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Like many Coldplay songs, this is about love. The lyrics are about being in a conflicted, but very intense relationship as precious time slips away.
Lead singer Chris Martin came up with the lyrics and the piano riff shortly before Coldplay released the album. Since they didn't have much time, they put it aside and planned to work on it for their next album. When Martin's friend heard the demo, he convinced them to do whatever was necessary to record it for A Rush Of Blood To The Head, especially since the song deals with the importance of time.
This won the Grammy for 2003 Record Of The Year, beating out "Hey Ya
" by Outkast and "Crazy In Love
" by Beyoncé. In accepting the award, lead singer Chris Martin dedicated it to the late Johnny Cash and to US presidential candidate John Kerry, "Who hopefully will be your president someday."
Despite the modest chart position in the US, this song was very popular there, as it appeared in television themes, movies, promotional films, and other commercial outlets. (thanks, Bertrand - Paris, France)
This plays over the ending credits of the 2003 movie Confidence. (thanks, Nayef - Golden, CO)
The song's pulsing, cyclical riff was inspired, according to Martin, by the band Muse.
This was voted by BBC6 Music's listeners the best song between 2003-2012 in a poll to celebrate the radio station's tenth anniversary. Arctic Monkeys' debut hit "I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor
" was runner-up.
Drummer Will Champion confessed during an episode of VH1's Storytellers that he initially thought this now-ubiquitous song was "absolute rubbish."
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