Coldplay: Yellow Meaning
Song Released: 2000
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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...
anonymous 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
anonymous 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.
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.
anonymous May 18th, 5:26am report
I thinks it about Jesus
anonymous Mar 30th, 3:49pm report
Coldplay sings about stars a lot. I truly think this song is talking about returning to stardust when we leave this earth (your skin and bones... turn into something beautiful).. and how we go to the ends of the earth (I swam across.. I jumped across for you) to find that person in the next lifetime. I sang this song for my husband on our second anniversary... it's how I interpret the song. The other song that I feel links to this one is "You're a sky full of stars." Whomever writes the lyrics to these songs is in tune with our creator.
anonymous Nov 19th, 2017 11:42pm report
The line.."so then I took my turn".. clearly means this song is written from the narrative of God. I just think Chris downplays his faith.
anonymous Dec 16th, 2016 12:48pm report
Sounds like he knows something about the one and only true Twin Flame... The great cycle of creation from the source of Sol.
anonymous Dec 12th, 2016 12:51pm report
Yellow TO ME:
My sr year I had a crush on my friend that transfered back to public school with me
We talked about prom
We talked about his mothers mental state
I talked my past
Everyday we would meet up
It grew to be cute after a while
Id hold his bookback when i was trying to fight threw the crowd
Then he disappeared
Id look out the window eeryday an my teachers knew i was sad
I was the class clown that did her makeup well but is goofy as shit
I was heartbroke id look at the park OUR park while this song played EVERYDAY
*id do anything for you
*we couod run away
*our first kiss
*us slightly dating
*me holding your bookbag
*having a boy with a loud red truck
*YELLOW IS FRIENDSHIP
When I first kissed "A"
I felt a spark
It might be because we both had peppermints in our mouths
It was chilly outside
We talked about EVERYTHING
My lip felt like it touched a bolt
The way he bite my lip softly
I backed away looked at him an i didnt see him as the boy from private school
I liked him THEN & THERE
Like something came overr
I wanted his lips MORE
Were having this makeout session then I jumped off the table
An said I should get home
"I jumped across for you"
I didnt want to ruin our friendship
"They were all yellow"
"I took my time "
I didnt rush
"It was all yellow"
Our friendship was all we had
"Your skin an bones turn to somethig beauitful"
I thought the kiss was going to be gross cause he smoked but the peppermint tasted like a battery you know? Lemony tangy
"O what a thing to do"
To not ruin us
Turn into something beautuful
He was so skinny but then he just turned to a boy i didnt want to let go of
I was sad he stopped talking to me
He was all i had tyat year
"All the things you do"
How we think the same how he calles me : goofy
How it toom 2 hours to kiss me cause i kept moving
Its about SIMPLE FRIENDSHIP
it was in the fall so yellow comes out again an i live in the mid west so
A simple PURE love
NOT wanting it to go away or change but to stay as beautiful while falling in love not to change the beauty while falling love
In real life the color yellow means FRIENDSHIP
Look how they shine for you
Like look what i would have given you
Look how you make me happy
Look how crazy this is making me
Look at how pure my love is
Look how i want to be with you help you
I actually saw him last night
Were FWB but he says im honest nice an loyal
Thing is hell never know how pure my love is / was
Though he gets sad online about girls
Now being out of school
I can see were diff
Never can i have had that pure love
An it hurt when he didnt see it
Like I hope he never askes to date becauss now its not that initial purity brotherly love i had
When i looked out the window up the hill in between the trees the gap
I saw the swing and how he promised wed go to prom my last year
As i traced myself back to my cold dead study hall room an my teacher would look at me with a sad grin
Its like he felt my pain through my headphones
Then id get my books an go home on a cold bus for a 45 min sad music video with cold windows to burn your eyes
THATS ALSO PAIN
THATS TEENAGE YEARS
THATS FALLING OUT OF LOVE
THATS ThE FAIRY TALE we girls grew to love
anonymous Mar 27th, 2016 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.
raphawesome6 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
anonymous 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
anonymous 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
gabimariee23 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.
anonymous 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.
anonymous 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.
anonymous Sep 7th, 2012 9:30am report
"This song is about fluttershy"
anonymous 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.
anonymous 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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