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Coldplay — Yellow
Album: Parachutes
Avg rating:
7.2

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Total ratings: 2087









Released: 2000
Length: 4:22
Plays (last 30 days): 2
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
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
And 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
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this band does suck, probably goats penises
such a great album, then so was A Rush of blood..
later stuff such a Head full of cold.. or something not so great?
Love it.
I also love "Trouble".
 MattRudely wrote:

This song was OK. A real one hit wonder. Para, para, para.


Coldplay may be accused of being a lot of things, but "one-hit wonder" cannot be among them.  They've probably had at least a dozen Top 25 hits in the US and even more in Europe.
This song was OK. A real one hit wonder. Para, para, para.
 MarcG wrote:
Silence sometimes says it all - but I meant to say I agree - this is a helluva station and “we”  should support by paying - think how much things like Netflix Amazon et al cost - I do support , should do more . But if every listener did a little .....

 

 tinypriest wrote:
Public Service Announcement: Please pay for RP. Send them $5 a month or MORE. I give and we should all do so. Nothing stays free. Support Radio Paradise. (I'm not paid to say this, just a fan, who pays for you to enjoy).
 

Life's too short. Skip.
The Coldplay I grew up to and love, now they are different.
Public Service Announcement: Please pay for RP. Send them $5 a month or MORE. I give and we should all do so. Nothing stays free. Support Radio Paradise. (I'm not paid to say this, just a fan, who pays for you to enjoy).
 CoYoT51 wrote:
With this tune it was yet obvious they would then make soup. 90% of their stuff was very good before this sh/t fell down like a t#rd.
 
Made some kind of sense in your head?
 ShaunJ wrote:

I gotta say that they put on a hell of a live show {#Bananajam}{#Drummer}
 
Yes, Sept 2016 @ Levi Stadium, Santa Clara, CA.
Now - after Aimee Mann (whom I love without reserve) doing Coldplay - we get Coldplay doing Coldplay. What a comedown.
 Donar wrote:
I wish they'd just gone on like in the first and second album.
Loved their music back then. I don't like the direction they took since their 3rd album.
 
It's true, and not unusual at all. When musicians with depth become happy/content (rich, married, etc.), they often lose the spirit of angst that put them there in the first place. Quite ironic really. Radiohead is the exception!
With this tune it was yet obvious they would then make soup. 90% of their stuff was very good before this sh/t fell down like a t#rd.
One of the very best songs from 2000, still sounds great.."9" 
 sunybuny wrote:
Nice segue Bill - Amiee Mann 'Scientist' to CP 'Yellow'.
Proves why Bill is The Last DJ.
 
Did the same today; I've noticed in my few months of listening to RP these clever segues are often repeated - albeit separated by several months!
Nice segue Bill - Amiee Mann 'Scientist' to CP 'Yellow'.
Proves why Bill is The Last DJ.
Superb live song with audience singing along as the sun goes down. Magical gig, local boy who made it.
I wish they'd just gone on like in the first and second album.
Loved their music back then. I don't like the direction they took since their 3rd album.
great song
just perfect. never ages. perfect perfect perfect.
You got that right Sasha.  I was out in the wilderness (yes, really - Africa) on 9/11, which happens to be the day my own father passed. Look, I'm no psychologist - that's for sure.  What I do know if that I listened to this and other tunes and it helped.  

Slam as you are inclined RP critics - the fact is taste is best for your tongue.  Most would be better off if they kept theirs in their mouth, stationary, instead of flapping it through their fingertips on RP.

On_The_Beach wrote:
 Sasha2001 wrote:
Had Coldplay never hit it as big as they did there would never have been anything like the backlash on display here in RP'S "enlightened" forums.

When I hear cuts from this album I try to think about where I was emotionally in 2001 New York and how this music was an integral part of the healing process post 9/11 for a community of people. Then I like to think about how music, no matter how overplayed or commercial, has the power to change paradigms and broker transitions between psychological states of being. 

