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Coldplay: Yellow Meaning

Song Released: 2000


Yellow Lyrics

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...

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    anonymous
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    Oct 16th, 2006 10:38pm report


    This song can mean so many things to so many people. It can symbolize the love between a parent and child, brotherly love, or the romantic type of love. To me, it symbolizes the romantic type. It basically says that you would do anything for the one that you love. Every little, tiny thing that your lover does, however insignificant it may seem can actually mean a lot. Everything they do seems wonderful. The love it represents is that reach for the stars, talk all night, can never get enough of that person love. Stars are luminous, heavenly bodies that shine down on the world. When he says "look at the stars, look how they shine for you" it means even the stars to him shine down for that person. Yellow is commonly known as an optimistic, cheerful color. However, it is scientifically the most difficult color for the eye to take in. Think about it



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    anonymous
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    Mar 22nd, 2006 3:14pm report


    This song is actually about his mother who died from a liver disease. Skin turns yellow when the liver is failing. It is a very sad song to hear knowing the pain he went through watching her die. "I wrote a song, I wrote a song for you and it was called yellow" He says he would bleed himself dry because it is his mother and would do anything to save her. but it didn't work out that way.



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    mile
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    Mar 27th, 2006 3:25pm report


    This response is to the last interprtation about the liver disease, I myself just lost my dad to kidney cancer about two weeks ago, or less and I even though I knew of this song of Coldplay just weeks before my dad passed I started to listen to it closely and liked it more than ever, and then I remembered telling my dad he looked yellow when he was in the hospital. It was after his death that I found true meaning for myself in this song and why I had suddenly become so attached to it, even the video reminds me of my dad, he liked the ocean a lot. So I thought the same thing you thought funny huh.



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    anonymous
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    Mar 27th, 3:29am report


    I believe this song makes perfect sense if looked at from the perspective that the members of the band are Christians. Yellow could be a love song written from Jesus to the listener. For instance the lyric "for you I'll bleed myself dry" refers to His love for you that He would die on the cross for you. Listen to the song as a letter from Jesus to you and the song starts to make a lot of sense. However this is my opinion.



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    raphawesome6
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    Oct 7th, 2014 10:39am report


    Reading the lyrics, it's obviously about an undying love for someone, be it a spouse, a friend, parents etc.

    But what's interesting, to me anyways, is the title. Martin said that yellow doesn't mean anything, he just thought it sounded right. And ironically, that's what love is. It doesn't have to make sense, it's not science, but that lovw between you and another person, it just fits



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    anonymous
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    Jul 16th, 2014 7:09am report


    Well, I think the song is about unrequited love. Coldplay member once said that the word 'yellow' didn't have any significant meaning



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    anonymous
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    May 17th, 2014 5:00pm report


    Well...this song talks aboutt true love...golden love...the right one for each of us...V should be able to delete the silver ones so we can catch the golden and yellow ones. The true stars that can be shiniest thing for us... <3 love U eric



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    gabimariee23
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    Dec 24th, 2013 12:53am report


    Naturally people think this song is about liver disease, or even love. I feel this song hit me hard in a different way referring to methamphetamine (also known as "Meth"). It is at times yellow, and not only that, but when you rely on this drug you feel wanted, needed, beautiful. "Your skin and bones, turn into something beautiful" is a line in my mind referring to how you are literally skin and bones and how they are something beautiful, whether it be while you're on meth or not. I felt he was talking about himself on meth as a separate person he swam and jumped across for this other side of him that was all yellow because of the malnutrition his body had. " I drew a line" meaning of meth, "Look at the stars look how they shine for you and all the things you do". Its as if the analogy that the stars shine for you is the very basis of this song. you feel like everyone wants to be you. you are beautiful and have no flaws. you continue to do so because it makes you feel so.



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    anonymous
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    Apr 26th, 2013 4:16pm report


    I like to think that it's about doing everything you can to show someone you lOve them. When I sing it, I always sing the line "I drew a line, I drew a line for you" almost angrily, as it makes me think of my crush, who I do everything I can to show how I feel, but he ignores my efforts. It isn't that he's being horrible, I think he's just scared. Live can be scary sometimes, and the line "cause you were all yellow" refers to liver disease, which is definetly scary. Also, yellow roses symbolise everlasting love.



