White Shadows is track 3 from Coldplay's 2005 album, X&Y.
In September 2006, it was announced through a question and answer section at Coldplay.com that "White Shadows" would be the fifth single released from X&Y in Australia. Making it the sixth song overall to be released from the album, following the limited releases of "The Hardest Part" and "What If". However, weeks later, it was reported on the messageboard that "White Shadows" would not be the next single. This came not long after they decided not to release a DVD of a June 2006 performance in Toronto. No reasons were given.
There is no video for this release.
White Shadows is a tribute to Gwyneth Paltrow's father, Bruce Paltrow, the famous Hollywood producer. Among the many shows to his credit was the '70s comedy-drama, The White Shadow, which was about a white high school basketball coach with a team full of black players. Bruce Paltrow died in 2002.
The Orcale on White Shadows
May 20, 2009 - submitted by Joshua, Switzerland
Q. Dear Oracle,
I have a rather interesting questions.
Wikipedia and the Wiki at Coldplaying.com seem to be under the illusion that 'What If' was released as a single, with Wikipedia also stating 'White Shadows' as another. Evidently, the Wikipedia has no wiki pages leading to the two - which would lead one to think someone has incorrectly edited the Coldplay page... until I realised that the Coldplaying Wiki had supplied cover artwork for What If. It even included a brief description of where it has been released. Has someone played a elaborate prank? It would seem so, as the code on the cover art is off-centered, unlike the others.
The Oracle replies:
Sometimes singles are released in very few territories and that may be physical, digital or radio release only. That's the case with the above singles. What If was released to radio in France, for example, and White Shadows was released to coincide with the Latin American tour of 2007.
When I was a young boy I tried to listen And I wanna feel like that Little white shadows blink and miss them Part of a system, I am If you ever feel like something's missing Things you'll never understand Little white shadows Sparkle and glisten Part of a system again All this noise, I'm waking up All this space, I'm taking up All this sound is breaking up Ohhhhhhhh Maybe you'll get what you wanted maybe you'll stumbled upon it Everything you ever wanted In a permanent state Maybe you'll know when you see it Maybe if you say it, you'll mean it And when you find it you'll keep it In a permanent state, a permanent state When I was a young boy I tried to listen Don't you wanna feel like that? You're part of the human race All of the stars and the outer space Part of the system again All this noise, I'm waking up All this space I'm taking up I cannot hear, you're breaking up Whooaaaaaaa Maybe you'll get what you wanted Maybe you'll stumble upon it Everything you ever wanted In a permanent state Maybe you'll know when you see it Maybe if you say it, you'll mean it And when you find it you'll keep it In a permanent state, a permanent state Swim out on a sea of faces Tide of the human races Oh, an answer now is what I need... See it in a new sun rising See it break on your horizon Oh, come on love, stay with me...