About O

"O" (also known as "O (Fly On)") is a song by British rock band Coldplay for their sixth studio album Ghost Stories (2014). It appears as the ninth and final song on the album. It is divided in two different songs: "Fly On" (0:00–3:54) and "O" (6:18–7:47), on the standard edition of Ghost Stories. Between the two songs, there are more than two minutes of silence, while in the Target deluxe edition there is no silence. The song has charted in England and in France. A live version of the track recorded at the Royce Hall of Los Angeles appears in the Ghost Stories Live 2014.  


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A flock of birds
Hovering above
Just a flock of birds
That's how you think of love

And I always
Look up to the sky
Pray before the dawn
'Cause they fly always
Sometimes they arrive
Sometimes they are gone
They fly on

A flock of birds
Hovering above
Into smoke I'm turned
And rise following them up

Still I always
Look up to the sky
Pray before the dawn
'Cause they fly away
One minute they arrive,
Next you know they're gone
They fly on
Fly on

So fly on
Ride through
Maybe one day I'll fly next to you

They fly on
Ride through
Maybe one day I come fly with you
Fly on
Fly on
Fly on

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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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11 facts about this song

Album Origin
"O" is a track from the internationally renowned British band Coldplay's sixth studio album called "Ghost Stories."
Unique Song Layout
Unlike most songs, "O" isn't divided into verses and choruses. It's more free-flowing and almost like a stream of consciousness.
Emotional Impact
Chris Martin, the lead vocalist of the band, once mentioned in an interview that writing "O" moved him to tears.
Song Inspiration
The song was reportedly inspired by Martin’s personal experiences and emotions, including his split from his then-wife, Gwyneth Paltrow.
Album Role
"O" is the last track on the album "Ghost Stories," playing a vital role in concluding the emotional narrative of the album.
Song Analogy
The song employs the metaphor 'a flock of birds' to express feelings of love and loss.
The track's running time is 7:47 minutes. However, the singing part of the song ends around 5:23, and the rest is ambient sound, creating an atmospheric ending.
Secret Track
After the initial 5:23 minute song finishes, there's a period of silence followed by a hidden track called "Fly On," which is a piano-based reprise of the initial part of the song.
Album Artwork
The artwork for the "Ghost Stories" album, where "O" appears, was etched by Mila Fürstová. The imagery in the artwork complements the metaphorical contents of the song.
Musical Style
"O" is characterized by its sparse instrumentation including piano and strings, which adds an ethereal quality to the track.
Song Reception
Fans and critics have widely appreciated the song for its raw and emotional lyrical content.

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