"Glass of Water" as written by Christopher Anthony John Martin, Guy Rupert Berryman, Jonathan Mark Buckland and William Champion....
Scared of losing all the time
He wrote it in a letter
He was a friend of mine
He heard you could see your future
Inside a glass of water
With ripples and the rhymes
He asked will I see heaven in mine?

Oh that is just the way it was
And nothing could be better
And nothing ever was
And they say you can see your future
Inside a glass of water
With riddles and the rhymes
But will I see heaven in mine?
Oh, oh, oh

Son, don't ask,
Neither how full nor empty is your glass
Cling to the mast
Spend your whole life living in the past
Going nowhere fast

So he wrote it on a wall
The hollowest of halos
Is no halo at all
And Televisions selling plastic figurines of leaders
Saying nothing at all
And you chime
Stars in heaven align

Son, don't ask,
Neither how full nor empty is your glass
Cling to the mast
Spend your whole life living in the past
Going nowhere fast

What are we drinking when we're done, just glasses of water

Lyrics submitted by eighteesix, edited by Mellow_Harsher, gormster

"Glass of Water" as written by Guy Rupert Berryman Christopher Anthony John Martin

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  • +4
    General CommentOh what are we drinking when we're done?
    Glasses of water

    That line gets me every time. He says no one can figure out the future, and by staying stuck in the past or worrying about your future you're letting your present life pass by.

    And stop being anxious and worrying about things, those "ripples" in the water have no meaning, doesn't predict your future...Its just a glass of water. What a way to put it.
    maidenayaon March 01, 2009   Link
  • +2
    General Commentthis is about how people always want to see their future and there is this dude who can! so everyone asks him and he is like "NO! if you do! your life will SUCK!"

    basically: dont worry about what coming, it will come anyway, and dont get hung up on the past, just think that your glass is full! YAY OPTIMISM!

    kool beanz song, too bad coldplay put it on the EP making everyone pay more for this great song (those geniuses!)
    blaportaon November 27, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentIn regards to how big a song impacted me on first listen, this might be my favorite coldplay song ever. Its definitely up there... chorus just kills me, musically, lyrically everything. I'm an extremely nostalgic personality who spends probably too much time worrying about things in general, when I listen it feels like I am getting hit in the chest with a cinder block and I want to cry tears of happiness and hope.
    Akronaton November 28, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentLove the piano rolls during the quiet section, and i like how they threw in the coda there instead of just the generic tonic crash ending, even if it does feel like a conscious decision to be different, like much of viva la vida was. i'm not knocking the album or the ep... really its better to consciously force yourself to be different than to subconsciously repeat the same style, albiet good style, of music that was on your last album.
    thirsty_thursdayon March 18, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentBrilliant, brilliant song. I think it might be about not worrying about the future (will you go to heaven etc.) so Chris is maybe saying "let's forget it". Also, he might be saying it's better not to know your future as he says "son, don't ask".

    Another view is that he first verse is almost like an old-time story and he may have "seen his future" in the water and be telling others not to do the same. It could be a Viva la vida style story
    blueboy8on November 20, 2008   Link
  • 0
    My Opinion^ agreed. one of my new favorite cold play songs. impressive lyrics
    eighteesixon November 21, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commentwhy didn't they put this on Viva? It goes so well with the album thematically. Making us pay extra $$$ for the EP???!
    rajwoodsonon November 25, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentSuch a good song! Should have been on the full length.
    adamrobertton November 30, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti love this song. the 7/4 time signature gets me. coldplay. is. brilliant.
    americalendaron December 10, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commentits not in 7/4 though americalendar. best song on the EP except for now my feet wont touch the ground
    vivaldi_is_coolon December 24, 2008   Link

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