"Fifteen Minutes Old" as written by Gary Lightbody, Mark Mcclelland and Jonathan Quinn....
I'm good for inspiration, aren't I?
You will find
Well, close the door and I'll go anywhere
You take me to from this bed onto so much more
Care for you, I will
Can I have a picture of you tonight
Keep it with me always in my mind
Tough me cause I can't move
I can barely breathe
Speechless, breathless
I can't tell you if I'm here or not
Running both legs tied together
Arms in the air
Care for you, I will
Can I have a picture of you tonight
Keep it with me always in my mind

Lyrics submitted by Psychedeliasmith, edited by smontague, BobTheRhino

"Fifteen Minutes Old" as written by Jonathan Quinn Gary Lightbody

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    General CommentPerhaps I'm missing something, but my first impressions on hearing this were not about the obvious (ie a newborn baby).

    I think this is about a new relationship (or dare I say it a one night stand). That first line "I'm good for inspiration aren't I?" - reminds me of love (or even lust) at first sight... you know when you just can't get enough of someone and you have all sorts of ideas rushing around in your head.

    So I have to agree with Michael_mp3, this song just oozes sex... it is about the fantasies and high expectations of sharing a special moment with someone new.

    I'm not sure how the line "running both legs tied together arms in the air" can relate to the baby idea... but if your tied up to the bed your mind can be running as it were.

    Another thing that makes me think its more about a relationship is the chorus "Can I have a picture of you tonight, keep it with me always in my mind" - it's like they know it's a one off and they want to treasure the moment - if it was a baby, then there wouldn't be as much need to take a photo unless of course the baby is dying (which would be sad).

    So to me, this song is about a relationship being 15 minutes old... not a baby.
    websiteowneron August 30, 2008   Link
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    General Comment^^ couldn't of said it better myself. Just want to add something else to the line;

    "running both legs tied together, arms in the air"

    I thought it was more about rushing through the motions of undressing... Pants down, and therefore tying their legs together. And frantically taking their shirts off... resulting in arms in the air.

    My two cents. But yea - 15minutes into a relationship and it's all lust.
    Michael_mp3on September 30, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General Commentholy crap how can no one have commented on this song? honestly it is one of the most beautiful songs i have ever heard in my life. fan bloody tastic.
    soundgoroundon November 18, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General CommentSuch a sexy song!
    Michael_mp3on December 25, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThere's a button to add my own thoughts,so that's just what I'll do! :P

    To me the song seems to be about infatuation, most likely after spending a night together. Realistically speaking Gary Lightbody was a young man when he wrote this song and it really reflects it. He doesn't say that he's in love with her, or even that they've spent any particular time together but he seems really taken in by her. And to say " I care about you" is like the first emotional line a guy knows how to use.

    It also never mentions how she feels but it doesn't really seem relevent, the song's about his feelings and his interest in her.

    I think there's also probably a double meaning to that line about running with his legs tied together, it's probably about that rush of passion in undressing quickly but I also think it's about how he knows (and enjoys) the fact that this connection hasn't a hope but he's going to try crazily all the same (hence running but doomed to fall from the start, and waving his arms wildly on the way down, without protection to his fall.)

    On a light note, I feckin love this song!!
    igotfootroton July 17, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAhhh I love this song too, it's so pretty, but it seems to have such a dark edge...
    Kezbyon November 19, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI heard it was written for his nephew
    strangenewson February 13, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIt just makes me want to go "awwww"
    clojoeon March 17, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentlove this song ^^ I finally got it from a friend, made my day XD
    Wulfe87on June 11, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI love this song... I think what it means is pretty obvious. I wish more people knew about this song... it's great.
    Tamuon June 20, 2007   Link

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