Final Straw Album

Artist(s): Snow Patrol

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Snow Patrol Final Straw Cover Art

Tracklist

How to Be Dead

length: 3:23
producer: Garret Lee
mixer: Garret Lee
engineer: Dan Swift
assistant engineer: Jeff McLaughlin
composer: Jonny Quinn, Gary Lightbody, Mark McClelland, Nathan Connolly
lyricist: Gary Lightbody

Please don't go crazy, if I tell you the truth,
No you don't know what happened, and you never, will,
If you don't listen to me while I talk to the wall,
This blanket is freezing, its been out in the hall,
Where you fight me for hours, 'til I'm sure what I want
But darling I want the same thing, that I wanted before,
So sweetheart tell me what's up, I won't stop, no way.

Please keep your hands down, and stop raising your voice,
Its hardly what I'd be doing, if you gave me a choice,
Its a simple suggestion, can you give me some time,
So just say yes or no, why can't you shoulder the blame?
'cause both my shoulders are heavy, from the weight of us both,
You're a big boy now, so lets not talk about growth,
You've not heard a single word I have said, Oh My God,

Please take it easy, It can't all be my fault,
I haven't made half the mistakes, that you've listed so far,
Baby let me explain something, its all down to drugs,
At least I remember taking them, and not a lot else,
It seems I've stepped over lines, you've drawn again and again,
but if the ecstasy's in, the wit is definitely out,
Dr Jekyll is wrestling Hyde, for my pride.

Wow

length: 4:02
producer: Garret Lee
mixer: Garret Lee
engineer: Dan Swift
assistant engineer: Jeff McLaughlin
composer: Jonny Quinn, Gary Lightbody, Mark McClelland, Nathan Connolly
lyricist: Gary Lightbody
Don't be scared of anything at all
Everything we have is all we need
All the spotlights streaming into angry skies
Means there's no one watching as we leave

Say the first thing that comes into your head when you see me
If it looks like it works and it feels like works then it works
With the sun on your face all these worries will soon disappear yeah
Just follow me now, just follow me now

I find careful patterns in the snow
Since you didn't come around but changed your mind
If you just take 10 more steps to me
I won't ever ask you again

Just because I couldn't say doesn't make me a liar
Noticed a changed in the tone of your voice it's so clear
My loneliness-ness is not something I can be proud of
But it's all gonna change, yes it's all going to change
(all gonna change yes it's all going to change
all gonna change yes it's all going to change)

Say the first thing that comes into your head when you see me
If it looks like it works and it feels like works then it works
With the sun on your face all these worries will soon disappear, yeah
Just follow me now, just follow me now

Gleaming Auction

length: 2:05
producer: Garret Lee
mixer: Garret Lee
engineer: Dan Swift
assistant engineer: Jeff McLaughlin
composer: Jonny Quinn, Gary Lightbody, Mark McClelland, Nathan Connolly
lyricist: Gary Lightbody
I get tired of the heart attacks
Every time it rains
Put myself on the waiting list
And get it all cleared up

You're the one with the attitude
Don't try and make me out
To be the root of the evil and
A whole lot other stuff

Lay back and suffer now
We both earned our award
Lay back and suffer now
We've both our award

Buried deep in your tower ground I'm sure I never got
Past any clue of the whereabouts of all the things I lost
Just because you were right before doesn't mean you're right
To make up now would just vindicate every doubt I had

It's not as simple as how much you think you care
You would've never known when to take the hands
Broken glass aside my feelings stay the same
Covered head to toe with blood and feel inspired

Whatever's Left

length: 2:40
producer: Garret Lee
mixer: Garret Lee
engineer: Dan Swift
assistant engineer: Jeff McLaughlin
composer: Jonny Quinn, Gary Lightbody, Mark McClelland, Nathan Connolly
lyricist: Gary Lightbody
A feeling I've had many times before.
I can't hold the fort, saying give me more.
I struggle and sweat,
Now I'm wide awake.
With mind all I'm fine, with my ears to find.
It's the same thing again,
But it could become a problem if
We don't deal with it now,
And we blast off in another end.
I've not opened my mouth,
Can you read my mind so easily?

As the madness sets in
You must know that I'll follow you
You must know that I'll follow you
You must know that I'll follow you
You must know that I'll follow you
You must know that I'll follow you

A sudden movement and a broken limb,
The patches are there to show where I'm heading.
My fault is it now? Well its news to me.
Cause each of us, we try once again.
It's the same thing again,
But it could become a problem if
We don't deal with it now,
And you blast off in another end.
I've not opened my mouth,
Can you read my mind so easily?

