Coldplay – Yellow (Lyrics Review and Song Meaning)

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“Yellow” is one of those simplistic, minimalist songs that have stood the test of time for over a decade now. Coldplay released this song in their 2000 album “Parachutes” and it was the album’s second single. The song is about love and his dedication to true love. Since 2000, “Yellow” has been performed and replayed and performed in concerts to the day, and the fan response has never ceased. The more you listen, the more it grows in you.

In countless interviews, Coldplay’s Chris Martin has said “Yellow” was written with no one in particular in mind. Where he got the inspiration for the song, no one will know. However, Chris Martin mentioned that the title “Yellow” symbolizes “brightness, hope and devotion” which can also be found in true love.

The music video for “Yellow” is as simple as it gets. The video shows Chris Martin on a deserted beach singing the song and he gets soaked.

Watch Coldplay’s “Yellow” Video

The song is also written by Coldplay members Guy Berryman, Jonny Buckland, Will Champion and Chris Martin.


Download the single “Yellow” on iTunes and Amazon


Although very simple and straightforward, it is worth taking a closer look at the lyrics of the song.

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Coldplay “Yellow” Single Artwork Credits: Wikimedia

Review of the lyrics and meaning of the song “Yellow”

Verse 1

look at the stars
Look how they shine for you
And everything you do
Yeah, they were all yellow

First, we need to understand that Yellow in this song is an indirect reference to hope for a bright future. And the context of the song is to be in pure love. So the singer says the stars are shining for you, because to him, everything around seems like a sign for them—their love. Note that in the night sky, the stars also shine bright yellow, which symbolizes that everything gives her hope now thanks to her.

Chris Martin says everything she does gives her hope for a better future for them. His speech, his smile, his touch and his appearance give him hope for the future.

The whole world is yellow for the singer!

I came
I wrote a song for you
And all the things you do
And it was called “Yellow”

The singer says he fell in love with her and everything she does. He writes a song for her, about how she makes him believe in love again and that song is “Yellow”.

So I took my turn
Oh, what a thing to have done
And it was all yellow

The singer starts dating the girl and he thinks it’s the best thing he could have done. He had found hope and his future looks much brighter now.

Watch Coldplay Perform “Yellow” Live in Tokyo

To hang up

Your skin, oh, yeah, your skin and your bones
Transform into something beautiful
Do you know, do you know that I love you so much?
you know i love you so much

Chris Martin makes a nice reference to humans in these lines. The skin is on the outside of the body and the bones are on the inside. The singer subtly tells us that she’s beautiful on the outside as well as on the inside. I think it’s one of the most enchanting lines in the song.

Verse 2

I swam across
I jumped for you
Oh what a thing to do
Because you were all yellow

The singer didn’t swim or jump on anything, literally. What those lyrics mean is that he had to overcome his own shackles and insecurities for this girl. And he thinks it’s the best thing he’s ever done, because this girl gives him so much hope.

I drew a line
I drew a line for you
Oh what a thing to do
And it was all yellow

“Drawing a line” usually means setting strong and clear boundaries or boundaries about something. However, in this case, I believe the idea that the singer is saying is that he made some significant personal adjustments when he started dating this girl. Maybe he had bad habits that he wanted to give up, and with so much hope for a future with this girl, he gave up those habits so as not to mess with this girl. If you think this means something else, leave a comment below and we’ll discuss it.

To hang up

Your skin, oh, yeah, your skin and your bones
Transform into something beautiful
And you know
I’ll bleed out for you
I’ll bleed out for you

The same crochet from before is repeated with two more rows, which are very beautiful to say the least.

These two lines say how much he is willing to sacrifice to make this relationship work. It’s figurative, of course, but it’s one of those situations where it would be better to die than not have this girl.

Verse 3

It’s true
Look how they shine for you
Look how they shine for you
See how they shine for
Look how they shine for you
Look how they shine for you
Look how they shine

Again, Chris Martin points out that the things that happen around them happen because of them, even on a cosmic level.

With this we conclude the lyric review and song annotation of “Yellow” by Coldplay and it was great fun for us to go through this timeless classic from one of the timeless bands. We hope you also enjoyed reading. If you did, be sure to leave a comment about your thoughts and opinions on the song, the meaning of the song, or what makes this song your personal favorite.

With this note, we finally give you a live, acoustic performance of “Yellow” by the band. Look below.

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