"Lovers in Japan/Reign of Love" as written by Christopher Anthony John Martin, Guy Rupert Berryman, Jonathan Mark Buckland and William Champion....
Lovers, keep on the road you're on
Runners, until the race is run
Soldiers, you've got to soldier on
Sometimes even the right is wrong

They are turning my head out
To see what I'm all about
Keeping my head down
To see what it feels like now
But I have no doubt
One day, we're gonna get out

Tonight maybe we're gonna run
Dreaming of the Osaka sun
Oh, oh,
Dreaming of when the morning comes

They are turning my head out
To see what I'm all about
Keeping my head down
To see what it feels like now
But I have no doubt
One day the sun will come out

Oh,

Reign of love
I can't let it go
To the sea I offer
This heavy load

Locusts will
Lift me up
I'm just a prisoner
In a reign of love

Locusts will
Let us stop
I wish I'd spoken
To the reign of love

Reign of love
By the church, we're waiting
Reign of love
My knees go praying

How I wish
I'd spoken up
Or we'd be carried
On the reign of love


Lyrics submitted by rorow1, edited by Mellow_Harsher

"Lovers in Japan/Reign of Love" as written by Christopher Anthony John Martin, Guy Rupert Berryman, Jonathan Mark Buckland, William Champion

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  • +3
    General Comment"No one associates romance with Japan," says Martin of the song that most resembles the familiar wistful Coldplay style. "Everyone thinks Japan is just about Hitachi and neon signs, but every time we're there, we see these amazing sunrises. It's very sexy."
    loversinjapanon June 29, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI highly doubt it has anything to do with discrimination against homosexuality... It's about fate-bound lovers in Japan...

    Sounds reminiscient to Clocks to me. Especially if you've seen Clocks live during Twisted Logic - the drums sound a lot like they did in the beginning at Toronto at the beginning of Clocks.

    I have a feeling this might be a single. Coldplay have always had hit singles that coincidently always were track number five (Yellow, Clocks, Talk). Coldplay's lucky number. ;D
    VoxMartinon June 17, 2008   Link
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    General CommentBeautiful song with a great, jangling piano and powerful underlying guitar and bass. Basically about cherishing life and love as much as you can, to me.

    Reign of Love is just one of those nice, sparkling piano ballads that Chris does so well with that basically shows a flipside of love: Trying to cherish and embrace it but being unable to, and missing the opportunity.
    Hyperfriedon June 17, 2008   Link
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    General Comment'How I wish I'd spoken up.'

    This song, this CD as a whole, is just so inspiration and makes me want to look towards the future and smile instead of dwell on the past and die. It's about life, it's about love, moving forward, forgetting the ugly things and sticking around with the things that keep you going.

    'I have no doubt, one day the sun will come out'

    No matter what happens, the speaker stays hopeful. Coldplay hit a grand slam with the new album. They won. They get it.

    It's just, amazing me, really. xD I love this song, like every single song on the new album.
    WhenICanBeFreeon June 24, 2008   Link
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    General CommentThis album is a comprehensive unit, so in order to figure out the meaning of the song, it should be seen in context of the songs before and after. The previous song left us saying, in so many words, "there must be more to life than dwelling on death." Lovers in Japan responds by saying "Whatever task is appointed to you, see it through. Sometimes even the right seems wrong, but when facing a choice between bad and worse, do your best knowing that there's a light at the end of the tunnel." Since every new day begins when the sun rises over Japan ("the land of the rising sun"), the Osaka sun is poetically referring to the very first moment that the night is ending and the new day is dawning.
    bigfishjuanon July 05, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThe variety of interpretations here is what makes this kind of song writing so genius. Everyone takes something different away. As a musician I can tell you that writing like this is very difficult. Tis a harpsichord on this song, not a piano people...very experimental for a alt rock group...hard to play this little riff too, I know from trying. Strings with lots of reverb and a little delay give it the open/ arena rock feel. I can attest hearing this live is delightful.

    Meaning conjurs images of perserverance, defensive positions. I like what some said on here about when you are falling in love you are helpless despite how the other person feels, usually you keep trying (keep soldiering on to win the object of your desire) the heart heart usually wins over the head for most of us.

    Peace to all fans of Colplay! Us staying interested will keep them interested over the longer haul. Viva Coldplay!

    robbelliiion June 05, 2009   Link
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    My InterpretationI think Lovers in Japan is about manipulation of the government. The line "Sometimes even the right is wrong" means that people are not critical of what the government tells them, and therefore assumes that what they say is right.

    The chorus is about the government trying to find a way to manipulate the people in the best way possible. "They are turning my head out
    To see what I'm all about".

    The song makes me especially think about LGBT rights. The government is brainwashing the people in many countries (especially Russia) into thinking a specific way about homosexuals. The second verse is about hoping that one day people will be understanding and "Dreaming of when the morning comes".

    That's just my oppinion, and I'm not completely sure about Reigns of Love but I think it's also about LGBT rights.
    BehoLaon February 16, 2014   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe combination of Lovers in Japan and Reign of Love is so incredible. I think it's beautiful how they're so different but go together so well.
    lalunacrecienteon June 08, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWhy did you keep in the Lover's in japan lyrics? Oh well, doesn't matter

    This so far looks like that 'High Speed/A Whisper' of Viva La Vida. Not too many people seemed to be liking it. But I certainly do. There's something about the sound of it. That reverby/echoy sound. Brings back a sound from childhood. A sound I just can't put my finger on at the moment.
    Chillinon June 08, 2008   Link
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    General CommentProbably about overcoming difficulties in something, like maybe a relationship or overcoming some challenge, and sometimes even right is wrong probably means that sometimes the path seems wrong, but if you push through it, you'll see the sun
    legoman163on June 08, 2008   Link

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