.  I love the harmonies. What a great duet she offers him! Just Beautiful.{#Daisy}
 
Exactly!

 bluefrog wrote:

Holy awesome foursome batman !

Snow Patrol - Set The Fire To The Third Bar
Air - La Femme D'Argent
Dire Straits - Brothers In Arms
Jimi Hendrix - All Along The Watchtower

 

And repeated today :)
Love harmonies!!!!

Holy awesome foursome batman !

Snow Patrol - Set The Fire To The Third Bar
Air - La Femme D'Argent
Dire Straits - Brothers In Arms
Jimi Hendrix - All Along The Watchtower



Thanks from the heartland to the land's end. Your comment says all there is to say about THAT song.

 
lophrequa wrote:



 


I came to this more as a Martha Wainwright fan than a Snow Patrol devotee. Either way I think the previous poster has it correct. This is oddly lush and moving.
 fevertree wrote:
Stop the press: this is an AWESOME song!  {#Jump}
 
Yes, very moving. {#Clap}
 fevertree wrote:
Stop the press: this is an AWESOME song!  {#Jump}
 
And a somewhat pleasant female voice..........
6.7? Nah........

Stop the press: this is an AWESOME song!  {#Jump}
I only like this song when I hear its chorus taken out of context — and the rest is dull, goes no where. Sorry Martha! 
Nice
 rolland69 wrote:
"Becuase pancakes have no bones."
 


 crockydile wrote:

Yep. It scares me, too! {#Stop}
 
Sorry to hear about your Kate Bush phobia.  You're missing out on a lot of great music.

5 ~> 3
Here's something new - two people sort-of singing the same song at sort-of the same time.
One of the best tunes of SP and Martha Wainright!!  Very nice!

 Banckock2 wrote:


I've heard this before in a review of a Prince's first or second album. The reviewer said "As far as singers go, Prince is a pretty good guitar player..."
 

LMAO!!
Yeah, this Snow Patrol group sounds pretty decent. What's that other tune they had sort of a hit with? I don't think it's on this album.  
 rolland69 wrote:
"Becuase pancakes have no bones."
 

I like SP but this is : Too plodding,  too repetitive
{Wainright can make a pretty good wagon wheel!}

LOVE IT and the subsequent discussion opened the door for more laughter.

"Becuase pancakes have no bones."
 Bat wrote:


That's an expression I've never heard and frankly, I'm not exactly sure what it means.

=====

A few months ago there was a radio commercial here where some Ross Perot sound-alike offered up this folksy homily - "you can throw a porcupine in a wood chipper, but that don't make maple syrup".

I'm not sure what that one meant either, but it cracked me up.
 
If you look up the word 'wainwright', you may learn a word that once probably was understood by any English speaker.
Sounded like Kate Bush to me.
I saw this live on TV Show, and it was really nice. Anyway i like snow Patrol.
 Bat wrote:


That's an expression I've never heard and frankly, I'm not exactly sure what it means.

=====

A few months ago there was a radio commercial here where some Ross Perot sound-alike offered up this folksy homily - "you can throw a porcupine in a wood chipper, but that don't make maple syrup".

I'm not sure what that one meant either, but it cracked me up.

 

I've heard this before in a review of a Prince's first or second album. The reviewer said "As far as singers go, Prince is a pretty good guitar player..."

 kaybee wrote:
I always think this is Kate Bush singing.
 
Yep. It scares me, too! {#Stop}
I always think this is Kate Bush singing.
 vit wrote:

As a singer Martha Wainright can make a great wagon wheel.

 

That's an expression I've never heard and frankly, I'm not exactly sure what it means.

=====

A few months ago there was a radio commercial here where some Ross Perot sound-alike offered up this folksy homily - "you can throw a porcupine in a wood chipper, but that don't make maple syrup".

I'm not sure what that one meant either, but it cracked me up.

I know its gotten overplayed but it catches my attention every time. I gave it a 10 - I think it will still be fantastic in 20 years, those harmonies that add to the tension, just perfect.
I'd like to hear her sing this by herself. 
 CortezTheKiller wrote:
So I was searching online for song suggestions for wedding dances a couple of weeks ago, and somebody suggested this. Ye gods. I mean, I like it, but it sounds a little dark for me.

