"Crests of Waves" as written by Guy Rupert Berryman, William Champion, Christopher Anthony John Martin and Jonathan Mark Buckland....
It could be worse, I could be alone
I could be locked in here on my own

Or like a stone that suddenly drops
It never stops, no

I could be lost or I could be saved
Calling out from beneath the waves
Beaten down by the social raves

Never again; never again

Oooooo Ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhh
Oooooo Ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhh
Oooooo Ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhh
I'm screamin' out from the crests of waves

It could be worse; it's all sweet
It could be snapped from the jaws of defeat
Or like a light lit up on the beach
You wear your heart on your sleeve, Ohhhh

You want to stop before you begin
You want to sink when you know you could swim
You want to stop just before you begin
Never give in; never give in

Oooooo Ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhh
Oooooo Ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhh
Oooooo Ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhh
I'm screamin' out from the crests of waves

Oooooo Nothin' matters
Except not for the love we make
Ooooooooooo

Nothin' matters
Ooooooooooo
Except not for the love we make

Nothin' matters
Ooooooooooo
Except not for the love we make

Aaaahhhhhh
Except not for the love we make

Oooooo Ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhh
Oooooo Ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhh
Oooooo Ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhh
I'm screamin' out from the crests of waves

Oooooo Ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhh
Oooooo Ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhh
Oooooo Ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhh
I'm screamin' out from the crests of waves
Where you're longing to be saved

I'm screamin' out from the crests of waves
Where you're longing to be saved
I'm screamin' out from the crests of waves


Lyrics submitted by DMZ, edited by Mellow_Harsher

"Crests of Waves" as written by Guy Rupert Berryman Christopher Anthony John Martin

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    General CommentI think this song is a life reminder. A good one, too.
    Astrumon December 15, 2004   Link
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    My InterpretationI strongly feel like this song has got to do with bouts of sudden depression and euphoria.
    The singer is saying that his condition could've been worse in the sense that he could have been the only one suffering from it but it's not like that. Millions around the world suffer from it ("It could be worse, I could be alone. I could be locked in here on my own").
    And he is thankful that the depression he struggles with is not endless and continuous ("Or like a stone that suddenly drops. It never stops, no."). There are frequent breaks in the middle where he's just very happy.
    Raving means talking incoherently as if one were delirious or mad. It could also mean a lively party involving drinking and dancing. Social raves often exhaust him or bring him down ("Beaten down by the social raves"). But he doesn't let it bring him down anymore ("never again, never again").
    Then he talks about suddenly being intensely excited or euphoric ("or like a light lit up on the beach. You wear your heart on the sleeve").
    He admits that sometimes when he is depressed, he knows he can get out of the hole on his own but he feels like giving up anyway ("you want to stop before you begin. You want to sink when you know you could swim").
    Now the singer is not just talking of the depression but EXPERIENCING it. He talks about how nothing actually matters except for the love that people make to each other. Probably because of the emotions the activity arouses in him ("Nothing matters except not for the love me make").
    He is longing for somebody to help him get out of the pit and he's crying out for help but nobody seems to be hearing him ("I'm screaming out from the crests of waves. Where you're longing to be saved").
    Dwijiribrahmaon September 24, 2015   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis is one of coldplay's greatest songs, i found it by accidant.
    DMZon April 09, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentLet me correct a few lines

    Beaten down by the "ocean rain"
    is actually:
    Beaten down by the social raves

    Where you're (bad grammar by the way DMZ) longing to be saved
    is actually:
    For so long I seem to say

    Is anybody gonna correct these?
    sheepnuton May 06, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentwell, just look around on a search engine and you'll find different versions of the lyrics, where different words vary, and as for my grammar I don't think you can analyze my grammar from a few sentences, and its ocean rain not social raves.
    DMZon May 07, 2004   Link
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    General CommentI agree with DMZ. And from what I hear, it's 'longing to be saved', which is more correct if you look at the context of the song. (It's quite obvious to me that he sings that, but okay.)
    In my opinion it's a nice Coldplay song, a bit too repeating but what the hell. The meaning however isn't entirely clear to me, I suppose it's more about the message than the actual words.
    ciegaon May 14, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentit is a bit repetitive, but for what it's worth, I like the syncopated guitaring in the part when he goes "oooh". I love that.
    pikachu1559on July 05, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is great. I think it's sort of their new style, along with Clocks. Really nice, particularly the way he sings the verses, and the syncopated bit is fantastic. Obviously it doesn't beat Clocks but one of my favourites from Coldplay!!
    rolson November 28, 2004   Link
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    General Commentoh dear!! the correct lyrics are as stated... there is nothing wrong with these lyrics as written up by DMZ... back to the song.. I always felt this song was a metaphor for life. Its obvious that Chris Martin was inspired by his love for surfing.. it even has that surf feel to it.. the guitars, the 'ooohhh ohhhh' in the song.. great tune.
    queensgirl417on February 10, 2005   Link
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    General CommentWhy wasn't this song released as a single?? What were they thinking?? They could have at least put it on X&Y.

    As for the lyrics, i think it is about uncertainty...and to keep his cool he reminds himself that "nothing matters except life and the love you make"
    jek21on April 25, 2005   Link

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