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People still can’t comprehend that Coldplay’s The Scientist was actually sung backwards

Callum Jones

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People still can’t comprehend that Coldplay’s The Scientist was actually sung backwards

Featured Image Credit: YouTube/Coldplay

When listening to a well-crafted track on the music streaming app of your choice, it can be pretty easy to forget some of the background behind what you are consuming.

It is quite common for a lot of people to be left shocked by the true meaning behind the lyrics of a song they have been listening to for years.

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Now, many social media users have been left stunned after making a discovery about a classic Coldplay song from 2002.

The hit track 'The Scientist' was actually sang backwards for the sake of the music video, something a lot of people really can't comprehend.

Reverse motion was used for the video, meaning Chris Martin had to learn how to sing the lyrics backwards, which still blows people’s minds to this day.

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The video’s director, Jamie Thraves, explained to MTV back in 2003 that he wanted to riff off the lyric ‘back to the start’, which is why he used reverse motion to move Martin back to the scene of the car crash that killed his on-screen girlfriend.

Chris Martin sang 'The Scientist' backwards. Credit: Paul Kane/Getty Images
Chris Martin sang 'The Scientist' backwards. Credit: Paul Kane/Getty Images

Footage of a noughties interview in which Martin demonstrates his new-found ability to sing backwards has resurfaced on social media, and people are just as impressed as ever.

Beneath the clip, one person commented: “Damn, the dedication to have learned the whole song backwards just to bring that idea to fruition! Must have taken weeks of trial and error. Mad respect.”

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Another person added: “Wow, never seen anything about him singing it in reverse before!”

While a third penned: “I mean, he can even sing his songs backwards, so beat that every other celebrities.”

“You know you really love your own songs when you can sing them backwards,” wrote someone else, with a fifth adding: “Blown away.”

Thraves added: “I had this idea that I wanted to do a story that's tragic but starts off happy and ends happy, and the video is about rewinding to that happy ending."

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People still can't believe it was sung backwards to this day. Credit: YouTube/Coldplay
People still can't believe it was sung backwards to this day. Credit: YouTube/Coldplay

He continued: "The original idea was a straight narrative without the lead singer in the video.

"But Chris wanted to be in the video and he was really excited to learn how to sing the song backward.”

Thraves went on: "He got a tape of the song recorded backward and he listened to it over and over. He's a very passionate guy, so he got really into it.

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“What we learned later on is about the problems with phonetics, because you have to be very careful with the lip movement so that when you end on a sound your mouth is formed in the right way."

Well, at least that has been cleared up.

Topics: Music, Weird

Callum Jones
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