Is it fun to think about cleaver slams and sharply worded quips to share with fellow critics of a particular band we can't stand? Sure it is. But lately I've been trying to think about which community of listeners I want to belong to, and baby, there just ain't enough time in the world to hang around the negative types.

bump
 

My two cents on the Coldplay debate.

Not everyone who dislikes Coldplay does so because they think it's cool.  Some of us actually just think their music sucks.  Don't be hating the haters.

I loved this song. I bought the album and so badly wanted to love it, but I didn't. Their second album came out... I loved The Scientist and liked one or two of the other songs, but ultimately couldn't like the album. I tried... I really wanted to like it.  It just came across as way too pretentious and lifeless to me.  
 hestonian wrote:
This time the previous song was Aimee Mann doing a Coldplay cover. I guess this makes up for it. Unlike some listeners, I thought she did okay and like one listener, I could do with being stranded on a desert island with her... then she could do all sorts of covers and we could, well, you know....
 
Get under the covers?
Emmit Fenn does a cover of this that I think is outstanding. Not a big fan of the original here.
This time the previous song was Aimee Mann doing a Coldplay cover. I guess this makes up for it. Unlike some listeners, I thought she did okay and like one listener, I could do with being stranded on a desert island with her... then she could do all sorts of covers and we could, well, you know....
 On_The_Beach wrote:
 Sasha2001 wrote:
Had Coldplay never hit it as big as they did there would never have been anything like the backlash on display here in RP'S "enlightened" forums.

When I hear cuts from this album I try to think about where I was emotionally in 2001 New York and how this music was an integral part of the healing process post 9/11 for a community of people. Then I like to think about how music, no matter how overplayed or commercial, has the power to change paradigms and broker transitions between psychological states of being. 

Is it fun to think about cleaver slams and sharply worded quips to share with fellow critics of a particular band we can't stand? Sure it is. But lately I've been trying to think about which community of listeners I want to belong to, and baby, there just ain't enough time in the world to hang around the negative types.

bump

 
bumpx2!  And while I'm in the "not a huge fan of Coldplay" crowd, I do consider this to be a landmark album to close out the 20th century (and yes, I WAS one of those that argued against Y2K being the "new millennium")

And I'd also like to bump planet_lizard's "Your taste is honest when you're on your own" comment.  Simple and brilliant sentiment that I can attest to wholeheartedly. 

And as I recall, when I first logged on to RP back in 2005, Coldplay WAS the shit....hell even as a non-fan I can say they ARE the shit.  Long Live RP!!

7 rated by the somewhat reluctant Seattle crowd.

I am much older than the majority of commenters, so will leave the music critiques to them, but love Sasha's message.
Thank you.
I heart this song first in the year 2000 at our local youth radio station FM4 - very unknown by then - liked the song - had something special - but at that time, nobody thaught that Coldplay could become on of the mayor bands of the 2000's ... you never know ;)
Only a 6 from me
 Sasha2001 wrote:
Had Coldplay never hit it as big as they did there would never have been anything like the backlash on display here in RP'S "enlightened" forums.

When I hear cuts from this album I try to think about where I was emotionally in 2001 New York and how this music was an integral part of the healing process post 9/11 for a community of people. Then I like to think about how music, no matter how overplayed or commercial, has the power to change paradigms and broker transitions between psychological states of being. 

Is it fun to think about cleaver slams and sharply worded quips to share with fellow critics of a particular band we can't stand? Sure it is. But lately I've been trying to think about which community of listeners I want to belong to, and baby, there just ain't enough time in the world to hang around the negative types.

bump
 ShaunJ wrote:

I gotta say that they put on a hell of a live show {#Bananajam}{#Drummer}

 
Their performance live is always uplifting and I don't think the quality of the musicianship or the showmanship can be faulted.  The show in Manchester demonstrated this, to me anyway, but his lack of ability in the high registers was as bad as ever, particularly alongside the Gallager brother.

