Coldplay announced their upcoming double album ‘Everyday Life’ with a whopping 17 tracks. The album consists of two parts; ‘Sunrise’ and ‘Sunset.’ Coldplay released the first two tracks off the album, “Orphans” and “Arabesque” last month.
The new release “Everyday Life” is the title track of the eighth studio album and the final song on the standard edition of the album (16 songs). Much like the album, the song is a question of life and its purpose.
Announcing the new album, Coldplay spoke about the thinking behind it; “(this album) is our reaction to the perceived negativity that’s everywhere. And there is a lot of trouble, but there’s also so much positivity and so much great life happening. So in a way, it’s just trying to make sense of things, saying what we feel and what we see.”
In a way, this is the same underlining message behind the new song “Everyday Life.” Listen below.
In the first verse of the song, Chris Martin of Coldplay is heard raising some unanswerable questions. What are we going to do about the chaos around us? Is there really anything we could do? Or is it better to pretend as if nothing is wrong for the sake of our own mental well being? Coldplay questions if the existence of the humankind. Are we here to just to survive or are we here to create better futures? And what is you and I’s role among the 7 billion of others?
The chorus scratches the surface of problems that all of us walk by everyday in our life. In this crazy existence called life, we live, laugh, cry, hurt, enjoy, fall, get up, trust, love, lose, win and repeat. In this crazy mess, we will have to learn to hold on to the ‘good’ and get rid of the ‘bad’ in life. Being positive goes a long way in this attempt, and the best way to word this is how Coldplay puts it; “Got to keep dancing when the lights go out.” ‘Lights go out’ could refer to death which is an imminent goal for all of us. At the end of the line, we should have memories and accomplishments that we could be proud about. At least we should be happy about the life we had and the life we let others have.
In the second verse of “Everyday Life,” Coldplay raises another question on unity among humans. There is so much hatred and competition among all of us which makes it ever so difficult to be happy with what we have, be happy about what another has, and be content in life. From school to university to work, we are taught to compete and be the best. In this race of life, we tend to look at another human being as a competitor and a potential threat to our bubble. In this light, it will not be easy to look at them as a ‘brother’ and not as an enemy.
The outro of the song provides one solution that will help ease your mind. “Hallelujah” is the mantra that we need to adopt to have some peace at mind. “Praise Jah” or ‘praise God’ is more or less of a symbol to what actually needs to be done. Bound by the faith of God, we need to inculcate good values among us. These good values need to be put into action. This is the true praise to God and his creation.
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