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The Scientist

Coldplay

About “The Scientist”

The Scientist is a very mellow song about trying to analyze a broken relationship.

The music video is famous for its reverse chronology (which required Chris Martin to learn the song backwards in order to make it look like he was singing forwards as he walked backwards…). Although the video fits the song well, the idea for the video came to Director Jamie Thraves independently; he then waited for the perfect song to match his concept.

  • What have the artists said about the song?

    According to Songfacts, frontman Chris Martin told on Rolling Stone:

    On the second album I was thinking there was something missing. I was in this really dark room in Liverpool, and there was a piano so old and out of tune. I really wanted to try and work out the George Harrison song “Isn’t It A Pity,“ but I couldn’t. Then this song came out at once. I said, ‘Can you turn on the recorder?’ The first time I sung it is what’s out there.

    He also developed on the making of the song:

    That’s just about girls. It’s weird that whatever else is on your mind, whether it’s the downfall of global economics or terrible environmental troubles, the thing that always gets you most is when you fancy someone.