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Snow Patrol — Lifeboats
Album: A Hundred Million Suns
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7.3

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Total ratings: 2338








Released: 2008
Length: 4:41
Plays (last 30 days): 3
Hold on hold on, let me get the words out before I burst
There's no truth at all poking at the giant eyes of ancient gods
Cool heads have failed now it's time for me to have my turn
Kiss me kiss me, life is way too short to scream and shout.

Flashed up in my wildest dreams the dark red blood streams
Stretching out like vast cracked ice
The veins of you the veins of me like great forest trees
Pushing through and on and in
Gliding like a satellite in the broken night
And when I wake you're there I'm saved
Your love is life piled tight and high set against the sky
That seems to balance on its own

Sing out sing out, the silence only eats us from the inside up
I meant no harm but I only get to say these words too late
Wake up wake up, dreaming only leads to more and more nightmares
Snap out of it you said it in a way that showed you really cared.

Flashed up in my wildest dreams the dark red blood streams
Stretching out like vast cracked ice
The veins of you the veins of me like great forest trees
Pushing through and on and in
Gliding like a satellite in the broken night
And when I wake you're there I'm saved
Your love is life piled tight and high set against the sky
That seems to balance on its own

Send your lifeboats out for me
Send your lifeboat out
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NO.
This guy needs a visit from the metaphor police.
Freaky how the lead singer sounds like Bob Welch.
 Alastair wrote:
Someone tell me why Coldplay are huge and these guys aren't?
 
Shhh! I prefer we keep them to ourselves.
Someone tell me why Coldplay are huge and these guys aren't?
This song is hypnotic, overwhelming, and beautiful. 10.
so glad RP has introduced me to Snow Patrol. They just rock my world :)
We agree. Stunning piece of writing and performance.
so intoxicating
So sublime, coming after The High Violets' "Love Is Blinding." I am always amazed at the ocean wave-like timing at play in this rocker.
I've always enjoyed the swooning ebb and flow of this song, and the vocals and lyrics touch me in heartfelt ways. Seems so nice today
 Grammarcop wrote:
Is Snow Patrol sending out their lifeboats out for Arctic Monkeys?

 
lifeboat
 ziggytrix wrote:
How many snow patrols does it take to change a light bulb?

 
One, but the light bulb has to really want to change.
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.
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Never mind, that was psychiatrists. My bad, carry on.
 aelfheld wrote:
It gets more irritating at every playing.

 
ahh dude there's this new feature called PSD>>
tap that sh!t
 ziggytrix wrote:
How many snow patrols does it take to change a light bulb?

 
One, but you'll have to wait for them to finish their wistful jam in the dark.
How many snow patrols does it take to change a light bulb?
It gets more irritating at every playing.
 Vakse wrote:
Great song from a great album from a great group!
 {#Jump}

 
This song is quite enjoyable, so I got the album and the rest is only "meh" to me, and their other albums are meh too.  Just too bland, predictable pop, which is markedly different from this cut ... bummed me out, as I wanted to dig into other good stuff from them.
Beautiful song!! {#Roflol}
Gary is confident and straight ahead. I appreciate that in a singer.
Great song from a great album from a great group!
 {#Jump}
 sirdroseph wrote:


So you are saying they are Better Than Ezra?

 
That's hilarious. {#Roflol}

I love this whole album from Snow Patrol.
 ajlept wrote:
If "Ezra" is average, these guys are just above that.

 

So you are saying they are Better Than Ezra?
 pkimbrel wrote:
Never did care for Snow Patrol, but this song is alright.

 
yeah love this song but nothing else of theirs has grabbed my ears. some very interesting lines in this. 
 
Appropos of nothing, the AMG search for "Snow Patrol" returns as its third entry "Dolly Parton".
Send your lightbulb out for me, send your lightbulb out.
Is Snow Patrol sending out their lifeboats out for Arctic Monkeys?
Never did care for Snow Patrol, but this song is alright.
I love'm both, but think other than voice they're way diff. No syncopated twang in SP. But great tunnel feel.

ench wrote:
Funny that everyone mentions Beck... I can't stand his work, but this song is fantastic. We're all different aren't we?

 


Funny that everyone mentions Beck... I can't stand his work, but this song is fantastic. We're all different aren't we?
Vocally similar to Beck...just say'in. {#Meditate}
I enjoy Snow Patrol.  We saw them at the V Festival and they were very good.  Not keen on the structure of this song, though, just sounds like the same line over and over again with slight variations in the backing.  Boring, quickly, to my ear..
 oneyet wrote:
I love this song.

