"Gleaming Auction" as written by Gary Lightbody, Mark Pete Mcclelland, Jonathan Graham Quinn and Nathan Connolly....
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


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"Gleaming Auction" as written by Mark Pete Mcclelland Gary Lightbody

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    General CommentI think this song is about how stubbornness and arguements can cause a relationship to die.

    "I'll get tired of the heart attacks
    Every time it rings."

    To me the heart attack is referring to the pain and fear of the "ring" which is a phone call as it's going to lead to a row.

    "I'll put myself on the waiting list
    And get it all cleared up"

    I think this refers to the positive effect a break can have on a relationship.

    The first verse seems to be using hospitals as a way of describing relationships. Maybe because our life starts in a hospital, we go there when we have health problems and often die there. I think Snow Patrol have used this to link to the start, the problems with and the end of a relationship.

    "You're the one with the attitude
    Don't try and make me out
    To be the root of the evil in
    The whole rotten affair"

    I think these lyrics refer to the stubbornness of his ex-partner and the "rotten affair" refers to how the relationship turned sour.

    "Lie back and suffer now
    We've both earned our reward "

    This is satirical as it's basically saying "Look what we've done, it's not we wanted but it's our fault."

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    "Buried deep in the telegram
    I'm sure I never got
    Was any clue of the whereabouts
    Of all the things I'd lost"

    A telegram is a way of sending of a message. I think this refers to the lack of communication in the relationship.

    "Just because you were right before
    Doesn't mean you're right
    To make up now would just vindicate
    Every doubt I had"

    Stubbornness again.

    It's not as simple as
    How much you think you care
    You would never know
    When to take the hint
    Broken glass aside
    My feelings stay the same
    Covered head to toe
    In blood and fear and spite

    And this refers to the bad feeling at the end of the relationship. Broken glass makes me think of destruction. Once it's been destroyed he's still in spite.


    As with most of Snow Patrol lyrics you can take these in a number of ways. The above is just what I think. It would be nice to see other people's opinions on the song.
    coroaron January 02, 2005   Link
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    General Commentmy favourite track on the album.
    Pliskinon January 24, 2005   Link
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    General CommentHmm - he is in a relationship where his feelings are being trampled on. Or, like coroar says, he was in a relationship where he felt that way. Now the main question I have about this song is the title: Why is it called "Gleaming Auction"?
    stoolhardyon February 07, 2005   Link
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    General Commenti thought it was "everytime it rains" hmmmm... why the rain would cause a heart attack...
    superpants1on February 22, 2005   Link
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    General Commenti thought it was "everytime it rains" hmmmm... why the rain would cause a heart attack...
    superpants1on February 22, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI would guess, it's called Gleamin Auction as a symbology to those who take their old, worn down, beaten "crap" and try to make a buck or two out of. Hence saying, It's total worth can't possibly be spent yet. Or, It sucks, it's pretty much usless to me, but here maybe it would suit you for awhile. ... We take all our trash, all the things we don't want and put a dollar sign on it trying to get rid of the things in our life that we dont want anymore.
    kpismpstp1on April 05, 2005   Link
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    General Commentsymbology ... did i really write that ... oh my, someone watches too much Boondock Saints ... yikes!
    kpismpstp1on April 05, 2005   Link
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    General CommentMan, I really lik this song. I don't really like the Snow Patrol, but I really like this one.
    midnitevultureson October 30, 2005   Link
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    General CommentNONE of Snow Patrol's songs are about FEMALES... Ffs... The only song that is, is on the new song "Chasing Cars" which is chasing girls really.
    Kurdt_Kobaneon April 28, 2006   Link
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    General Commentthe waiting lists makes me think therapy for some reason.

    Totally agree with Coroar about this song: It seems like the guy's sick and tired of this relationship and the lack of communication has resulted in the loss of the love. Seems like the singer is really hurting from his relationship and has a lot of pent up angst about it. Broken relationship/glass leaving the bloodied and emotional scars.

    As kpismpstp1 suggested, Gleaming Auction may be referring to the fact that the writer is clearing out his "junk" (aka current partner). However, could also be that it is referring to the dignity or pride that both have, and it is "gleaming" until it is smashed by both of them. Then, bleeding from their broken emotions/pride, they still stare at each other with hate and spite. The auction may be referring to each other trying to out-bid each other for the pride in the relationship... Hmm... seems consistent with the way the song ends I guess - abrupt because neither have won the auction and their pride has been smashed.
    twitchingrabbiton May 22, 2007   Link

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