And by the way, where was Noel?
 CoYoT51 wrote:
With THIS song they started to suck.

 
You mean their first album? They did make some great stuff before - it's rare (I guess) but I do have a couple of downloads before the release of this album that I think are great, in fact awesome. Not that they don't, for the most part, suck now...
(edit 5:37) I did pay for four albums/cds before they truly started to suck.
With THIS song they started to suck.
Coldplay came out as fresh and new as did U2 and REM etc. Whether you like them or not, as musicians there are incredible and great great song writers. Just saying....
 justin4kick wrote:

"Your taste is honest when you're on your own." I love that statement.

 
Yes indeed, insightful! :)
 planet_lizard wrote:
Was sent this CD by a friend when I lived in the middle of nowhere and had no access to any popular culture. I loved it then and still love it. Your taste is honest when you're on your own.

 
"Your taste is honest when you're on your own." I love that statement.
Was sent this CD by a friend when I lived in the middle of nowhere and had no access to any popular culture. I loved it then and still love it. Your taste is honest when you're on your own.
As the song went on, the score kept dropping. Ugh.
I never imagined when this track first came out that Coldplay would become one of the biggest bands in the world. 
 testpilot wrote:
This song came out at the end of the Brit-pop era, when the whole thing started running out of steam... and it clearly shows here.

 
The end? This was the start of Coldplay's career. If by "running out of steam" you mean switching to nuclear power, then perhaps.
 scrubbrush wrote:


i just don't like Chris Martin's (?) voice/delivery... though i prefer to show this through low-ratings rather than band-bashing

 
I gotta say that they put on a hell of a live show {#Bananajam}{#Drummer}
 Sasha2001 wrote:
Had Coldplay never hit it as big as they did there would never have been anything like the backlash on display here in RP'S "enlightened" forums.

When I hear cuts from this album I try to think about where I was emotionally in 2001 New York and how this music was an integral part of the healing process post 9/11 for a community of people. Then I like to think about how music, no matter how overplayed or commercial, has the power to change paradigms and broker transitions between psychological states of being. 

Is it fun to think about cleaver slams and sharply worded quips to share with fellow critics of a particular band we can't stand? Sure it is. But lately I've been trying to think about which community of listeners I want to belong to, and baby, there just ain't enough time in the world to hang around the negative types.

Oh f--- it! Let's rip of shite tunes instead.

 

i just don't like Chris Martin's (?) voice/delivery... though i prefer to show this through low-ratings rather than band-bashing
I love the music, but also the lyrics, not specially from this song. Look to the other songs, its very creative lyrics, not the usally mainstream.
Love this song.  Takes me back to the last summer with our kids at home before they moved out to start lives of their own.  That was around the time that we all started listening to the same music, which is still true to this day.

I've seen Coldplay three times in concert, and they give you your money's worth.  Once, I saw them when the whole band had spent the entire day with acute stomach flu.  The show must go on, and it did.  Chris apologized ahead of time for any lack of energy, but they gave it 150% anyway.
I'm a hater of this song.

... "For you I peed myself, it's all yellow ... " 
 treatment_bound wrote:

Haters!  Haters!  Come out, come out, wherever you are!



 
I'm here!! Hello all xxx

Haters!  Haters!  Come out, come out, wherever you are!


 Sasha2001 wrote:
Had Coldplay never hit it as big as they did there would never have been anything like the backlash on display here in RP'S "enlightened" forums.

When I hear cuts from this album I try to think about where I was emotionally in 2001 New York and how this music was an integral part of the healing process post 9/11 for a community of people. Then I like to think about how music, no matter how overplayed or commercial, has the power to change paradigms and broker transitions between psychological states of being. 

Is it fun to think about cleaver slams and sharply worded quips to share with fellow critics of a particular band we can't stand? Sure it is. But lately I've been trying to think about which community of listeners I want to belong to, and baby, there just ain't enough time in the world to hang around the negative types.

