Sparks

Album: Parachutes (2000)
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Songfacts®:

  • This song depicts Coldplay frontman Chris Martin pleading with his former lover to give him another shot. Martin reflects on how there were once "sparks" between the pair, and now he wants to find that connection again. Martin promises not to let the girl down in the future before quickly turning back on his pledge:

    And I know I was wrong
    But I won't let you down
    Oh yeah, I will, yeah I will, yes I will
  • Speaking to BBC Radio 2's Jo Whiley on the 20th anniversary of Parachutes, Coldplay lead guitarist Jonny Buckland revealed he had fond memories of recording "Sparks." "It was the one song we basically got in two takes or something, and we just played it all together in a room, and we didn't have any arguments about it," he said. "Just played it, and everybody went, 'Oh yeah, there we go, done.'"
  • During a Q&A with fans on Instagram in 2020, Coldplay bassist Guy Berryman said "Sparks" has his favorite bassline on Parachutes.
  • This song features in the 2005 movie Wedding Crashers, directed by David Dobkin. It plays during a scene when John (Owen Wilson) and Claire (Rachel McAdams) tiptoe to each other's rooms during the night. Wedding Crashers was a box-office success and later credited with reviving R-rated comedies.
  • "Sparks" is mentioned on "I Tried" from Brandy's 2004 album, Afrodisiac. Brandy and the song's producer, Timbaland, had been listening to a lot of Coldplay at the time, with the pair also sampling "Clocks" on Afrodisiac's closing cut, "Should I Go."
  • Even though it was never released as a single, "Sparks" is a very popular deep cut among Coldplay fans. While they rarely play it live, the band did perform the song at the Amman Citadel in Jordan in 2019 after it was voted for in an online poll.
  • Martin performed this song with the British singer and multi-instrumentalist Jacob Collier over Instagram Live as part of the Together at Home concert in 2020. The Coldplay frontman was visibly overcome with emotion during the broadcast and complimented Collier on his moving rendition.
  • "Sparks" is the fourth song on Coldplay's debut album, Parachutes. The 10-song collection scooped British Album of the Year at the BRIT Awards in 2001 and Best Alternative Music Album at the Grammy Awards in 2002.

    The spinning globe on the album cover was shot on a disposable camera by Chris Martin. It can also be seen in the music videos for "Shiver" and "Don't Panic" and was used as a prop on their world tour to support the album.

Comments: 5

  • Yes from San Diego, CaI just love Chris Martin's voice in this song .... Beautiful
  • Andrea from Sønderborg, DenmarkI thought it was illegal to use Coldplay-songs in movies and ads?
  • Hanna from Steamboat, Coi think its an amazing sound and a great song about forgiveness and the fact that you will be let down at some point in your life, but life will go on...
  • Mark from Manila, OtherThis is a good song, but most people don't see that.
  • Laura from Spencerport, NyVery mellowed out song...typical coldplay, but damn, it never ceases to amaze me how well the song is constructed.
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