Coldplay: Every Teardrop is a Waterfall

It is a long time since our last musical post, so we thought Coldplay’s concert in Madrid last week deserved a celebration. It is really hard to set one song apart from the rest in their album Mylo Xyloto, but we think that Every Teardrop is a Waterfall is special, not only because of its melody, but specially because of its lyrics and spectacular videoclip. Pure Coldplay at their best… or is Paradise even better… what do you think. Leave your comments and let us know!


Every Teardrop Is a Waterfall was released on 3 June 2011, as a digital download except in the United Kingdom where it was released on 5 June 2011. It was released as the lead single from their fifth studio album, Mylo Xyloto. The song contains elements of the 1976 song “I Go to Rio” written by Peter Allen and Adrienne Anderson.

The videoclip was released to the public on 28 June 2011. It shows the band playing across various backdrops sprayed with colourful graffiti painted by the band’s artist “Paris”. The video was shot between 14 and 15 June 2011 at Millennium Mills in east London, close to London City Airport, but begins with a shot of the Downtown Los Angeles skyline. The music video, which features the band, uses a stop motion technique and was directed by Mat Whitecross, who has worked with the band since 1999 and was responsible for the videos for “Lovers in Japan” and “Christmas Lights“, among others.

I turn the music up,
I got my records on
I shut the world outside
until the lights come on
Maybe the streets alight,
maybe the trees are gone
I feel my heart start beating
to my favourite song

And all the kids they dance,
all the kids dance all night
Until Monday morning feels another life
I turn the music up
I’m on a roll this time
And heaven is in sight

I turn the music up,
I got my records on
From underneath a rubble,
I sing a rebel song
Don’t want to see another generation drop
I’d rather be in a coma than in a full stop

Maybe I’m in the black,
maybe I’m on my knees
Maybe I’m in the gap between the two trapezes
But my heart is beating and my pulses start
Cathedrals in my heart

And we saw oh this light I swear you,
emerge blinking into
To tell me it’s alright
As we soar walls,
every siren is a symphony
And every tear’s a waterfall
Is a waterfall, oh
Is a waterfall, oh
Is a waterfall
Every tear is a waterfall, oh

So you can hurt, hurt me bad
But I’ll still raise the flag

Oh,
It was a wa… waterfall
A wa… waterfall

Every tear
Every tear
Every teardrop is a waterfall

Every tear
Every tear
Every teardrop is a waterfall

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