A little background first: I have recently become a YOOOOGE Snow Patrol fan, mainly because of the season finale of ER, where they played Snow Patrol's "Open Your Eyes" at the end of the episode, and it was extremely powerful and moving. If you haven't seen it, check it out here (youtube.com).
Well, I then checked out thier recent album Eyes Open online and it was incredible. So I bought it. Then one day I was browsing YouTube for the ER clip, and come across some AMVs (anime music videos, which can be EXTREMELY cool, if done right, sucky if not), and there were a few that featured Snow Patrol Run. If you're interested here's a couple of the better ones. And the official video. Anyway, I got that album as well, and it's fantastic.
Anyway, this song is incredible. "Pop" songs rarely (in fact prior to this, NEVER) ellicit an emotional response from me. Well, this song did. It went beyond just being a very well written and performed song, the lyrics are amazing. Interestingly, in an interview with the artist, he said this song was about family. Here's an excerpt of that interview:
..back to new single Run with lyrics like ''Light up, light up, as if you have a choice, even if you cannot hear my voice, I'll be right beside you dear.'' A love/break-up song maybe? Gary explained: ''It's really about family. It's wanting to protect them from all the people in the world that want to destroy. It's about running away and keeping them safe not about fighting which perpetuates the violent cycle. It's a hopeful song.''
...It is, says Lightbody, “a song about family, and wanting to protect them from all the bad things in the world. It’s an apocalyptic song. Can we go somewhere safe when everything goes mad? The opening line, ‘I’ll sing it one more time for you’, is about singing my kid to sleep. I don’t have a kid, but I hope I do one day”.
Now that I've been married a while, and we're starting to talk about starting a family, this song really hits a spot in me that is hard to describe. To me it's about being there, being your family's hero, and I guess that's the best any husband and/or father can do, right? I don't know if this makes any sense at all, but I just wanted to try to share my reaction.
Anyway, give the song a listen and tell me what you think. Cheers!