"Snowball" as written by and Guy Edward John/potter Garvey....
tied this letter to a red balloon
flew this letter off across the rooves
along with all the plans i made

over crippled cranes and twisted steel
deadlines overgrown and missing wheels
a ‘told you so’ communique

told you so

the biggest of mistakes can be forgiven
but a snowball of little white lies will crush your house

from the razor wire an oily rag
and it’s what you made the nation's flag
pray you never sleep again

oh and laughable the crying shame
oh the mark i made against your name
i hope this finds you less than sane

told you so

for you to think that history's rewritten
you'd have to think the dead will be forgotten
your snowball of little white lies has crushed our house

when the pills you take
no longer help you
fading in your garden chair
a hundred and two
you’ll see the light dim
you’ll lose the birdsong
you’ll hear the voices you've been holding off for so long
buzzing ‘round you
and then a hurricane
a hundred thousand souls
and every one in pain
they'll come and visit you
we’ll come and visit you

never sleep again

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"Snowball" as written by Mark Ellis Potter Guy Edward John Garvey

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    General CommentWell, look at this one: From the razor wire in old Iraq
    Oil is what you make the nation's flag
    Obviously Elbow are once again showing their anti iraq war views. But I can't figure the rest out.
    louisagiffardon September 13, 2006   Link
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    General Commentthe rest is probably about how the victims of the war will come back to haunt bush/blair long after they've retired from office. the best line is about how all the political "white lies" used to justify the war result in the destruction of civilians' lives and homes.
    Leif_Eriksonon April 05, 2007   Link
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    General Comment I thought that maybe this song was used to highlight all the things currently wrong in the world (such as war and desperation for oil) but also has a much deeper meaning, perhaps about being lied to by a close friend and knowing that you can never really forgive them for it. I'm not really sure though, but it is an absolutely gorgeous song :)
    INdieKiD21on February 07, 2010   Link
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    MemoryThis is my transcription, which I posted on the message board of one of the more-frequented Elbow fansites not long after the Help album was released in 2005. Seems like it soon spread to all the lyric sites.

    Guy Garvey said in an interview around the time that the song 'Leaders of the Free World' was like a clip round the ear for the crooked politicians taking us into wars that only benefit them and their big business bedfellows. He said he was so angry at them that it seemed better to belittle them than attack them. I think all that anger with them comes out in this song. I particularly like the ideas about the presence of their victims following them around and haunting them until their dying days. Pray you never sleep again.
    penwakenyorimoyasushion June 25, 2012   Link

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