Oh f—- it! Let's rip of shite tunes instead.
 
Well put. Deserving of cogent reply, esp. in light of NYC 2001 connection, which many may not know about?

"I like to think about how music, no matter how overplayed or commercial, has the power to change paradigms and broker transitions between psychological states of being."  

That's true and beautiful. And to those with different cultural references, Coldplay may sound dull, down, hollow, wallow, soulless, cold, boring, unoriginal. And MADTV did a wicked take on them, which was pretty apt.

Their sound and popularity may arouse passionate protests precisely because they represent  "transitions between psychological states of being;" away from soulfulness and passion to limp dread and dystopic ennui, a sign of the times; maybe even a response to the PTSD event you mentioned.  

We agree: "there just ain't enough time in the world to hang around the negative types." Which is why some don't want to hear Coldplay. Ever. 

{#Hug} They had one song I liked, had a bit of spirit to it. Don't know the name. Doesn't get much play!
 Okay, the Vel Indica, Atri to Aimee Mann, The Scientist, to this. 
Someone's getting mighty depressed right about now. Wallow is more like it  {#Nyah}
Please not!
At first I thought it was Dave Matthews.  This is not meant as a compliment.
why so much hate Stingray?

Stingray wrote:
ANOTHER BORING ONE!

Very popular in gay-bars, I was told!

 




Had Coldplay never hit it as big as they did there would never have been anything like the backlash on display here in RP'S "enlightened" forums.

When I hear cuts from this album I try to think about where I was emotionally in 2001 New York and how this music was an integral part of the healing process post 9/11 for a community of people. Then I like to think about how music, no matter how overplayed or commercial, has the power to change paradigms and broker transitions between psychological states of being. 

Is it fun to think about cleaver slams and sharply worded quips to share with fellow critics of a particular band we can't stand? Sure it is. But lately I've been trying to think about which community of listeners I want to belong to, and baby, there just ain't enough time in the world to hang around the negative types.

Oh f--- it! Let's rip of shite tunes instead.
Let the bashing begin.
i saw that coming :-(
one of their best songs. which means i´m rating it at 2 ...
i´ll never understand the reason such a lousy band gets any attention
Don't mind Coldplay...just find this tune stupendously dull.
And then I listened to this whining, and I Pd in my pants, and it was all yellow. Ohhwooohhooohh.
I'm going to click PSD...
 
This song came out at the end of the Brit-pop era, when the whole thing started running out of steam... and it clearly shows here.
 jnesser wrote:

WTH? What is the point of the "gay-bars" comment. Not cool. Coldplay sucks. No need to bash gay bars. Now go learn how not to be ignorant.
 
This will be difficult for STINGRAY
 Stingray wrote:
ANOTHER BORING ONE!

Very popular in gay-bars, I was told!
 
WTH? What is the point of the "gay-bars" comment. Not cool. Coldplay sucks. No need to bash gay bars. Now go learn how not to be ignorant.
There's a really cool techno / electronic remix of this by Renard, if you're into that sort of thing.
 Jelani wrote:
Yellow. Like urine?

 

Like jaundice.
Could we have a number for crushingly dull?
 johnjconn wrote:
For some reason, I really enjoy making fun of Coldplay.
There's so much ammo : cheap sound, gay overtones, commercial , sell outs, pop hit factory, wimpy lyrics, and so on.

 
 
ditto
Oh look....more Coldplay hate in the comments. {#Rolleyes}


A good pop song
ANOTHER BORING ONE!

