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Green Eyes

by

Coldplay



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This is a love song written by lead singer Chris Martin about how his life has been so much better ever since he met her and that he could never go on without her. Martin wrote it for another girl before he met Gwenyth Paltrow. He doesn't perform it live anymore because he says it's not right. (thanks, David - Huntington Beach, CA)
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Comments (26):

My boyfriend and I met when he was going through a really dark time in his life, and I helped him come out of it, so we consider this our song (I have green eyes btw.) Now whenever I'm feeling down, he serenades me with this song making me feel like the luckiest girl in the world :) Needless to say this is my favorite Coldplay song.
- Abby, Chicago, IL
Of course,, that comment just really ticked me off. Brilliant song, like the rest of Coldplay, love the way that their songs always sound so pure! Nothing can beat these guys for raw talent, it is brilliant....
- prashant, kathmandu, Nepal
Green eyes are more rare than blue or brown eyes. The song could have reference to uniqueness in the one he loves. "Anyone who tried to deny you must be out of their mind" could be saying that anyone who didn't accept that person because they were different was wrong.
- Elizabeth, West Bridgewater, MA
Yeah, well he sure did perform it live on August 3, 2009 at the MA comcast center and even better, he played it on a tiny little stage that was set up in the back of the audience where him and the other 3 were like inches from eachother...I WILL NEVER FORGET THAT PERFORMANCE, IT WAS BEAUTIFUL!
- Holly, Syracuse, NY
This song is so pretty.... it makes me happy to have green eyes! :)
- McKenna, Logan, UT
I feel that this is Coldplay's most underrated song--I can't understand why it wasn't released as a single!
- Noah, Galesburg, IL
Too funny. I was at their concert in Calgary, AB last night & they played this. Awesome. Totally, totally awesome.
- Susan, Airdrie, -
This is an awesome song with a swinging, old rock 'n roll feel to it. Of course if I were relating it to my wonderful woman, the song would be called "Brown Eyes."
- Adrian, Gettysburg, PA
ok guys hate to break it to you...but in an intimate show (50 people) at the Opera House in Sydney about 6 years ago - when Chris was asking for requests from the audience and someone yelled out Green Eyes - Chris said he cant play it because "it is about the wrong person". It was recorded for max sessions. But yes they have been playing it on their viva la vida tour to my delight!
- Jessica, Melbourne, Australia
great song. and they definitely play it live. they played it for the encore in chicago on their viva la vida tour.
- Jourdan, East Lansing, MI
September 8, 2008 - submitted by Matt, Australia

Q. Is it true the song Green Eyes was written about a cat?


The Oracle replies:

It isn't true no. I think maybe someone is pulling your leg, unless you are pulling mine. It was actually written about 2 people, one of whom is Jonny.

(taken of Coldplay.com)
- Julia, Münster, Germany
omg im listening to it now and i have like the cut version lol i put it on top volume cuz i can hardly hear it, and then all of a sudden Love in an Elevator-Aerosmith is blasting in my ears..lol, best Coldplay song, that's not saying much for me
- Josh, Toronto
My boyfriend doesn't know it, but I think this could be "his song" because I have green eyes, and he's grown so much in the three years we've been together. He does love this CD, and his favorite song is "Clocks" because he heard it on the radio when we were first going out (I found out later).
- Nik, Banning, CA
omg the swetest song ever! it makes me want green eyes. =D
- melissa, newtown, PA
I saw Coldplay at the Cleveland show of their Twisted Logic tour, and I'm pretty sure I remember them playing this song. Furthermore, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Twisted_Logic_Tour
states that Green Eyes is one of the songs they commonly played during their "acoustic" set during that tour.

Also, according to the offical Coldplay website, "Green Eyes" is **not** written for Chris' cat. The website states that he has denied it was written about a former lover, and that this rumor has nothing to do with the fact it is infrequently played in concert.

Chris Martin has stated "That's about an American friend of mine who looked after me when I was being a bit of an idiot."
- Sada, Cleveland, OH
?Green eyes? isn't about a girl. In fact, Chris Martin wrote it for his best friend Johnny Buckland. He tells about how his life got better since they met each other and how strong their friendship became. "I think that you should know that, green eyes (Johnny), you're the one that I wanted to find. And anyone who tried to deny you must be out of their mind (Johnny has never had a solid relationship, Chris once referred). Cause I came here with a load and it feels so much lighter since I met you. And honey you should know that I could never go on without you"..... "Honey, you are a rock upon which I stand" (great friendship)..... "The spotlight shines upon you" (Chris constantly comments on the fact that he does not consider himself handsome; he says that Johnny is more good-looking; moreover, he said a couple of times that Johnny is so much better than himself in every aspect and that he was the best person he ever knew) And when performing ?Green Eyes? live, it can be clearly seen that Chris is singing for Johnny. Hear the song once more and you'll notice what I am trying to get to. And even though it was written as a song about strong friendship, the most important is the hugeness of the feeling and not the feeling itself. That?s why I think that ?Green Eyes? can, and always will, be considered a love song. Anyway, my view is that this is the best song ever written. (Miguel Salgueiro, Portugal)
- Miguel, Oporto, Portugal
this song uses the same chords as smelly cat on freinds!
- PianoGodd, New Boston, TX
I saw them last Saturday, and he gave the audience the choice of playing either Green Eyes or Don't Panic, then he said "whichever audience member... says 'Green Eyes' the lou... whichever audience member says 'Green Eyes" wins because we're gonna play 'Green Eyes'".
- Heather, Pennsville, NJ
I actually just saw them in San Diego and they performed Green Eyes! It was amazing of course!
- Patty, Hemet, CA
Coldplay songs are too slow and soporific for my liking. If you like Coldplay, why not challenge yourself a little and try listening to The Fall?
- Mark, Guildford, England
Many girls i've liked and afterwards loved have green eyes, so when the song came out it was my anthem haha. Love the song AND the band.
- Peter, Buenos Aires, Argentina
makes me feel good to have green eyes.
- Aja, Gloucester, MA
I really like this song, I really like this whole album it is so solid. Coldplay is amazing.
- Peter, Montrose, DC
To "victor, ben wheeler, TX": why do you think it's Martin's cat? I haven't heard anyone calling their cat "honey" and say to them "I come here to talk / I hope you understand"...
- Dominik, Zurich, Switzerland
no. this song was written for his cat that passed away.
- victor, ben wheeler, TX
this is a beautiful song. too bad he doesn't play it live anymore.
- Andrea A, Shy-Town, IL
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