How to Be Dead

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"How to Be Dead"
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Single by Snow Patrol
from the album Final Straw
Released 25 October 2004 (UK)
Format E-CD; 7"
Recorded Britannia Row, The Diving Bell
Genre Indie rock, alternative rock
Length 3:23
Label Fiction/Polydor
Writer(s) Gary Lightbody, Mark McClelland, Nathan Connolly and Jonny Quinn
Producer(s) Jacknife Lee
Snow Patrol singles chronology
"Spitting Games (re-release)"
"How To Be Dead"
"You're All I Have"

"How to Be Dead" is the 4th (5th including the re-issue of Spitting Games) and final single by Snow Patrol from their album Final Straw. It was released in 2004, slightly remixed by Chris Lord-Alge from the album version.

The song is slow-tempo, with lyrics detailing a conversation between a couple.

Track listings[edit]

  • CD
  1. "How to Be Dead" (Chris Lord-Alge Mix) – 3:23
  2. "You Are My Joy" (Live at Somerset House) – 3:20
  3. "Chocolate" (Grand National Mix) – 4:58
  • Germany 3" CD
  1. "How to Be Dead" (Chris Lord-Alge Mix) – 3:23
  2. "You Are My Joy" (Live at Somerset House) – 3:20
  • 7"
  1. "How to Be Dead" (Chris Lord-Alge Mix) – 3:23
  2. "You Are My Joy" (Live at Somerset House) – 3:20
  • Promo CD
  1. "How to Be Dead" (Chris Lord-Alge Edited Mix) – 3:12

The track "Breathing Fire (Demo Version)" is sometimes mentioned as a B-side on the 7 inch vinyl release. It was not released however. It may have been a working title for "Ways & Means" and may have been intended for this release.[1] How To Be Dead was featured on the soundtracks to American Pie: Band Camp and Wicker Park.[2][3]


Yahoo! Music's Jairne Gill reviewed the single positively, giving it 7 stars out of 10. Though he felt Snow Patrol usually made "ugly empty anthems", the single was a "rather lovely little song" and "modest" and "chimingly melodic". Gill praised the lyrics of the song, calling it "a pretty little knife which Gary Lightbody seems to be twisting into his own chest, a list of druggy regrets and lost loves" and also said that, though the song's "gentle, skipping rhythm threatens to go BIG", it doesn't and "a pretty and intimate song is preserved".[4]


Chart (2004)[5] Peak
Official UK Top 40 39
Ireland Singles Top 50 42


  1. ^ "jeepster records". Retrieved 2011-08-20. 
  2. ^ "Wicker Park: Various Artists: Music". Retrieved 2011-08-20. 
  3. ^ "Wicker Park". Retrieved 2014-05-10. 
  4. ^ "Snow Patrol - 'How To Be Dead'". Yahoo! Music. Retrieved 2009-06-23. 
  5. ^ "Snow Patrol - Shut Your Eyes - Music Charts". Retrieved 2011-08-20. 

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