Very popular in gay-bars, I was told!
Overplayed (not here!) but you have to watch Coldplay's gig at Glastonbury 2011 ... WOW AWESOME is the only description I can think that is fitting ... Yellow is a great track, but now too overplayed here in the UK ... what to rate it?  10 going on 6.
One of the best live bands you'll ever see.  Band puts their heart into the live performances.  Saw them in St. Louis couple days after Michael Jackson's death and they played an acoustic Billy Jean in the middle of the grass section of the outdoor theater.  Pretty cool. 
I saw an extended interview with the band. I really don't think that there is more down to earth, humble band out there right now. Even the lead singer said, "we probably won't go down in history for our lyrics, maybe some of our chords, but not the lyrics." I don't know, I think the lyrics to "Clocks" are pretty cool. I like these guys. One of the last stadium bands out there.
My Mom loves it...
 jools wrote:
Bloody hell - Coldplay and Radiohead in the space of one hour!  I really must have upset Bill big time!  All I need now is something by John Lennon and that will be my 3 most disliked artists....
 
Go Bill, go! {#Yell}{#Devil_pimp}
Bloody hell - Coldplay and Radiohead in the space of one hour!  I really must have upset Bill big time!  All I need now is something by John Lennon and that will be my 3 most disliked artists....
 westslope wrote:

No. This is not Frank Zappa; this is ColdPlay.

I agree with others. This is overplayed middle of the road schmaltzy rock—true.

But it is also one fine, well-written, well-put-together tune.
 

Fair assessment.
And here's Chris Martin larking about on the beach..and what was that all about anyway?.

Great song that stands the text of time, even if they have degenerated of late

 ziggytrix wrote:


It's really only the vocals and lyrics that put me off Coldplay. I quite enjoy the instrumentation.
 

I think I heard the "elevator version" (no Chris Martin' falsetto, or any other vocal from him, for that matter) of this song while I was sitting in a waiting room the other day, and my guess is you would have loved it.

