“Every Teardrop Is a Waterfall” by Coldplay

On “Every Teardrop Is a Waterfall”, Chris Martin embraces the amount of liberation he feels when he focuses on positive vibes and the things that bring him joy. He believes that though life can be full of troubles, the best way to react is to see the beauty in it and fight your way out of them.

You can view the lyrics, alternate interprations and sheet music for Coldplay's Every Teardrop Is a Waterfall at Lyrics.org.

The singer explains that music is his means of escape from a world filled with troubles. By listening to music, he feels relieved, peaceful and relaxed, as though he has been sent into a different realm. He uses heaven as a metaphor to describe his exact mood when music starts to play.

The chorus, which is a repetition of the title phrase, could signify a variety of meanings. Firstly, the writer may be saying that even though tears which represent pain may drop once in a while, it should be seen as a waterfall which represents beauty and nature. Another meaning we can deduce is that music exaggerates his emotions, thus a single tear drop becomes a mighty waterfall when he listens to music.

The bridge captures the main message of the song which claims that despite the hurt he has experienced; he will come back stronger and still see the beauty of life.

Facts about “Every Teardrop Is a Waterfall”

This Coldplay classic was released on the 3rd of June, 2011. This was the same day Coldplay performed it for the very first time during the Rock im Park Festival in Germany.

The song was influenced by Peter Allen’s 1970s hit song “I Go To Rio”.

Following its release, the track reached number 6 in UK (i.e. the UK Singles Chart). On the Hot 100, it made it to number 14 (its peak position).

It sold almost a one hundred thousand copies within its first week.

Chris Martin told Music Week that the band, just like many people have gone through seasons where people have been hostile towards them, yet they chose to turn the negativity into positivity.

Song Details

Songwriters: Chris Martin and his fellow Coldplay members (Berryman, Champion and Buckland) in conjunction with Adrienne Anderson and Peter Allen
Production: Markus Dravs alongside Daniel Green and Rik Simpson
Album: Coldplay’s 2011 album “Mylo Xyloto” (their fifth album)
Date of Commercial Release: June 3rd, 2011 (through Parlophone)

Did “Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall” win a Grammy?

Despite being nominated for two Grammys in 2012, it took home no Grammy. For example, in the “Best Rock Song” category (which was one of the categories it got nominated for), it lost to “Walk” by the American rock band Foo Fighters.

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