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Yellow
Song

Yellow

Coldplay
Album:
Parachutes

Song Meaning and Background of Yellow by Coldplay


The song, which helped the band gain popularity through radio rotation and inclusion in television and films, was Coldplay's breakout smash on a global scale.


The band left the studio one evening after wrapping up "Shiver" and took a break. The co-producer of the song, Ken Nelson, said that the stars were visible and "just amazing" outside with not many lights on. The musicians did as he instructed and looked up at the stars. Chris Martin, the lead singer, was moved by what he saw, and the chord pattern that makes up the song's primary theme suddenly came to him.


Chris Martin struggled to find the appropriate words when writing the song's lyrics. He had a term in mind that he felt fit the subject of the song but was missing from the lyrics. He noticed the Yellow pages when he turned to face the studio. From then on, the lyrics developed as the band worked together. "Look at the stars" is how bassist Guy Berryman came up with the opening lyric. The song was written quickly, and the band recorded it that night.


Lyrics of Yellow by Coldplay


Look at the stars

Look how they shine for you

And everything you do

Yeah, they were all yellow

 

I came along

I wrote a song for you

And all the things you do

And it was called "Yellow"

 

So then I took my turn

Oh what a thing to have done

And it was all yellow

 

Your skin

Oh yeah your skin and bones

Turn into something beautiful

Do you know

You know I love you so

You know I love you so

 

I swam across

I jumped across for you

Oh what a thing to do

'Cause you were all yellow

 

I drew a line

I drew a line for you

Oh what a thing to do

And it was all yellow

 

Your skin

Oh yeah your skin and bones

Turn into something beautiful

Do you know

For you I'd bleed myself dry

For you I'd bleed myself dry

 

It's true

Look how they shine for you

Look how they shine for you

Look how they shine for

Look how they shine for you

Look how they shine for you

Look how they shine

 

Look at the stars

Look how they shine for you

And all the things that you do

Release Date

2000

Songwriter/s

Chris Martin, Jonny Buckland, Guy Berryman, Will Champion

Producer/s

Ken Nelson, Coldplay

Label/s

Parlophone

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