This Isn’t Everything You Are

“This Isn’t Everything You Are”

Single by Snow Patrol

from the album Fallen Empires

“Plastic Jesus”

14 October 2011

Digital download


Alternative rock, post-Britpop



Gary Lightbody[1]

Snow Patrol singles chronology

“Called Out in the Dark”
“This Isn’t Everything You Are”
“New York”

“This Isn’t Everything You Are” is a song by Northern Irish-Scottish alternative rock group Snow Patrol. The track is the second single from the band’s sixth studio album, Fallen Empires, it was released as a digital download on 14 October 2011.


1 Background and writing
2 Critical reception
3 Music video
4 Track listing
5 Chart performance
6 Release history
7 References
8 External links

Background and writing[edit]
The second single from their sixth album “Fallen Empires” is a lighter-in-the-air anthem that finds them returning to their traditional sound after the electronica elements of their previous single, “Called Out in the Dark.”[2] It was released on November 13, 2011.
Gary said to The Sun: “When we’d finished that song, we were going, ‘F*** me, this could be a big song’. It’s three stories in one — each verse is a different person in my life that was going through a tough time.”[3] “Then the chorus is about trying to explain that everything isn’t as bad as it might seem.”[3]
In another interview, Lightbody told Billboard magazine that he wrote the song “to try to protect” the three people experiencing difficulties, adding that he wanted, “to show them that there were people there for them whenever they needed. Sometimes it’s hard to reach out, it’s hard to ask for help. It’s a recurring theme on the record.”[2]
The radio and video edit of the song excludes the lines “Is he worth all this, is it a simple yes? / Cause if you have to think, it’s fucked / Feels like you loved him more, than he loved you / And you wish you’d never met.”
Critical reception[edit]
The song received favorable reviews from music critics. Mike Haydock from BBC Music wrote that it is a “great pop song, full of sparkle and warmth.”[4] Simon Gage from Daily Express expressed that “it’s anthemic with big guitar breaks”.[5] While naming it an “arena rocker”, Melissa Maerz from Entertainment Weekly also praised “moments like the gospel-choir chorus of the track”, calling it “genuinely affecting.”[6] Andy Gill from The Independent also wrote a pos