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The 10 Sappiest Coldplay Lyrics of All Time

This list will make every teardrop feel like a million waterfalls

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - DECEMBER 19: Chris Martin of Coldplay performs at the 'Under 1 Roof' concert in aid of Kids Company
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Coldplay's sixth studio album Ghost Stories arrives next week and we've already noted that it's a doozy of a heartbreaker. But writing gut-punching, sad-sack lyrics is nothing new for Chris Martin and co. In fact, they've pretty much built their whole catalog around the idea of falling in love, staying in love, loving being in love, and hating falling out of love. 

We spent this week combing through the lyrics of every Coldplay song on their studio albums (no B-sides were considered... this time) to come up with the definitive ranking of the 10 sappiest lyrics Martin's ever crooned at us. Grab a box of tissues and dig in. 

10
10 / 10

"Parachutes" ('Parachutes')

Lyric: "In a haze of stormy haze / I'll be round / I'll be loving you always, always / Here I am and I take my time / Here I am and I'll wait in line always, always"

Analysis: Early Coldplay was a lot more vague, but this choice bit from the first album's title track invokes important concepts: Storms and the ability to always wait for your love.

9
9 / 10

"A Rush of Blood to the Head" ('A Rush of Blood to the Head')

Lyric: "Honey, all the movements you're starting to make / See me crumble and fall on my face / And I know the mistakes that I've made/See it all disappear without trace"

Analysis: You can't properly be in relationship trouble if nothing's crumbling.

8
8 / 10

"Every Teardrop Is a Waterfall" ('Viva La Vida or Death and All His Friends')

Lyric: "So you can hurt, hurt me bad / But still I'll raise the flag / It was a waterfall / A waterfall /Every tear / Every tear / Every teardrop is a waterfall"

Analysis: I mean... he sings the line, "Every teardrop is a waterfall."

7
7 / 10

"Til Kingdom Comes" ('X&Y')

Lyric: "In your tears and in your blood / In your fire and in your flood / I hear you laugh, I heard you sing / I wouldn't change a single thing'"

Analysis: Your body is made up of tears and blood and laughter and it SOUNDS GREAT.

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6 / 10

"A Message" ('X&Y')

Lyric: "My song is love / Love to the loveless shown / And it goes on / You don't have to be alone / Your heavy heart/Is made of stone / And it's so hard to see you clearly / You don't have to be on your own"

Analysis: ICYMI, the word "love" was used three times in five consecutive words. 

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5 / 10

"Swallowed in the Sea" ('X&Y')

Lyric: "You cut me down a tree / And brought it back to me / And that's what made me see / Where I was going wrong / You put me on a shelf / And kept me for yourself / I can only blame myself / You can only blame me"

Analysis: When your metaphors are literally trees, you know it's sappy.

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4 / 10

"Charlie Brown" ('Mylo Xyloto')

Lyric: "And my scarecrow dreams / When they smashed my heart into smithereens / Be a bright red rose come bursting the concrete / Be a cartoon heart / Light a fire, a fire, a spark / Light a fire, a flame in my heart / We'll run wild/We'll be glowing in the dark"

Analysis: Smashed hearts? Roses bursting? Flames in a heart? AND the song title is a reference to the saddest cartoon character ever? Good grief. 

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3 / 10

"Magic" ('Ghost Stories')

Lyric: "Call it magic / Cut me into two / And with all your magic / I disappear from view / And I can't get over / Can't get over you / Still I call it magic / You're such a precious jewel"

Analysis: Most great love songs don't combine the idea of being sawed in half with the idea of losing that special someone. 

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2 / 10

"Shiver" ('Parachutes')

Lyric: "So I look in your direction / But you pay me no attention / And you know how much I need you / But you never even see me"

Analysis: Classic Coldplay from the early days—Martin at his wallowing best. Screw you for not even noticing!

1
1 / 10

"Fix You" ('X&Y')

Lyric: "When you try your best, but you don't succeed / When you get what you want, but not what you need / When you feel so tired, but you can't sleep / Stuck in reverse

And the tears come streaming down your face / When you lose something you can't replace / When you love someone, but it goes to waste / Could it be worse?

Lights will guide you home / And ignite your bones / And I will try to fix you

And high up above or down below / When you're too in love to let it go / But if you never try you'll never know / Just what you're worth

Lights will guide you home / And ignite your bones / And I will try to fix you

Tears stream down your face / When you lose something you cannot replace / Tears stream down your face / And I...

Tears stream down your face / I promise you I will learn from my mistakes / Tears stream down your face / And I...

Lights will guide you home / And ignite your bones / And I will try to fix you

Analysis: Every. Single. Word. To. This. Song.

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