 
Yep.
If "Ezra" is average, these guys are just above that.
I love this song.
Send your lifeboats out to me. {#Yes}
 bexhillos wrote:
Lyrics aside which are deep and constructive, the tune is a joy to listen to.

 
Yes...a deep, constructive joy...agreed!!
{#No}
Reminds me a bit of Beck!
I've had this at a 5 forever, didn't care about it either way. Just now realized I hate it. Dropped to a 2... now I sound like Casey Kasem. Falling 3 this week, it's Snow Patrol! Now a word from Clearasil.
Lyrics aside which are deep and constructive, the tune is a joy to listen to.
 fredriley wrote:

I'll second that. PT are as Rachmaninov to Einaudi, at another level of complexity and feeling, for all that I like Ludovico Einaudi. This song playing after Coldplay's White Shadow makes me realise that Coldplay and Snow Patrol are of a musical kind: cool (in the sense of distant and unemotional), relatively simple, and perhaps a touch corporate. For all that both are good bands, it's difficult for me to get any emotional charge from their works. Maybe it's just me.

 
Not just you, Fred.

Feeling the same way.


Nice!
 rdo wrote:
Wow.  Bad.  Just... bad.

 
.......you said it
Going back to my Led Zeppelin Latter Days Album. Just can't wrap my head around the "touchy/feely" music selection this mornig {#Drunk}

 
Elroweho wrote:
Sounds Like Beck to me! 

 

Yeah, I can hear Beck in there too...... Coldplay-Light?
{#Sick}
Nice set William !
 OK, granted the lyrics are pretty lame, but they're not quite as lame as printed below. I believe it's 'cool heads' (not 'hats') and 'eats us from the inside out' (not 'up').

oldfart48 wrote:

makes me happy I couldn't understand the lyrics..........



 


I just love this song!!
I've never listened to any of Snow Patrol's albums before but every time Bill plays one of their songs, I find myself checking to see who it is so apparently I like them. I really love the singer's voice. Guess I should give more of their stuff a listen.
Greater than or equal to "9".  {#Guitarist}
What a tuneless wreath of mediocrity. Sounds like Beck with a hangover. Which is a shame, because Snow Patrol usually churn out very listenable tunes.
 cShaggy wrote:
..try to dislike now, having the meaning in front of ya..

"Lifeboats"


Hold on, hold on, let me get the words out before I burst
There's no truth at all, poking at the giant eyes of ancient gods
Cool hats have failed, now it's time for me to have my turn
Kiss me, kiss me, life is far too short to scream and shout

Flashed up in my wildest dreams, like red blood streams, stretch out like vast cracked ice
The veins of you, the veins of me, like great forest trees
Pushing through and on and in
Gliding like a satellite in the broken night
And when I wake you're there I'm saved
Your love is life piled tight and high set against the sky
That seems to balance on its own

Sing out sing out the silence only eats us from the inside up
I meant no harm but I only get to say these words too late
Wake up wake up dreaming only leads to more and more nightmares
Snap out of it you said it in a way that showed you really cared.

Send your lifeboats out for me,
Send your lifeboat out 


 
makes me happy I couldn't understand the lyrics..........


Sounds Like Beck to me! 
I like this band...surprisingly, I don't own any of their works yet..that may have to change soon
 fredriley wrote:
 and perhaps a touch corporate. For all that both are good bands, it's difficult for me to get any emotional charge from their works. Maybe it's just me.

 
Well Fred, you nailed it for me. Nuff sed.
{#Clap}
I used to play this album all the time while working. Love just about every song on it. {#Daisy}
 calypsus_1 wrote:


Snow Patrol: Not bad. More, I do not say, thinking of a person very close to me, she loves them, so I get very quiet, otherwise I may end up sleeping rough. (It's a case of force majeure)




 
Ah ...yes, sleeping on the couch is never fun ! I'm starting to like this song....
This song is excellent!
Wow.  Bad.  Just... bad.

Gave it a 5.  Lots of familiar elements in there from artists I'm into.  Like the ambitious lyrics.  Maybe giveit a few more listens before I give my final verdict.      


Good call on a Friday afternoon!!
 westslope wrote:

I like this as a background groove but not enough to reach out and buy the CD.  At least not yet.

FWIW:  this is sonically similar to some Porcupine Tree but otherwise very, very different.  PT's melodies are simple, the arrangements are complex.  Nothing wrong with simple or simpler music.  I love Abba and John Prine. Just saying that Snow Patrol and Porcupine Tree are rather different for those of us who amuse ourselves by comparing one popular rock band to another.

