About Clocks

"Clocks" is a song by British rock band Coldplay. It was written and composed, as a collaboration between all the members of the band, for their second album A Rush of Blood to the Head. Built around a piano riff, the song features cryptic lyrics concerning themes of contrast and urgency. Several remixes of the track exist and its riff has been widely sampled. The record debuted to critical and commercial success, with critics mainly commenting on the song's piano melody, and winning the Grammy Award for Record of the Year. It was released in the United Kingdom as the third single from A Rush of Blood to the Head, where it reached number nine in the UK Singles Chart. It was released in the United States as the album's second single, it reached number 29 on the Billboard Hot 100 and number 9 on the Billboard Modern Rock Tracks chart. Considered to be one of Coldplay's signature songs, "Clocks" continues to garner critical acclaim, and is often placed on lists ranking the greatest songs of the 2000s and of all time, including being ranked 490th on Rolling Stone's "500 Greatest Songs of All Time" list in 2010. 


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The lights go out and I can't be saved
Tides that I tried to swim against
Have brought me down upon my knees
Oh I beg, I beg and plead, singing

Come out of the things unsaid
Shoot an apple off my head and then a
Trouble that can't be named
A tiger's waiting to be tamed, singing

You are, you are

Confusion that never stops
The closing walls and the ticking clocks gonna
Come back and take you home
I could not stop, that you now know, singing

Come out upon my seas
Cursed missed opportunities am I
A part of the cure
Or am I part of the disease, singing

You are, you are
You are, you are
You are, you are

And nothing else compares
Oh no nothing else compares
And nothing else compares

You are, you are

Home, home, where I wanted to go
Home, home, where I wanted to go
Home, home, where I wanted to go (you are)
Home, home, where I wanted to go (you are)

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

Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group, Royalty Network

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11 facts about this song

Song Release
"Clocks" was released by British rock band Coldplay in 2002 as the third single from their second studio album, "A Rush of Blood to the Head".
Awards & Recognition
The song received the 2004 Grammy Award for 'Record of the Year' and has been widely recognized as one of Coldplay's signature songs. - It was ranked 490th on Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.
Inspirations & Songwriting
The melody for "Clocks" came to Chris Martin late at night while the band was in Liverpool, and he woke up the rest of the band members to compose the rest of the song. - The title, 'Clocks', was inspired by Martin's awareness of time and its passing.
Song Style
"Clocks'" is characterized by its distinctive piano riff, which has been widely sampled by other artists. - The song has a minimalist musical style, featuring a repeating piano melody and rhythmic, syncopated drumming.
Chart Performance
"Clocks" peaked at number nine on the UK Singles Chart and number 29 on the United States Billboard Hot 100.
Pop Culture Significance
"Clocks" has been covered by various artists and has been featured in numerous TV shows, movies, and commercials. - A remix of the song was included in the soundtrack for the 2003 movie "Confidence".
Song Usage
"Clocks" was used in promotion for the Tom Hanks movie, "The Terminal". - The song was also used as the theme song for the 2003 spy thriller television show, "Alias".
Critical Reception
"Clocks" received widespread critical acclaim upon its release. Critics often highlighted the song's piano melody and lyrical content, while mentioning the song's theme of urgency because of its driving beat.
Live Performances
"Clocks" became a staple of Coldplay's live performances and has been performed on all of their tours since its release.
Sales & Certification
The single sold over 5 million copies worldwide. In the UK, it was certified Silver by the BPI, while it received a Gold certification in the US from the RIAA, indicating sales of over 500,000 copies.
Impact & Legacy
Since its release, "Clocks" has been regarded as one of the greatest songs of the 21st century and has been noted for defining Coldplay's sound and directing the band to mainstream success.

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