Moving To Mars

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Moving To Mars digital artwork as seen on 24th June 2011

Moving To Mars is a track expected to be included on the Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall EP, due for release on 26th June 2011. It is not included in the Mylo Xyloto tracklisting.

It is described as considerably more downbeat than the previous two tracks from the EP, with much of the first minute or two derived from Chris Martin sitting alone at the piano before the other instrumentation kicks in. Stereogum described it as "a cosmic ballad with Chris Martin taking notes and poses from the 'Life On Mars' / 'Space Oddity' / Dark Side Of The Moon songbook."



Moving To Mars is available through the iTunes stores at 00:01h on Sunday 26 June 2011 (UK time). The song was aired live on Friday 24th June, 11.45am (UK time) on the following radio stations: BBC Radio 1; BBC Radio 2; BBC 6 Music; Absolute Radio; Xfm. It was then immediately made available to listen again on and also at the official YouTube channel, ColdplayTV[1]

Coldplayers' acclaim

Over 50% of Coldplayers have scored a perfect 10/10 within hours of release

Within the first six hours of release, Moving To Mars had received over 50% perfect 10/10 votes in the sliding scale poll on the front page of, with many more Coldplayers following up their vote with favourable comments at the messageboard[2].

First announcement

Moving To Mars was first announced shortly after it was discovered on the pre-order details via the iTunes tracklisting for the Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall EP, by Coldplayer 'pipp088'.[3]

The official announcement came on 22nd June 2011 via[4]. It read: Dear friends, more new music on its way... Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall EP is arriving in iTunes stores at 00:01 on Sunday 26 June. These are the songs: 1. Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall; 2. Major Minus; 3. Moving To Mars. You can pre-order the EP on iTunes worldwide now, except the US and Japan (where it's coming soon). Love Will.

First reference

Roadie #42 earlier this year blogged about Moving To Mars, under the acronym 'MTM'[5]. Here's what he said back in early February: "Every room had some kind of writing or recording setup on the go - you even had to time your use of the kettle carefully, as a laptop and speakers had been set up in the kitchen and Jonny was in there working on his epic lead for MTM. So, by comparison, the first few weeks of the year felt like a ghost town."

First Live Performance

Moving to Mars made its debut during the iTunes Festival on Friday 22nd July 2011.

The Oracle on Moving To Mars

September 5, 2012 - submitted by Brett, United States of America
Q. Dear Oracle,
I'm a huge fan of the band and their music videos, and I know there isn't one for Moving to Mars, but I remember a long time ago watching a trailer for Mat Whitecross' documentary Moving to Mars. The song Moving to Mars was playing throughout the video. Is that video still around or did it get pulled? That was quite a surreal experience watching the video with the song and I was hoping it was still around!
Thanks, Brett
The Oracle replies:
That 'video' doesn't appear to be around these days and as you said, there isn't an official video for the song.
Did you know Mat's documentary Moving to Mars opened Sheffield's 2009 DocFest in November a good two years before Mylo Xyloto was out?

November 10, 2011 - submitted by Timothy, United States of America
Q. Has Moving To Mars ever been played live? I think it's a great song and I feel it has been somewhat forgotten.
The Oracle replies:
I am pretty sure they have only ever played Moving To Mars live once. The song was performed at London's Roundhouse on Friday 22nd July.

September 12, 2011 - submitted by Cecilia, Mexico
Q. What happen with Moving to Mars, why it doesn't appear in the new disc ?
The Oracle replies:
There were many discussions about whether MTM would make it on to Mylo Xyloto and in the end it was decided to release it as part of the ETIAW ep.
As Major Minus was also on the ep and is going to be on the album, it made sense to leave MTM off.

July 8, 2011 - submitted by Nick, United States of America
Q. I was looking up the song Moving to Mars the other day, when I stumbled across a documentary called Moving to Mars, directed by none other than Mat Whitecross! I was was wondering if the song and film were related in any way. The general lyrics of the song seem to fit the film, what with it being about two families being forced out of Burma and into an entirely new world in the UK. Since Mat directed a couple of videos for Coldplay's songs, is this a kind of way to pay him back, by writing a song for/about his film?
The Oracle replies:
A couple of people have spotted this but as you were the first to ask...
Yes, the song's title was inspired by Mat's film of the same name.

June 29, 2011 - submitted by Joseph, Australia
Q. Hello Oracle!
I was just wondering, on the new track Moving To Mars, who does the backing vocals/harmonies?
I know Chris does some, but in the bit where it goes, "and I heard it on a TV show..." I'm sure I can hear other voices in there. Sometimes I think it could be Will but other times I think I can hear a woman too?
The Oracle replies:
Ha ha we won't tell Will you think he sounds like a woman as it is indeed him.
He's sounding pretty sublime isn't he?


Somewhere up above the stars
The wreckage of a universe floats past
Somewhere up above my heart
A tiny little seed is sown
A government is overthrown
Who knows when we'll be coming home at last

And I heard it on the radio that one day we'll be living in the stars
And I heard it on a TV show that somewhere up above and in my heart
They'll be tearing us apart
Maybe moving us to Mars

We won't see the earth again in these seconds just remain unchanged

8 to 9, 9 to 10
We are meeting for the first time
We might never meet again, you and me

We are meeting for the first time, can't you see

We are meeting for the first time 
Singing this space symphony

They'll be tearing us apart
Maybe moving us to Mars

Past the satellites and stars
They're moving us to Mars
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