 
Arsonist's wedding? 

So I was searching online for song suggestions for wedding dances a couple of weeks ago, and somebody suggested this. Ye gods. I mean, I like it, but it sounds a little dark for me.

It is both haunting and beautiful at the same time.  I love the harmonies. What a great duet she offers him! Just Beautiful.{#Daisy}
fatcatjb wrote:
hearing this song out of the blue I prolly wouldn't like it very much, but with RP's Instant Credibility and a load of very interesting comments, I give it a solid 7

It IS pretty irritating, those offkey lyrics, but I think I like it anyway

As a singer Martha Wainright can make a great wagon wheel.



hearing this song out of the blue I prolly wouldn't like it very much, but with RP's Instant Credibility and a load of very interesting comments, I give it a solid 7

It IS pretty irritating, those offkey lyrics, but I think I like it anyway 
 rtb wrote:


And that's what draws me to it. 
 

Drawing me in too.
this sounds good!


Snow Patrol + Martha = Awesome!
{#Bananajam} + {#Daisy} = {#Sunny} 

 sdn wrote:
This duet doesn't quite work, does it? The voices don't quite harmonize....
 

And that's what draws me to it. 
Love Martha on this.

Huh, Loudon III is a very cool musician, but he's not really gone anyplace - he's still pissed about his biggest hit being a song about a dead skunk - but his kids sure got all his talent, all of Mom's, and then some.

Me like Snow Patrol too.


Snow Patrol = decent
Martha Wainwright = {#Puke}
utt73 wrote:
Someone I was dating introduced me to this song. She was lovely, and breezed away as quickly as she came onto my path. Hearing this... long evenings talking into the night, green eyes, a purple dress, azure sky & sea and soft stuff like this — good memories like her are what music is supposed to invoke.

I think what makes music memorable is more related to what you were doing when you hear it, and who/what is associated, than the song itself.

Thanks RP, once again, for the smile.



Thanks for the great story. {#Cheers}
excellent vocal achievement
Someone I was dating introduced me to this song. She was lovely, and breezed away as quickly as she came onto my path. Hearing this... long evenings talking into the night, green eyes, a purple dress, azure sky & sea and soft stuff like this — good memories like her are what music is supposed to invoke.

I think what makes music memorable is more related to what you were doing when you hear it, and who/what is associated, than the song itself.

Thanks RP, once again, for the smile.


