"What If The Storm Ends?" as written by Gary Lightbody, Nathan Connolly, Jonathan Graham Quinn, Tom Simpson and Paul Wilson....
(I) What If This Storm Ends?

What if this storm ends?
And I don't see you
As you are now
Ever again

The perfekt halo
Of gold hair and lightning
Sets you off against
The planet's last dance

Just for a minute
The silver forked sky
Lit you up like a star
That I will follow

Now it's found us
Like I have found you
I don't want to run
Just overwhelm me

What if this storm ends?
And leaves us nothing
Except a memory
A distant echo

I want pinned down
I want unsettled
Rattle cage after cage
Until my blood boils

I want to see you
As you are now
Every single day
That I am living

Painted in flames
All peeling thunder
Be the lightning in me
That strikes relentless

(II) The Sunlight Through The Flags

From here the caravans are kids toys
And I can hold them all in my palm
I watch the sea creep round the corner
It connects the dots from here to you
The sunlight burning through the loose flags
Painted high on white church walls
I chase my blood from brain to thumped heart
Until I'm out of breath for trying

Worry not everything is sound
This is the safest place you've found
The only noise beating out is ours
Lacing our tea from honey jars

These accidents of faith and nature
They tend to stick in the spokes of you
But every now and then the trend bucks
And you're repaired by more than glue

Worry not everything is sound
This is the safest place you've found
The only noise beating out is ours
Lacing our tea from honey jars

Why don't you rest your fragile bones
A minute ago you looked alone
Stop waving your arms you're safe and dry
Breathe in and drink up the winter sky

(III) Daybreak

Slowly the day breaks apart in our hands
And soft hallelujahs flow in from the church
The one on the corner you said frightened you
It was too dark and too large to find your soul in

Something was bound to go right sometime today
All these broken pieces fit together to make a perfect picture of us
It got cold and then dark so suddenly and rained
It rained so hard the two of us were the only thing
That we could see for miles and miles

And in the middle of the flood I felt my worth
When you held onto me like I was your little life raft
Please know that you were mine as well
Drops of water hit the ground like God's own tears
And spread out into shapes like
Salad bowls and basins and buckets for bailing out the flood

As motionless cars rust on driveways and curbs
You take off your raincoat and stretch out your arms
We both laugh out loud and surrender to it
The sheer force of sky and the cold magnet Earth

Something was bound to go right sometime today
All these broken pieces fit together to make a perfect picture of us
It got cold and then dark so suddenly and rained
It rained so hard the two of us were the only thing
That we could see for miles and miles

And in the middle of the flood I felt my worth
When you held onto me like I was your little life raft
Please know that you were mine as well
Drops of water hit the ground like God's own tears
And spread out into shapes like
Salad bowls and basins and buckets for bailing out the flood


Lyrics submitted by mlew10

"The Lightning Strike [What If This Storm Ends?]" as written by Gary Lightbody, Nathan Connolly, Jonathan Graham Quinn, Tom Simpson, Paul Wilson

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  • +2
    General CommentI take the storm as metaphoric-possibly of many things such as:-
    -a relationship-what if the relationship ends, and he will no longer see (her, to make this easier to describe) in all her perfection.
    -Im inclined to see "the storm" as a metaphor for life.

    "Just for a minute
    The siilver-forked sky
    Lifts you up like a star"

    I dont know about any of you, but I've experienced a similar feeling before. A particular event, sometimes a minor one, can light that person up and show them in all their beauty and perfection. In this description, she is in the centre of the storm(ie his life)


    "Be the lightning in me" fits as well- if the storm is his life, the lightning is the thing that fuels the storm- hes asking her to be his strength.
    basically he doesnt want to miss one moment with her and never wants to be parted from her.
    another*teen*clicheon November 24, 2008   Link
  • +2
    General CommentAh, the story of my life played over and over by a frightened South American individual :) This is a beautiful and clever Snow Patrol track. Gary's voice is perfect for it. I liked this song even before it became a sad theme song. It's about a couple who are apart. There is conflict that is preventing them from being together (probably one person's reluctance to love). He wants the conflict to end, but worries that she will not be the same person he's envisioned and he worries that he will let her down. Dreams and fantasies are what we make them (and often we make them larger than life...beautiful; comforting; exciting; w/o conflict; etc). He actually fears the end of what keeps them apart for only then will the truth be revealed...he may not like what he sees; she may not like what she sees (although I'm quite sure she'll still love what she sees); there will be real problems that didn't exist in the dream; there's a chance she'll leave him (keeping her in dreams doesn't allow her to leave...it's safe); etc. I absolutely adore the line 'just overwhelm me." It doesn't mean to smother; it's his plea for her to somehow help him lose his fear so he can finally live free and enjoy the kind of love he has been lacking (due to his self deprival) for far too long. Ahhhhhh....I love this special man so much. (Gary, of course:D)
    TurnMeOnon November 08, 2011   Link
  • 0
    My Opinion
    I adore this song. I can't stop listening to it. I love the way the song starts calm and then crescendo's and you feel more excited the more you listen to it. Almost like it's whipping up a storm inside you. Gary is a beautiful song writer as well as just being beautiful.

    'What if the storm ends?
    And I don't see you
    As you are now
    Ever again
    The perfect halo
    Of gold hair and lightning
    Sets you off against
    The planets last dance
    Just for a minute
    The siilver-forked sky
    Lifts you up like a star
    That I will follow
    But now it's found us
    Like I have a found you
    I don't wanna run
    Just overwhelm me'

    I think storm is a methaphor for the relationship and he's constantly afraid that it's going to end too soon.I think the way the lyrics are written fit into the concept of the album a hundred million suns. Talking about storms and lightning and planets and stars, All unuversal elements. It's very clever.

    'What if the storm ends?
    At least that's nothing
    Except the memory
    A distant echo
    I won't pin down
    I've walked unsettled
    Rattle cage after cage
    Until my blood boils
    I wanna see you
    As you are now
    Every single day
    That I am living
    Painted in flames
    A peeling thunder
    Be the lightning in me
    That strikes relentless'

    It's almost like he wants to freeze the relationship as it is now so nothing gets in the way. He describes her as lightning, like she is dangerous to him because she has struck his heart.

    'Like I have a found you
    I don't wanna run
    Just overwhelm me'

    As the song crescendo's he gets more urgent and forceful, almost like he's saying destroy me because he's so consumed by the relationship. gorgeous song xxxxxxx
    rochey1on September 02, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think these lyrics are slightly incorrect, or the version I have is different. On my super-clear headphones it sounds more like this:


    What if the storm ends?
    And I don't see you
    As you are now
    Ever again
    The perfect halo
    Of gold hair and lightning
    Sets you off against
    The planets last dance
    Just for a minute
    The silver-forked sky
    Lit you up like a star
    That I will follow
    But now it's found us
    Like I have a found you
    I don't wanna run
    Just overwhelm me

    What if the storm ends?
    And leaves us nothing
    Except the memory
    A distant echo
    I want pinned down
    I want unsettled
    Rattle cage after cage
    Until my blood boils
    I wanna see you
    As you are now
    Every single day
    That I am living
    Painted in flames
    A pealing thunder
    Be the lightning in me
    That strikes relentless

    What if the storm ends?
    And I don't see you
    As you are now
    Ever again
    The perfect halo
    Of gold hair and lightning
    Sets you off against
    The planets last dance
    Just for a minute
    The silver-forked sky
    Lifts you up like a star
    That I will follow
    But now it's found us
    Like I have a found you
    I don't wanna run
    Just overwhelm me
    sparklingdarkon April 15, 2010   Link

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