When It's All Over We Still Have to Clear Up

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When It's All Over We Still Have to Clear Up
Studio album by Snow Patrol
Released 5 March 2001
Recorded 2000
Studio Substation, CaVa, The Stables, Rage
Genre Indie rock
Length 47:44
Label Jeepster
Producer Snow Patrol, Michael Brennan
Snow Patrol chronology
Songs for Polarbears
When It's All Over We Still Have to Clear Up
Final Straw
Singles from When It's All Over We Still Have to Clear Up
  1. "Ask Me How I Am"
    Released: 20 November 2000
  2. "One Night Is Not Enough"
    Released: 5 March 2001

When It's All Over We Still Have to Clear Up is the second album by the indie rock band Snow Patrol, released on 24 April 2001 in the UK and 5 March in the US.[1]

The album charted at #129 in the UK and failed to sell well upon its initial release. But its re-release saw it eventually go gold in the UK. It was the first album to feature drummer Jonny Quinn.


The album was to be titled Santa Maria, and by June 2000, newer material like "Chased By... I Don't Know What", "Black and Blue" and "One Night is Not Enough" was making its way into live performances.[2] However, the album's release was held over for six months. Gary Lightbody used this time to write more songs. "Run", "Chocolate" and "Spitting Games" were written during this period, and later appeared on the next album Final Straw. On the tour following the release in March 2001, the band introduced "Run" to their audience, who received it very positively. In Lightbody's words: "I remember people's jaws dropping, and the applause going on for longer than any of our other songs."[3]

Track listing[edit]

All lyrics written by Gary Lightbody; all music composed by Gary Lightbody, Mark McClelland and Jonny Quinn.

No. Title Length
1. "Never Gonna Fall in Love Again" 2:10
2. "Ask Me How I Am" 2:34
3. "Making Enemies" 4:18
4. "Black and Blue" 3:40
5. "Last Ever Lone Gunman" 2:43
6. "If I'd Found the Right Words to Say" 4:47
7. "Batten Down the Hatch" 3:29
8. "One Night Is Not Enough" 3:23
9. "Chased by... I Don't Know What" 2:41
10. "On/Off" 2:40
11. "An Olive Grove Facing the Sea" 5:18
12. "When It's All Over We Still Have to Clear Up" 3:17
13. "Make Love to Me Forever" 2:55
14. "Firelight" 3:43

Bonus tracks on 2006 re-release[edit]

No. Title Length
15. "In Command of Cars" 3.59
16. "Talk to the Trees" 1:57
17. "Monkey Mobe" 1:16
18. "Workwear Shop" 2:25
19. "Ask Me How I Am (Video)" 2:44
  • All bonus tracks originally appeared as B-sides to the singles released from "When It's All Over We Still Have to Clear Up".[4]


Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]
Entertainment.ie 3/5 stars[5]
Hot Press (11/12)[6]
NME (5/10)[7]
PopMatters 6/10 stars[8]
Pitchfork Media (7.6/10)[9]
Rolling Stone (favorable)[10]
RTÉ 5/5 stars[11]
Sunday Tribune (very favorable)[12]
The Trades A[13]
Yahoo! Music 8/10 stars[14]

Hot Press' Fiona Reid's review of the album was extremely favourable, who found the album had plenty of "magical moments". She felt that the album "reaches a quiet place within the chaos", and declared it was a "classic". She rated the album 11 out of 12.[6] It was ranked #50 in CMJ New Music Top 75 in August 2001.[15] Scott Juba of the website The Trades also praised the album, describing it along with its predecessor Songs For Polarbears as 'wonderful', giving special acclaim to the track 'An Olive Grove Facing The Sea'.[16]


Snow Patrol
Other personnel
  • Liam Saunders - electric piano on track 3
  • Mick Cooke - flugelhorn, trumpet on track 3
  • Stuart Murdoch - piano on tracks 6, 14
  • Kevin Lynch - extra vocals on track 7
  • Rob Dillam - feedback guitar on track 8; acoustic guitar on track 11
  • Richard Colburn - percussion on track 9
  • Fly by Heart - choir on track 11
  • John Todd - trumpet on track 11
  • Peter Harvey - cello on track 12
  • David Burke - viola on track 12
  • Caroline Evans - violin on track 12
  • Michael Brennan, Jr. - producer

Peak positions and certifications[edit]

Chart Provider(s) Peak
Sales Certification
UK Albums Chart BPI 129[17] 100,000 Gold[18]
Organization Level Date[18]
BPI - UK Silver 3 February 2006
BPI - UK Gold 15 June 2007


  1. ^ a b Stanton Swihart (2001-04-24). "When It's All Over We Still Have to Clear Up - Snow Patrol | Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 2014-05-10. 
  2. ^ Carberry, Colin (8 June 2000). "There's no business like snow business". Hot Press. Retrieved 4 January 2010.  Appears as: "The new material that has been gradually seeping into the live show now puts the older chestnuts firmly in the shade. If Black And Blue, Chased By I Don't Know What, and future single One Night is Not Enough are typical of the gear the second record is driving in, then Santa Maria will be a triumph."
  3. ^ Earls, John. "Snow Patrol on their future". Planet Sound. Teletext. Archived from the original on 23 November 2009. Retrieved 23 November 2009. 
  4. ^ "Snow Patrol album reissues". Jeepster. Retrieved 15 June 2009. 
  5. ^ "Music Review | Snow Patrol - When It's All Over We Still Have to Clear Up". entertainment.ie. 2001-02-12. Retrieved 2014-05-10. 
  6. ^ a b Reid, Fiona (15 February 2001). "Snow Patrol - When It's All Over We Still Have to Clear Up (Jeepster)". Hot Press. Retrieved 1 October 2009.  Note: Archived page, can be found here [1].
  7. ^ "NME Album Reviews - Snow Patrol : When It's All Over We Still Have To Clear Up". Nme.Com. 2001-03-01. Retrieved 2014-05-10. 
  8. ^ Bergstrom, John. "Snow Patrol: Songs for Polarbears". PopMatters. Retrieved 2014-05-10. 
  9. ^ [2] Archived 9 March 2008 at the Wayback Machine.
  10. ^ [3] Archived 19 October 2007 at the Wayback Machine.
  11. ^ "RTÉ Ten, The Entertainment Network, TV listings, Celebrity news, interviews, photos, videos, soaps, reviews, cinema, listings". Rte.ie. Retrieved 2014-05-10. 
  12. ^ "Old Domain for the Sunday Tribune Ireland". Tribune.ie. Retrieved 2014-05-10. 
  13. ^ [4] Archived 13 December 2012 at the Wayback Machine.
  14. ^ "Yahoo Celebrity UK: Showbiz gossip around the clock. #WeNeverSleep". Uk.launch.yahoo.com. 2011-04-20. Retrieved 2014-05-10. 
  15. ^ Orlov, Piotr (August 2001). "Top 75". CMJ New Music. CMJ Network, Inc. (95): 96. ISSN 1074-6978. Retrieved 30 October 2009. 
  16. ^ [5] Archived 13 December 2012 at the Wayback Machine.
  17. ^ "Chart Log UK: DJ S - The System Of Life". Zobbel.de. Retrieved 2012-03-14. 
  18. ^ a b "Certified Awards Search". BPI. Retrieved 25 August 2009.  Note: Need to manually search for 'Snow Patrol'.