As the madness sets in,
You must know that I'll follow you
You must know that I'll follow you
You must know that I'll follow you
You must know that I'll follow you
You must know that I'll follow you
You must know that I'll follow you
You must know that I'll follow you
You must know that I'll follow you
You must know that I'll follow you.

Spitting Games

length: 3:46
producer: Garret Lee
mixer: Chris Lord‐Alge
engineer: Dan Swift
assistant engineer: Jeff McLaughlin
composer: Gary Lightbody, Mark McClelland, Nathan Connolly, Jonny Quinn
lyricist: Gary Lightbody
I broke into your house last night
And left a note at your bedside
I'm far too shy to speak to you at school
You leave me numb and I'm not sure why

I find it easier to sit and stare
Than push my lens up towards you right there
My heart is bursting in your perfect eyes
As blue as oceans and as pure as skies

I struggle for the words and then give up
My head's up with the birds and the seagulls
A little piece of mind that I know better
Than the plain disgrace of all my letters

But after that the floodgates opened up
And I fell in love with everyone I saw
Please take your time I'm not in any rush
And it's in everything I ever touched

It's not as if I need the extra weight
Confused enough by life so thanks a lot
Only written words for company
Just raise the roof this once and follow me.

I struggle for the words and then give up
My head's up with the birds and the seagulls
A little piece of mind that I know better
Than the plain disgrace of all my letters

Chocolate

length: 3:03
producer: Garret Lee
piano: James Banbury
mixer: Chris Lord‐Alge
engineer: Dan Swift
assistant engineer: Jeff McLaughlin
piano recording engineer: Ben Georgiades
composer: Gary Lightbody, Mark McClelland, Nathan Connolly, Jonny Quinn
lyricist: Gary Lightbody
This could be the very minute
I'm aware I'm alive
All these places feel like home

With a name I'd never chosen
I can make my first steps
As a child of 25

This is the straw, final straw
In the roof of my mouth as I lie to you
Just because I'm sorry doesn't mean
I didn't enjoy it at the time

You're the only thing that I love
It scares me more every day
On my knees I think clearer

Goodness knows I saw it coming
Or at least I'll claim I did
But in truth I'm lost for words

What have I done? It's too late for that
What have I become? Truth is nothing yet
A simple mistake starts the hardest time
I promise I'll do anything you ask this time

Run

length: 5:56
producer: Garret Lee
mixer: Chris Lord‐Alge
engineer: Dan Swift
violin: Alison Dods and Fiona McCapra
viola: Bruce White
cello: James Banbury
strings arranger: James Banbury
assistant engineer: Jeff McLaughlin
composer: Iain Archer, Mark McClelland, Gary Lightbody, Nathan Connolly, Jonny Quinn
lyricist: Gary Lightbody
I'll sing it one last time for you
Then we really have to go
You've been the only thing that's right
In all I've done.

And I can barely look at you
But every single time I do
I know we'll make it anywhere
Away from here

[Chorus]
Light up, light up
As if you have a choice
Even if you cannot hear my voice
I'll be right beside you dear
Louder, louder
And we'll run for our lives
I can hardly speak I understand
Why you can't raise your voice to say

To think I might not see those eyes
It makes it so hard not to cry
And as we say our long goodbyes
I nearly do.

[Chorus]

Slower, slower
We don't have time for that
All I want is to find an easier way
To get out of our little heads

Have heart my dear
We're bound to be afraid
Even if it's just for a few days
Making up for all this mess.

Light up, light up
As if you have a choice
Even if you cannot hear my voice
I'll be right beside you dear

Grazed Knees

length: 2:56
producer: Garret Lee
mixer: Garret Lee
engineer: Dan Swift
violin: Fiona McCapra and Alison Dods
viola: Bruce White
strings arranger: James Banbury
assistant engineer: Jeff McLaughlin
cello & piano: James Banbury
piano recording engineer: Ben Georgiades
composer: Gary Lightbody, Mark McClelland, Nathan Connolly, Jonny Quinn
lyricist: Gary Lightbody
I'm trying not to stare, it's too late
The blankets over there, if you like
I'm broken and I'm colder than hell
I should've said I'd not come back here

