"The Lightning Strike" as written by Gary Lightbody, Nathan Connolly, Jonathan Graham Quinn, Tom Simpson and Paul Wilson....
What if this 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 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

What if this 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 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


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"The Lightning Strike (What If This Storm Ends?)" as written by Jonathan Graham Quinn Gary Lightbody

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  • +4
    General Comment"When you held onto me like I was your little life raft
    Please know that you were mine as well"

    That's just heartbreakingly nice, snow patrol just get better.
    I love all the storm metaphors throughout it, how in the first bit he seems to be talking about their relationship being a storm, like exciting and powerful and how she is "the lightning in me"
    and then it continues in the second part with "accidents of faith and nature", because obviously storms and weather are parts of nature, and he's comparing them with that like it is natural that they have come together as a pair but they needed faith to carry it on and everything, and that she can "stop waving your arms, you're safe and dry", I just imagine that like her in some masssive stormy sea and he's just felt like he has rescued her from it
    and then obviously the last bit, with the life rafts and that he suddenly felt his worth in the middle of the flood, like they are relying on one another so much and.. yes. :) amazing song, I love it.
    screamingchoirson December 22, 2008   Link
  • +3
    General Commentive listened to this album probably 100 times and i never get tired of it.
    everytime i listen to it its like im hearing it for the first time..my favorite album by far.
    these songs are incredible.
    guitargirl36on May 10, 2009   Link
  • +2
    My InterpretationWhile I like (ii) and (iii), the song's true beauty lies in (i) for me.

    I guess I relate to it so well that I can't help it. Here's my interpretation...

    "What if this storm ends, and I don't see you as you are now ever again?"

    To me this is someone worrying that if the ugly circumstances surrounding
    the situation clear up, they won't see the person helping them through it
    in the same way.

    "A perfect halo of gold hair and lightning set you off against the planet's last dance."

    The "stormy" circumstances make the helpful person beautiful and indispensable.

    "Just for a minute, the silver-forked sky lit you up like a star that I will follow."

    The person has become a beacon in light of the situation.

    "And now it's found us, like I have found you - I don't want to run. Just overwhelm me."

    You want to be overwhelmed by the person before it's too late, the storm is over, and they return
    to normal.

    "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."

    I'll just lump this bit. :) You want this person to look to you exactly like they do now, in the midst
    of the storm, for the rest of time.

    (My ex and I had a particularly ugly break-up, and afterward my best friend - a guy - picked up the
    pieces. And he became like my sun. When I heard this song, I so related, afraid that when the storm
    cleared, I wouldn't feel the same way.)
    Texage74on January 27, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General Commentthis song is amazing (:
    my favorite part is daybreak, but the other two parts are great as well. the lyrics, music and vocals in this song are all set up so perfectly. I'm in love with all sixteen minutes
    LyricsAreHerStoryon November 09, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentOne of my favourite snow patrol songs. it's awesome! The lyrics are amazing
    Chocolate42on March 22, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI think it is about love. Maybe not romantic love. I think it is about losing a love and then finding new one and realizing how precious and fragile its existence is. Potential lost moments. A bit of panic. Moments to be seized and then the relaxation of realizing that you live in each other's hearts despite uphill battles.

    From "be the lightning in me that strikes relentless" to "something was bound to go right sometime today." Wake me up and always remind me how to create the future.
    FrisbeeGirlon September 11, 2014   Link
  • 0
    General CommentMy favourite part of this song is "What If This Storm Ends?" Gary's voice is amazing, and so is the music.
    60_miles_an_houron October 26, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is EPIC!!!!!!

    So amazing. Particularly the first part, of course.
    mattisyourheroon October 26, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentCan anybody else hear days without paracetamol at the start of Sunlight Through The Flags?
    3lanceron October 26, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe song is epic. Parts (i) and (iii) are my favorites.

    Thanks for posting up the lyrics, now I can finally catch some of what I've been missing.
    OnThe11thon October 27, 2008   Link

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