God Put A Smile Upon Your Face

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"God Put a Smile upon Your Face" is the fourth single from Coldplay's 2002 album, A Rush of Blood to the Head. Regional singles were released for Canada, Europe, Australia, and an enhanced version for Taiwan. Promo singles were released for UK and U.S..

The song was originally titled "Your Guess Is As Good As Mine" and was not intended to make the final cut on the album.

Contents

Track listing

  1. "God Put a Smile upon Your Face"
  2. "Murder"

Cover images

The single cover features bassist Guy Berryman, art-directed by Sølve Sundsbø.

Music video

"God Put a Smile upon Your Face" music video

The music video featured scenes of the band performing with the narrative of a distressed businessman (played by Paddy Considine) literally fading into obscurity. Like "The Scientist", the video was directed by Jamie Thraves. [1]

Quotes

Chris Martin on "God Put A Smile Upon Your Face": "That came out of playing live and wanting to have something with a bit more bounce. We were really getting into things like P.J. Harve and Muse - things with a bit more energy." [2]

Trivia

  • When Coldplay performed this song in Sydney on the 27th of June 2006 (The day the Socceroos lost to Italy in the World Cup), they changed the second line to "It shouldn't have been a penalty in the first place" and in a show of support to the crowd and the Socceroos were to proclaim "We never liked Spaghetti much anyway!"
  • Chris Martin told the Swedish audience during their concert in the Globe Arena in Stockholm during their X&Y tour, that he wrote the song in 2001 in Stockholm City.

The Oracle on God Put A Smile Upon Your Face

May 22, 2013 - submitted by Lucia, Uruguay
Q. Hi Oracle, I had seen a live performance of God Put a Smile Upon your Face (2006) and Chris said: "This is a song about what it feels like to be the biggest band in the world in the biggest city in the world".
It is really about that?
The Oracle replies:
I wasn't aware of that, no and I doubt he was being serious. I remember at the time the album came out Chris said: "That came out of playing live and wanting to have something with a bit more bounce. We were really getting into things like P.J Harvey and Muse - things with a bit more energy."

March 21, 2012 - submitted by Bradley, United States of America
Q. Hey, Oracle. I was wondering about the beginning of the new live version of GPASUYF. It sounds like Chris is singing off pitch but it's obviously on purpose. Is it in some sort of weird key or something?
The Oracle replies:
It's not a weird key, just a different one. It took me a couple of times to get used to it but I like the way the first verse is almost hauntingly sang before the fantastic drum build up by Will. Amazing version of the song methinks.

November 19, 2010 - submitted by Camila, Colombia
Q. Hey Mighty One!
How did you become Coldplay's Oracle??
Do you think there is any resemblance between the GPASUYF video and Radiohead's Just video?
Greetings from Colombia!
The Oracle replies:
There wasn't a job vacancy advert looking for an Oracle nor did I apply for the position with a C.V.
It was more divine intervention; one just is The Oracle.
Speaking of just, yes I do see a resemblance in the videos you mention but as Jamie Thraves directed both there's no surprise. FYI That wasn't a pun; he did not direct the video for No Surprises.

October 20, 2010 - submitted by Julie, Denmark
Q. Hi Oracle,
Why would you say that God Put a Smile Upon Your Face wasn't technically a single? As you said, it got played in the radio, furthermore it had a video and was released as a physical single CD.
Julie.
The Oracle replies:
Blimey the Xfm book is a hot topic this week eh?
GPASUYF was not technically released as a physical single in the UK despite having its own video and being given to radio stations as a promo track. It was a limited release in other territories but Xfm is a UK station so for the purposes of question, that is why I would say that.

June 7, 2010 - submitted by Mike, United States of America
Q. Are Coldplay going to go back to playing the album versions of Talk, GPASUYF? We fans miss those.
The Oracle replies:
Well I'm sure many fans do miss those original versions but there were a heck of a lot who loved hearing newer updated versions on the last tour! If those songs make it onto any future tour's set list it would be very doubtful they'd remain the same as for the Viva tour anyway. The same could be said for the acoustic songs also...

July 22, 2009 - submitted by Shelby, United States of America
Q. Oracle,
At the last two Coldplay shows I've been to Coldplay performed a really cool remix of God Put a Smile Upon Your Face and Talk. Is there anywhere I can find that? (By the way Coldplay put on the best show ever).
The Oracle replies:
They like to rework some tracks for the live shows, the above 2 are an example, but there's no plan to release any of the versions that may appear.

June 10, 2009 - submitted by Andrew, United Kingdom
Q. What is written on Chris' hand in the God Put a Smile video?
Thanks.
The Oracle replies:
www.maketradefair.com.

May 27, 2009 - submitted by Antonella, Argentina
Q. Good day Oracle, I've a question for you. Who is the man that appears in God Put a Smile Upon Your Face video?
Thanks a lot,
Antonella
The Oracle replies:
That would be the awesome actor Paddy Considine. If you've never seen any of his films I would highly recommend that you do!

September 18, 2008 - submitted by Zac, United States of America
Q. Will we ever be able to download the techno version of "God put a smile upon your face" that they played in their concert?
The Oracle replies:
Right now there isn't a recorded version of this song. At original rehearsals for the shows, the track wasn't given the techno treatment - I prefer to say it was given an '80's overhaul. At the moment it's performed on what is known as Stage B, which has also seen many changes. The most notable being that Will ditched a traditional drum kit for an electric one. This lends itself to this interpretation of GPAUYF well.

Lyrics

Where do we go, nobody knows
I've got to say I'm on my way down
God give me style and give me grace
God put a smile upon my face

Where do we go to draw the line
I've got to say I wasted all your time
Oh honey honey
Where do I go to fall from grace
God put a smile upon your face yeah

And ah, when you work it out I'm worse than you
Yeah, when you work it out I wanted to
And ah, when you work out where to draw the line
Your guess is as good as mine

Where do we go, nobody knows
Don't ever say you're on your way down when
God gave you style and gave you grace,
And put a smile upon your face oh yeah

And ah, when you work it out I'm worse than you
Yeah, when you work it out I want it to
And ah, when you work out where to draw the line
Your guess is as good as mine.

It's as good as mine, It's as good as mine
It's as good as mine

As good as mine, as good as mine,
As good as mine, as good as mine

Where do we go, nobody knows
Don't ever say you're on your way down when
God gave you style and gave you grace
And put a smile upon your face.


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Discography
EPs: Safety EP | The Blue Room EP | Norwegian Live EP | Prospekt's March EP | Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall
Albums: Parachutes | A Rush of Blood to the Head | X&Y | Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends | Mylo Xyloto
Live albums: Live 2003 | LeftRightLeftRightLeft | Live 2012
Compilations: The Singles 1999-2006
Miscellaneous: Ode to Deodorant | Mince Spies | Christmas Lights
Unofficial collections: A Rush Of B-Sides To Your Head | Castles | After After Before
Singles: Brothers & Sisters | Shiver | Yellow | Trouble | Don't Panic | In My Place | The Scientist | Clocks | God Put A Smile Upon Your Face | Speed of Sound | Fix You | Talk | The Hardest Part | What If | Violet Hill | Viva la Vida | Lost! | Lovers In Japan | Life In Technicolor ii | Strawberry Swing | Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall | Paradise | Charlie Brown | Princess Of China | Hurts Like Heaven
Tours: A Rush of Blood to the Head Tour | Twisted Logic Tour | Latin America Tour 2007 | Viva La Vida Tour | Mylo Xyloto Tour
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