westslope wrote:
I agree with others. This is overplayed middle of the road schmaltzy rock--true. But it is also one fine, well-written, well-put-together tune.
It's really only the vocals and lyrics that put me off Coldplay. I quite enjoy the instrumentation. :propeller:
I prefer this version: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GbItoJlfSyI Actually, doesn't Janice look a bit like Gwyneth?
When this came out, it was not like anything I've heard, now we have tons of Coldplay wannabees.
Clearly underrated, IMHO
After listening to the album from start to finish enough times, I found this track to be the oddball. It just doesn't fit with the mood that they set so well with the first six tracks. Try number ten, "High Speed".
Jelani wrote:
Yellow. Like urine?
No. This is not Frank Zappa; this is ColdPlay. I agree with others. This is overplayed middle of the road schmaltzy rock--true. But it is also one fine, well-written, well-put-together tune.
Disturbingly reminiscent of the Darling Buds "One thing Leads to Another" from "Erotica" 1992 ...o.k., maybe I'm nuts....but I do hear it
I know I am in the minority but this song is just so pretty. So romantic. I know it was over played and the band got way too much hype but it's still a very lovely song.
Paul_Darby wrote:
This song actually makes me feel physically sick. I couldn't go out with a certain girl because Coldplay and James Blunt were the only CD's in the car. I could never go to a festival with Coldplay on mainstage, it's pure shite but alot bands are shite now, it's all been done. However Artic Monkeys, Kooks are fav young bands at the moment. Coldplay are depressing, annoying and this singer (if you can call it singing); my dog howling over a loud washing machine could make a sound better than this horrible cringy wining rubbish.
Just gotta wonder if the girl put those CDs in her car on purpose....
Mari wrote:
i bought this years ago, it just doesn't age, :sunny: it's so beautiful!
Of all the comments, I like yours the best: well said. :cheers:
Yellow. Like urine?
Great song. It has become fashionable to belittle Coldplay in the U.K. They should open their ears.
My daughter highly recommends this song :yes: :sunny: :meditate:
News Flash: RP is a one-person operation. Its not like Bill's got us hooked up to his iPod on shuffle. Do you suggest he not sleep, eat, drink, or take the dog for walks? newyorkone wrote:
Deja vu?? I guess RP is on auto-pilot...
One of the best song of this decade. Clearly underrated in RP
i bought this years ago, it just doesn't age, :sunny: it's so beautiful!
minimole wrote:
Oh Bill!! How can you follow Jackie Wilson's "Higher and Higher" with this dirge? Gaaaack!
Deja vu?? I guess RP is on auto-pilot...
One of the most overrated bands EVER.
minimole wrote:
Oh Bill!! How can you follow Jackie Wilson's "Higher and Higher" with this dirge? Gaaaack!
buzzkill!
i agree with some others -- this album is my favorite one from coldplay. much better than their newer stuff.
This song takes me right back to a Summer backpacking thru Europe, certainly not the best song on the album, but it has a lot of sentimental value for me.
DoctorHooey wrote:
strum strum strum strum strum strum strum strum STRUM STRUM STRUM STRUM STRUM STRUM STRUM STRUM
STRUM STRUM STRUM STRUM! SNARE! STRUM STRUM STRUM STRUM! SNARE!
We were all yellow... then we turned green and puked! :cool::neutral::confused::sad:...:puke: I'm _this_ close to MUTE!
Paul_Darby wrote:
This song actually makes me feel physically sick. I couldn't go out with a certain girl because Coldplay and James Blunt were the only CD's in the car. I could never go to a festival with Coldplay on mainstage, it's pure shite but alot bands are shite now, it's all been done. However Artic Monkeys, Kooks are fav young bands at the moment. Coldplay are depressing, annoying and this singer (if you can call it singing); my dog howling over a loud washing machine could make a sound better than this horrible cringy wining rubbish.
I you were in my car, I'd pop this in!
strum strum strum strum strum strum strum strum STRUM STRUM STRUM STRUM STRUM STRUM STRUM STRUM
Thank God we are all differen't. I happen to like this.
This song actually makes me feel physically sick. I couldn't go out with a certain girl because Coldplay and James Blunt were the only CD's in the car. I could never go to a festival with Coldplay on mainstage, it's pure shite but alot bands are shite now, it's all been done. However Artic Monkeys, Kooks are fav young bands at the moment. Coldplay are depressing, annoying and this singer (if you can call it singing); my dog howling over a loud washing machine could make a sound better than this horrible cringy wining rubbish.
Oh Bill!! How can you follow Jackie Wilson's "Higher and Higher" with this dirge? Gaaaack!
you're kidding. I detested this when it was on heavy rotation on radio and I still feel the same.
fredriley wrote:
Look at this wet herring, look how it shines for you, and every weak note you sing, yeah the closer it gets to your chops. I came along, I wrote a song for you, but I could only whine out of tune, so it's wet herring time. So then I took my slaps, oh what a thing to have done, and now I'm covered in scales (cont p94)
(that's enough Coldplay, ed.)
This song grates on me and I typically like Coldplay. Less please :(
YAWN! :cowboy: Damn, I couldn't find a yawning emoticon so I just picked one at random.
Daniel_Pittenger wrote:
One of the only coldplay songs I like.
Generally, I'm ambivalent about Coldplay (love Clocks) And yet, it's their one song I dislike mostly intensely.
Look at this wet herring, look how it shines for you, and every weak note you sing, yeah the closer it gets to your chops. I came along, I wrote a song for you, but I could only whine out of tune, so it's wet herring time. So then I took my slaps, oh what a thing to have done, and now I'm covered in scales (cont p94)
I was recently at a meeting at work with Coldplay's drummer's dad. Claim to fame, or what?
One of the only coldplay songs I like.
Haters can bitch ad infinitum about how this song is 'overplayed.' It was overplayed in a James Blunt kind of way, yes. But, after a little time to regain objectivity, it's a GOOD song.
My wife put this on my MP3 player for me. It's one of my favorite pieces.
What is this, Clear Channel?
jubilantme wrote:
the one coldplay song that i like.
yeah...over-estimated band...
Regardless of airplay, still dig it.
the one coldplay song that i like.