Daddy

Album: Everyday Life (2019)
Play Video

Songfacts®:

  • This slow and stirring piano-driven track is about a neglectful father who has moved away from his son. Chris Martin voices the child, who longs to see his dad.
  • The song was written by Coldplay and produced by The Dream Team, which comprises:

    Longtime Coldplay comrade Rik Simpson, who is known for his production work with the band on Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends, Mylo Xyloto, Ghost Stories, A Head Full of Dreams and Kaleidoscope EP.

    Coldplay's longstanding house engineer, Daniel Green.

    Bill Rahko, who previously co-produced Coldplay's 2017 song "Hypnotised." His other credits include co-writing Dua Lipa's "Homesick."
  • Coldplay joined forces with Aardman Animations for the dreamy video. The animation company created a clip that uses live action puppetry, digitally painted sets and 2D animation to symbolize a girl's fragmented memories of her father.

    Directed by Aardman's Åsa Lucander, the five-minute visual shows the pink-hatted girl lost at sea, alone in a rowing boat and sailing towards the unknown. Said Lucander: "A few minutes into listening to the track 'Daddy' - It spoke to me in a way that stories and visual images began to dance in front of me. And when this happens you know that you are on to something very special indeed. I tend to get drawn to emotional stories and this was certainly one I wanted to tell."
  • Though Aardman are best known for the Wallace and Gromit and Chicken Run franchises, they have also created several music videos. Their best known visual was a Claymation clip created for the 1987 re-release of Nina Simone's "My Baby Just Cares For Me."
  • Chris Martin is the dad of two children, Apple and Moses, from his marriage to Gwyneth Paltrow. This song was inspired in part from being a frequently absent father. He told The Sunday Times newspaper's Culture magazine it came from three places.

    "First, I have many people in my life whose dads f--k off, which is sad and confusing and, if you empathize as a dad, you wonder, what was he feeling that he thought that would be best? Second, I have kids, and I have to leave all the time.

    Third, and most important, [that song was] written after learning about the prison industrial complex in America; the outright racism woven into so many laws, and kids who, as a result, are denied their fathers. The world is in such a way that you can no longer just sit back with your creature comforts and ignore the rest of it."

Comments

Be the first to comment...

Editor's Picks

Steely Dan

Steely DanFact or Fiction

Did they really trade their guitarist to The Doobie Brothers? Are they named after something naughty? And what's up with the band name?

Lace the Music: How LSD Changed Popular Music

Lace the Music: How LSD Changed Popular MusicSong Writing

Starting in Virginia City, Nevada and rippling out to the Haight-Ashbury, LSD reshaped popular music.

Crystal Waters

Crystal WatersSongwriter Interviews

Waters tells the "Gypsy Woman" story, shares some of her songwriting insights, and explains how Dennis Rodman ended up on one of her songs.

Lecrae

LecraeSongwriter Interviews

The Christian rapper talks about where his trip to Haiti and his history of addiction fit into his songs.

Roger McGuinn of The Byrds

Roger McGuinn of The ByrdsSongwriter Interviews

Roger reveals the songwriting formula Clive Davis told him, and if "Eight Miles High" is really about drugs.

Psychedelic Lyrics

Psychedelic LyricsMusic Quiz

Whoa man! Do you know which band came up with these cosmic lyrics?