Your breakfast will get cold
I really have to go

It's easier to lie and be safe
Time and time again I'm half stalled
One giant leap of faith is easy
When everyone you ask is so sure

Just give a second thought
What if we don't get caught

Just say you love me now
And forget this whole row
Just save your energy
For making up with me

Ways & Means

length: 4:48
producer: Garret Lee
mixer: Garret Lee
engineer: Dan Swift
violin: Alison Dods and Fiona McCapra
viola: Bruce White
strings arranger: James Banbury
assistant engineer: Jeff McLaughlin
piano & cello: James Banbury
piano recording engineer: Ben Georgiades
composer: Iain Archer, Gary Lightbody, Mark McClelland, Nathan Connolly, Jonny Quinn
lyricist: Gary Lightbody
Getting too busy to make amends
I should try to make it right
Are you ready for the **** to hit
I think you say you are but aren't
Doctor make it better instantly
You're the only one who can
I've waited here my whole damn life
And I've forgotten what I wanted

Maybe I can do it
If I put my back into it
I can leave you if I wanted
But there's nowhere else that I can go

Maybe I won't suffer
If I find I way to love her
I'd be lying to myself
But there is no way out that I can see

If I lied you'd know it instantly
So I just had to look away
All the honesty I've ever lost
I can't begin to even curse
I never knew the taste of blood til now
It's clear I never should have known
Breathing fire was never this much fun
So there's a dark side in us all

Tiny Little Fractures

length: 2:29
producer: Garret Lee
mixer: Garret Lee
engineer: Dan Swift
assistant engineer: Jeff McLaughlin
composer: Gary Lightbody, Mark McClelland, Nathan Connolly, Jonny Quinn
lyricist: Gary Lightbody
Is there a place I can go?
Is there a way to get me there?
If I've forgotten what to say
It's because all words are dust.
If this is really what you think,
How come you won't look me in the eye?
All this crying in your sleep
As I lie awake beside

Whoa, whoa, whoa yeah.
Whoa, whoa, whoa yeah.
Whoa, whoa, whoa yeah.
Whoa, whoa, whoa yeah.

Is there a t-shirt I can wear?
Cause I'm soaking,
Look at me.
What do you mean I don't love you?
I am standing here aren't I?
Maybe you thought of it first.
Maybe I get all the praise.

Is there a place I can go?
Is there a way to get me there?
Whoa, whoa, whoa yeah.
Whoa, whoa, whoa yeah.
Whoa, whoa, whoa yeah.
Whoa, whoa, whoa yeah.

Somewhere a Clock Is Ticking

length: 4:33
producer: Garret Lee
mixer: Garret Lee
engineer: Dan Swift
violin: Alison Dods and Fiona McCapra
viola: Bruce White
strings arranger: James Banbury
assistant engineer: Jeff McLaughlin
piano & cello: James Banbury
piano recording engineer: Ben Georgiades
composer: Iain Archer, Gary Lightbody, Mark McClelland, Nathan Connolly, Jonny Quinn
lyricist: Gary Lightbody
I've got this feeling, there's something that I missed
(I could do most anything to you)
Don't you breathe, don't you breathe
(I could do most anything to you)
Something happened that I never understood
(I could do most anything to you)
You can't leave, you can't leave

Every second dripping off my finger tips
(I could do most anything to you)
Wage your war, wage your war
(I could do most anything to you)
Another soldier says he's not afraid to die
(I could do most anything to you)
I am scared, I'm so scared

In slow motion the blast is beautiful
(I could do most anything to you)
Doors slam shut, doors slam shut
(I could do most anything to you)
A clock is ticking but it's hidden far away
(I could do most anything to you)
Safe and sound, safe and sound

(I could do most anything to you)
(I could do most anything to you)
(I could do most anything to you)
(I could do most anything to you)
(I could do most anything to you)
(I could do most anything to you)

Same

length: 3:58
producer: Garret Lee
piano: James Banbury
mixer: Garret Lee
engineer: Dan Swift
additional background vocals: Iain Archer
assistant engineer: Jeff McLaughlin
piano recording engineer: Ben Georgiades
composer: Gary Lightbody, Mark McClelland, Nathan Connolly, Jonny Quinn
lyricist: Gary Lightbody
Maybe somewhere else
Will not be half as cold as me
The curtains drawn the winter sun
Makes patterns on your face
It looks like some kaleidoscopic breathing exercise

It's the same

Baby won't you breathe