"New York" as written by John Mcdaid, Paul Wilson, Tom Simpson, Gary Lightbody, Jonathan Graham Quinn, Nathan Connolly and Garret Lee....
If you were here beside me, instead of in New York
If the curve of you was curved on me
I'd tell you that I loved you, before I even knew you
'Cause I loved the simple thought of you

If our hearts are never broken and there's no joy in the mending
There's so much this hurt can teach us both,
And there's distance and there's silence, your words have never left me,
They're the prayer that I say every day

Come on, come out, come here, come here
Come on, come out, come here, come here
Come on, come out, come here, come here
Come on, come out, come here, come here

The lone neon lights and the ache of the ocean
And the fire that was starting to spark
I miss it all, from the love to the lightning
And the lack of it snaps me in two

If you were here beside me, instead of in New York
In the arms you said you'd never leave
I'd tell you that it's simple and it was only ever thus
There is nowhere else that I belong

Come on, come out, come here, come here
Come on, come out, come here, come here
Come on, come out, come here, come here
Come on, come out, come here, come here

The lone neon lights and the ache of the ocean,
And the fire that was starting to spark
I miss it all from the love to the lightning
And the lack of it snaps me in two
Just give me a sign, there's an end with a beginning
To the quiet chaos driving me back
The lone neon lights and the warmth of the ocean
And the fire that was starting to go out


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"New York" as written by Nathan Connolly Gary Lightbody

Lyrics © Spirit Music Group, Kobalt Music Publishing Ltd.

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    Song MeaningI believe this song is about a relationship that involved long distance that didn't work out, and the singer is having a hard time forgetting it. In this particular scenario, the person is in New York, and they maybe tried to continue what they had, but it just couldn't work out due to the distance and possibly the fact this person is focusing on their personal future.. and timing wasn't right. He hopes they may be together in the future, but also accepts that may not happen. To sum it up, Its about the 'the one that could of been, but never was'.


    " I'd tell you that I loved you, before I even knew you Cause I loved the simple thought of you"
    This in my opinion means that he didn't know he was going to fall in love as hard as he did, and he feels in some way they are meant to be, so if he saw this person again, he'd say that he's always loved them from the start, as he felt he was meant to.

    "If our hearts are never broken and there's no joy in the mending, There's so much this hurt can teach us both, And there's distance and there's silence, your words have never left me, They're the prayer that I say every day"
    The start of it is explaining how if they never re-connect down the road like he hopes and fall in love again, there is so much that they both can learn from what they experienced. they opened each others eyes to new things from their love. And as this person is distancing themselves and they are growing apart, he will forever hold onto this persons words, because he'll never forget them.

    "The lone neon lights and the ache of the ocean, And the fire that was starting to spark
    I miss it all, from the love to the lightning, And the lack of it snaps me in two"
    The part of the ocean shows us that literally the ocean separated the two of them, hence causing the ache (not sure if he actually says ache or 'eke' but either way), and their love was just about to grow into something much deeper before it had to end. He misses the good and the bad from it all, and his heart is breaking without this person.

    At the end, his last line changing to "the fire that was starting to go" means that their love is dying. They couldn't work through the distance.

    I personally connect to this song a lot as I am going through something exactly like this, this is a very sad song of a beautifully tragic love.
    amandaisapandaon June 19, 2015   Link
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    Song MeaningThis song can be compared to Jim and Pam off of The Office (not saying this song is based off of that). Basically, Pam has to go to New York for 6 months to take a class, leaving Jim in Scranton. He misses her insanely.

    This song is about actual, literal distance being hurtful in a relationship. The girl is in New York for some reason, and the guy loves her and misses her insanely. His life back wherever he is is meaningless, and lonely. The girl left right when things were starting to get good for them, they were really hitting it off, falling in love (the fire that was starting to spark). He ends the song with "the fire that's starting to go out". This means that the distance between the two of them is causing him to maybe despise her for not being with him. He's falling out of love. This is a very sad/wanting song.
    Gravity450on December 21, 2011   Link
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    Lyric CorrectionThe girl has gone to New York and left him behind.

    [Possible corrections- "nights" and "ache"]
    "The lone neon (n/l)ights and the ache of the ocean
    and the fire that was starting to spark
    I miss it all, from the love to the lightning"

    "If our hearts are never broken THEN there's no joy in the mending
    THOUGH there's distance and there's silence...."

    [I thought the correct lyrics were "lone neon nights", as in nights in the city by yourself. I think the word is also "ache" instead of heat... it's got a little irish accent on it ("eche") and ache is used in a lot of gL songs.]
    They had a very passionate relationship and perhaps fought often [love is love... lightning is fighting]
    and by the end we know the passion is gone [the fire that was starting to go out.]

    Second verse:
    "IN the arms" instead of "of the arms".
    I also thought it was "us" instead of "thus" but both make sense...

