Coldplay: Parachutes [2000]

Coldplay - Parachutes [2000]

Released 10 July 2000
Recorded November 1999–May 2000
(except track 8 recorded at summer 1999)
Genre Alternative rockpost-Britpop
Length 41:44
Label CapitolParlophone
Producer Coldplay, Ken Nelson, Chris Allison(track 8 only)

Parachutes is the debut album by British alternative rock band Coldplay, released by the record label Parlophone on 10 July 2000 in the United Kingdom. The album was produced by the band and British record producer Ken Nelson, excluding one track which was produced by Chris Allison. Parachutes has spawned the hit singles “Shiver“, “Yellow“, “Trouble“, and “Don’t Panic“.

The album was a commercial success, and was met with positive reviews. Upon release, the album quickly reached number one in the United Kingdom, and has since been certified 7× platinum. In the United States, the album peaked at number 51 on the Billboard 200, and has since been certified 2× platinum. It won theGrammy Award for Best Alternative Music Album in 2002, and has earned the band various accolades since its release. Parachutes is number 12 on the list of the 20 biggest-selling albums of the 21st century in the United Kingdom, and was the winner of the Best British Album award at the 2001 Brit Awards. As of 2011, it has sold around 8.5 million copies worldwide.

According to the British trade paper Music WeekParachutes was one of the most-impressive debut albums ever, spawning the hit singles “Shiver“, “Yellow“, and “Trouble“. With nearly 2.4 million units sold in the United Kingdom alone, it has placed at number 12 on the country’s list of 20 biggest-selling albums of the 21st century.[37] The album was placed at number 25 in Channel 4‘s 100 greatest albums of all time, and in 2006 at number 33 in NME‘s 100 greatest British albums.

Despite the album’s critical and commercial success, Chris Martin said that Coldplay didn’t like the album. He also commented that they look beyond Parachutes: “We know that’s terrible music and we always try to think about what we can do next.”

Track listing

All songs written by Guy BerrymanJonny BucklandWill Champion and Chris Martin.

No. Title Length
1. Don’t Panic 2:17
2. Shiver 4:59
3. “Spies” 5:18
4. “Sparks” 3:47
5. Yellow 4:29
6. Trouble 4:30
7. “Parachutes” 0:46
8. “High Speed” 4:14
9. “We Never Change” 4:09
10. “Everything’s Not Lost” (ends at 5:28; hidden song “Life Is for Living” starts at 5:39) 7:15
Total length:
41:44

Lyrics

1. Don’t Panic

Bones, sinking like stones,
All that we fought for,
Homes, places we’ve grown,
All of us are done for.
And we live in a beautiful world,
Yeah we do, yeah we do,
We live in a beautiful world,

Bones, sinking like stones,
All that we fought for,
And homes, places we’ve grown,
All of us are done for.
And we live in a beautiful world,
Yeah we do, yeah we do,
We live in a beautiful world.

Here we go,
Here we go.

And we live in a beautiful world,
Yeah we do, yeah we do,
We live in a beautiful world.

Oh, all that I know,
There’s nothing here to run from,
Cos yeah, everybody here’s got somebody to lean on

2. Shiver

So I look in your direction,
But you pay me no attention, do you?
I know you don’t listen to me.
’cause you say you see straight through me, don’t you?

And on and on from the moment I wake,
To the moment I sleep,
I’ll be there by your side,
Just you try and stop me,
I’ll be waiting in line,
Just to see if you care.

Did you want me to change?
Well I changed for good
And I want you to know.
That you’ll always get your way
I wanted to say,

Don’t you Shiver?
Shiver
Sing it loud and clear

I’ll always be waiting for you,
So you know how much I need you,
But you never even see me, do you?
And is this my final chance of getting you?

And on and on from the moment I wake,
To the moment I sleep,
I’ll be there by your side,
Just you try and stop me,
I’ll be waiting in line,
Just to see if you care.

Oh, oh, oh, oh.

Did you want me to change?
Well I changed for good
And I want you to know.
That you’ll always get your way
I wanted to say,

Don’t you Shiver?
Don’t you Shiver?

Sing it loud and clear.
I’ll always be waiting for you.

Yeah I’ll always be waiting for you.
Yeah I’ll always be waiting for you.
Yeah I’ll always be waiting for you.
For you,
I will always be waiting.

And it’s you I see, but you don’t see me.
And it’s you I hear, so loud and so clear
I sing it loud and clear.
And I’ll always be waiting for you.

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.

3. Spies

I awake to find no peace of mind
I said, how do you live as a fugitive
Down here where I cannot see so clear
I said, what do I know
Show me the right way to go

And the spies came out of the water
But you’re feeling so bad cos you know
But the spies hide out in every corner
But you can’t touch them no
Cos they’re all spies
They’re all spies

I awake to see that no one is free
We’re all fugitives
Look at the way we live
Down here I cannot sleep from fear no
I said which way do I turn
I forget everything I learned

But the spies came out of the water
But you’re feeling so bad cos you know
But the spies hide out in every corner,
But you can’t touch them no
Cos they’re all spies they’re all spies

And if we don’t hide here
They’re going to find us
If we don’t hide now
They’re going to catch us where we sleep
And if we don’t hide here
They’re going to find us

And the spies came out of the water
And you’re feeling so good cos you know
That those spies hide out in every corner
They can’t touch you no
Cos they’re just spies
They’re just spies
They’re just spies
They’re just spies
They’re just spies

4. Sparks

Did I drive you away?
I know what you’ll say,
You say, “Oh, sing one we know”,
But I promise you this,
I’ll always look out for you,
That’s what I’ll do.

