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This article is about the Snow Patrol song. For a definition of the term "lifening", "lifen", see the Wiktionary entry lifen.
Single by Snow Patrol
from the album Fallen Empires
Released 3 July 2012
Format Digital download
Recorded 2011
Genre Alternative rock
Length 3:30 (Burst to Life Mix)
3:53 (album version)
Label Polydor
Writer(s) Gary Lightbody, Jacknife Lee
Producer(s) Jacknife Lee
Snow Patrol singles chronology
"In the End"
"The Lightning Strike (What If This Storm Ends?)"

"Lifening" is a song by Northern Irish alternative rock group Snow Patrol. The track is the fifth single from the band's sixth studio album, Fallen Empires. It was released as a free digital download on 3 July 2012 from the band's official website.

Background and writing[edit]

In various interviews, Lightbody has stated that the song "Lifening" was written after his sister had children. He stated that he felt "his body clock" telling him that it was time to have children himself, and he has stated that the song is his way of trying to work out what he actually wants from life.


The single version of the song, Jacknife Lee's "Burst to Life Mix", received its worldwide first play on Radio 1's Review Show with Edith Bowman on 3 July 2012.[1] Lightbody had originally stated that he thought the song would have a "soft" release.[2]

Music video[edit]

According to Lightbody's blog,[3] the video for "Lifening" was filmed live during the band's live set at Chicago, as the song "has become a real live moment over the course of this year and we wanted to capture it".

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "Lifening" (Burst to Life Mix) 3:30


Chart (2012) Peak
Belgium (Ultratip Wallonia)[4] 36