"Ways and Means" as written by Iain Archer, Gary Lightbody, Mark Mcclelland and Jonathan Graham Quinn....
Getting too busy to make amends
I should try to make it right
Are you ready for the shit to hit
I think you say you are but aren't
Doctor make it better instantly
You're the only one who can
I've waited here my whole damn life
And I've forgotten what I wanted

Maybe I can do it
If I put my back into it
I can leave you if I wanted
But there's nowhere else that I can go

Maybe I won't suffer
If I find I way to love her
I'd be lying to myself
But there is no way out that I can see

If I lied you'd know it instantly
So I just had to look away
All the honesty I've ever lost
I can't begin to even curse
I never knew the taste of blood til now
It's clear I never should have known
Breathing fire was never this much fun
So there's a dark side in us all

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"Ways & Means" as written by Mark Pete Mcclelland Gary Lightbody

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    General Comment.angry/argument/malice non-perminant thoughts.
    whiskeyfairyon June 26, 2004   Link
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    General Commentis this supposed to be a 'dark and dismal' song? i like it. yt another break-up song ... or is it?
    lz2108on December 26, 2004   Link
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    General Commenti think he's gay but he's only just realised it... or maybe she's pregnant and he can't leave her but he doesn't love her.
    simsfreqon January 08, 2005   Link
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    General CommentWhat I get from the song is that he's trying to make a relationship work, but it isn't because there was some sort of conflict, which I think is that she thinks he's lying by the lyric, "If I lied you'd know it instantly, so I just had to look away." Basically, he's telling the truth and trying to move on, but it doesn't work and he's trying to sort of get out of the pain.

    Also, I think it's sort of a love that has expired, but is still strong. As in, he loves her but it's all gotten to be too much. He can leave, but then he can't. There are too many unresolved problems there, and too much love to walk away from. In a nutshell, he's tangled in a bad situation.
    acid_reverieon January 18, 2005   Link
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    General CommentIt's about a guy feeling restless in a relationship. He wants to get out but doesn't really want to make the effort. Stagnation.
    Brilliant song, it's my absolute favourite.
    lauradonaghyon March 07, 2005   Link
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    General Commentim not sure it is about a relationship. maybe his sick of everything in his life? like lauradonaghy said feeling restless. from the blood in the mouth lyric and the doctor making it right it sounds like hes been in a fight. maybe hes bored of the people and the fights and his lifestlye of the place he is living. maybe he cant afford to move away from his home or family so he has no choice but to stay and is frustrated?
    akasiaon June 03, 2005   Link
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    General CommentDefinitely a break-up. the relationship's ran its course and it's difficult for him to convince himself otherwise. As for the looking away, if, like me, you're a rubbish liar, you just don't say anything, look away, keep the other person from seeing what your eyes could betray.
    ianrickardon December 06, 2005   Link
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    General Commenti love songs that have deep lyrics that must be interpreted... plus does anyone else think this song is hella sexy? that piano playing just two minor chords over and over just plain makes me wanna get it on!
    MamaDon January 06, 2006   Link
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    General Commentthis song is totally about sex, dirty dirty sex with no feelings involved. damn sexy.
    kozmikon March 19, 2006   Link
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    General Commentyes! i too think the piano is mad sexy.
    snow patrol has amazing beginnings.
    Ailujon April 15, 2006   Link

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