"Run" as written by Gary Lightbody, Mark Pete Mcclelland, Jonathan Graham Quinn, Nathan Connolly and Iain Denis Archer....
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


Lyrics submitted by Meyan

"Run" as written by Iain Archer, Gary Lightbody, Mark Mcclelland, Jonathan Graham Quinn, Nathan Connolly

Lyrics © Kobalt Music Publishing Ltd., Universal Music Publishing Group

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  • +10
    My InterpretationMy take on this song is about caring about someone no matter what. Regardless of circumstance or what has happened in the past, the feelings and love are all there. And always will be.

    It's letting someone know that you'll always be there for them.
    thyi319on July 20, 2012   Link
  • +7
    General CommentThis to me is the story of two people being torn part by external circumstances, they don't really want to part, and they know they will possibly never see eachother again, but the singer is trying to comfort the person whom he is talking too. "even if you cannot hear my voice, ill be right beside you dear".
    gem84on March 28, 2013   Link
  • +5
    General Commentsorry to burst your bubble suezzle but this song has absolutely nothing to do with drug addiction.

    in regards to your first argument the line "light up light up" could be taken as a drug reference but is actually along the lines of "be happy" just like the phrase used by many "lighten up"

    as for the "i nearly did" part, could you honestly not figure out what he nearly did?.... he nearly cried, i thought that was just a given though.

    im not going to bother with the last few lines you mentioned because i have the true meaning of the song right from the songs composer/writer Mr. Lightbody, here are a few paragraphs from an interview/article on snow patrol including direct quotes:

    But back to new single Run with lyrics like ''Light up, light up, as if you have a choice, even if you cannot hear my voice, I'll be right beside you dear.'' A love/break-up song maybe? Gary explained: ''It's really about family. It's wanting to protect them from all the people in the world that want to destroy. It's about running away and keeping them safe not about fighting which perpetuates the violent cycle. It's a hopeful song.''

    The flares are a rather literal but effective interpretation of the chorus: “Light up, light up/ as if you had the choice/ Even if you cannot hear my voice/ I’ll be right beside you, dear.” It is, says, Lightbody, “a song about family, and wanting to protect them from all the bad things in the world. It’s an apocalyptic song. Can we go somewhere safe when everything goes mad? The opening line, ‘I’ll sing it one more time for you’, is about singing my kid to sleep. I don’t have a kid, but I hope I do one day”.

    i hope this clears everything up
    joethecanadianon October 20, 2004   Link
  • +4
    General Commenthello all
    I hope this illuminates some of your points of view :)


    This was Snow Patrol's breakthrough British single. 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 in this little guitar I'd tried to smash up in my S--t little room near Hillhead. The words 'Light up, light up' gave this sense of a beacon. There had to be a light at the end of a tunnel."
    Jonny Quinn is the nephew of the Northern Ireland TV and film actress Patricia Quinn, whose credits include The Rocky Horror Show, I Claudius and Monty Python's The Meaning of Life. (thanks, Edward Pearce - Ashford, Kent, England, for above 2)
    In 2008 a cover by Leona Lewis was included on the deluxe version of her Spirit album. After a show-stopping rendering by the singer on the X-Factor TV program provoked an ecstatic public reaction, Snow Patrol's original returned to the Top 30 of the UK charts. Such was the sudden demand for this song that in the same week an instrumental remake by karaoke specialists Ameritz also entered the UK Top 75. A couple of week's later Lewis' version was issued as a download only release and it went straight in at #1 on the UK singles chart.
    NicoleLuneon May 23, 2012   Link
  • +3
    General CommentThis song is amazing..... I don't think I could ever get sick of it. Everything about it seems perfect, and the build-up in the chorus just gives me chills.

    I agree with g4m8i7, I always thought the song was about leaving someone you really care for, but still having hope that in the end it will all work out ('I know we'll make it anywhere'). I think they're getting ready to leave each other and won't meet again for a while ('Then we really have to go' ... 'We don't have time for that'). And also, when he sings 'Louder, louder, we'll run for our lives' it's like they are wanting to escape from everything else and just stay how they are at that moment, like their lives will not be the same without each other.
    Jillian04on September 25, 2004   Link
  • +3
    General CommentThe song is about hope!

    Leona Lewis covered this song...but I kinda prefer the original!
    lowon December 07, 2008   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI agree I love this song and i can relate to the lyrics,
    i think we have all been at that situation where we are afraid to love because of the pissible outcome.
    "Snow Patrol" is a great band.
    TheresNOiINteaMon June 03, 2004   Link
  • +2
    General Commenti interpret the lyrics "Light up, light up. As if you have a choice" as though he's speaking to someone who is so bright and radiant and amazing, saying something like 'even if you TRIED, if you "had a choice", you couldn't be dull.' if that's not what he meant, i don't wanna know. ;)
    m!nusm3won October 07, 2004   Link
  • +2
    General CommentIt doesn't actually matter what the true meaning of a song is though. People relate to different songs in all kinds of ways, and people just state what they get from the song and how it relates to them.

    The real meaning doesn't matter, it's what you get from it that's the important thing
    beni_ffafon October 30, 2004   Link
  • +2
    General Commentthis is the song of my life right now. to me it is about letting go of someone that you were never with. she is afraid/ hiding her feelings for me bc im moving away at the end of the summer. And bc of that I'm having to let go of the girl who means the world to me
    bamafan91on April 12, 2009   Link

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