Up With The Birds

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Up With The Birds
Up With The Birds is the closing track on Coldplay's fifth album Mylo Xyloto. The track segues directly from the previous track Don't Let It Break Your Heart.


First introduction

Further to the November 2010 Q article[1] revealing the inspiration behind Coldplay's fifth album being old school American graffiti and anti-Nazi movements, Chris Martin spoke to The Sun about some of the tracks within said album.

Chris said: "We're hungry and very fired up. In five years we'll be in our late 30s. You have to have your best work done by then. I'm trying to make sure there are three songs that start with the same letter. On the last album it was L. It might be U this time. One of them is Up With The Birds. It might be a duet, but we don't know who with yet."

Aside from song titles beginning with the letter U, Chris revealed there are tracks slated for inclusion on the album including Hurts Like Heaven and Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall, which will likely be the album closer. Describing the sound, Chris added that guitarist Jonny Buckland is coming into his own. He said: "'Hurts Like Heaven' is all Jonny. It only has two chords. The songs are group-y, its guitar-y. Johnny is coming out of his cocoon. We're just trying some risky things."


In the article by Q Magazine published on 10th October 2011 entitled "First Impressions of... Coldplay's Mylo Xyloto"[2] they wrote: "Well, not really no, because final song Up With The Birds avoids the clich├ęd overblown ending, its brilliance, like much of Mylo Xyloto, hidden within the places the songs don't go. "The birds, they sang at break of day/Start again, I hear them say" sings Chris Martin over stark piano chords at the beginning, before an almost overwhelming burst of strings come to the fore. Then, the whole thing stops and starts again, before strummed acoustic guitars and gentle, almost lackadaisically-played drums usher the album to a peaceful, calming close."

The Oracle on Up With The Birds

April 8, 2013 - submitted by Loreto, Chile
Q. Who is the female backup singer in Up with the Birds (1:01 min)?
The Oracle replies:
The very talented, very beautiful Juanita Stein of Howling Bells provided the backing vocals on Up With The Birds..

January 30, 2012 - submitted by Jean, Puerto Rico
Q. Dear Oracle, my question is: Why haven't the boys played U.F.O., Don't Let It Break Your Heart and Up With The Birds live? They are part of the album and I feel as if they've been left out, please answer, back to you now.
The Oracle replies:
They have never played all the songs from an album. I'm pretty sure there was one song from each of the first four albums left out (Parachutes from Parachutes, A Whisper from AROBTTH, Twisted Logic from X&Y and Reign of Love from Viva la Vida).
I guess being part of an album doesn't necessarily mean part of a tour is a given. Some songs just don't work live or don't fit into the setlist.
I think your question could be changed to why haven't the boys played those songs yet. They still may; they've got a lot of dates. U.F.O and Up With The Birds could easily be X stage additions at least. It's too early to say whether they'll make an appearance though.

October 19, 2011 - submitted by CrazyCatz, Canada
Q. Aren't the lines: 'The Birds they sang at the break of day/Star again I heard them say' a complete steal from the song Anthem by Leonard Cohen? This could start a copyright infringement lawsuit with the boys.
The Oracle replies:
Given Up With The Birds (by Coldplay) credits Leonard Cohen as a writer, no, it's not a steal. It's start again by the way, not star.


The birds they sang, break of day
'Start again' I hear them say
It's so hard to just walk away

The birds they sang, all a choir
'Start again', a little higher
It's a spark in a sea of grey

The sky is blue, dream that lie 'til it's true
Then taking back the punch I threw
My arms turn wings oh those clumsy things
Send me up to that wonderful world
And then I'm up with the birds

Might have to go where they don't know my name
Float all over the world just to see her again
But I won't show or feel any pain
Even though all my armour might rust in the rain
A simple plot, but I know one day
Good things are coming our way
A simple plot, but I know one day
Good things are coming our way
Oh yeah!
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