Chocolate (Snow Patrol song)

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"Chocolate"
Single by Snow Patrol
from the album Final Straw
Released 12 April, 2004 (UK)
Format 7" vinyl, CD
Recorded February 2003 at Britannia Row
Genre Alternative rock, power pop
Length 3:09
Label Fiction/Interscope
Producer(s) Jacknife Lee
Snow Patrol singles chronology
"Run"
(2003)
"Chocolate"
(2004)
"Spitting Games (re-release)"
(2004)

"Chocolate" is a song by UK alternative rock band Snow Patrol. It was released as the third single from their third studio album, Final Straw. The music for the track was written by all four members of the band, while the lyrics are by lead vocalist Gary Lightbody.

The single version is slightly different from the album version. The most noticeable alteration is the use of a chime solo between the 1st chorus and 2nd verse on the single instead of the continued guitar riff which appears on the album.

An edited version of "Chocolate" is featured on the trailer for The Last Kiss starring Zach Braff. It also features in the Torchwood episode "Cyberwoman" and it was used for the highlights on the last-ever 'Wales On Saturday'.

Music video[edit]

The video was directed by Marc Webb and was filmed in New York.[1] It shows scenes of panic and despair at what is apparently the "end of the world". The centerpiece or focal point of the action is an hourglass that is quickly running out. The implication here is that darkness and death will descend when the last grains of sand have fallen through the bottleneck to the bottom. The song's last line "I promise I'll do anything you ask... this time" therefore seems both futile and ironic in that there apparently is not going to be an opportunity to make amends.[citation needed]

After the lyrics finish lead singer Gary Lightbody walks up and inverts the hourglass. The video fades out to the song's guitar riff repeating.

Track listings[edit]

  • CD
  1. "Chocolate" (video)
  2. "Run" (Jackknife Lee Remix) – 7:28
  3. "One Night Is Not Enough" (Live at the Liquid Rooms) – 4:19
  • 7"
  1. "Chocolate" – 3:09
  2. "Run" (Jackknife Lee Remix) – 7:28

Covers[edit]

Brian Mcfadden covered this song on his 2013 album the Irish connection

Reception[edit]

Hot Press' reviewer Paul Nolan reviewed the single negatively. He wrote the song was true to its title, as it was "warm" and "anthemic", making comparisons to bands like Coldplay and Starsailor. He did not feel it was strong enough to match up to "Starfighter Pilot", which he called "a prime-time Snow Patrol number". He criticized the record company's approach, writing that the release was an attempt to capitalize on the success on the previous single "Run", Snow Patrol's breakthrough single.[2]

Charts[edit]

Chart (2004)[3] Peak
position
UK Singles Chart 24
Dutch Singles Chart 34[4]
Ireland Singles Top 50 40
Chart (2005) Peak
position
US Modern Rock Tracks 40[5]
Chart (2006) Peak
position
UK Singles Chart[6] 196
Chart (2009) Peak
position
UK Singles Chart[7] 151

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Chocolate". Snow Patrol. Retrieved 2009-07-15. 
  2. ^ Nolan, Paul (31 March 2004). "Snow Patrol - Chocolate (Polydor)". Hot Press. Retrieved 2009-10-01. [dead link] Note: Archived page, can be found here [1].
  3. ^ "Snow Patrol - Chocolate - Music Charts". Acharts.us. Retrieved 2012-01-05. 
  4. ^ Steffen Hung. "Snow Patrol - Chocolate". swisscharts.com. Retrieved 2012-01-05. 
  5. ^ US charting
  6. ^ "Chart Log UK". Zobbel. Retrieved 2009-07-02.  Note: Snow Patrol must be manually searched.
  7. ^ "Chart Log UK". Zobbel. Retrieved 2009-11-19. 

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