"How to Be Dead" as written by Gary Lightbody, Mark Pete Mcclelland, Jonathan Graham Quinn and Nathan Connolly....
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.


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"How to Be Dead" as written by Gary Lightbody Nathan Connolly

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  • +4
    General CommentBoy: "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."
    Girl: "This blanket is freezing."
    Boy: "It's been out in the hall,
    Where you've had me for hours
    Till I'm sure what I want,
    But darling I want the same thing that I wanted before."
    Girl: "So sweetheart tell me what's up I won't stop, no way."

    Girl: "Please keep your hands down
    And stop raising your voice"
    Boy: "It's hardly what I'd be doing if you gave me a choice!"
    Girl "It's a simple suggestion. Can you give me some time?"
    Boy: "Just say yes or no!"
    Girl: "Why can't you shoulder the blame?"
    Boy: " 'Cause both my shoulders are heavy,
    From the weight of us both."
    Girl: "You're a big boy now so let's not talk about growth."
    Boy: "You've not heard a single word I have said...
    Oh, my God."

    Boy: "Please take it easy it can't all be my fault
    I haven't made half the mistakes
    That you've listed so far.
    Oh baby let me explain something
    It's all down to drugs
    At least I remember taking the and not a lot else.
    It seems I've stepped over lines
    You've drawn again and again.
    But if the ecstacy's in the wit is definitely out,
    Dr. Jekyll is wrestling Hyde for my pride."
    xxMusicLIFExxon July 31, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General Commentthe song is quite obviously about a failed relationship. the speaker is attempting to mend things, as he is being attacked and played as the instagator.

    it's unclear as to whether or not the romatic other is male or female("you're a big boy now, so let's not talk about growth.")

    their relationship is on the breaks, and the speaker is attempting to save it, while simultaneoudly realizing that his romantic other is not as perfect as he had hoped("You've not heard a single word I have said... Oh, my God.")

    he mentions a few resons as to why the relationship has been bad so fat(drugs, sensationalism, and failure for the other party to accept responsibility.)

    he starts the song desperately wanting to fix things, but perhaps by the end he's not sure.

    great song.
    shoezon January 25, 2005   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationThis is not a phone conversation. It seems more a argument between a man and woman in a relationship, speaking face to face. As stated, he's been out in the hall for hours. The song appears to begin with the male speaking in the first stanza, the female is the second stanza, and he speaks again in the last stanza. It appears they are arguing about his drug use and she is attempting to get him to admit fault and see what it is doing to the relationship.
    pixelwireon June 01, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General Commentthis is my favorite song of Snow Patrol's, it's beautifully written. I love everyone's feed back it's given me such an insight on this particular song and everyone feels so strongly about what they believe. though i have to say that forming your own opinions and beliefs is as important as taking the advice of someone elses to heart. i believe that you should find your own insights to this song. It can be interpreted many different ways and each way is individual and unique due to the emotional attachment that so many people have for this song. Everyone who enjoys this song has a reason as to why, same to those who don't like it. Go enjoy Snow Patrols beautifully written and performed music. Love that you have the option to post your own opinion and remember that the person's opinion that truly matters is your own, and taking anyone elses opinion to heart is the reason you change your own. Take a moment to bask in the glory that you are able to listen to this beautiful song and form your own opinion that may or may not influence someone elses
    whoknowswhoon February 08, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis is my favorite song of theirs.
    mink0on June 07, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commenthmm same, well either this or 'spitting games', i like the soft sound - it's really easy to listen to
    keundogon June 15, 2004   Link
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    General Commenti was recommended to here this and "spitting games".. i like them.
    loveisaverbon September 20, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Comment*hear
    :[
    loveisaverbon September 20, 2004   Link
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    General Commentya, i also hate it when people overreact and dont listen to you when yer tryin to tell them the truth...
    hoydenon October 04, 2004   Link
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    General Commentwhat do you think the line "But if the ecstacy's in the wit is definitely out" means. is he saying he looses the ability to be reasonable on E? is the lyric even "wit?"
    rivieraon October 10, 2004   Link

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