29 oracle items tagged as paradise
August 14, 2013 / submitted by Maren, Germany
Q.  Dear Oracle,

I have another question about underground scenes in Video PARADISE. We all know it was recorded at Belsize Park Station but this station has no escelator and in Min 0:40, Elephant Chris is standing between signs Northern Line and Bakerloo Line. As you know Elephant wants to go to Heathrow. Only Piccadilly Line goes there. So he has to change. My question: Was it recorded also in Charing Cross Underground (because of Northern and Bakerloo Line) and he changes at Piccadilly Station to Heathrow?? Sorry for my bad English.


Well, the first thing to tell you is that a video isn't necessarily factually correct. That means that artistic license can be used to create illusion. The elephant appears to make that journey but that doesn't mean he actually did. You are right that Belsize Park Underground station doesn't have an escalator.
If I was going to Heathrow from Belsize Park, I would take the Northern Line to Leicester Square and change for the Piccadilly Line there.
However, it is indeed Charing Cross station that we see our elephant stood between signs for the Northern & Bakerloo line. London has several airports and none of them would require getting off at Charing Cross station. This is where the artistic license comes in.
The video is shot and edited to tell a story but shouldn't be taken as 100% accurate.
Some scenes look better with the benefit of those aesthetic choices (the escalator for sure).
I'd never really paid attention to the details or inaccuracies but you went to a lot of trouble so I hope I made sense of it for you.

March 28, 2013 / submitted by Maria, Italy
Q.  Hi Dear Oracle. Hope everything's ok over there ;)
I got excited reading that Life Of Pi won as Best Soundtrack at Oscars 2013... so is it true that Paradise is part of it? If yes I'll be more excited. actually! And you? Thanks a lot xxx MC

No, Paradise was used as a trailer for the film but the Oscar was given to Mychael Danna for the Best Original Score.

December 10, 2012 / submitted by MF, United States of America
Q.  Greetings from Massachusetts!

1. How long did it take Chris to learn unicycle... or did he already know?

2. How do people put web links in their words?

Thanks, Oracle!

Chris did already know how to ride a unicycle before the Paradise video shoot.
People don't put the webs links in their text; I do that here before I post.
If you want to know how, there's a code to make hyperlinks that you can easily find via your preferred search engine.

November 21, 2012 / submitted by Katelyn, United States of America
Q.  Is there any personal meaning behind the writing of Paradise to the band?

There was a newspaper that reported the song was inspired by the 'everyday childhood disappointments' experienced by Chris' daughter.
He himself said: "Paradise is about a girl really, the female half of the album, just about being a bit lost in the world and escaping through fantasy."
Don't forget, the band also said the album is more of a concept album than anything.

November 8, 2012 / submitted by Ben, United Kingdom
Q.  Dear Oracle,
At the end of the Paradise video when the Chris elephant meets the rest of the 'elephant band' in the savannah, is it actually the band members in the costumes or just actors?

Thanks! :)

Yes, it really was the whole band involved in being the elephant band. That was a long, hot day!

October 31, 2012 / submitted by Melanie, St Lucia
Q.  I have to say that Coldplay's music videos are some of the most innovative and entertaining that I have ever come across.
Do the video concepts come from the band themselves?

Sometimes but by no means every time. They have a video commissioner at their label plus Phil Harvey is very involved in that creative process of looking at directors, pitches and treatments for video ideas.
The whole concept for the Paradise video came from Chris and was all planned last minute while they were in South Africa.

October 9, 2012 / submitted by Pepijn, Netherlands
Q.  Dear Oracle,

Today I found this awesome video from the directors of the Strawberry Swing video. They made an alternative music video for Paradise and I LOVED it. So I was wondering, has Coldplay had anything to do with this video?? I have, I think, never seen it anywhere on the website. I loved it so much that I wanted to share it with everyone.

Greetings from Holland.

Yes, that was the first incarnation of the Paradise video before Chris came up with the concept for the award-winning elephant video that became the official video for the song.
I like Shynola's work but am so happy with the band's final decision as Paradise is still my favourite Coldplay video so far.

May 14, 2012 / submitted by Elise, Brazil
Q.  There was a rumor that Brazilian model Cintia Dicker attended the Paradise video. There are photos on twitter with pictures of the band a shot of the video, that does not appear in any of the two already presented. There is another version of Paradise?

Yes, as you have seen photos I can tell you there was another video but it was - we won't be seeing it. I for one am very happy the first was discarded because the elephant video is my favourite Coldplay video ever.

May 1, 2012 / submitted by Zuzana, Slovakia
Q.  Dear Oracle,
there is a reality show in our country called Hotel Paradise (which is not of very high quality, and that is quite an understatement).
They are using the Coldplay song (Paradise, obviously) as their theme tune. Is it legal? I would be very surprised if it was approved by the band. Here is the trailer.
Many thanks for replying!

When you say "here is the trailer", that is all it seems to be. The music can be used in the trailer but it will not be the theme tune for the actual show - that would be a different case completely.
As far as I can tell the theme tune is performed by Tereza Kerndlova and Slovak Miso Biely. The song it titled Vsetko sa da.

January 9, 2012 / submitted by Olivia, Canada
Q.  Paradise is absolutely one of my favorite songs, but lately I've started to ponder over the meaning. The dictionary says paradise is a place of extreme beauty, delight, or happiness. I think that paradise is different for everyone and that it is always beautiful, but somewhat unattainable. O mighty oracle, what is your definition of paradise?
From a Candian Coldplayer,

Paradise does represent different thing to different people but you can't re-write its dictionary definition. You're right in some ways as a place of extreme beauty, delight or happiness may not always be achievable.
The first meaning of paradise I encountered was at church when at primary school. Heaven was commonly referred to as paradise - I suppose it fits - though these days that's the last thing I would think of when thinking of my own paradise. The Maldives is the closest I came to feeling I was in a real paradise but then I also visited a local island where locals lived and it was anything but in comparison. It opened to my eyes to how man-made and false paradise can be too.