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    anonymous
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    Jan 6th, 2013 1:02am report


    I think it is about the love a parent has for their child, even though I do think it would be touching if he wrote it for his mother.



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    anonymous
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    Sep 7th, 2012 9:30am report


    "This song is about fluttershy"
    -Abyss
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RDFcLa_2pzQ



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    anonymous
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    Aug 12th, 2012 8:21am report


    unconditional love. willing to do anything for someone. to me its romantic love, be it could be sibling love, or friendship etc.



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    anonymous
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    Jun 16th, 2012 6:02pm report


    i think this song is about self-esteem and insecurity. the artist is trying to explain to somebody who doesnt believe in themselves that hes there for them, and that he'll "jump across" and "bleed myself" like he'll hurt himself so that you stop being skin and bone. the reminds the person on how the stars will shine for you and and how you'll turn into something beautiful. i thing the "drew a line" adds to the part about bleeding himself, that he will cut and do whatever they are doing to themselves to prove the bad things that they are doing.



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    anonymous
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    Apr 14th, 2012 4:31am report


    I am sorry and i love you. Please love yourself more.



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    anonymous
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    Apr 13th, 2012 4:32am report


    Yellow Lyrics
    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,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.
    - = I think this song is about finding the perfect person,your soul mate & telling them!! We've all been with the wrong person for us but when you find the 1person for you I think this meaning comes out clearly!!

    The stars are silver for everyone i've been with, but for you they are golden.= silver= 2nd place, gold= 1st
    The things you do are the same as what every1 else does but the way you do it is golden & right for me.
    I've taken my chances with you since meeting you, like i've done with other people, could've been a mistake but everything about you is golden & right for me & that's why I love you.
    Now I'm telling you I love you, cause you are the perfect person for me, i'm committed now cause the person you are & how right you are for me,I love you & everything about you cause it's just so right for me, I'd even die for you!! These are my true feelings!! Irish Barry



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    anonymous
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    Mar 31st, 2012 3:16pm report


    I think this song is just about loving someone so much you'll do anything for them. it's just about a person being inlove with another and they will be there for the good and bad. And even the smallest insignificant things to another persons eyes actually means alot to the person s/he is giving this song to, they appreciate every little thing, even if it seems it's not alot. S/he is just inlove and they want them to know nothing can break that love.



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    anonymous
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    Mar 31st, 2012 3:57pm report


    I see parallels in the above two comments that refelct Sober, by Tool:

    I will find a center in you. I will chew it up and leave.
    *He exposes her skin and bones. She is saying that when he does that to her, it hurts quite a bit, but that it makes something beautiful.

    I will work to elevate you, just enough to bring you down.
    *And that he is in control of her, like she is a puppet. Then he turned her inside out.

    yellow-bellied-coward
    *I am just a worthless liar. I am just an imbecile

    Jesus loves that deeply
    *Jesus, Won't you fucking whistle nothing but the past is done

    He drew a line for us (when He wrote in the sand to diverge the attention away from the adulterous woman)
    *There's a shadow just behind me... Shrouding every step I take.
    Making every promise empty... Pointing Every Finger At Me.

    The shadow; the stalking servant; the liar; the coward, only wants what he wants...to feast upon the lamb; to find the center in you, then chew it up and leave.

    Starlight is white; pure light with each wavelength unified; a solidfied union of thoughts and emotions representing mental clarity...to be sober of toxic thoughts and feelings.

    When light is refracted and shattered the fragments and shards reveal colors...yellow...an infection, a purulent toxic plague that distorts your vision and intoxicates with it's lies...for it forgets, it too was once pure and white just as lucifer was once an angel but fell in love with his own reflection as Narcissus.

    So, IMOH, I feel as though the two posts above parallel Sober which is about people who are self-serving and lack any compassion or remorse and who gain their self-deluded "god-like" superiority by keeping puppets on a string...building up only to tear down.

    They psychological evidince is easily discernable. The outsider can see much more clearly than the man who lives in the box.

    Mother Mary, MaryMary, won't you whispher...

    Nothing...for the past is done.



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    anonymous
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    Mar 30th, 2012 3:06pm report


    It's about Jesus. Jesus loves that deeply. He bled Himself dry for us. He wrote a song for us (the Word), He made the stars for us so we could see His creation, He drew a line for us (when He wrote in the sand to diverge the attention away from the adulterous woman). He turns our skin and bones turn into something beautiful—something heavenly.



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