So what exactly are Coldplay’s songs meant to convey? What do they tell us about the man behind their success? What are the hidden meanings buried deep within Martin's
abstruse, multi-layered lyrics?
“Trouble”, from Parachutes
"Oh no what's this?
A spider web, and I'm caught in the middle"
Martin is likening himself to a fly. Small, insignificant and often a carrier of diseases such as typhoid, cholera and dysentery.----
“42”, off Viva La Vida, or Death and All His Friends"Those who are dead are not dead,
They're just living in my head"
Hell is contained within Chris Martin’s head. In Hell you have to listen to his thought processes for eternity as he struggles to write songs and chats bollocks about yoga, veganism and ridiculous children’s names with Gwyneth Paltrow. Damn all those dead people in there for taking up the space where his songwriting faculties should be.
“Strawberry Swing”, from Viva la Vida, or Death and All His Friends
"They were sitting,
They were sitting on the strawberry swing"
This is a common pitfall for lyricists. They think that you can use this songwriting equation: "fruit + inanimate object = classic song." Well it worked for Prince (“Raspberry Beret”) didn’t it?----
“Violet Hill”, from Viva la Vida, or Death and All His Friends
"Priests clutched onto bibles,
Hollowed out to fit their rifles"
Martin is actually revealing a little known detail about his health. He has suffered from strabismus all his life - a condition which adversely affects depth perception. He therefore is not aware that a rifle could not fit in a bible. It's a sensitive issue so his band members do not point out the regular mistakes he makes because of his condition. In the past he has reportedly bought a tiny child's hat for himself without realising it would not fit him and when he tries to kiss his wife Gwyneth he often ends up headbutting her - such is the severity of his condition.
“Speed of Sound”, from X&Y
But others are puzzles, puzzling me"
"Some things you have to believe,
Martin has stumbled on something incredibly profound here: puzzles are inherently puzzling.