Now I never meant
To do you wrong
That's what I came here to say

But if I was wrong
Then I'm sorry
I don't let it stand in our way

As my head just aches
When I think of
The things that I shouldn't have done

But, life is for living
We all know
And I don't want to live it alone

Sing
Ah, ah, oh
Sing
Ah, ah, oh,
And just think
Ah, ah, oh

'Cause in the end
There's only us
And oh my friend
There's only love

And in the cave
They're timing us
'Cause in the end
There's only love


Lyrics submitted by Ice, edited by Mellow_Harsher, lunablu

Life Is for Living Lyrics as written by Guy Rupert Berryman Christopher Anthony John Martin

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  • +3
    General Comment

    This is a beautiful song about how bad he feels for doing someone wrong and how he misses them so much. He knows "Life is for Living" but he doesn't care because he would rather be dead than without them.

    Coldplay lyrics are often simple but they are so powerful because of the music and vocals, and this song is no exception. I think the "Ah, ah, oh"'s at the end are something like cries of regret and sorrow.

    XianSnakeon January 25, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General Comment

    they seem to sing a lot of songs about being human, and that's ok.

    allyouneedisloveon March 04, 2003   Link
  • +1
    General Comment

    Life is for living. We shouldn't be wasting time thinking about the little mistakes we've made. And of course, who wants to be alone? This one's such a wonderful song. :-)

    stoppretendingon March 11, 2003   Link
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    I'm in a constant battle with my friend over the the "ah, ah, ah"s at the end of the song. I think the simple message of the song would've been better had it cut-off after "i don't want to live it alone". Kind of like Counting Crows 'Walkaways', it could've been brilliant had it just dropped you off with that killer.

    He says the "ah, ah, ah"s enhance the song because they give you what you want, a little more song.

    Trivial, yes, but this stuff keeps me up at night.

    davidecoyoteon May 13, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General Comment

    Yeah, Life is for Living sums the whole song up. It sounds great live.

    amaron November 13, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Comment

    This song basically speaks for itself, I think. He's apologizing for something he did wrong and he doesn't want it to have an effect on his relationship, not for the worse anyway. It's a fairly simple song, nothing too deep about it, but I still think the lyrics capture the overly-written-about genre better than most. "life is for living / We all know / And I don't wanna live it alone" I love that line, I don't know what else I can say about it.

    Benny-Xon June 11, 2002   Link
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    It is a simple song, lyriclly. A good short up beat messege. But i think the music (instrumental) is very powerful and bestows and weight on the lyrics that makes them more meaningful than just words. Did i just write that?...wow.

    Lissy Ratzon August 23, 2002   Link
  • 0
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    the genius of coldplay. a beautiful short song cut in simple lyrics that i could just live by. mmhmm

    glazedpooon September 21, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Comment

    "but life is for living we all know and I don't wanna live it alone" sums up a lot of emotions in one line...lol. It's a very lovely song...short but sweet : )

    Liizaon September 05, 2005   Link
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    yeah i agree with XianSnake. In my opinion the shorter songs of Coldplay are moreso compact with feelings and emotions, to where its almost no reason to make it any longer, cause they already said what needed to be said. And i also think they're some of the better ones. Then again, all of Coldplay is good. (=

    Itsgottabgrandon January 31, 2006   Link

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