Hands Open

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"Hands Open"
Snow Patrol - Hands Open.jpg
Single by Snow Patrol
from the album Eyes Open
Released 16 October 2006
Format Digital download
Recorded 2005
Genre Alternative rock
Length 3:17
Label Interscope
Songwriter(s) Gary Lightbody, Nathan Connolly, Jonny Quinn, Tom Simpson & Paul Wilson
Producer(s) Jacknife Lee
Snow Patrol singles chronology
"Chasing Cars"
"Hands Open"
"Set the Fire to the Third Bar"
Audio sample

"Hands Open" is the second American single from Snow Patrol's fourth album, Eyes Open. It was released June 2006.

It received substantial radio play on modern rock radio, peaking at number 21 on the US Billboard Modern Rock Tracks chart. However, it did not cross over to any other radio formats, unlike the previous single, "Chasing Cars".

The third verse references American indie-folk singer/songwriter Sufjan Stevens and the song "Chicago" with the lyrics "Put Sufjan Stevens on/And we'll play your favorite song/'Chicago' bursts to life/And your sweet smile remembers you."

The song was featured in the PC game LMA Manager 2007.

The band shot a new video for "Hands Open" for its Australian single release. It consists of a live performance, with the studio track dubbed over it.

In Australasia, the cover art is identical to that of "Set the Fire to the Third Bar", due to the latter not being released as a single there.

Track listings[edit]

  • US promo CD single
  1. "Hands Open" – 3:17
  • Digital download[1]
  1. "Hands Open" (Freelance Hellraiser Remix) – 6:30
  • Australian single[2]
  1. "Hands Open" – 3:15
  2. "Chasing Cars" (Live in Berlin) - 4:28

Official versions[edit]

  • "Hands Open" (album version) – 3:17
  • "Hands Open" (Freelance Hellraiser Remix) – 6:30


Chart Year Peak
US Modern Rock Tracks[3] 2006 21
New Zealand Top 40[4] 2007 34


  1. ^ "iTunes - Music - Hands Open (Freelance Hellraiser Remix) - Single by Snow Patrol". Itunes.apple.com. 2006-10-16. Retrieved 2012-02-20. 
  2. ^ "iTunes - Music - Hands Open / Chasing Cars - Single by Snow Patrol". Itunes.apple.com. 2007-04-23. Retrieved 2014-02-13. 
  3. ^ "Snow Patrol - Chart history". Billboard. Retrieved 2014-05-10. 
  4. ^ "Snow Patrol - Hands Open - Music Charts". Acharts.us. Retrieved 2012-02-20. 

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