About Ink

"Ink" is a song by British rock band Coldplay from their sixth studio album Ghost Stories (2014). It was released as the fifth overall single from the album on 13 October 2014. Prior to its single release, "Ink" debuted at number 156 on the UK Singles Chart.


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Got a tattoo that said "together through life"
Carved in your name with my poker knife
And you wonder when you wake up, will it be alright oh oh
Feels like there's something broken inside

All I know
All I know
Is that in lost whenever you go
All I know is that I love you so
So much that it hurts

Got a tattoo and that paint is alright
Just wanted a way of keeping you inside (oh oh oh oh oh)

All I know
All I know
Is that I'm lost
In your fire bellow
All I know is that I love you so
So much that it hurts

I see the road begin to climb
I see the stars, begin to show
I see your colors and I'm dying of thirst

All I know is that I love you so
So much that it hurts
Oh yeah yeah yeah
So much that it hurts
So much that it hurts

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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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Release and Album Classification
"Ink" is a song by British rock band Coldplay. It was included in their sixth studio album called "Ghost Stories." This album was released in 2014 and has a total of nine songs, including "Ink".
Musical Style
The song "Ink" is classified as pop rock and alternative rock. It incorporates acoustic elements, a characteristic of Coldplay's music, and introduces a distinct blend of electronic music which is a considerable shift from their previous works.
Song Theme and Concept
The song's lyrics convey an existential crisis intertwined with a romantic detachment, reflecting the stay-or-let-go dilemma in relationships. It creates a sense of melancholy and an aura of magical realism, signature traits of Coldplay's music.
Interactive Music Video
"Ink" has the most interactive music video ever made by Coldplay. Their fans could choose their own paths, similar to an interactive game. There are over 300 possible variations to the music video outcome.
Sales Records
"Ink" didn't chart as a single, but the album "Ghost Stories" went on to be a commercial success. It reached the number one spot on the UK Albums Chart and the US Billboard 200.
Live Performances
The band introduced "Ink" to their fans during a concert at Royce Hall in Los Angeles, before the album was released. Since its introduction, it has been regularly included in their live performances.
While the official writing credits go to all four members of the band, lyrics for "Ink" were primarily penned by the lead vocalist, Chris Martin.
Personal Influence
This song, along with the other tracks on the ("Ghost Stories") album, is interpreted to reflect Chris Martin's breakup with his wife, Gwyneth Paltrow. The nature of the lyrics and the overall presentation of the song endorse the theme of personal loss.
Critical Reception
Ink met with mixed reactions from critics. Its melancholic theme and catchy tune were praised while some critics found it substandard when compared to Coldplay's earlier work.
Technical Facts
The song spans 3 minutes and 48 seconds and was produced by esteemed producers Paul Epworth, Daniel Green, and Rik Simpson.
Release Date
"Ink" is a song by the British rock band Coldplay, first launched on 2 December 2014 on the band’s sixth studio album, "Ghost Stories."
The song was written by the entire band, reinforcing Coldplay's collaborative approach to music production. The members include Chris Martin, Jonny Buckland, Guy Berryman, and Will Champion.
Genre Classification
The song falls under the alternative rock genre. It also encompasses elements of electronic rock and ambient music.
Interactive Music Video
The official video clip for "Ink" is interactive, with 300 possible outcomes. Viewers are given choices throughout the video by clicking on certain items, affecting the video’s journey and ending.
Mapping of Song
During its first premiere, visual mapping was employed to project a video onto a spinning globe, which included images of the Earth and the song lyrics, creating a mesmerizing visual experience.
Chart Performance
"Ink" peaked at number ten on the Billboard Hot Rock Songs chart. Although it was not released as a single in the UK, it still managed to chart in several countries worldwide.
The album "Ghost Stories," including "Ink," was co-produced by Paul Epworth, Daniel Green, and Rik Simpson, who have previously collaborated with Coldplay.
Lyrical Interpretation
The lyrics of "Ink" carry a theme of loss and longing, consistent with the overall theme of the album "Ghost Stories." The album was largely influenced by lead singer Chris Martin's separation from his wife, Gwyneth Paltrow.
Live Performances
"Ink" became part of Coldplay's setlist during their Ghost Stories tour, which was an intimate, theatre-sized venue tour. Despite its smaller reach, the tour was praised for its immersive, visually spectacular performances.
Song Duration
The song duration of "Ink" is 3 minutes and 48 seconds, making it one of the medium-length tracks on the "Ghost Stories" album.

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