Please Just Take These Photos from My Hands

Album: A Hundred Million Suns (2008)

Songfacts®:

  • Snow Patrol frontman Gary Lightbody explained this song to the Irish public broadcaster RTE: "This is an anomaly on the record in that it could be construed as a break-up song, but it's actually about my past life and those people whose faces you carry around like snapshots in boxes. It's about me losing my history. I was worrying about my memory while I was making this record as it seems to be deserting me rapidly."

Comments: 2

  • Jim from Sterling, VaAn excellent tune. Talked my band into doing it as a cover tune. Sampled the beginning sound into my Roland SPD-S drum pad. We played it last night for the first time. Sounded awesome. Very fun!
  • Emily from Abingdon, VaBest song on the album, hands down.
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