"How You See the World No. 2" as written by Guy Rupert Berryman, William Champion, Christopher Anthony John Martin and Jonathan Mark Buckland....
Anything we should know about your change?
They put the world in a tin can
Black market contraband
And it hurt just a little bit when they sliced and packaged it
In a long black trench coat
Two hands around the throat
Ooh you want to get it right sometimes

There's so much to be scared of
And not much to make sense of
How did the clowns ever get control?
If your hear can you let me know
How can they invade it when it's so complicated?
Ooh you just want to get it right sometimes
You just want to get it right sometimes

That's how you see the world
How many times can you say you can't believe what you learn
That's how you see the world don't you worry yourself
You're not gonna give up.

And there's something missing seems like there's nobody listening
If you're running in a circle how can you be too careful?
We don't wanna be man trapped we don't wanna be shrink wrapped
Ooh we just want to get it right sometimes
Just want to get it right sometimes

That's how you see the world
How many times have you heard but you can't believe a word
That's how you see the world but don't you worry yourself
'Cause nobody can hurt you

That's how you see the world
That's how you see the world

Lyrics submitted by badnitrus, edited by Mellow_Harsher, rosuko1214

"How You See the World No. 2" as written by Guy Rupert Berryman Christopher Anthony John Martin

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    General CommentThat song is different from the first version (lyrics and musical arrangements). It was recorded on September 8th, 2005 for an album called "Help: A Day In The Life". That day, Coldplay was one of 20 british bands to help raise money for young people struggling in war-inflicted countries (other artists included Kean, Radiohead, Damien Rice, Bloc Party, Gorillaz and Kaiser Chiefs, to name a few). The album was made available online 36 hours later.

    And of course, the new lyrics are very appropriate. Such a profound, universal song!
    badnitruson September 12, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI don't know where to find the original version of this song. I bought the cd "Help: A Day in the Life" just because I saw there was a coldplay song I hadn't recognized on it.

    Anyone know where I can get the original version?
    Purifiedxon September 10, 2006   Link
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    General Commenti love this song. on iTunes i removed Low from X&Y and replaced it with this song.
    vivaldi_is_coolon January 15, 2009   Link
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    My InterpretationIt is about how the elite control our world, despite its chaos, madness, and spontaneity. In my opinion, it is quite accusatory. These men and women "sliced" up the world and "packaged" it. However, that wasn't the most painful part. It asks for freedom of expression while simultaneously acknowledging that seeking after it is useless.
    addiscentison June 26, 2016   Link
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    General CommentI really love this song...
    CrashBangOuchon September 16, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI haven't heard this version. Interesting...
    TheSOADGirlon December 21, 2005   Link
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    General CommentThis song is definitely one of my b-side favorites.
    azureamethyston July 31, 2006   Link
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    General CommentIt came with the Japanese release of X&Y as a bonus track; this one comes with "Help" and is also the b-side to The Hardest Part and What If as a live version at Earls Court.

    Anyway, I love this song. So much more political than anything they've done before.
    sebraton December 21, 2006   Link

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