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The Scientist

The Scientist

A Rush Of Blood To The Head

Song meaning of The Scientist by Coldplay, and what it is about

It centres on a piano ballad whose lyrics describe a man's longing for love and his subsequent apology.

After hearing George Harrison's All Things Must Pass, lead singer Chris Martin wrote "The Scientist". Martin stated in a Rolling Stone interview that he felt the band's second album, A Rush of Blood to the Head, was lacking something while he was recording it.

While staying in Liverpool one night, Martin discovered an ancient, out-of-tune piano. He was unable to complete Harrison's song "Isn't It a Pity," despite his desire to work on it. Martin begged to have the recorder turned on as soon as he heard the song. He ended by stating that this chord sequence caught his attention and that he thought it was "lovely".

Song lyrics of The Scientist by Coldplay

Come up to meet you, tell you I'm sorry

You don't know how lovely you are


I had to find you

Tell you I need you

Tell you I set you apart


Tell me your secrets

And ask me your questions

Oh, let's go back to the start


Running in circles

Coming up tails

Heads on a science apart


Nobody said it was easy

It's such a shame for us to part

Nobody said it was easy

No one ever said it would be this hard


Oh, take me back to the start


I was just guessing

At numbers and figures

Pulling the puzzles apart


Questions of science

Science and progress

Do not speak as loud as my heart


Tell me you love me

Come back and haunt me

Oh, and I rush to the start


Running in circles

Chasing our tails

Coming back as we are


Nobody said it was easy

Oh, it's such a shame for us to part

Nobody said it was easy

No one ever said it would be so hard


I'm going back to the start






Release Date



Chris Martin, Jonny Buckland, Guy Berryman, Will Champion


Ken Nelson, Coldplay


Parlophone (UK), Capitol (US)

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