This is about the only Snow Patrol song I can tolerate. It is the only one that is more than sixth-form poetry. All their other lyrics are so awful.
Actually, I think Martha Wainright's voice is what makes this song work for me. Thumbs up!!!!!
sdn wrote:
This duet doesn't quite work, does it? The voices don't quite harmonize.... :eh:
I agree. It's slightly annoying.
Martha Wainwright should not be allowed within 100 yards of any recording device, period.
Just saw them perform this on TV's "Live from Abbey Road" and like it more and more.
Martha has a new one out ( great title: "I Know You're Married But I have Feelings Too")and I'd like to hear some of it here. Pretty Puhleese, RP
This song is really growing on me. Everytime its on I have to check and make sure I rated it. I think Snow Patrol will be much more accepted by "adults" once all the Greys Anatomy stuff fades a little.
Without Martha Wainright, this song would be very dull and boring IMO.
farbenblinde wrote: Yes, I am little surprised it is Snow Patrol. However, I still don't like it. Snow Patrol is mostly for teens I think
lattalo wrote:
I thought so too, but then I heard Open Your Eyes and realised that this band wasn't/isn't just a pop band. I think that maybe in the future that they will produce an album that we will all remember.
Hardly a teen band. Check out their lyrics and music from the last 2 releases-- lots of adult subject matter and they really tell a story, for instance about addicts and recovery and many other subjects, or just write with lyricism and poetry about relationships, and the music is diverse in its pop influences and directions. These guys are seriously talented and for real, and will come out with something that will open a lot of eyes in the years to come.
Pyro wrote:
This is reminiscent of Kate Bush....
That is why I like this.
Growing on me.
This duet doesn't quite work, does it? The voices don't quite harmonize.... :eh:
I agree, this song does grab your attention. Lunch must wait for a few minutes.
joanie wrote:
farbenblinde wrote:
Yes, I am little surprised it is Snow Patrol. However, I still don't like it. :sunny: Snow Patrol is mostly for teens I think Global warming might kill them off sooner if not later
This is reminiscent of Kate Bush....
I'm likin' this...nice to work to... :motor:
farbenblinde wrote:
Yes, I am little surprised it is Snow Patrol. However, I still don't like it. :sunny: Snow Patrol is mostly for teens I thinkPosted 11 years ago by joanie    [ Reply ]
love me some Martha Wainwright
farbenblinde wrote:
Yes, I am little surprised it is Snow Patrol. However, I still don't like it. :sunny: Snow Patrol is mostly for teens I think
I thought so too, but then I heard Open Your Eyes and realised that this band wasn't/isn't just a pop band. I think that maybe in the future that they will produce an album that we will all remember.
coolpeople_rule wrote:
Where is "(the land of bourbon and horses)"? I want to go there for some reason.
Just a guess (physics genius would know for sure)... Kentucky?
xc_para_puravida wrote:
Grabs you attention.
Attention grabbed.
agnes wrote:
Maybe I've already said this, but Martha Wainwright's voice turns this song from dull to grating. That childlike, piercing quality makes me want to feed her Sugar Daddies and Tootsie Rolls until her teeth fuse together.
Isn't "piercing quality" a contradiction in terms? Or is it meant to be facetious? I guess I'm con"fused"?
agnes wrote:
Maybe I've already said this, but Martha Wainwright's voice turns this song from dull to grating. That childlike, piercing quality makes me want to feed her Sugar Daddies and Tootsie Rolls until her teeth fuse together.
Where is "(the land of bourbon and horses)"? I want to go there for some reason.
Maybe I've already said this, but Martha Wainwright's voice turns this song from dull to grating. That childlike, piercing quality makes me want to feed her Sugar Daddies and Tootsie Rolls until her teeth fuse together.
Wow what a combo!
1wolfy wrote:
This tune has excellent movement and depth.
I agree, richly textured and haunting vocal harmonies. Grabs you attention.
This tune has excellent movement and depth.
Pull the plug already !!!!
man this song blows. you realize that they sing octaves most of the time?
Not really sure why I like this, but I do. :smile:
plaid wrote:
Saw Snow Patrol in concert a couple months back (with OK Go and Silversun Pickups), and this show was SO GOOD. For Martha's part, they picked a girl out of the audience who said she could sing. And she did. So nice. SO NICE.
Hum... at Lollapalooza it was the singer from Silversun Pickups
muse_Kidd wrote:
that's exactly what i thought!... who is this woman?...
Surprising you haven't heard of the Wainwright family (Loudon's, Rufus, at al). Check 'em out some time. That said, this isn't the best example I could think of. In fact, it's not very pleasant on the ear. Acceptable at best.
annoying
drone drone drone on and on and on
jonredfern wrote:
kate bush?
that's exactly what i thought!... who is this woman?...
This is actually starting to grow on me.
I like Chasing Cars, but this, not so much. Saw them on SNL this weekend, and couldn't remember what it was that I liked about them the first time I heard them. Meh.
The two voices compliment one another beautifully
plaid wrote:
Mmmmmmmmmmm.
Absolutely wonderful set list today. :daisy:
Yes, I am little surprised it is Snow Patrol. However, I still don't like it. :sunny: Snow Patrol is mostly for teens I think
kate bush?
Didn't know the song and now I'm pretty surprised about the fact, that it's Snow Patrol (who usual I don't like....). Nice...
Anything you play by Snow Patrol is good!!!!! :sunny:
Saw Snow Patrol in concert a couple months back (with OK Go and Silversun Pickups), and this show was SO GOOD. For Martha's part, they picked a girl out of the audience who said she could sing. And she did. So nice. SO NICE.
The only Snow Patrol song I can get behind. Martha Wainwright wins at life.
Not my favourite track from this band, but it is nice to hear a different SP song every once in a while.
Mmmmmmmmmmm.