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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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    anonymous
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    Nov 7th, 2012 11:42pm report


    This song makes the most sense to me when I picture two lovers in a hospital room. One lover is in grave condition and is monitored by medical equipment. At times, the lover looks to the equipment in hope of a sign of life. I think the words of “light up” and “louder” is the bedside lover pleading to the equipment to provide that signal. And then as reality returns to the bedside lover, she seems to understand the futility of the situation and offers words to her lover providing understanding and love.



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    anonymous
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    May 15th, 2012 5:20am report


    me and my boyfriend are in a certain circumstance where we have to keep saying goodbye to each other but eventually we will be together. I relate and interpret this song as two lovers who have to keep saying goodbye but eventually will reunite.

    "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
    Makes it so hard not to cry
    And as we say our long goodbye
    I nearly do"

    This is when we are at the airport saying our long goodbyes each time, we hold back our tears even when they nearly fall..



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    anonymous
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    May 1st, 2012 5:22pm report


    This song strikes me as a couple trying to break from the grip of drug addiction together. It is told from the point of view of one member of the couple, possibly the stronger of the two.

    I think they have made a pact to light up one last time together:
    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

    The narrator is afraid that one or the other -- or even both -- may not be able to recover and possibly die in the effort. S/he also fears the relationship will not survive even if both are successful in their recovery. These lines seem to speak to this conflict:

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

    The fear of losing one another prompts panic. Should they literally run away to another place? Or should they travel deeper together into their drug-induced world to keep the pain of the world and other threats to their relationship at bay?

    Louder, louder
    And we'll run for our lives
    I can hardly speak and understand
    Why you can't raise your voice to say

    The next lines seem to have a double meaning: I’ll miss using drugs with you (the way his/her eyes look when they get high); and I’ll miss you if I lose you either to drugs or because we can’t stay together:

    To think I might not see those eyes
    Makes it so hard not to cry
    And as we say our long goodbye
    I nearly do

    Maybe there is a way we can find peace and happiness without using:

    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

    And finally, this process (withdrawal) will not be easy, but getting to this point and all that it has cost us wasn’t easy either:

    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



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    anonymous
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    Mar 7th, 2012 3:50pm report


    I apologize if this goes long.

    I wanted to understand the meaning behind this song, where every word made sense. I did a bit of research and picked up a few pieces of the puzzle. (*below are just excerpts)

    From Q Magazine April 2007 -

    “...in 2000 I was on a massive bender…"

    From Gary’s Wikipedia -

    "In the early days, Lightbody used to drink very heavily, and in his words, was "irrational, erratic, neurotic". Snow Patrol's lack of financial success had gotten him frustrated, and he felt lost and aimless. He started to swear at the audience and break the band equipment. He found himself breaking guitars they could not afford. This phase ran for two years. He later gave up drinking and now does it "for fun" and credits his band mates for the turnaround."

    "Lightbody's lyrics typically deal with the topic of love.”

    " His lyrics often criticize himself.”

    "Lightbody has been in many doomed relationships, and he blames their failure on only himself, considering himself "rubbish with women". He attributes the failure partly to him "never being in the same place for very long", and admits that at times he's been hopelessly in love.”

    So… Gary began writing the song in 2000, after his fall.

    Prior to that, I THINK he was pretty much drinking himself away to escape the harsh reality of:
    1) the band’s lack of success, despite having two albums praised by critics, and
    2) not yet being able to overcome the pain of letting go of a very special person.

    This song, I believe, is about him & that person. I’m sensing that the situation was not right for them to be together but they did. Seems like both realized quickly that their being together will cause nothing but a huge mess.

    The verses are self-explanatory, but the choruses give the sense of the unwillingness and difficulty from both parties to end the relationship, but they eventually do.



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    anonymous
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    Feb 27th, 2012 2:06am report


    I've absolutely loved this song for awhile now, yet, the words have always puzzled me..which is what led me to this site. When I heard it the first time ever, It brought me to tears..but in a very touching and pleasant way. I've just always believed that throughout he was talking about how Sure, they're relationship goes though hardships, like everyone elses do but he's still madly in love with her and the way she ''Lights up''..idk. Its one of my favorites but I like to think of it in a very joyous light(:



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    hemlockandashes
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    Dec 23rd, 2011 12:58pm report


    So many thoughtful and creative responses...This is the mark of genuinely poetic lyrics. I think, despite Lightbody's direct references to his 'original intent', his conscious intentions--like those of any good writer in the capture of muse--is only partly in authorial control of his meaning; the more so when the lyrics are as impressionistic (almost dreamlike) as these.

