"Disaster Button" as written by Gary Lightbody, Nathan Connolly, Jonathan Graham Quinn, Tom Simpson and Paul Wilson....
A little after twelve
The function suite was full
Of people I had never seen before
Ripped up ticket stubs
Confettied on the floor
It dawned on me I'd seen it all before

Cool your beans my son
You look a fucking mess
No one's getting out of here tonight
Hit that button there
The one that just says wrong
We'll lose our minds to all our favourite songs

Throw forward to later
You look light on your feet
When you whirled in the room
I was nailed to my seat
I'm like a prisoner
Getting ready to talk
I feel the blood in my hands
And the threat in your walk

And suddenly
It lifts the roof off the place
It puts a vault in my step
And a grin on my face
It can't contain me
But you need an army
To get me back in my box
Or snap the branches off me

A little after four
The function suite is dead
And I am just a ripped up ticket stub
But here's a helping hand
A voice that's far too close
And I am up and on my broken limbs

Throw forward to later
You look light on your feet
When you whirled in the room
I was nailed to my seat
I'm like a prisoner
Getting ready to talk
I feel the blood in my hands
And the threat in your walk

And suddenly
It lifts the roof off the place
It puts a vault in my step
And a grin on my face
It can't contain me
But you need an army
To get me back in my box
Or snap the branches off me


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  • +2
    General CommentI think it's supposed to be "When you whirled in the room I was nailed to my seat"

    this one will inevitably spark up some serious moshing :D
    dustfingeron October 25, 2008   Link
  • +2
    General CommentQuite possibly the best thing they've ever done.

    It's about finding an escape from teenage life (lightbody said he wrote it about his youth) through things you'll never remember the following morning, through that explosion of letting go and pressing the disaster button.

    There's some imagery I don't understand yet but this song is INCREDIBLE.
    3lanceron October 26, 2008   Link
  • +2
    General CommentA fantastic song from a fantastic album. To my Northern Irish ear it sounds like "I'm like a prisoner getting ready to talk",
    "blood in my hands and the threat in your walk" and "puts a vault in my step"
    gsleithon October 28, 2008   Link
  • +2
    General Comment2lancer jus to let ya no uv got the meaning all wrong.. ive heard gary lightbody talking about the song on SP.com and its about drinking too much and it turning you into a different person.. simple as lol
    tomwhitham123on October 30, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentGsleith is right - I have the official booklet and it has the correct lyrics. I'll re-submit them :)
    60_miles_an_houron October 29, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General Commentfirstly, i would like to say this is a brillaint song proabably the best off their new album along with take back the city
    los weekend, i live in northern ireland and i personally know that lots of people say 'cool your beans' so please dont try and mock the genius of gary lightbody please
    i can see 3lancers point about teenage life and toms part about drinking, both make sense
    im just glad snow patrol are back with a grea new album after such a long anticipated wait after the unbelieveable eyes open :D:D
    innovation on November 02, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song refers to Gary's younger years when he got drunk and did stupid, out of character things. He also writes about these expereinces in 'Brave', where he describes falling down the stairs of the art school and passing out. I believe thats what

    "But here's a helping hand
    A voice that's far too close
    And I am up and on my broken limbs"

    refers to.

    I'll let Gary himself explain the song title:

    "Very scary times. That song is about my mid-twenties, when I definitely had a disaster button. It was very easily pushed and all around me turned to calamity very fast. It's me looking back on a few specific incidents where I could have handled myself a little better."
    another*teen*clicheon May 16, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI'm pretty sure it's

    "Go forward to later you look LIGHT on your feet"
    tofindthesunon October 27, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe right lyrics are here now :)

    I think I can see the drinking idea, now that you mention it Tom.
    60_miles_an_houron October 30, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI love the little guitar solo in this.
    allactionandyon November 01, 2008   Link

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