Posted by: Rob | October 9, 2008

Song Lyric Thursday – October 9 2008

I’m a sucker for a haunting melody.

I first learned of Coldplay after hearing “Clocks” a few times on the radio and it led to checking out a few of their CD’s from the library.  “Clocks” was originally released on 2002’s “A Rush of Blood to the Head”.  The album contains a few more haunting ballads like “Warning Sign”, “Green Eyes” and “Amsterdam”.

Music – specific tunes – can often become identified with certain times in our lives.  That is, listening to a certain song can often recall memories of the time when the song imprinted on us.

The times I was listening to these ballads were not happy ones and it remains difficult at times to listen to these songs again.  While I like the music, listening evokes memories of those times.

This week, for some reason, I’ve been listening to those ballads again and today I’m posting one of them for song lyric Thursday.  The lyrics themselves do not necessarily “speak” to me; it’s more the melody that attracts to me this ballad: “Amsterdam”

Amsterdam
by Coldplay

Come on oh my star is fading
And I swerve out of control
If I, if I’d only waited
I’d not be stuck here in this hole

Come here oh my star is fading
And I swerve out of control
And I swear I waited and waited
I’ve got to get out of this hole

But time is on your side
It’s on your side now
Not pushing you down and all around
It’s no cause for concern

Come on oh my star is fading
And I see no chance of release
And I know I’m dead on the surface
But I am screaming underneath

And time is on your side
It’s on your side now
Not pushing you down
And all around, no
It’s no cause for concern

Stuck on the end of this ball and chain
And I’m on my way back down again
Stood on a bridge, tied to the noose
Sick to the stomach
You can say what you mean
But it wont change a thing
I’m sick of the secrets
Stood on the edge, tied to a noose
You came along and you cut me loose
You came along and you cut me loose
You came along and you cut me loose.

The linked video is an interesting visual interpretation of the original studio recording and incorporates the studio recording (all the other youtube versions are live, apparently):

 

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Responses

  1. I am a huge Coldplay fan. My older son was really into the group and that’s how I discovered them.

    Like you, I often identify a certain period of my life with music. In fact, if I have ever heard a particular song I can usually say when it was released within a year, due to the memories of my life that it will bring up.

    BTW, Andy died in 2002 so you can imagine the memories that go with the songs you mentioned.
    😦

    I do love the music, though.

    Love,
    Stella


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