Monday, December 29, 2014

"Us Against the World" by Coldplay

"Us Against the World" is one of the most beautiful songs in the entire world. I heard it for the first time when Coldplay filmed live in Austin, TX. We watched the music series hosted there for a couple months and Coldplay was one of the best performances we saw. This song especially really stood out for me, but then again Coldplay has so many great songs it was simply filed under awesome in my head at the time.

Tonight, as I finished watching one of the last episodes in the series "One Tree Hill," this song once again took my breath away. Honestly, "One Tree Hill" is another thing that I can't speak too highly about, especially when it comes to their use of music. This song played a very special role in the series as the finale of season 9's episode 11 titled "Danny Boy." But even as I watched the scene play out, I was swept away by the sheer beauty of this song.

Songs mean so much to so many people, including myself. One of the reasons I post so many songs on here is because music speaks to me in a way that nothing else, even words, can. It can express an emotion when words fall short. When you hear music that makes you feel whole, there is nothing comparable. "Us Against the World" is a song that speaks to me when I am happy, sad, lonely, or thoughtful.

I tried to pick a verse as my favorite, but there are so many good words in this song. "Through chaos as it swirls, it's just us against the world," is such a powerful visual. It describes a moment in life that I believe everyone can relate to. Everyone has a time where you feel like you are taking on the world. If you are lucky enough to have someone to take it on with you, then there is little more that you could possibly ask for.

"Sing slow it down." So often in this life all we need to do to gain perspective is to slow it down. There is just so much. I'm rambling now. It is so hard to put these thoughts, these feelings, into words. Thankfully, we have music. There is a melody that makes us feel connected, happy, meaningful and fulfilled. To everyone, that song, that melody, is different. For me, this songs covers a lot of those.

I'm going to stop writing now and let the music do the talking:

(This second video is the same song, but it is one that I enjoyed the lyrics with so I wanted to share it as well.)

"Us Against the World"
by Coldplay

Oh morning come bursting the clouds, Amen.
Lift off this blindfold, let me see again.
And bring back the water, let your ships roll in, 
in my heart, she left a hole.

The tightrope that I'm walking just sways and ties.
The devil, as he's talking, with those angel's eyes.
And I just wanna be there when the lightning strikes.
And the saints go marching in

And sing slow it down,
Through chaos as it swirls,
It's us against the world.

Like a river to a raindrop,
I lost a friend.
My drunken has a Daniel in a lion's den.
And tonight I know it all has to begin again,
So whatever you do,
Don't let go.

And if we could float away,
Fly up to the surface and just start again.
And lift off before trouble just erodes us in the rain
Just erodes us in the rain
Just erodes us and see roses in the rain

Sing slow it down
Slow it down

Through chaos as it swirls,
It's us against the world.
Through chaos as it swirls,
It's us against the world

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