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Snow Patrol

After failing to secure an international audience for nearly ten years, Snow Patrol broke into the mainstream with 2003's Final Straw, a mega-selling album that showcased the band's fondness for epic, melancholic rock. The group had originally stuck closer to the pop realm, releasing quirky albums that took more cues from Belle & Sebastian than Coldplay (to whom the band would later draw many comparisons). Final Straw proved to be a turning point, however, paving the way for the success of 2006's Eyes Open -- particularly its worldwide hit single, "Chasing Cars" -- as well as the band's future work.

Although originally from Northern Ireland, co-founders Gary Lightbody and Mark McClelland relocated to Scotland during their teenage years to attend college. While studying at the University of Dundee in 1994, they began composing music under several different band names, including Shrug and Polar Bear. The duo eventually adopted the Snow Patrol moniker and enlisted Jonny Quinn to play drums in 1997. One year later, Snow Patrol signed with Jeepster Records, a small label based in London, and released the debut effort Songs for Polar Bears.

Snow Patrol's audience was modestly growing, and the trio relocated to Glasgow upon graduation. Their second full-length album, When It's All Over We Still Have to Clear Up, was released in April 2001. Jeepster dropped the band from its roster that same year, however, prompting Lightbody to blow off steam by forming the Reindeer Section, a Scottish supergroup featuring members of Mogwai and Belle & Sebastian. He also continued writing songs for Snow Patrol, including a promising ballad entitled "Run." After guitarist Nathan Connolly joined the group in 2002, Snow Patrol signed a contract with Fiction Records and began recording a new album alongside producer Chris Lord-Alge. With the power ballad "Run" serving as its lead single, Final Straw became the band's breakthrough hit, spinning off four Top 40 singles in the U.K. and eventually selling more than four million copies worldwide.

Despite the band's growing success, founding member Mark McClelland left in March 2005, effectively downgrading Snow Patrol to a trio comprised of Lightbody, Quinn, and Connolly. Shortly thereafter, former Terra Diablo bass player Paul Wilson and touring keyboardist Tom Simpson were permanently added to the lineup, and the group honed its expanded sound by opening shows on the European leg of U2's Vertigo Tour. Upon the tour's completion, they returned to the studio and created the slickly commercial Eyes Open, which was released worldwide in May 2006. One year later, with a successful run through North America under their belt and an enduring single, "Chasing Cars," maintaining their presence on the radio, Eyes Open was certified gold in the United States. It later rose to platinum status, becoming the band's most successful release in America. Snow Patrol also became the first U.K. rock act in 13 years to break into the Top Five of the Billboard singles charts, a feat they sought to revisit with the release of 2008's A Hundred Million Suns.

Led by the single "Take Back the City," A Hundred Million Suns featured an emphasis on positive, romantic lyrics, something that Gary Lightbody had pointedly shunned in the past. The band joined U2 on the road once again, this time playing stadiums in Europe and America during the summer of 2009. Rather than record another album after the tour, however, they chose to release the comprehensive Up to Now, a compilation spanning Snow Patrol's 15-year history. Lightbody and Simpson also teamed up to compile a mix album, LateNightTales, which featured the band's own take on INXS' "New Sensation." Lightbody admitted to a frustrating bout of writer's block before embarking on the group's sixth studio album, 2011's Fallen Empires. ~ Andrew Leahey
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Track List: The Lightning Strike (What If This Storm Ends?) (Single)

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I love when the piano gets in at that certain part, it just makes me cry even more. I'm such a mess.
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prevo40
Chasing cars!! Great song!!
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"If I lay here, if I just lay here, will you lie with me and just forget the world..."
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I LOOVVVEEEE IT!!!!!!!!!
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Good good song just saying
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Love this song
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"if I lay here if I just lay here would u lie with me and just forget the world"
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tolerrtoler1 2
They played this on Greys.. It was so sad��
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kiri53211
Say iPhone 5 times post this on 2 other songs and look under your pillow
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This song is real mellow song by snow patrol. Great song!
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Grey's Anatomy has good tunes
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BTW : SONG IS SOOOOOOOOO AWESOME
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This like a sad song but a really good song I love this song when I was really little like 4 to 5 But STILL LOVE IT :-)
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jessicaresen d e z 1 5
This song is sang by the actors on Grey's Anatomy. It's beautiful.
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You could be happy is one of my favorite songs by far!
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I love gary lightbody
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My mom would sing this to me to get me to fall asleep. I love this song
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nicholasjvl
This song was playing while looking into the eyes of the person in my arms. As he looked back into my eyes, we both knew we were in love. We didn't share that until weeks later and we both knew it was at that moment.
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alejandra.ch a v a r r i a 1 5
Love Chasing Cars it makes me sad for some reason and for some reason lays a smile upon my face
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Beautiful!
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This song always makes me sad
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Love
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every time I listen to this song, I cry and I don't know why..
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Love this song
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BEAUTIFUL GOD BLESS US ALL♡♡♡♡♥♥♥♥♥
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Chasing cars was me and my ex fiances song. Hurts to here it but its still a good one. Its all about just taking it all in. Don't let anything bother u.
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this has been my favorite song since greys anatomy
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Chasing Cars has been one of my favorite songs for about 10 years, its one of the few older songs I never skip when i hear it on the radio haha
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ledive909
<3
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Love, like this song.
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I love chasing cars cool song good beat folow for folloe
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Chasing cars
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I really, really like this band. Good job.
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Follow for a follow ❤☺
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This was a fave of 'us' a while back, as I posted. Hard song to hear now, though I still like it. Makes me tear up, 'cuz this was 1 of our stop whatever ur doing&cuddle up songs. We could both just 4get the world back then; since she passed, it reminds me of the 22yrs I had w/her. We didn't need anything or anyone and both realized those 3 words were not enough to say everything we felt. Listening reminds me of how beautifully crafted the words were & how beautiful she was...
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Chasing Cars , literally gives me life
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Say iPhone 5 times pick a color repost this on two other stations
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Love this song!
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Love this song soooo much its the best
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I have amazing news it's soooooo great the best thing ever heard if you want to know go to frozen thing frozen texting thing yeah it's great
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Sing it Snow Patrol Your The Best Of Best Ever . You Got The Stuff .
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Oh shut up jonncole13 how is it gay















Anyway I love chasing cars snow patrol is good I like it

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Love Snow Patrol Great Group .
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If I just lay here. Would you lay here with me?
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Love Chasing Cars By Snow Patrol
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just now discovering snow patrol.... loving them!! Best song by them is The lightning Stirke.
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I can't like their songs enough
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Now when I hear this song I think of Grey's Anatomy & Derek's death ��
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This song makes me feel like I'm in one of those music videos where the girl doesn't realize how much she loves the guy until he has already moved on
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Me too
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