    Indeed, when Gary says, "The words 'Light up, light up' gave this sense of a beacon. There had to be a light at the end of a tunnel..." his seems to be the least insightful look into the meaning of that particular passage. (And it is also not unusual for writers to be somewhat obtuse--often deliberately--when asked about the meaning of their work...) The words 'light up, light up' are directly undermined as any sort of uncomplicated beacon of hope by the immediately following line 'as if you had a choice'. Some have with tremendous sensitivity have referred to the brave faces we put on in the face of the impending death of a loved one. Others have referred to compulsion of addiction. Most have associated it with some sort of attempt at making the best out of a dire reality, and this seems to me to be the most clear emotional impression conveyed by the chorus.

    In my mind, impressionistic lyrics have to be approached impressionistically; that is to say, regardless of the very personal and perhaps specific images and meanings that a song may conjure in our imaginations, if we seek to divine an actual interpretation of such a lyric without doing harm to it (or torturing it into a literalism that is clearly contradicted by its lack of literal, descriptive or narrative passages) then we should probably avoid pinning the words and phrases given to overly precise references.

    Having said that, almost all of the personal interpretations offered here seem to capture ideas and situations that speak with great insight to the overall emotion of the lyrics and melody. About the only interpretations offered among those posted (at least of the ones I've read) the only ones I cannot wrap my head around are those that see the song as ultimately hopeful (in the sense of uplifting). Doomed hopefulness, perhaps (as in 'eat, drink, and be merry, for tomorrow...') but I cannot take the words and tune together and somehow hear a Hallmark greeting or Sousa march out of the song, or even an R Kelly "I believe I can fly' type of uplift.

    I find it hard to listen to the song without feeling a strong sense of heartbreak (so strong I have a hard time not choking up even after hearing it dozens of times).

    I think its hard not to make some associations to drug addiction or some kind of long-running, tragic relationship; there is for me a sense that we may be listening in on an exchange between partners (at least two, perhaps a family)who are coping with the end stages of long suffering.

    Consider the context Gary L. tells us set the stage for writing: a long 'bender' ending in suffering and fear.

    So many images, impressions, references--some personal, some cultural--fly about in the mind of a writer when pulling together words that will provoke or evoke emotions and sympathetic echoes in the minds of a listener.

    "...I know we'll make it anywhere/Away from here...Louder louder/And we'll run for our lives...Have heart my dear/We're bound to be afraid...Making up for all this mess..."

    These are beautiful and tragic phrases. If one is in a certain frame of mind, you can well conjure the sense of all of life being so tragic: No matter how far or fast we run, no one ever gets out alive or even unharmed. Just to carry on each day, all of us have to figure out how to 'Light up' and we have to act 'as if we have a choice'; we do not--we must light up (whether thru brave cheer or thru synthetic artifice) to cast out that darkness that would swallow us if we were to allow ourselves to be conscious of hurt and end we all must face.

    And to go through this world with a partner--a lover, a friend, a family--is to both have someone with whom to briefly create some small moments of joy (evanescent though such joys must be)and to have someone whom we will ultimately lose--sometimes later, only at the end; sometimes sooner than we are ready for, or perhaps sooner than they are ready for:

    "To think I might not see those eyes
    Makes it so hard not to cry
    And as we say our long goodbye
    I nearly do..."

    And to share this life with someone is also to be intimately connected and caring of someone whom we also know must suffer what life inevitably deals all of us--and we often can do little more than helplessly witness that suffering with little more to offer than small attempts at comforting--a little lullaby, perhaps, to ease the troubled sleep of our beloved:

    "I'll sing it one last time for you
    Then we really have to go.."

    This is a tremendous song and what makes tremendous songs tremendous is how many chords they set vibrating in us, some immediately in mind, some deep down beyond our ability to consciously name.

    For me this is a song that touches the deepest chords of the heroic tragedy that, underneath it all, is life in the world.

    And all we can do with all of it is to Run.



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    anonymous
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    Jun 10th, 2011 6:54am report


    To me, this song is about saying goodbye to someone you love because of tragic or unjust circumstances. I just parted ways with a guy that happens to be in the Army due to the fact that he's being posted away for the next few years. How much we care for each other and want to be together was of no consequence. I listened to this song today and it brought me to tears because it felt like he was talking to me. A very touching and tragic song.



