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Fix You
Song

Fix You

Coldplay
Album:
XandY

Song Meaning and Background of Fix You by Coldplay


"Fix You" is a song by British rock band Coldplay and as written by all four members of the group for their third studio album, X&Y released in 2005.


The song was started by Chris Martin to comfort his then-wife, actress Gwyneth Paltrow, whom he met in late 2002 after her father died.


The track is built around an organ accompanied by piano and guitar in the first half and an alternative rock style in the second half featuring electric guitar, bass and drums.


Coldplay lead singer Chris Martin met American actress Gwyneth Paltrow in late October 2002, three weeks after the death of her father, television director Bruce Paltrow.


As their relationship grew closer, Martin and Paltrow would listen to Coldplay's album Parachutes, especially the uplifting song "Everything's Not Lost," to help her process the loss of her father. Martin and Paltrow married in December 2003.


"Fix You" was inspired by Martin's wish to continue helping Paltrow get through her grief.


He wanted to base the song on a church organ; instead he powered up a synthesizer given to Paltrow by her father, the instrument sitting unused in their house, to find "it had these amazing sounds on it."

Martin said that the song's composition is influenced by English alternative rock band Elbow's 2003 anthem "Grace Under Pressure".


In 2005, he described "Fix You" as "probably the most important song we've ever written"


All of Coldplay helped in writing the song, bassist Guy Berryman observed that "Fix You" takes "a bit of inspiration" from "Many Rivers to Cross" by Jimmy Cliff in 1969.


Berryman added, "It becomes its own thing, kind of like points of inspiration that kind of lead you down certain paths. Whenever you want to write a song like someone else, it ultimately ends up sounding like something different anyway."


Lyrics of Fix You by Coldplay


When you try your best, but you don't succeed

When you get what you want, but not what you need

When you feel so tired, but you can't sleep

Stuck in reverse

And the tears come streaming down your face

When you lose something you can't replace

When you love someone, but it goes to waste

Could it be worse?

 

Lights will guide you home

And ignite your bones

And I will try to fix you

 

And high up above or down below

When you're too in love to let it go

But if you never try you'll never know

Just what you're worth

 

Lights will guide you home

And ignite your bones

And I will try to fix you

 

Tears stream down your face

When you lose something you cannot replace

Tears stream down your face and I

Tears stream down your face

I promise you I will learn from my mistakes

Tears stream down your face and I

 

Lights will guide you home

And ignite your bones

And I will try to fix you

Release Date

2005

Songwriter/s

Chris Martin, Jonny Buckland, Guy Berryman, Will Champion

Producer/s

Ken Nelson, Danton Supple, Coldplay

Label/s

Parlophone, Capitol

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