21 oracle items tagged as lyrics
March 20, 2013 / submitted by Bobbie aka MetalGrannie, United States of America
Q.  I'm a grandmother (meaning old lady) who absolutely loves Coldplay. I have all their albums downloaded to my Zune (yes, I bought a Zune and I love it) and have a Coldplay playlist which is always on and playing, although there are 78 gigs worth of music on my 120 gig player. I even sleep with Coldplay on. Is there somewhere I can find who wrote the lyrics and the music to the songs? I especially love Things That I Don't Understand. Thanks!

All the albums have credits on the sleeve; Coldplay (mainly Chris) write all their own lyrics and music but there are a few songs that credit other writers such as Jon Hopkins. There has also been occasion where the band have used a riff, hook or similar and credit has also gone to the source.
This isn't meant to be a comprehensive list but some examples of artists among those credited are Kraftwerk (Talk), Ritmo De La Noche (Every Teardrop), Sigur Ros (Princess of China).
By the way, just because you're a grandmother does not make you an old lady! You sound young at heart to me.

January 24, 2013 / submitted by Paula,
Q.  Hi Oracle!
A few months ago I downloaded from a folder with icons an images, it was called Coldplay Tour. Moreover in this folder there was a PDF archive with the lyrics from Mylo Xyloto songs, I would like to know who wrote the lyrics. Maybe Chris?
PS: Please answer me

All the lyrics you see within that folder are handwritten by Chris.

November 26, 2012 / submitted by Ridho, Indonesia
Q.  Dear Mighty Oracle,

I'm a huge fan of Coldplay, huge, HUGE fan and recently there was something bugging me. So, yesterday when I was searching Green Eyes lyric on Google and decided to open
And then when I looked at the section where there was Coldplay's other song, something really confused me.
There was a song titled Nobody Said It Was Easy, and I was instantly thinking "I never heard this song before", so I clicked it and then I was quite surprised when it's actually The Scientist lyric, but it showed Nobody Said it Was Easy.

So my question is: does Nobody Said It Was Easy an alias for The Scientist, or people just too dumb to knows the actual title from the wiki?

You've answered it yourself in the final part of that last sentence. The Scientist was never known as an alias.
If you want to know the lyrics, why not use our Recordings section?
There are plenty of lyric sites on the web and some are really good (not 007 who do not, as they claim, do it better than bond - "nurse me your questions" - ridiculous!) but you can't get better than our official ones.

February 16, 2012 / submitted by Amber, United States of America
Q.  I have a literature project where our professor is asking us to find a song which displays assonance, a repetition of vowel sounds, or consonance, a repetition of the same consonant sounds. As an avid Coldplay fan, I'd love to be able to use one of their songs. Would you happen to know of any off the top of your head? Thank you so much for your time and I hope you are well.

The opening line of Strawberry Swing displays assonance but not the rest of the song. If you go to our Recordings section of the site, you can see all the lyrics there so perhaps have a whizz through to see if there's a better example.

February 8, 2012 / submitted by Playcooll, India
Q.  Same question again, where I can find all Coldplay songs proper interpretations?

Waiting for a reply

I know you've sent this question a few times and just want to say you only need to send a question once.
There is nowhere to find song interpretations. I'm sorry that this means quite a lot of people who don't have English as a first language won't always understand the lyrics' meanings but to be honest, even some English speakers don't.
I don't personally know of any band that openly explain their songs or have a place where the meanings are all revealed.
I have said before that one of the main reasons Chris doesn't want their lyrics in the CD booklet is because he likes fans to make their own interpretations. I know he likes to know lyrics to his favourite songs though so eventually we added all Coldplay lyrics to our site.

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February 10, 2011 / submitted by Ollie, United Kingdom
Q.  After the question about the alternative version of Talk, I began to wonder whether practically all the songs have different sets of lyrics that were not used for the released version, or if it's only a few.
Also, how do unreleased songs/versions get into people's hands in the first place?
Thank you :)

It's not really a quantifiable answer. It really is just a simple matter of a song evolving during the writing/recording or performing stages. For instance some tracks don't actually have any lyrics so Chris may make some up on the spot when doing a demo of it; some of those lyrics may then stick. Other times a song can appear as if by divine intervention and present itself practically complete. It's not a set in stone process and so there are varying degrees of an odd word change to entire verses and choruses being re-written - as with How You See the World no. 2.

I don't want to accuse anyone but how songs are leaked depends very much on the quality of recording we're talking about so without pointing the finger (they know who they are...) it can be a somewhat inside job, misplaced carelessness or live bootlegging. If there's one copy of an unreleased track that can soon multiply and with the Internet it's pretty viral.

March 27, 2009 / submitted by Irene, Netherlands
Q.  Dear Oracle,
A lot of us Coldplayers have been wondering about the lyrics to The World Turned Upside Down off the Fix You single for a long time now. There's one line in the third verse that was quite difficult to make out, so when your spanking new discography came online we rejoiced in the hope of finally seeing the actual words. But the line has been left out of the lyrics on the site! What, oh, what did Chris (intend to?) sing here?
The offending passage is:

X is Y
The land, sea, rivers, trees, the stars, the sky
365 degrees
All of the surface and the underneath
And everything under the sun
And everything under the sun

Yours truly,

Ha ha ha this made me laugh because of course we knew people would notice but would you believe that we do not know what the missing lyric is? This has happened before where Chris will change lyrics or make them up spontaneously so sometimes the recordings have very random words thrown in there that even Chris can't recall. As you can hear with TWTUD, that line is impossible to understand!

February 13, 2009 / submitted by Mario, Portugal
Q.  I oracle,

I want to know, and since you know everything what can I do to send a new lyric an a new song to Chris, for he use in a concert/album?'s a special song because was wrote with words of Coldplay┬┤s music.

Hello, I'm ever so sorry but we don't accept lyrics for consideration as the band do like to write their own material. Don't give up; maybe you could perform it yourself?

February 10, 2009 / submitted by Mike, United States of America
Q.  I was watching the Grammys and I noticed how Chris added some lyrics to "Viva La Vida". I liked the extra lyrics he added. Is there any chance the band might re-release the song with the added lyrics?

No, because that song has been released and there'll be no re-release with alternative lyrics or otherwise. They're not actually new lyrics that he's singing, if you see the question answered immediately before this one, you will find the answer. Chris does this a lot, he adds lyrics from either his favourite song at the moment or someone he wants to pay homage to, so it's not unusual at all.