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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...

  1. anonymous
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    May 28th 2011 report

    What do you think about jealousy?.

  2. anonymous
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    May 26th 2011 report

    I have always felt like this was a conversation that God was having with us. He is expressing his love for us, how he formed us out of the dirt and something beautiful. He would literally bleed for us and he did by sending Jesus to do it for us on the cross. How he formed the Earth for us to have somewhere to live, and the stars in the sky for us to see.

    "I swam across, I jumped across for you"
    Reminds me the story of Peter from the Bible when he walked on water with Jesus.



    It's a kind of love that's beyond comprehension, and some say that the color yellow is one of the hardest colors that is seen by the human eye. So, it's hard to understand the love that God has for us, but despite that, it still exists.

  3. anonymous
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    May 2nd 2011 report

    It sounds like it about his mom and liver cancer.

  4. anonymous
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    Apr 23rd 2011 report

    Not even Chris Martin knows what this song is about. He said it himself. The beauty of Yellow is that it just came to him. It's organic; it has no cut and dry meaning. The interpretation is totally up to the interpreter. Don't think too hard. It's beautiful because it's simple.

  5. anonymous
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    Apr 20th 2011 report

    Maybe it was or was not the intentions of the writer, but this and MANY MANY more speak of the Love and characteristics of God.

    Look at the stars
    Look how they shine for you

    the bible speaks of God placing the stars in the sky to be a guide by night (Jer 31:35)

    they were all yellow

    science has proven that the color yellow is the most difficult color for the eye to "take in". This statement could(abstractly) mean "It is hard to see" or understand.

    I came along
    I wrote a song for you
    And all the things you do

    this world is often referred to as Gods canvas(his painting)as his creation. This world is a work of art... and he made it, he made it for us.

    It was called yellow

    again - "It is hard to see" or understand.


    So then I took my turn
    Oh what a thing to've done

    Took his turn to live among us as Jesus...

    was all yellow

    "It is hard to see" or understand.

    Your skin
    Oh yeah your skin and bones
    Turn into something beautiful

    As we grow and gain knowledge we can we understand this statement better

    And you know
    You know I love you so
    You know I love you so


    I swam across
    I jumped across for you

    jumped across from the heavens to here, for us

    Oh what a thing to do
    Cuz you were all yellow

    "It is hard to see" or understand.

    I drew a line
    I drew a line for you

    The ten commandments are a line, a line between good and evil. this line was drawn to shed light on the evil within us....
    ..the apple was the start of our knowledge of good AND EVIL.

    Oh what a thing to do
    And it was all yellow

    "It is hard to see" or understand.

    Your skin
    Oh yeah your skin and bones
    Turn into something beautiful
    And you know
    For you I'd bleed myself dry
    For you I'd bleed myself dry

    The blood shed on the cross

    It's true

  6. anonymous
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    Apr 15th 2011 report

    He's really talking about doing cocaine, and how the stars were shing for them, but they do cocaine so that prevents them from shining the way they were suppose to be.
    "I drew a line,
    I drew a line for you,
    Oh what a thing to do,
    And it was all yellow.". Also, listen to the other lyrics "I bled myself dry" your nose bleeds when you sniff cocaine.

  7. anonymous
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    Apr 11th 2011 report

    I dedicated this song to the girl i loved, so i interpret it as romantic love, "bleed myself dry" is one way for him to say that he would take her pain for herif it meant she wasn't hurting, and the liver part about his mom is true, but still this song has many meanings and interpretations, all of which could be the right ones, another line that catches you is "your skin, oh yah your skin and bones, turn into something beautiful" i see this as him saying that shes beautiful but has that personality that keeps his love for her strong, this could mean that beauty is only skin deep, skin her skin and bones, she has true beauty both in and out

  8. 737Pilot122
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    Mar 30th 2011 report

    I have scene an interview with the band and this song means almost nothing, they just kind of wrote it

  9. anonymous
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    Feb 27th 2011 report

    My grandma died of liver cancer, and when I heard this song it fit so perfectly it made me cry. I think someone close to him died.

  10. Nete
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    Feb 14th 2011 report

    I liked elohnroc's (#2 top) interpretation.

    I think though instead of "I built a life,set goals, worked, built a future for you", "I drew a line for you" speaks of his protection for her. If someone draws a line they are telling others not to cross.

    Anyway, just my input.

  11. anonymous
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    Dec 28th 2010 report

    I read in a magazine that the song was written by the Coldplay lead singer for his wife Gwyneth Paltrow when she was down with jaundice. Jaundice is known to turn the skin and eyes yeah-llo.

  12. anonymous
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    Dec 8th 2010 report

    It's about death. My gram just died in the holspital she was all yellow. Skin and bones turn to something beautiful, a heavenly being like stars and this person was damn near perfect in his eyes. Look how they shine for you and all that you do: death of a loved one.

  13. anonymous
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    Nov 23rd 2010 report

    To me this song is about the incredible realisation of a parents love their new-born child who has been born prematurely and also has yellow jaundice. The words 'your skin and bone - turn into something beautiful' is the transition of seeing a new-born baby with transluscent skin and attached to lots of 'lines' (which is a sight that is hard to absorb when you are a new parent) to turning into a beautiful, beautiful adorable baby. I will never forget that moment in my life, To rest of the words fall into place after that. The word 'yellow' is suddenly a much talked about word due to the 'jaundice' and also you become very aware of the elements outside - after spending so much time in the hospital - so 'look at the stars, how they shine for you' is possibly an interpretation of being aware of the spiritual support you are receiving. That is something I was certainly aware of and gave me great strength.

  14. Kimba
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    Sep 21st 2010 report

    I think its a father tslking about the love for his Daughter. I drew a line for you wot a thing to do, To me represents that the father has done a few things in his life he may regret. Maybe these were things that were his own mistakes but had a effect on those around him. but no matter what mistakes he made his love for his daughter was always there. i could be completely off the path here but thats how I see It . :))

  15. anonymous
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    Jul 17th 2010 report

    I believe it is a love song that deals with the stages of a relationship, which ultimately fails.

    to begin, it is a man courting/dating another. at the point when the lyrics, "you know I love you so" are uttered, the camera distances itself from the singer. it creates a gap between the man and his love. the man then runs to bridge the gap, and continue to plead his love. it plateaus, and the man realizes that it's not going to get better. he bleeds himself dry.




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