Death and All His Friends
|"Death and All His Friends"|
|Song by Coldplay from the album Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends|
|Released||11 June 2008|
6:18 (with "The Escapist")
|Producer||Markus Dravs, Brian Eno, Jon Hopkins, Rik Simpson|
"Death and All His Friends" is a song by English alternative rock band Coldplay. It was written by all members of the band for their fourth album, Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends. The song begins with Chris Martin singing softly to a piano accompaniment before morphing into an uplifting arrangement featuring drums, chiming guitars, and a choir recorded in an art gallery in Barcelona. A hidden song featured on the album, entitled "The Escapist", shares this track with "Death and All His Friends", bringing the length of the track up to over six minutes. A brief 40 second section of "The Escapist" is what begins "Life in Technicolor" making the album cyclical.
Writing and composition
The "quiet half" of the song was originally a separate song altogether named "School". "School" was originally intended to be an introduction to another Coldplay song entitled "Rainy Day" that was later featured on the Prospekt's March EP. However, "School" was eventually re-worked into the current state of the "Death and All His Friends".
Singer Chris Martin also revealed in an interview for MTV that the name of the song was supposed to be the theme of the album, he said: "We're aware of all the bad stuff in life, you know , but that doesn't mean you should ever give in to it, you know? So we all sing that bit together really loudly, as kind of a message to ourselves: never giving up and never focusing on the bad stuff too much."
The final line of "The Escapist", the hidden track after "Death and All His Friends" ("And in the end/We lie awake/And we dream of making our escape..."), is very similar to the final line of "The End", by The Beatles ("And in the end/The love you take/Is equal to the love you make..."). Another reference on the album to the same Beatles album (Abbey Road) can be seen in the title of the song "Violet Hill", which borrows its rhythm from The Beatles. The song is named for a road which adjoins Abbey Road in London.
|UK Singles Chart||183|
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