Chris Martin :
This is probably the best song ever written And he's the best singer in the world, Mr. Richard Ashcroft. Ok, here we go:

'Cause it's a bittersweet symphony, this life
Tryin' to make ends meet
You're a slave to money then you die
I'll take you down the only road I've ever been down
You know the one that takes you to the places
where all the veins meet, yeah

You know I can't change, I can change
I can change, I can change
But I'm here in my mold
I am here in my mold
But I'm a million different people
from one day to the next
I can't change my mold
No, no, no, no, no
Have you ever been down?, have you ever been down?

Well I never pray
But tonight I'm on my knees, yeah
I need to hear some sounds
that recognize the pain in me, now
I let the melody shine,
let it cleanse my mind, I feel free now
But the airways are clean and there's nobody singing to me now

You know i can't change, I can change
I can change, I can change
But I'm here in my mold
I am here in my mold
But I'm a million different people
from one day to the next
I can't change my mold
No, no, no, no, no
Have you ever been down?, have you ever been down?

'Cause it's a bittersweet symphony, this life
Tryin' to make ends meet
You're a slave to money then you die
I'll take you down the only road I've ever been down
You know the one that takes you to the places
where all the veins meet yeah

You know i can't change, I can change
I can change, I can change
But I'm here in my mold
I am here in my mold
But I'm a million different people
from one day to the next
I can't change my mold
No, no, no, no, no
Have you ever been down?, have you ever been down?

I'll take you down the only road I've ever been down
I'll take you down the only road I've ever been down
Ever been down
Have you ever been down?, Ooh

'Cause it's a bittersweet symphony, yeah
'Cause it's a bittersweet symphony, yeah
My life
Your life
Their lives

Come take it down the only road I've ever been down
'Cause it's a bittersweet symphony, yeah
This life, this life, this life...

Thank you . . .


Lyrics submitted by ColdenScence, edited by Mellow_Harsher

Bitter Sweet Symphony (feat. Richard Ashcroft) (Verve cover) song meanings
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    General CommentLol @ Muslim.

    It's a pretty obvious metaphor... But here's a cookie for you anyways.
    Justin Obsurveron July 07, 2008   Link
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    General CommentWell, I guess I'm the first comment.

    I didn't even intend to comment on this song, but because I saw it in the list of songs by Coldplay, I decided I would.

    I know that "Bittersweet Symphony" is originally by the Verve. Or at least that's what I've always believed. I've never heard Coldplay perform the song. I've always loved the instrumental as done by the Verve, so I'm curious to if that is consistant in Coldplay's rendition.

    If anybody has heard this song (as performd by Coldplay), and would like to comment back, I'd appeciate it.


    Anyways, as for the actual meaning. . .
    I love this song becasue it expresses so much emotion. I think that it's about somebody, conformed by society, wanting to change themself. They were obviously confronted by somebody who was an individual and made them question their own life. The artist claims "I can't change my mold. . . i'm a million different people from one day to the next", referring to how it's difficult to not reject what society considers acceptible, and how he often sees himself as "a million different people" just to satisfy those around him.
    "I'll take you down the only road I've ever been down, Have you ever been down?" That again supports my theory about him being a conformist to society and claiming that he knew no other way to live. He asks if he is alone in his belief. "You know the one that takes you to the places
    where all the veins meet yeah" I think that that verse is supposed to be taken sarcastically, as in "you know. . . the road that leads to everything" not meaning it in a literal sense.
    "I need to hear some sounds, that recognize the pain in me, now. I let the melody shine, let it cleanse my mind, I feel free now. But the airways are clean and there's nobody singing to me now" The person is free from conformity. . . he is pained, and now he wants everybody to realize that he is changed. . . "Let it cleanse my mind, I feel free now". . . 'it' referring to his individuality.
    "Tryin' to make ends meet, You're a slave to money then you die". . . Money, the universal cause of despare and sadness. . . How you slave your life to earn money, but in the end it means nothing, "cause then you die".
    This song is very liberating. . . The music, the lyrics, everything about it. . . You can sense the person's emotion, excitement and willingness to change. . . To change not for somebody else, but for himself. . . "It's a bittersweet symphony, this ilfe" meaning, there are good and bad in the world, and depending on how you choose to live your life, you may experience it's bitterness, sweetness, or both.

    Music can be interpreted in many different ways. . . depending on who's listening to it, their life experiences, the effect the music has on them. . . Good artist's never truely state what a song means. . . and that's why music is amazing, because it doesn't have to be about one specific thing, but rather, can be about a million different things. . . It all depends on how interpret the song, it's lyrics, the instrumental. . . And my opinion towards the song is only one person's interpretation.



    "It's a bittersweet symphony, this life."
    thedaytheMUSIC diedon February 11, 2006   Link
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    General CommentYeah its done @ Live8
    Persian Boyon February 13, 2006   Link
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    General Commentuhhhh wasnt this song done by the verve?
    michaelaiscoolon February 19, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThis song was done by the Verve. I've just heard that Chris Martin really respects Richard Ashcroft, the leader of the band. Does anyone know where you can get this version of the song, with Chris Martin singing?
    neongreen44on March 21, 2006   Link
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    General CommentActually nowhere,cuz chris never sing this and they perform it once at live8 with richard voice.
    ColdenScenceon March 21, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI think richard ashcroft is not that good himself, I mean he is an amazing song writer but, the complete music package of the verbe was just great.
    Zerovermarson May 03, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI'd just like to add to what "the day the music died" has stated. I am actually critical of a comment he has made about the following segment:

    "I'll take you down the only road I've ever been down
    You know the one that takes you to the places
    where all the veins meet, yeah"

    His interpretation is rather lacking in any perspicuity and credibility, although his overall interpretation is quite refreshing and admittedly eye-opening.

    However, i'm pretty sure i have the correct interpretation of that passage, well at least i know what he's talking of when he says "the places where all the VEINS meet." It is an anatomical reference! HE'S REFERRING TO THE HEART! THE HEART IS THE PLACE WHERE ALL THE VEINS MEET IN THE BODY. This should lead one to countless rather deep interpretations. This particular passage, which i personally think is the most profound piece of the song, is genius.
    MuslimPhilosopheron January 05, 2007   Link
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    General Commentread the above i think it is a revolutionary breakthrough in understanding the song. Granted I am talking about my own analysis! but come on, i've spotted something no one else has! I think i have just cause to brag a little!
    MuslimPhilosopheron January 08, 2007   Link
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    General CommentDude,
    Coldplay doesn't even sing this song.
    It's by The Verve.
    FAGGOTxon May 07, 2009   Link

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