Place Your Hands

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"Place Your Hands"
Single by Reef
from the album Glow
ReleasedOctober 21, 1996 (1996-10-21)
LabelSony Soho Square
Producer(s)Reef, George Drakoulias
Reef singles chronology
"Place Your Hands"
"Come Back Brighter"
Music video

Place Your Hands is a song recorded by the English band Reef. It was released on 21 October 1996, as the first single from the band's second album Glow. It peaked at number 6 on the UK Singles Chart.[1] It is Reef’s most successful single to date. It is also reckoned to be Reef's best known hit.[2]


The song explains the grief that vocalist Gary Stringer felt following the death of his grandfather, and easing the pain of death.

It established the band's popularity, appealing both to the then-current tendency for "laddishness" and to older rock fans.[3] In the USA, it owed much of its success to young cable music channel M2, which played the video heavily and led to it becoming a "Buzz Clip" on the main MTV channel.[4] In turn, the song provided a major boost for their second album Glow, which entered the UK album charts at number 1.[5]

The song and band were favourites on UK music TV show TFI Friday, where they changed the lyrics to "It's your letters" to introduce that segment of the show.


The video for "Place Your Hands", directed by David Mould, features the band members on pulleys and wires to create an energetic aerial display.


Billboard wrote: “What really draws you into this song is the initial guitar and bass intro, which is quite catchy. The lyrics, however, seem a bit rough and choppy. An interesting facet of the song is the gospel-like repetitive chorus, which seems to fit the track remarkably well, soothing the listener a bit from the tough solo vocals.”[6]


  1. ^ "Official Charts Company".
  2. ^ "Review: Bad Manners, Newton Faulkner, Reef and The Levellers at the Wychwood Festival". Gloucester Echo. June 1, 2014. Archived from the original on 2 June 2014. Retrieved 11 June 2014.
  3. ^ Buckley, Peter (2003). The Rough Guide to Rock. p. 863.
  4. ^ "M2 Reinvents the Art of Music TV". Billboard: 3. 2 August 1997.
  5. ^ "Reef biography". AllMusic. Retrieved 11 June 2014.
  6. ^ Flick, Larry (2 August 1997). "Reviews & Previews". Billboard. Retrieved 15 June 2013.