New Song: Coldplay, ‘Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall’

Credit: Sara Lee

Modern rock behemoths Coldplay just previewed the first single off their upcoming  Marcus Dravs and Rik Simpson-produced fifth studio album, and it’s every bit as soaring as we’ve come to expect from the band. It begins with an airy riff taken from the 1976 song “I Go To Rio” by Australian singer-songwriter Peter Allen, and spins it into something uniquely inspirational.

Echoes of U2 and solo-era Sting abound. The lyrics are intimate, describing the singer’s inner state as he listens to music and contemplates life: “I turn the music up, I’ve got my records on, I shut the world outside until the lights come on,” Chris Martin sings, meditatively. But as the song picks up, with grand orchestration and a recurring, triumphant guitar lick, you get the sense you’re being let in on something much more universal as he croons “every tear is a waterfall.”

We’re not totally sure what Martin could have to cry about (with multiple accolades, beautiful children and a movie star wife, his life seems pretty good), but I guess we all feel bummed sometimes. In any case, “Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall” has major summer smash potential, so teary waterfalls, be gone, Coldplay!

+ Listen to Coldplay’s “Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall.”