About Oceans

"Oceans" is a song by British rock band Coldplay. It is the seventh track from their sixth studio album, Ghost Stories.


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Wait for your call, love
The call never came
Ready to fall, love
Ready to claim

I'm ready for it all, love
I'm ready for a pain
Meet under sun
Meet me again
In the rain
In the rain
In the rain
The rain

Behind the walls, love
I'm trying to change
And I'm ready for it all, love
I'm ready for a change
Meet under blue sky
Meet me again
In the rain
The rain, the rain
In the rain
The rain

Got to find yourself alone in this world
You've got to find yourself alone

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

Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group

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12 facts about this song

Album Inclusion
"Oceans" is part of Coldplay’s sixth studio album, "Ghost Stories," which was released in 2014.
Song Theme
The song, "Oceans," has a nautical theme and is about the metaphorical journey that involves going through the struggles of life and the feeling of being lost at sea.
Music Video
Unlike many other Coldplay songs, "Oceans" does not have an official music video.
Live Debut
The song was first performed live during a BBC Radio 1 live lounge session on April 23, 2014.
Indie Music Influence
“Oceans” is a return to Coldplay's indie roots and this return was seen with the song featuring heavy use of acoustic guitars, which was quite common in their early music.
Charts Performance
Despite not being a single, "Oceans" peaked at #83 on the UK Singles Chart due to its popularity from streaming.
Presence of Hidden Message
The song contains a hidden message at the end of it which can be heard when the audio is played in reverse, an artistic decision by the band.
Metaphorical Lyrics
The lyrics of the song seem to carry a deep emotional tone suggested to be a reflection of Chris Martin's feelings during his divorce with Gwyneth Paltrow.
Link with Other Songs
The end of the song serves as a transition into the next song in the album, "A Sky Full of Stars," which contrasts with "Oceans" as it is more upbeat.
"Oceans," which has a running time of 5:21, is one of the longer songs on the album "Ghost Stories."
Music Style
Incorporating ambient and folk elements, the song's music style showcases the band's versatility in blending different genres.
Critical Reception
Critics appreciated "Oceans" for its melancholic tone and its similar vibe to the band’s earlier works. However, some felt the track was overshadowed by other standout songs in the album.

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