Coldplay is there to ‘fix you’

By Raaisa Tariq


Fix you’ is a song by the British rock band Coldplay from their third studio album X&Y. The album is considered to be consisting of their weakest records but it did have ‘Fix you’ in it, which is one of their most iconic hits. Chris Martin (lead vocal) wrote this song for his then-wife, Gwyneth Paltrow when her father had just passed away.
Though the song was highly criticised by many but still it reached number four on the UK Singles Chart and 18 in the United States Billboard Hot Modern Rock Tracks. The use of subtle churchy-style organ and Martin’s pained voice makes the song inimitable and different from their other compositions. The best thing about the song is that it fits in several different aspects of life and lets the fans relate to their own personal struggles. The song does in fact tell a story about a person who is lost in sadness and desolation until someone comes along trying to fix him. I think that the song is about life itself, about going through it, about falling, making mistakes, falling in love, losing that love, but in the end, no matter what happens ‘lights will guide you home’, this phrase is a metaphor for good souls healing you back to health. Once Coldplay dedicated its slow tempo tune ‘Fix You’ to Mick Jagger at a concert in New York City.

The song is quite sad until the guitar solo near the end of the song, which seems to say ‘Everything is going to be okay’. In my opinion, the guitar solo at the end helps to pick up the flow of the song very nicely without changing the essence of the song. I think this song helps a lot for a times like today when we constantly hear about teen suicide and bullying.

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