You're All I Have

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"You're All I Have"
Single by Snow Patrol
from the album Eyes Open
Released 24 April 2006 (UK)
Format E-CD; CD; 7"
Recorded 2005
Genre Alternative rock, power pop
Length 4:33 (Album Version)
3:50 (Radio Edit)
Label Interscope
Writer(s) Connolly, Lightbody, Quinn, Simpson, Wilson
Producer(s) Jacknife Lee
Snow Patrol singles chronology
"How to Be Dead"
(2004)
"You're All I Have"
(2006)
"Chasing Cars"
(2006)
Music sample

"You're All I Have" is the first single from Snow Patrol's fourth album, Eyes Open. It was released 24 April 2006. It was used by RTÉ sport to promote the return of The Sunday Game for the 2006 GAA championships. It became the band's second big hit after the success of "Run" in 2004, peaking at #7 on the UK Singles Chart.

According to frontman Gary Lightbody: "It’s near the beginning of a dangerously reliant relationship. The album is full of songs like this. Rather than a break up record this is a make up record. That is a massive generalisation but it is a more positive record than the last".[this quote needs a citation] He has said that "the song is about a damaging but fulfilling relationship, something that terrifies you, but you can't quite bring yourself to look away".

Music video[edit]

The music video for the song was directed by Nathan Connolly. It was filmed in a working power station in Kent. It features the band play the song on a platform 120 feet in the air.[1] When the single was released in the United States, another video directed by David S. Goyer was shot. The band flew to Los Angeles for the shoot, from Las Vegas where they had been staying for a while.[2] Connolly later said that the band was not a fan of shooting videos. He felt the band could not act, even if they tried and was personally relieved that he was not needed to act in the video.[2]

Track listing[edit]

  • Maxi CD single
  1. "You're All I Have" – 4:32
  2. "The Only Noise" – 2:53
  3. "Perfect Little Secret" – 4:41
  4. "You're All I Have" (Video)
  • CD single
  1. "You're All I Have" (Live from Koko) – 4:51
  2. "Run" (Live from Koko) – 5:48
  • 7"
  1. "You're All I Have" – 4:32
  2. "You're All I Have" (Minotaur Shock Remix) – 6.14
  • Promo CD single (UK & Mexico)
  1. "You're All I Have" (Radio Edit) – 3:50
  2. "You're All I Have" (Radio Edit Version 2) – 3:49

Reception[edit]

Yahoo! Music's Ben Gilbert welcomed the single warmly, giving it 7 stars out of 10. He said that the song was Snow Patrol's return to the UK rock scene "with the sort of form that would see an ex-con arrested on sight." Though he criticized the song for being "too much of a mediocre stretch bearing in mind our location in the year 2006 and the current existence of Spank Rock", he defended the song saying "there is a keening momentum and inevitably busted emotional power to Gary Lightbody and co's comeback that suggest all of their dreams are about to come true."[3]

Accolades[edit]

Publication Country Accolade Year Rank
The Rock FM New Zealand The Rock 1000[4] 2008 984

Charts[edit]

Chart (2006)[5] Peak
position
UK Singles Top 75 7
Ireland Singles Top 50 12
Dutch Singles Chart 88[6]
New Zealand Top 40 25
Germany Singles Top 100 100
Venezuela Pop Rock (Record Report)[7] 12
Chart (2007) Peak
position
US Modern Rock Tracks 27[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "You're All I Have". Snow Patrol. Retrieved 2009-07-15. 
  2. ^ a b Power, Ed (11 January 2007). "Love minus zero: Snow limit". Hot Press. Retrieved 2009-11-01.  Note: Archived page, can be found here Love minus zero: Snow limit | Music | Interview | Hot Press[dead link]. Appears as: "Snow Patrol flew to LA from Las Vegas, scene of the video shoot for their next US single, "You’re All I Have". The promo was overseen by David Goyer, a director and screenwriter..." and ""We’re not really fans of making videos," says Connolly of their sojourn in The Killers' home town. "Up until now we've been lucky because all everyone wants us to do is stand there and play in front of the camera. There's no need for any acting. I don’t think we could do that if we tried.""
  3. ^ "Snow Patrol - 'You're All I Have'". Yahoo! Music. Retrieved 2009-06-23. 
  4. ^ "Countdowns - The Rock 1000". The Rock. Retrieved 9 January 2010. 
  5. ^ "Snow Patrol - You're All I Have - Music Charts". Acharts.us. Retrieved 2012-03-16. 
  6. ^ Steffen Hung. "Snow Patrol - You're All I Have". swisscharts.com. Retrieved 2012-03-16. 
  7. ^ "Pop Rock" (in Spanish). Record Report. 2006-07-15. Archived from the original on 2006-11-24. 
  8. ^ "Snow Patrol - Chart history". Billboard. Retrieved 2014-05-10. 

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