 
I'll second that. PT are as Rachmaninov to Einaudi, at another level of complexity and feeling, for all that I like Ludovico Einaudi. This song playing after Coldplay's White Shadow makes me realise that Coldplay and Snow Patrol are of a musical kind: cool (in the sense of distant and unemotional), relatively simple, and perhaps a touch corporate. For all that both are good bands, it's difficult for me to get any emotional charge from their works. Maybe it's just me.
7>8 I just never get bored of this one.
and my (not so little now) tube amp loves that bass.
I haven't previously enjoyed any Snow Patrol songs, but I rather like this one.
..try to dislike now, having the meaning in front of ya..

"Lifeboats"


Hold on, hold on, let me get the words out before I burst
There's no truth at all, poking at the giant eyes of ancient gods
Cool hats have failed, now it's time for me to have my turn
Kiss me, kiss me, life is far too short to scream and shout

Flashed up in my wildest dreams, like red blood streams, stretch out like vast cracked ice
The veins of you, the veins of me, like great forest trees
Pushing through and on and in
Gliding like a satellite in the broken night
And when I wake you're there I'm saved
Your love is life piled tight and high set against the sky
That seems to balance on its own

Sing out sing out the silence only eats us from the inside up
I meant no harm but I only get to say these words too late
Wake up wake up dreaming only leads to more and more nightmares
Snap out of it you said it in a way that showed you really cared.

Send your lifeboats out for me,
Send your lifeboat out 


 Art_Carnage wrote:
I loath and despise this band with the intensity of a thousand white-hot suns.
 
DITTO!
 lattalo wrote:

I see nothing what so ever about that this group that reminds me of Porcupine Tree,
NOTHING!!!!!!!!!!! 
 
Agreed!  {#Yes}  Though with that said, this is the best tune (IMO) that I've heard from Snow Patrol.
6 —> 7
Meh Not so much.


Snow Patrol: Not bad. More, I do not say, thinking of a person very close to me, she loves them, so I get very quiet, otherwise I may end up sleeping rough. (It's a case of force majeure)



simple but effective...nice bass sound & sweeping strings.
Thank you Radio Paradise - I just love this song!!  {#Daisy}
oh yeah...listenability..please...repeated playability..no doubt...
 Stingray wrote:
Next to boring - as usual!
Nothing for the specialist I am!
Still - I give it a 5.

The soft version of Porcupine Tree?

 
I see nothing what so ever about that this group that reminds me of Porcupine Tree,
NOTHING!!!!!!!!!!! 
I used to think they were a "lite" band to woo my gf with... and now, having heard and tried to play and sing along... I'm a reluctant big fan, bumped it up to 8. This album is great. So many of their songs are superficially simple... but they are able to blend the lyrics with the hooky music.. better than the average band. Yeah, I hate their cute band name, but I'm a fan, now. Quite slick.
Likey, like!

Thought it was Beck at first listen. Very good, enjoyable, fun to hear!
I think I have readjusted my rating on this song several times, but it's now a 10.  This one will stand the test of time.  A great sound and feel.
It is a great tune.  I think the moral of the story is 7.....When does RP2 go live ?
 Templar13 wrote:
I respctfully disagree, Ray.  Porcupine Tree shares a sonic palette with them to a degree, but Snow Patrol is a very distinct,
sophisticated musical sojourn if you'll take the time to go along for the ride...just like P. Tree is...

Stingray wrote:
Next to boring - as usual!
Nothing for the specialist I am!
Still - I give it a 5.

The soft version of Porcupine Tree?

 
 
Don't bother to be respectful...  I was always taught that respect had to be earned.

nice groove...toes tapping!
 
Good song.
 Stingray wrote:
Next to boring - as usual!
Nothing for the elitist I am!
Still - I give it a 5.

The soft version of Porcupine Tree?

 
Fixed that for you...


 sbegf wrote:
Love this song!

Always mouth the line... "kiss me, kiss me...life is way to short to scream and shout" at my wife when she is ticked at me...always gets to her...either that or thought of how bad my singing is...
 

 Jelani wrote:

...and then the frying pan comes flying across the room...
 
Yeah, one does not find rolling pins in kitchens as much these days, so the frying pan will have to do.


 Cellocaster_Paul wrote:
perfect for close listening- got the Bose about 4 feet from my ears...
 
both bose?  wtf.....get some earbuds !


perfect for close listening- got the Bose about 4 feet from my ears...

