Orphans (song)

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"Orphans"
Coldplay - Arabesque - Orphans.png
Picture sleeve for double A-side single
Single by Coldplay
from the album Everyday Life
Released24 October 2019 (2019-10-24)
Format
Length3:17
LabelParlophone
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)
  • Rik Simpson
  • Dan Green
  • Bill Rahko
  • Max Martin (co.)
  • Angel Lopez (add.)
  • Federico Vindver (add.)
Coldplay singles chronology
"E-Lo"
(2018)
"Orphans" / "Arabesque"
(2019)
"Everyday Life"
(2019)
Music video
"Orphans" on YouTube

"Orphans" is a song by British rock band Coldplay from their eighth studio album Everyday Life. It was released on 24 October 2019, along with the single "Arabesque" and appears on the second side of the album Sunset.[1] The song was written by the band members and produced by The Dream Team.[2][3]

Background and promotion[edit]

The band announced the release of the songs "Orphans" and "Arabesque" as a dual release on 24 October 2019 as the first singles off Everyday Life.[4] About the content of the songs, lead singer Chris Martin said in an interview with BBC Radio 1 that "some of it’s very personal, about real things in my life, and some of it’s about things that I see or we see, and some of it’s about trying to empathise about what other people are going through".[5] On the day of the release, the band set up a timer counting down to the release of the songs.[6]

Recording[edit]

The song was recorded last-minute during the mixing of the album Everyday Life, for which it served as one of two lead singles.[7]

Music video[edit]

The music video for the song premiered on 25 October 2019.[8] The music video shows the development of the song from its earliest roots, a voice memo by Chris Martin in which the singer is heard talking about the tuning of his guitar before playing what would become the song's main riff, to the fully polished song that was released.[9]

Live performances[edit]

The song was performed live for the first time during NBC's Saturday Night Live on 2 November 2019. In a rehearsal, Martin explained to the dancers who accompanied the band's performance, "This song is about, you see all these pictures of young people like you and a bit older people like us, having to leave their countries and everyone calls them refugees or migrants rather than just people. So we were thinking about, this could be any of us who is in these camps or at the border or whatever. And that's what this song’s about, it's like people like us saying, 'I just want to go home and be normal.'"[10] "Orphans" was later played live on the Annie Mac Show on BBC Radio 1 on 27 November 2019 along with "Arabesque", "Everyday Life", "Lovers in Japan" (Osaka Sun Mix), and "Guns".

Personnel[edit]

Credits adapted from the "Orphans / Arabesque" liner notes.[11]

Charts[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/sales
Brazil (Pro-Música Brasil)[54] Gold 20,000*

*sales figures based on certification alone

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format Label Ref.
Various 24 October 2019 Parlophone [55]
Australia 25 October 2019 Contemporary hit radio
[56]
Italy Warner [57]
United Kingdom Parlophone [58]
2 November 2019 Adult contemporary [59]

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