"Dark Roman Wine" as written by Gary Lightbody and Lee Garret....
I will hang on the hook of your splendor
As the night rolls us up in its arms
And the square of your thumbs and your fingers
Is the blanket of the sky that's so warm

I know it's late but I can't help but think here
That the day hasn't shown all its cards
Now it's out to the stars of the ocean
Let's not retrace our steps to the car

Picking out all the stars that we like
Between finger and thumb
You laugh as you pass me the night
As if it's too fragile to hold
And I hold it so close to my chest
With your hands in my hands
You say this is just how we'll rest
Until light turns to sound

Now your eyelids they faint and they shiver
Like the wings of the last bird to leave
For the south for the heat for no reason
I watch as they fly for sheer joy

The wind shakes the branches above us
And the car shaved the ground at our backs
But the dark roman wine in our bloodstreams
Makes the cold just a word, just a sound

Picking out all the stars that we like
Between finger and thumb
You laugh as you pass me the night
As if it's too fragile to hold
And I hold it so close to my chest
With your hands in my hands
You say this is just how we'll rest
Until the light turns to sound


Lyrics submitted by dustfinger, edited by Milolikesmusic

"Dark Roman Wine" as written by Gary Lightbody Garret Lee

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  • +2
    General CommentI added Up To Now to my collection this past weekend and, in the process, fell for this song.
    I just can't shake it- not that I would want to though. It truly is glorious.

    Btw, while I could be mistaken, I think the lyrics are "until the land turns to sand".
    Mariners13on December 02, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI think it's

    "I know it's late but i can't help but thinking"

    "Now it's out to the stars OR the ocean"

    "And I HOLD it so close to my chest"

    "At all just to fly for sheer joy"

    I love this song SO MUCH, it is so powerful and beautiful and the lyric are GENIUS... (but then so is Gary Lightbody so that makes perfect sense) :D
    bosche105on January 24, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General Commentaccording to the official snow patrol website and their lyrics it's "until the land turns to sand"
    Sharon03on November 06, 2013   Link
  • 0
    General CommentMuch like 'give me strength' another great new song to add to the best of album
    looking forward to their reworked album coming up soon :):):)
    innovation on November 16, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthe word 'romantic' has never been as well placed than when describing this song. gorgeous! just makes me think of warm, lazy summer nights. definately a wedding song!
    Lisa27on June 14, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think that it's about a man and woman who went on a date and had a few too many. He's enjoying just laying around with her, and he doesn't want the night to end.
    gizmo19961on February 22, 2011   Link
  • -2
    Lyric CorrectionIt's "until light turns to sound"
    mjo817on July 20, 2010   Link

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