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    anonymous
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    May 12th, 2011 5:42pm report


    I feel like it's my best friend(he committed suicide last August). I feel that he's talking to me, telling me that he misses me and I just can't help but cry everytime this song comes on.



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    anonymous
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    Dec 30th, 2010 12:22pm report


    I am not sure I am correct in this Interpretation, I can just tell you mindset it put me in when I heard the song w/video. I have a very dear friend who has been missing for quite a few years, so i kept thinking of a missing person who is no longer alive and no one has found them yet. Someone he loves who hasn't been found and he is speaking because they can no longer speak again. I know I am going very deep, It's just how it makes me feel.



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    anonymous
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    Sep 10th, 2010 9:22pm report


    For me its all about my 3 kids when I was separated and being divorced by my (now ex-wife).

    Apart from being the 'only thing that's right in all I've done' which they are....!!

    The line about 'you can't raise your voice to say' is really about their love for me being stifled in fear of their mother and her family's wrath.

    And oh yes......if I could have have picked them up and 'run' for our lives no one would ever have caught us...!

    Funny how the lyrics of a song can be so painful yet so comforting......

    Forever in your debt Gary.



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    anonymous
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    Aug 11th, 2010 8:37pm report


    I used to think this song was about losing someone you love.
    But after hearing it many times, I have come to the conclusion that it is a song from a depressed man, to him self. Not to his family or girlfriend, but the man he know he could be, the man he used to be.

    "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"

    He so badly wants to get out of the dark hole he's in. And feels he has done nothing good after changing personality.
    He wants to be as before, do good, do right.

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

    As anyone can imagine, it is pretty hard to look at one self, being so down. But still you know that you could be like you used to. U just have to get out of the black pitch your in.

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

    He tries to cheer him self up, but knows the choice is not allways his. But he tells the darkest parts of him self, that the part with hope will allways exist.

    "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
    Makes it so hard not to cry
    And as we say our long goodbye
    I nearly do"

    Here the hope takes real hold, he screams "light up". And says he will get out of this. But then he is back into the depressed state, and his voice dies out.
    And the thought of never getting happy, never see his happy self, nearly makes him cry.

    "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"

    I think this is pretty selfexplained.
    He MUST get better, all he wants is to get out of the hell hole.

    "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
    "

    The spirit is getting higher. He is thinking much more "normally". He knows he will be so sad, that he scares him. But it will never get back to this.



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    Nats
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    Apr 23rd, 2010 4:30pm report


    This song I believe is for a couple that is love so much and for certain circumstances they have to break up. Its the hardest thing they have to do, but it's inevitable, and no matter where they end up in life they would always have love for each other.



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    Jenaas
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    Apr 23rd, 2010 4:51am report


    i find this song very touching...i think its about losing someone you love.but the loss is to death,something tragic.the song is very inspiring and its the type of song everyone can relate to.when i listen to it i always remember the people iv lost along the way..but other than that there's a very important person that i hold very close to my heart and that's my best friend.she lost her father a few years back and shes always been my strength so if i pass on one day this song is definitely the song id want her to listen to.I'll always be by her side..so i dedicate this awesome song to her..with lots of love.



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    anonymous
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    Mar 23rd, 2010 3:16am report


    As someone who is prone to depression and suicidal thoughts, I feel strongly it is about suicide. The person is ready to do it, but hestitates because this one person he does love.

    There are lots of references to last times and ends. Also the person makes up a balance of what he has done. There is some sign of regret about what he is about to do, and in the second verse fantasises what could have been.

    The chorus is so recognisable. He worries about his one loved person and doesn't want them to be sad. He thinks no one else will care.

    The third verse references back to the second, where he thinks about running away together. Why can't the other person speak up for him? A strong sense of regret again, and sadness in the next verse. He tries not to cry, maybe he hasn't told the other about his state of mind and wants them to think he is just going away for a bit.

    Then the third last verse, he rethinks his plans and wonders again if there is no other way out. Perhaps some more days together, because he loves her so much and can't leave yet.

    I feel in the end he hangs on to this last thought and decides not to commit suicide for a couple more days.



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    judpat
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    Feb 4th, 2010 2:07pm report


    I have listened to this song many times both by Snow Patrol and Leona Lewis and always the same thing comes into mind it's about a loved one in a coma maybe even on a life support system, maybe even about to be turned off.
    This/guy/girl is saying goodbye to his/her loved one and will always be with him/her. I love it so much and it moves me to tears.






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