I like this as a background groove but not enough to reach out and buy the CD.  At least not yet.

FWIW:  this is sonically similar to some Porcupine Tree but otherwise very, very different.  PT's melodies are simple, the arrangements are complex.  Nothing wrong with simple or simpler music.  I love Abba and John Prine. Just saying that Snow Patrol and Porcupine Tree are rather different for those of us who amuse ourselves by comparing one popular rock band to another.


Beautiful segue from Alice In Chains - Don't Follow to this — very nice
 Stingray wrote:
Next to boring - as usual!
Nothing for the specialist I am!
Still - I give it a 5.

The soft version of Porcupine Tree?

 
Must be so hard to be an Eclecticist.
By the way, I agree with your comment otherwise.

 

 The misses and me . . .we be ... dancin' in the dark.....very sensual tune...


I respctfully disagree, Ray.  Porcupine Tree shares a sonic palette with them to a degree, but Snow Patrol is a very distinct,
sophisticated musical sojourn if you'll take the time to go along for the ride...just like P. Tree is...

Stingray wrote:
Next to boring - as usual!
Nothing for the specialist I am!
Still - I give it a 5.

The soft version of Porcupine Tree?

 


Put me on the list of folks who think this is a kickin' tune!
Next to boring - as usual!
Nothing for the specialist I am!
Still - I give it a 5.

The soft version of Porcupine Tree?

I'm with them...someone throw me a lifeboat!
 CoYoT51 wrote:

Maybe their best tune.. from my point of view.
 
I think so - it's definitely a depart from their usual. Nice nice tune. :o)


It's each time a better experience.
A good 8 for me.
Maybe their best tune.. from my point of view.
 sbegf wrote:
Love this song!

Always mouth the line... "kiss me, kiss me...life is way to short to scream and shout" at my wife when she is ticked at me...always gets to her...
 
...and then the frying pan comes flying across the room...
I'm slightly obsessed with this song.  I could listen to it over and over and over and over again.  All the while I find myself rocking forward and back to the beat, like a crazy person. {#Yes}  In fact, I think I will buy this album today.

Fantastic music! With emphasis on the word 'music'.....{#Snooty}
Nice song. I don't like their other stuff but this is nice on the ears.
 Art_Carnage wrote:
I loath and despise this band with the intensity of a thousand white-hot suns.
 

Better than half the stuff played during the day...............
 jkhandy wrote:

Wow!  Imagine if you put even a fraction of that energy into something constructive?  Your body and this planet would be much better off.
 
Wow! Imagine if you didn't slag off other posters for expressing honest opinions? The rest of us would be much better off. Better strong opinions than positivist happy-clappy 'on-message' bland comments. What do you think this board is for, if not for expressing opinions?

This is great stuff- sorry if there is some it grates. They make great hooks and simple yet powerful themes.
 Art_Carnage wrote:
I loath and despise this band with the intensity of a thousand white-hot suns.
 
Wow!  Imagine if you put even a fraction of that energy into something constructive?  Your body and this planet would be much better off.


 Art_Carnage wrote:
I loath and despise this band with the intensity of a thousand white-hot suns.
 
C'mon Art. Tell us how you really feel...

 Art_Carnage wrote:
I loath and despise this band with the intensity of a thousand white-hot suns.
 
Don't you wish that people would just come right out and say what they're thinking instead of beating around the bush?
 sbegf wrote:
Love this song!

Always mouth the line... "kiss me, kiss me...life is way to short to scream and shout" at my wife when she is ticked at me...always gets to her...either that or thought of how bad my singing is...
 
Made me laugh out loud! What a delightful visual. Thank you. Snow Patrol has made me happy a lot lately and now this story will make it even richer. 
I loath and despise this band with the intensity of a thousand white-hot suns.
Love this song!

Always mouth the line... "kiss me, kiss me...life is way to short to scream and shout" at my wife when she is ticked at me...always gets to her...either that or thought of how bad my singing is...
 jules44 wrote:
need to get this album. love his voice.
 
An amazing ability to write about love...

 That_SOB wrote:
This song flows so very pleasantly...and like good wine it get's better with time.{#Cheers}
 
{#Meditate}

 fran_tarkenton wrote:
oh god not again!
 
Yep, and this one is a good one.
silence eats us from the inside out
oh god not again!
This song flows so very pleasantly...and like good wine it get's better with time.{#Cheers}
Outstanding cut from an outstanding disc.
Too much is not enough.... 9!
Sounds good - yes!
But an "8" is too much!