This is a track from Wildness
, Snow Patrol's follow-up to 2011's Fallen Empires
. The record was made with Garret "Jacknife" Lee - Snow Patrol's producer since 2003. Released on May 25, 2018, its delay was in part because the band's singer Gary Lightbody had a bout of writer's block. The breakthrough came when one day in the studio, Lightbody was trying to write a song and Lee put on Nick Cave's "Jesus Alone
," an anguished prayer to a dead child from a grieving father. Lightbody told The Sun
"It set me into a trance and that's where A Youth Written In Fire came from. It was the song that allowed me to find my way into the album."