I say “oh,”
I say “oh.”

My heart is yours,
It’s you that I hold on to,
That’s what I do,
And I know I was wrong,
But I won’t let you down,
(Oh yeah, yeah, yes I will)

I say “oh”,
I cry “oh”.

And I saw sparks,
Yeah I saw sparks,
And I saw sparks,
Yeah I saw sparks,
Sing it out.

La, la, la, la, oh
La, la, la, la, oh
La, la, la, la, oh

5. Yellow

Look at the stars,
Look how they shine for you,
And everything you do,
Yeah, they were all yellow.
I came along,
I wrote a song for you,
And all the things you do,
And it was called “Yellow”.
So then I took my turn,
Oh what a thing to have done,
And it was all “Yellow.”
Your skin,
Oh yeah your skin and bones,
Turn into something beautiful,
You know, you know I love you so,
You know I love you so.
I swam across,
I jumped across for you,
Oh what a thing to do.
Cos you were all “Yellow”,
I drew a line,
I drew a line for you,
Oh what a thing to do,
And it was all “Yellow.”
Your skin,
Oh yeah your skin and bones,
Turn into something beautiful,
And you know,
For you I’d bleed myself dry,
For you I’d bleed myself dry.
It’s true,
Look how they shine for you,
Look how they shine for you,
Look how they shine for,
Look how they shine for you,
Look how they shine for you,
Look how they shine.
Look at the stars,
Look how they shine for you,
And all the things that you do.

6. Trouble

Oh no, I see,
A spider web, it’s tangled up with me,
And I lost my head,
The thought of all the stupid things I said,
Oh no what’s this?
A spider web, and I’m caught in the middle,
Oh I turned to run,
The thought of all the stupid things I’ve done,
And oh, I never meant to cause you trouble,
And oh, and I never meant to do you wrong,
And oh, well if I ever caused you trouble,
Oh no, I never meant to do you harm.
Oh no I see,
A spider web and it’s me in the middle,
So I twist and turn,
Here am I in my little bubble,
Singing out, oh I never meant to cause you trouble,
Oh, I never meant to do you wrong,
Oh, well if I ever caused you trouble,
Oh no, I never meant to do you harm.
They spun a web for me,
They spun a web for me,
They spun a web for me.

7. Parachutes

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.

8. High Speed

Can anybody fly this thing?
Before my head explodes,
Or my head starts to ring.

We’ve been living life inside a bubble,
We’ve been living life inside a bubble.

Confidence in you,
Is confidence in me,
Is confidence in high speed.

Can anybody stop this thing?
Before my head explodes,
Or my head starts to ring.

We’ve been living life inside a bubble,
We’ve been living life inside a bubble.

Confidence in you,
Is confidence in me,
Is confidence in high speed.

High speed,
High speed.

High speed you on,
High speed you on,
High speed you on,
High speed.

9. We Never Change

I wanna live life, never be cruel,
I wanna live life, be good to you.
I wanna fly, never come down,
And live my life,
And have friends around.
We never change, do we?
We never learn, do we?
So I wanna live in a wooden house,
I wanna live life, always be true,
I wanna live life, and be good to you,
I wanna fly, and never come down,
And I live my life, and have friends around.
We never change do we? No, no,
We never learned to leave.
So I wanna live in a wooden house,
Making more friends would be easy.
Oh and I don’t have a show to say,
Yes, and I sin every single day,
We never change, do we?
We never learned to leave.
So, I wanna live in a wooden house,
Making more friends would be easy,
I wanna live where the sun comes out.

10. Everything’s Not Lost

When I’m counting up my demons.
Saw there was one for every day.
With the good ones on my shoulder,
I drove the other ones away.

If you ever feel neglected,
If you think all is lost,
I’ll be counting up my demons, yeah,
Hoping everything’s not lost.
When you thought that it was over,
You could feel it all around,
Everybody’s out to get you,
Don’t you let it drag you down.
Cos if you ever feel neglected,
If you think that all is lost,
I’ll be counting up my demons, yeah.
Hoping everything’s not lost

If you ever feel neglected,
If you think all is lost,
I’ll be counting up my demons, yeah,
Hoping everything’s not lost.

Singing out,
Oh oh oh yeah,
Oh oh yeah,
Oh oh yeah,
Everything’s not lost.
Come on yeah,
Oh oh yeah,
Come on yeah,
Everything’s not lost,
Oh oh oh yeah,
Oh oh yeah,
Oh oh yeah,
And everything’s not lost,
Come on yeah,
Oh oh yeah,
Come on yeah,
Come on yeah,
Oh oh yeah,
Come on yeah,
Everything’s not lost
Sing out yeah,
Oh oh yeah,
Come on yeah,
Everything’s not lost,
Come on yeah,
Oh oh yeah,
Sing out yeah,
Everything’s not lost

11. Life Is For Living

Now I never meant,
To do you wrong,
That’s what I came here to say.

But if I was wrong,
Then I’m sorry,
I don’t let it stand in our way.

As my head just aches,
When I think of,
The things that I shouldn’t have done.

But, life is for living,
We all know,
And I don’t wanna live it alone.

Sing,
Ah, ah, oh,
Ah, ah, oh,
And just think,
Ah, ah, oh.

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