    [Possible corrections- "and" and "mad"]
    "Just give me a sign
    there's an end and a beginning
    to the quiet chaos driving me mad"
    He's unsure if the relationship is really over or not... he still loves her and is battling to give up his feelings but cannot.
    The emotion is expressed perfectly and we get the most accurate decsription of that desperate-wishful feeling ("quiet chaos".)
    Beautifully written song.
    rowanbearon December 31, 2011   Link
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    General CommentI'm not sure about "If are hearts are never broken then there's no joy in the mending", but i think he's saying that they were never really in love and thus their hearts cannot be broken as he says "I'd tell you that i loved you before i even knew you / 'cause I loved the simple thought of you" which means that he just wanted to fall in love and didn't care who it was. I think that maybe he's being sarcastic and ironic about the "joy in the mending"... i'm not sure..

    The "come on, come out, come here, come here" is just him pleading for this girl to come home and you can even hear it in his voice that he's desperate.

    When he says "your words have never left me / they're the prayer that I say every day" it means that he'll never forget her as everyday he reminds himself of what she said and maybe it's meant to imply that she said something comforting to him before she left (or maybe i'm reading to much in to it :/).

    In the last verse he's beginnning to explain how it wasn't really working anymore and "there's an end with a beginning" is saying that everything ends and they can't continue together forever.

    I love this song, but it does almost makes me cry as it reminds me of when my ex moved away and even with skype and stuff we broke up a few months after and this is exactly how I felt especially "and the fire that was starting to go out" which is just him saying that the relationship wasn't lasting anymore and that they were beginning to fall out of love.
    blueeyes3on January 06, 2012   Link
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    General CommentCorrection to my last post: the lyrics are "ever thus", not "ever us"... I listened and realized it makes more sense.
    It also may be "eke of the ocean" instead of "ache"? Can someone with official lyrics and/or a northern irish accent help out?

    What Gary says about the song:
    "I'm really happy with the words," says Gary. "I always try to write about personal experiences - New York is about a girl I was seeing over there. We both had strong feelings for one another, but we were never in the same place at the same time. It's about missed opportunities.
    (From the SP website)
    rowanbearon January 14, 2012   Link
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    General CommentI feel that the "if our hearts are never broken/ then there's no joy in the mending" line means that if there is pain from their separation, the day they are together again will bring happiness.
    The "give me a sign/ there's an end and a beginning" line might mean that with the end of their separation comes the beginning of a new life for them.
    I have a special connection to this song, since I am in a long distance relationship with someone who lives across the ocean from me, and I am a resident of New York (:
    RunRioton January 23, 2013   Link
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    General Comment"if our hearts are never broken, then there's no joy in the mending. There's so much this hurt can teach us both."

    Falling out of love can be so devastating. Even though its difficult, when you fnd that person that makes you feel okay to love again, to hope and to feel. Thats the "joy in the mending" but you'd never have that euphoric feeling if you never got your heart broken in the first place.

    One of my favorite lines is " I miss it all, from the love to the lightning and the lack of it snaps me in two." This song has touched my soul. With the transparent heartache and longing, but loving message. I love snow patrol!:)
    bbzemeron January 27, 2013   Link
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    My InterpretationI somehow can compare to this song. There is this girl i know for a year now. I never met her before than chatting on skype. But... well. There's sometimes this tension. I can't even explain it. It's just there. And I need her. More than I ever needed someone else. It feels like... she's the love of my life. I think I'm more into it than her. That's alright. It hurts. But it's okay.

    We had a rough past. And it's never gonna be like in the beginning of this year, when I fell for her and I think .. she also fell for me. Now everything changed. We 're fighting almost everyday. About thinks..... I can only shake my head. But there is this pain. Always. This pain is scratching my heart.

    "If our hearts are never broken and there's no joy in the mending
    There's so much this hurt can teach us both,
    And there's distance and there's silence, your words have never left me,"

    I kinda still hope... we'll end up somehow -- not together.. but nearer than now. Like good friends. I want her to can count on me and to search my help when she needs it. Distance keeps me away from being there for her everyday, every hour, every second she needs someone to share her tears. But I'm not this person anymore. And every fight, every pain makes me realising this fuckkking shit.

    Well... only her. Still.

    Such a beautiful song.
    Bellejandroon December 04, 2013   Link
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    General Commenti really hate and love this song. i hate it cause it always reminds me of the one that got away. i love it cause it so beautifully written and sung and the words are so powerful. i'd tell you i loved you before i even knew you, your words have never left me, they're the prayer i say every day, there's and end and a beginning, to the quiet chaos driving me back. some of my all time favorite lyrics
    bar250on February 12, 2015   Link
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    General CommentA different take...

    I know it's probably a wrong one, but all I can think is that New York is a metaphor for death.

    This song is asking, "please come back"
    Aquarius121on July 28, 2015   Link

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