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Set the fire to the third bar

28 Mar

 

 

There are some songs that haunt you. They touch you and you don’t know why. And then someone happens and you realize it has been waiting for the moment, for the person, for the situation. This is one of those songs.

This song is by Snow Patrol, a Scottish band who I am sure you will know. But this isn’t one of their really big successes. It was recorded with the talented Martha Wainwright and is on the excellent 2006 album Eyes Open.

It makes the hairs on the back of my neck stand on end. It fills me with sadness and longing.

 

“Set The Fire To The Third Bar”
(feat. Martha Wainwright)

I find the map and draw a straight line
Over rivers, farms, and state lines
The distance from ‘A’ to where you’d be
It’s only finger-lengths that I see
I touch the place where I’d find your face
My fingers in creases of distant dark places

I hang my coat up in the first bar
There is no peace that I’ve found so far
The laughter penetrates my silence
As drunken men find flaws in science

Their words mostly noises
Ghosts with just voices
Your words in my memory
Are like music to me

I’m miles from where you are,
I lay down on the cold ground
I, I pray that something picks me up
And sets me down in your warm arms

After I have travelled so far
We’d set the fire to the third bar
We’d share each other like an island
Until exhausted, close our eyelids
And dreaming, pick up from
The last place we left off
Your soft skin is weeping
A joy you can’t keep in

I’m miles from where you are,
I lay down on the cold ground
And I, I pray that something picks me up
and sets me down in your warm arms

I’m miles from where you are,
I lay down on the cold ground
and I, I pray that something picks me up
and sets me down in your warm arms

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Set the fire to the third bar – written by Gary Lightbody and performed by © Snow Patrol, and Martha Wainwright.
This post © the author writing as Romantic Dominant – Part of a series of songs I like but you might not know.
 
13 Comments

Posted by on March 28, 2017 in Music

 

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13 responses to “Set the fire to the third bar

  1. nkdwhtguy

    March 28, 2017 at 6:29 pm

    Excellent song choice! Hadn’t heard it before.

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  2. missy

    March 28, 2017 at 6:30 pm

    I love this song too and it brings back so many meaningful memories. Thank you 😊

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  3. emdimensional

    March 28, 2017 at 7:41 pm

    I love this song. Thank you for the prompt to listen. ❤

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  4. elisaparadis

    March 28, 2017 at 9:12 pm

    After I travel so far… I still hung on love and desire… Thank you for this song. Sometimes I need something to bite my superficial reality and drive me in my real me. Thank you!

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  5. Leslie Meeks

    March 28, 2017 at 9:13 pm

    We’d share each other like an island.. I love the words in this verse. A song I have never heard before. Beautiful as always. Thank you for sharing.

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  6. littleannab

    March 29, 2017 at 1:06 pm

    this song has special meaning for me. makes me long for something that will never be. loved this song since day 1

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  7. littleannab

    March 29, 2017 at 1:06 pm

    ps thank you for sharing.

    Liked by 1 person

     

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