White Shadows Lyrics - Coldplay

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When I was a young boy I tried to listen
And I wanna feel like that
Little white shadows, blink and miss them
Part of a system I am

If you ever feel like something's missing?
Things you'll never understand
Little white shadows, sparkle and glisten
Part of a system plan

All this noise, I'm waking up
All the space I'm taking up
All this sound is breaking up

Ohhhh...

Maybe you get what you wanted
Maybe you stumbled upon it
Everything you ever wanted
In a permanent state

Maybe you'll know when you see it
Maybe if you say it, you'll mean it
And when you find it, you keep it
In a permanent state
A permanent state

When I was a young boy
I tried to listen
Don't you wanna feel like that?

We're part of the human race and
All of the stars and the outer space
We're part of the system plan

All this noise, I'm waking up
And all the space, I'm taking up
I said I cannot hear you, you're breaking up

Ohhhh...

Maybe you get what you wanted
Maybe you stumbled upon it
Everything you ever wanted
In a permanent state

Maybe you'll know when you see it
Maybe if you say it, you'll mean it
And when you find it, you keep it
In a permanent state
A permanent state

Swim out on a sea of faces,
The tide of the human races,
An answer now is what I need.

See it in a new sun rising
See it break on your horizon
Oh, come on love, stay with me...






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You're right! | Reviewer: Nameless | 3/1/12

Hello!
Person who said:
"they say they're missing something and that they have a feeling they're part of a plan. and they're looking for something more but they don't know what it is. i know what it is. they need a savior. God placed them in his plan, but they havnt accepted it yet. Instead, sadly like much of the world, they look elsewhere for what's been waiting for them all along. the purpose they desire, the worth,its all found in jesus.",
I thinkyou're completely right, but not everybody understands that you are.

---- | Reviewer: A | 5/31/11

I agree with the latest anonymous person. You don't need to find a hidden meaning in every song. There isn't one in every song, and that is just fine. If you find it, then good for you.

The meaning you give to a song, is the meaning to that song. If you think it's about Jesus, then it's about Jesus. Someone else can think about freedom, the other dogs and cats. You know?

Going too far | Reviewer: Anonymous | 11/19/10

Why do you need to philosophize everything? Even a simple song? If you need to learn about life and nature go read books about it, don't just presume that a beautiful song like this one is telling the story of life, just enjoy the god damn song, I listen to coldplay to comfort myself and relief myself from my burdens for like five minutes, don't bather yourselves in the deep meanings of the song, because he was no philosopher who wrote this lyric but a person like any of us, one should think about life on his own and look at it with his own eyes generating his own perspectives and conclusions!

Towards the real meaning | Reviewer: Anonymous | 3/23/10

I think you have missed the overall point. Just because you found what you are looking for in Jesus doesn't mean everyone else will. Your view is a broad spectrum towards everything else that life consists of. No one is telling you that you are right or wrong but please don't towards others either.

the real meaning | Reviewer: Anonymous | 1/29/10

they say they're missing something and that they have a feeling they're part of a plan. and they're looking for something more but they don't know what it is. i know what it is. they need a savior. God placed them in his plan, but they havnt accepted it yet. Instead, sadly like much of the world, they look elsewhere for what's been waiting for them all along. the purpose they desire, the worth,its all found in jesus.

White Shadows. | Reviewer: Rowan | 10/13/09

We get so caught up in our own worlds, things that don't matter. And when I hear this, I just close my eyes and listen. We are all in this together. All part of the human race. We are all made of the essence of good, and purity. We just get lost, stray off the path. Sometimes distractions take up your whole life. It was almost a waste. But if you just listen, you can almost always get back on track. Thats what I love about coldplay. It gives you the shivvers, and nearly everyone has their own translation.

World Unification | Reviewer: Ben Lidgard | 8/31/09

"White Shadows" is a fantastic song about the realization that a human being is more than just themself. There is more in the universe than we can ever understand, but we don't have to do it alone. We are "part of the human race", after all. Whenever I hear this song, I feel that the singer could just as easily be an adult coming to grips with their place in the larger scheme of things, or the collective soul of humanity, deciding that the petty wars and violence which have long marred our collective history must be put aside to achieve the greater destiny that is its.

divine plan | Reviewer: Dale | 5/21/09

Coldplay are singing about the subtle objects that this universe creates, that humans are living on only one level and cant see the multi dimensions of what the universe posseses, the white shadows could resemble angels, divine power. He sings about "part of a system the plan", he relises he is connected to every thing that consciousnesss creates, in the bridge he starts to see how all the senses are affected by all this. The chorus symbolises about all our expectations our desires etc, and all they will ever be is material(permanent state), that life can show you so much more though, the last section he comes to an almost epiphany, that life really is so much more than personal gain but for one connection to all things.

Without a Doubt Fantabulous | Reviewer: Anonymous | 4/14/09

I absolutely adore this song. When i originally got the x&y album i listened to nothing, but it for quite a time. I'd have to say this is my favorite song on the album along with Speed of Sound. Great lyrics + Great Vocals + originality= Coldplay.

White Shadows vs. Black Shadows | Reviewer: Laura | 3/21/09

White shadows is a complete reminder to the world that there's more than just one person out there drowning with their guilt and mistakes and that wants to feel free of sin and in complete liberation from anything material or human. We all want to feel this way and this song is the answer. It's like the missing puzzle piece of everyone's life. We're rushed by time and by society but in the end why does that matter? We don't even know what will be the end of us, and what we want most of all and search for everyday of our lives is INNER PEACE. It's a despair plead of liberation from our common everyday lives. That is White Shadows.

oh my GOD | Reviewer: Joshua Lucas | 2/7/09

this song is so incredibly beautiful, I've been a musician for just over five years now, and ive gone from listening to rap/hip hop in fifth grade to heavy metal in 6th & 7th grade, to death metal in 8th grade, to funk in 9th grade, and now im listening to alot of coldplay, windsor drive, incubus, the mars volta, etc. and this song is untouchable, i honestly believe that this is the most absolutely beautiful song ever written in the history of all the universe.

<3 | Reviewer: Diana | 12/2/08

I fell in love with Coldplay music the moment I heard their songs. This was the first song I heard from Coldplay. Ever since I've been in love with their songs! I know lots of people who didn't like their songs, but when I showed them how wonderful Coldplay's songs are, they've told me that they are nice songs ... Coldplay rocks and it's my favourite band FOR LIFE!

coldplay #1 | Reviewer: john | 8/24/08

X&Y is the first cd i ever got and i was blown away from the first day i listened to it. i think What If and X&Y are better songs than this but still, the sound is unbelievely amazing. the whole album sends shivers up my arms and legs every time i listen to it.

absolutely awesum | Reviewer: avinash | 2/11/08

this was the first song i came across of coldplay - i absolutely loved it and even today , easily about more than 1 year since i heard it first, i still can listen to it for 2 times everyday!!!!! i am glad i started to listen to coldplay - they are the best band ever - very soothing, awesum lyrics, awesum music and awesum voice . to sum it all up - juss awesum [lol]

White Shadows | Reviewer: Moira | 6/5/07

This song along is an anthem for our time, so utterly brilliant and so evolutionary. When I forget that I am human and that this is just a crazy world, this song reminds me that we are greater than the miserable lives we sometimes lead.


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