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A painting depicting the Yes track

Yes is track #7 on Coldplay's fourth album, Viva La Vida Or Death And All His Friends.

The song consists of violins on top of a North African string-and-tablas arrangement. Chris Martin's vocals are the lowest he has ever recorded in any of the band's songs.

It was formerly titled Yes! during production of the album.

The Oracle on Yes

May 16, 2012 - submitted by James, United Kingdom
Q. Hi Oracle:
Just read Roadie #42 's latest blog and he said:
"They're most definitely in the zone right now. There have been tinkerings, though with some possible setlist additions in soundchecks. One of the Viva album tracks that only got a rare live outing has had a workout. I really hope it makes it back into the setlist, it's one of my all time favourite Coldplay live tracks (particularly the ending when Jonny goes off into full on guitar hero territory)."
Is it Yes and Chinese Sleep Chant?!
If there is any chance of Chinese Sleep Chant at London I will be over the moon!
Thanks
The Oracle replies:
I have been waiting for this question from the second the blog was published.
I don't want to spoil it because the song isn't actually in the set but may be as the dates go on. Yes was my favourite from Viva so we shall see if #42 and I have the same exquisite taste. I think it was only played once - or maybe twice due to the vocal being so very low.
I really honestly have to say that I doubt Chinese Sleep Chant will be played on this tour though...

February 8, 2012 - submitted by Thomas, France
Q. It's not Reign of Love that has never been played live for the Viva la Vida Tour, but Yes.
Take care.
The Oracle replies:
We actually already established last week that Reign of Love was indeed played live but you're not quite right as it goes. Yes was also played live. Maybe only once or twice but if definitely was.

December 17, 2008 - submitted by Janelle, United States of America
Q. I have a question about the lyrics to Yes. When Chris sing's " So up they picked me by the big... and they let go." What is in between big and they let go?
Thanks a lot.
The Oracle replies:
Oh we could have so much fun if we were playing Blankety Blank!
He actually says, "toe" but it's raised a chuckle from me!

Lyrics

When it started we had high hopes
Now my back’s on the line, my back’s on the ropes
When it started we were alright 
But night makes a fool of us in daylight

Yeah, we were dying of frustration
Saying "Lord lead me not into temptation"
But it’s not easy when she turns you on
Sin, stay gone

If you’d only, if you’d only say yes
Whether you will’s anybody’s guess
God, only God knows I’m trying my best
But I’m just so tired of this loneliness

So up they picked me by the big toe
I was held from the rooftop then they let it go
Dizzily screaming ‘Let the windows down’
As I crawl to the ground

If you’d only, if you’d only say yes
Whether you will’s anybody’s guess
God, only God knows she won’t let me rest
But I’m just tired of this loneliness
I’ve become so tired of this loneliness...
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