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Eyes Open (album)

Eyes Open is the fourth album by alternative rock band Snow Patrol. It was released May 1, 2006 internationally, and May 92006 in the United States. The first European single, "You're All I Have", was released on April 242006; the first U.S. single was "Hands Open" and the first Australian single was "Chasing Cars." The "Special Edition" of the album features a bonus DVD featuring the video for "You're All I Have," the making of the video, and behind-the-scenes footage of the band.

Composition and history

The title suggests an amalgamation of several lines, and a theme across the album, including lines in the songs "Hands Open", "Chasing Cars", "Shut Your Eyes" and "Open Your Eyes".

The album's third track, "Chasing Cars", was featured on the second season finale of the ABC prime time hit drama Grey's Anatomy on May 15, 2006. A Grey's Anatomy-themed video of the song can be seen at the ABC website. The seventh track, "Make This Go On Forever", was used in the third season of Grey's Anatomy, at the end of the episode entitled Walk on Water. The album sold 36,191 units in its debut week throughout the U.S., substantially improving from their first week sales of Final Straw. U.S. sales have totaled over a million as of February 2007.

The album hit #1 in its 11th week on the New Zealand chart and reached 2x Platinum therefore shipping over 30,000 units. In the UK the album sold over 1,500,000 copies being certified 5x Platinum by the BPI. It has also reached #1 in the ARIA Albums Chart, and was certified 3x Platinum on January 8, 2007 (210,000+ units shipped). On November 26, 2006, it became the UK's best-selling album of 2006, selling over 1.5 million copies at the end of the year, with a cumulative total of 1.8 million. It also reached #1 in the Irish albums chart where it went 7x platinum . In total, the album has sold 4.7 million copies worldwide.

Track listing

  1. "You're All I Have" – 4:33
  2. "Hands Open" – 3:17
  3. "Chasing Cars" – 4:27
  4. "Shut Your Eyes" – 3:17
  5. "It's Beginning to Get to Me" – 4:35
  6. "You Could Be Happy" – 3:02
  7. "Make This Go on Forever" – 5:47
  8. "Set the Fire to the Third Bar" (featuring Martha Wainwright) – 3:23
  9. "Headlights on Dark Roads" – 3:30
  10. "Open Your Eyes" – 5:41
  11. "The Finish Line" – 3:28
  12. Bonus Tracks
  13. "-" - 3:55
  14. "In My Arms" - 4:36
  15. "Warmer Climate" - 4:08

The untitled twelfth track is a recording of background noise and one of Jacknife Lee's young children talking.

  • Lyrics by Gary Lightbody, music by Lightbody/Connolly/Simpson/Quinn/Wilson, published by Big Life Music Ltd.
  • Produced by Jacknife Lee for Big Life Management.

Peak positions and certifications

Chart Provider(s) Peak
Sales Certification
Australian Albums Chart ARIA 1 280,000 4x Platinum
Austria Albums Chart IFPI Austria 3 15,000 Gold
Belgium Albums Chart IFPI 9
Canada Albums Chart CRIA ? 100,000 Platinum
Dutch Albums Chart MegaCharts BV/NVPI 6
Europe IFPI 2 2,000,000 2x Platinum
France Albums Chart IFPI 67
Germany Albums Chart Media Control 1 100,000 Gold
Ireland Albums Chart IRMA 1 105,000 7x Platinum
New Zealand Albums Chart RIANZ 1 45,000 3x Platinum
Spanish Albums Chart Promusicae 27
Swedish Albums Chart GLF 16
Swiss Albums Chart Media Control Europe 15 15,000 Gold
UK Albums Chart BPI/The Official UK Charts 1 2,051,000 6x Platinum
U.S. Billboard 200 Billboard 27 1,027,000 Platinum
U.S. Billboard Comprehensive Albums 27
United World Chart Media Traffic 6 4,047,000 2x Platinum
United World Chart +7.5% Media Traffic doesn't cover 6 4,750,000 2x Platinum


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