"Shiver" as written by Guy Rupert Berryman, Jonathan Mark Buckland, William Champion and Christopher Anthony John Martin....
So I look in your direction
But you pay me no attention, do you
I know you don't listen to me
'Cause you say you see straight through me, don't you

And on and on from the moment I wake
To the moment I sleep
I'll be there by your side
Just you try and stop me
I'll be waiting in line
Just to see if you can

Did she want me to change
Well I change for good
And I want you to know
But you always get your way
I wanted to say

Don't you shiver, shiver, shiver

I'll always be waiting for you
So you know how much I need you
But you never even see me, do you

And is this is my final chance of getting you

And on and on from the moment I wake
To the moment I sleep
I'll be there by your side
Just you try and stop me
I'll be waiting in line
Just to see if you care

Oh, oh, oh, oh

Did she want me to change
Well I change for good
And I want you to know
But you always get your way
I wanted to say

Don't you shiver
Don't you shiver

Sing it loud and clear
I'll always be waiting for you

Yeah I'll always be waiting for you
Yeah I'll always be waiting for you
Yeah I'll always be waiting for you
For you I will always be waiting

And it's you I see, but you don't see me
And it's you I hear, so loud and clear
I sing it loud and clear
And I'll always be waiting for you

So I look in your direction
But you pay me no attention
And you know how much I need you
But you never even see me


Lyrics submitted by Ice, edited by expelliarmus

"Shiver" as written by Guy Rupert Berryman, Jonathan Mark Buckland, William Champion, Christopher Anthony John Martin

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  • +17
    Song MeaningI heard in an interview with Chris Martin that he was trying to get to a girl who was seeing someone else ("but you pay me no attention..."). He was always playing the best friend and persevered through it ("I'll be there by your side, just you try and stop me."), finally telling her he'd even change to be more like the other guy, but she should be careful because "I'd change for good." He asks if the words he says make her shiver, and he knows that while he'd wait forever, he only has one chance before she commits too fully to the wrong guy.

    Moral of the story, Chris Martin is the perfect man hahaha. But seriously, don't reject love from places you don't expect it. You deserve the guy who will play the best friend while he waits for you and makes you shiver with his words. I chose my Chris, and two years later, we're about to get married ;)
    coldplaywisdomon January 20, 2012   Link
  • +5
    General CommentI think this song is about much more than just unrequited love. The frequent transitions into the minor mode and the lyric "don't you shiver?" add a vindictive or otherwise bitter quality to the song. It is anything but sweet and touching. This song is saying "Look at all the affection I'm pouring out. Don't you see what you're missing? Doesn't your neglect of me make you feel guilty? It should. It should make you shiver."
    npchongon August 24, 2002   Link
  • +3
    General CommentThe speaker professes his unrequited love to his lover, whom he urges to stop being so cold, notice him, and care.
    ferrariguy90on February 12, 2011   Link
  • +2
    General CommentTo me, this song is about a person in love with someone to a great extent. Only, the person they love can't see it at all. It's really sad.
    Selfmutilizedon February 16, 2002   Link
  • +2
    General CommentShiver makes me shiver. :p
    kukamanja27on September 06, 2002   Link
  • +2
    General CommentThis song is so beautiful.

    He just wants the girl to notice him...

    Sometimes we are looking for someone to love us the same way we love them.

    And I don't think he's going to give up.
    longhornon September 30, 2012   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis is a song of hope. The person whom is singing it is telling the other one that no matter what, he/she will always be there for her/him. "Selfmutilized" needs to realize that although it may be sad that he's not getting the attention, it's wonderful that he has that much love for her that he will stand by her and change himself for the bettermeant of her.
    DHess7on April 20, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General Commentthis band tell me that being hard and noisy isnt everything!! .......way to go coldplay!!!
    iNcleton June 06, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General CommentQuite frankly, if I could make a soundtrack of my unrequited love, this would be on top of the list.

    It's amazing how Chris Martin made a situation that feels like hell sound so beautiful in the same vein, since even though unrequited love is hell, it's still beautiful because (for me at least) it changed my whole way of thinking. It made me completely new and restored hope within me, which I guess is a good thing.

    It's like Chris is saying, "You keep on with what you're doing. Just know that I shall always love you and that the feeling will never change." to this girl. He gives his attention and spends time on her and gets nothing in return. Amazingly, however, he doesn't seem fazed by it. He just keeps on giving the attention and spending time.

    For me, the lines, "Did you want me to change? Well, I changed for good." really resonate because I did change as a result of falling for this girl. In fact, I think that Chris Martin successfully encapsuled my feelings in this song. Chris Martin is such an amazing songwriter.

    And I'm just too fucking emo.
    Hot Rod Heroon November 02, 2004   Link
  • +1
    My OpinionThe line "For you I will always be waiting" sounds like he has given up, he has resigned himself to waiting.

    I know the feeling.
    heliveson19on January 23, 2012   Link

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