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Chris Martin: "All of My Melancholy Songs Were About My Marriage"

Following the announcement that he and wife Gwyneth Paltrow have decided to separate, Coldplay frontman Chris Martin revealed in an interview that the band’s most melancholy and wistful songs were metaphors for his 10-year long marriage to the actress. 

“Whenever I sing, the memories rush over me like a flood of regret and pain,” said the British singer, who now only refers to his wife as “Yoko.” 

Most of Coldplay’s repertoire deals with feelings of bitterness and loss, such as 2002’s “The Scientist”, whose opening stanza (“Tell me your secrets and ask me your questions/Oh let's go back to the start./Running in circles, coming in tails/Heads on a science apart”) recounts the story of a particularly contentious road trip to the beach in a cramped Honda Civic during the couple’s initial courtship.  Later songs, like 2011’s “Paradise” (Life goes on,/ It gets so heavy,/The wheel breaks the butterfly./Every tear, a waterfall”) deal with escaping a loveless marriage through imagination and whimsy. 

“I can honestly say, I wouldn’t be where I am now if it weren’t for my wife and her ability to make me see the bittersweet sorrow in the world,” said Martin in a statement to Satire V given over a flagon of beer in the corner of a nondescript East London pub.  “But on the other hand, I’m excited for a new chapter in my life, one filled with grief and loneliness, but also intermittent sunshine and glimmers of hope that I hope to be able to incorporate into my future music.”


He’s also reportedly working on a new song, provisionally titled, “Separation is Fun When You Have Drugs.”

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