Christmas Lights

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About Christmas Lights

"Christmas Lights" is a song by British alternative rock band Coldplay released on 1 December 2010, as a digital download. Described by the band as "a mid-tempo number" in the key of G major, the song was released to very positive reviews. The cover art is by Yu Matsuoka Pol.


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Christmas night, another fight
Tears we cried a flood
Got all kinds of poison in
Of poison in my blood

I took my feet
To Oxford Street
Trying to right a wrong
Just walk away
Those windows say
But I can't believe she's gone

When you're still waiting for the snow to fall
Doesn't really feel like Christmas at all

Up above candles on air flicker
Oh they flicker and they float
But I'm up here holding on
To all those chandeliers of hope

Like some drunken Elvis singing
I go singing out of tune
Saying how I always loved you darling
And I always will

Oh when you're still waiting for the snow to fall
Doesn't really feel like Christmas at all

Still waiting for the snow to fall
It doesn't really feel like Christmas at all

Those Christmas lights
Light up the street
Down where the sea and city meet
May all your troubles soon be gone
Oh Christmas lights keep shining on

Those Christmas lights
Light up the street
Maybe they'll bring her back to me
Then all my troubles will be gone
Oh Christmas lights keep shining on

Oh Christmas lights
Light up the street
Light up the fireworks in me
May all your troubles soon be gone
Those Christmas lights keep shining on

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Coldplay

Coldplay are a British Alternative Rock band formed in 1996 by lead vocalist Chris Martin and lead guitarist Jonny Buckland at University College London. After they formed Pectoralz, Guy Berryman joined the group as a bassist and they changed their name to Starfish.Will Champion joined as a drummer, backing vocalist, and multi-instrumentalist, completing the line-up. Manager Phil Harvey is often considered an unofficial fifth member. The band renamed themselves "Coldplay" in 1998, before recording and releasing three EPs; Safety in 1998, Brothers & Sisters as a single in 1999 and The Blue Room in the same year. The latter was their first release on a major label, after signing to Parlophone. more »

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Written by: Christopher Anthony John Martin, Guy Rupert Berryman, Jonathan Mark Buckland, William Champion

Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group, Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC

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10 facts about this song

Release and Chart Performance
"Christmas Lights" was released as a digital download by British Rock Band Coldplay on 1st December 2010. It peaked at number 13 on the UK Singles chart and number 25 on the Billboard Hot Rock Songs chart in the USA.
Composition
The track is a mid-tempo somber song written in the key of G Major with varied elements including the piano, strings, and a festive orchestra.
Video Production
The music video for "Christmas Lights" was directed by Mat Whitecross, a long-time collaborator with the band. It features surreal elements like Elvis impersonators and floating Christmas decorations.
Live Performances
The band made their live debut of the song at Liverpool's Royal Court theatre on the same day of the release. Since then, it has been frequently played during their winter tours and holiday television appearances.
Song Inspiration
According to lead vocalist, Chris Martin, "Christmas Lights" is a deeply nostalgic song lamenting a troubled relationship during the holiday season.
Creative Process
The band reportedly did 342 takes to get the perfect recording for "Christmas Lights," showcasing their dedication and commitment to the song’s production.
Reviews
The song was well-received by critics. Rolling Stone described it as a "great, bittersweet holiday ballad," while PopMatters commended the song for its uplifting tone and traditional holiday spirit.
Artists Inspiration
The artwork for "Christmas Lights" was inspired by French artist couple Pierre et Gilles.
Monument Appearance
In the music video, the lit-up front refers to the famed Cité de la Musique, a cultural place in Paris.
Celebrity Appearance
Simon Pegg, a close friend of Chris Martin and a famous actor, made a surprise appearance during a live performance of the song in London, playing the harmonica.

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