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Snow Patrol: Run Meaning

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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

Light up, light...


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    Aug 13th, 2008 8:29pm report

    I love this song and think it is about losing, or the fear of losing, someone you really love. No matter what the reason. I believe the singer is encouraging that person to carry-on even if they aren't together. I heard this same song sung by a female vocalist, it really seemed to take on the meaning of loving someone despite an impossible relationship.

    Lead singer Gary Lightbody said of the song in Q Magazine April 2007: "I've never told anyone before and I don't want to spoil it for people because it has its own meaning for them. But in 2000 I was on a massive bender and one night I was drinking in the bar of the Glasgow School Of Art. I fell down a full flight of stairs. Jonny Quinn (Snow Patrol's drummer) found me in the stairwell with blood coming out of my head. He said I looked like a police chalk line and he thought I was dead.

    I was very lucky. A fall like that could easily finish you off. I split my head open and my eye was closed and I lost a few teeth. I was put on a plane to see my mum and dad and they were terrified when they saw me. I wrote Run soon after...The words 'Light up, light up' gave this sense of a beacon. There had to be a light at the end of a tunnel."


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    Nov 22nd, 2008 11:29am report

    Its about escaping the harsh reality of losing someone to death probably, hence the title 'Run'. The speaker does so by entering into a state of hopeless encouragement (hmm...ironic) by telling the other party to 'light up, light up' and to be 'louder, louder'. However, admist this self-delusion, the speaker is aware of the unescapable fate that lies beneath, as seen from the phrases 'as if you have a choice', 'i understand why you can't raise your voice to say'. Therefore, all the speaker can do is to run and flee from the hopeless situation by deluding herself with false encouragement.


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    Oct 15th, 2007 10:29pm report

    My nephew just died of cancer at 15 years old, he loves this song and now we know why... He was is so much pain, but didn't lead on to anyone that he was suffering inside.
    We love him and miss him dearly!!


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    Jul 22nd, 7:51am report

    My hubby died from cancer. While he lay in hospital recovering from surgery he was in there 7 weeks and missed his music. I brought in our Snow Patrol album. We lay beside eachother, sharing headphones and listening to this track. The Nurses walked by and closed the curtains for us....


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    May 21st, 5:21pm report

    I have dedicated this song to my adult daughter who is fighting addiction. I want to take my hand and run with me out of her situation -- to light up again -- run for her life. But, I am helpless. And my heart is heavy every time we say goodbye.


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    Dec 11th, 2018 12:46am report

    This song, i can only inexorably express how much sentiment it indulges deep into my soul.

    The subtle words of surreal fondness and deep attachment to the party in question are presented.

    He gently unfolds tender heartfelt emotions for this person.

    Words fail at my being awed by this song


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    Jul 29th, 2018 7:38pm report

    The song lyrics and their interpretation will be many
    for me it is simply a most beautifully written song.
    Especially for anyone in my situation who is living each day knowing that the one most dear to them is dying.
    The words can be interpreted as being from the person dying to the partner he or she is leaving behind.
    Or vice versa from the person left behind to the the partner whom has now or will soon be gone from his or her life.
    There is sadness and compassion in the lyrics,so much so that it leaves one with a feeling of hope and comfort in that you will reunited with those you love even after death.
    To always be beside the ones you love


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    Feb 19th, 2018 2:43pm report

    I love this song, i think its about encouraging someone who has lost a loved one, reminding them that they will always be a part of their life and to stay strong. I have it written into my will that this song will be played at my funeral.


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    Oct 1st, 2017 10:07am report

    My son had just taken his life by suicide. when I heard this song I thought of him on life support in the ICU. I wanted him to wake up - to light up - I hoped he could hear my prayers that he would come back to life. His eyes were shut yet I hoped he could hear me that I had always been and always would be by his side. It was so hard to finally say goodbye when he passed. I bought a plot next to his so I could be near him in the next life. This song still brings tears to my eyes.


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    Sep 5th, 2017 9:25pm report

    This song hits me emotionally every time I feel a nerve of overwhelming sadness...
    But poetically it's purely beautiful.


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    Aug 5th, 2017 8:59pm report

    My personal experience is very often the person that will tell you to run , loves you so much that they are not going to run...they will stand against unsurmountable odds...so you will have a chance. Even though this will result in their certain death....hence Victoria Crosses being awarded.


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    Aug 5th, 2017 8:57pm report

    My personal experience is very often the person that will tell you to run , loves you so much that they are not going to run...they will stand against unsurmountable odds...so you will have a chance. Even though this will result in their certain death....hence Victoria Crosses being awarded.


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    Jan 21st, 2015 1:03pm report

    I believe it's about a family that are struggling with a life changing situation, I.e. a member with a terminal illness. The family are solid and trying their best to cope, but keep coming up against obstacles and 'light up light up' is to keep hope flowing, even when the family member feels all hope is gone. Basically it's a metaphor for a family facing difficult times and wanting to encourage the will to keep fighting, even when times are low, and at the same time the other family members are wishing they could just all run to a place where the illness doesn't exist and that they are all together, healthy and well, just like they were once before.


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    Nov 29th, 2014 11:16pm report

    My son has cystic fibrosis and this last year has been horrific. I believe for me that this song is about a mother looking at her son during really difficult times, he's been the best thing she's ever done, she still lives in hope that things will turn around hence the 'light up light up' she wants there to be a light at the end of a tunnel. Things get so bad at times she just wants to pick up her whole family and run, run to a place wher CF doesn't exist and her family is safe from illness and fear of loss. The words 'even when you cannot hear my voice' are the times she tries to reassure her son that things are going to get better, but he doesn't want to hear that because he sees no change despite all his treatment.bathos song makes me cry no matter who sings it! It just touches me so much xxxx


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    Nov 21st, 2014 11:24am report

    I want to ask whether the meaning of this song about the breakup couple or to his scandal who cannot be with him because he already have girlfriend.


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    Aug 16th, 2014 8:06pm report

    I believe this song is about a person in a coma from the point of view of a friend. Even if you can not hear my voice would be because they are in a coma and cant hear. Light up would be to wake up. By possibly not being able to see those eyes would be because they might not wake up from the coma.


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    Dec 16th, 2013 12:28pm report

    I see this as a long running relationship that just isn't working despite a lot of love between the two people involved. Eventually this goodbye that has taken years to finally end is upon them.

    I'll be right beside you dear- I will never stop loving you. If we could escape whatevery reality that stands between us, we would make it, but for whatever reason it just isn't possible for these two people to escape, maybe there are other people involved that make it not the right thing to do.

    So life has to go on, it is an epic goodbye, clinging to one another is ruining their lives, so they will run for their lives and it will be ok.

    A song about real love, love that cannot work at that time and the only right thing to do is to say goodbye.


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    Oct 30th, 2013 10:44am report

    I think this song is about drugs and the dark reality of addiction. Also in my opinion some of the other songs by this band relate to this. Specially the song "finish line" describes a hit of heroin into some one and the euphoria that follows right from the start of the song. And the song 'how to be dead' relates to drugs as well. I have to say almost all their songs can be interpreted ones state of mind. Having said that I think most of their songs can be taken as songs of drug abuse.

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