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Brothers & Sisters (song)

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The Oracle on Brothers & Sisters


April 16, 2012 – submitted by Andrew, United States of America

Q. I listened to Brothers and Sisters on YouTube and it sounds like a different mix than my CD. is that the case, or is it only my imagination?

The Oracle replies:

There are actually 3 versions of Brothers & Sisters – not mixes – although only 2 of those are available to buy.

There was the original demo of 1998 followed by the Fierce Panda single version in 1999. A re-recording of the song also appeared as a b side to Trouble in 2000.

January 24, 2012 – submitted by Oscar, United States of America

Q. Hello Oracle! My question is this: One of my favorite songs is Brothers and Sisters, and I’ve heard other versions of the song, so I was wondering if the band ever released it. Thanks, and I hope you answer my question.

The Oracle replies:

As far as I know there are only 3 versions out there; a demo that was never released, the Fierce Panda single that was and the later version that appeared on the Trouble single.

September 13, 2010 – submitted by Dan, United States of America

Q. I have a couple questions concerning one Coldplay song.

1) Was the Trouble single version of Brothers and Sisters originally recorded with the intention of putting it on Parachutes?

AND

2) When was the last time ANY version of the song was played live / Why hasn’t it been played since?

This is why I ask:

I can’t help but think that the band hasn’t played it live in a long time because the single peaked at #107 on the UK Singles Chart, and as a result, they didn’t think it was good enough. 🙁

(I hope that’s not what they really thought). But considering that they were not very well known at the time when the single was released, I think that’s a rather unfair judgment to pass on the song (which, by the way, is an extremely epic song).

Very much obliged,

Dan The Coldplay Fan

PS The best version is the live version (27/10/99) because you can really feel the energy of the band through the music in the live recording. That’s precisely why I’m hoping and begging that they’ll play it live again when they go back on tour.

The Oracle replies:

No it wasn’t; it had already been released – as you know – so it wasn’t a contender. The original release was such a low key/limited release that it wasn’t likely to chart highly and that was not the purpose of the single.

It hasn’t been played for such a long time (tbc?) but that has nothing to do with sales results more that to be honest the song doesn’t really fit in the set as many of their other older songs do.

August 20, 2008 – submitted by Josh, United Kingdom

Q. Is Brothers & Sisters (on the Without Parachutes) really as Marxist as I think it is?

The Oracle replies:

Brothers & Sisters was a single released on Fierce Panda and was in no way Marxist! Without Parachutes is a bootleg by the way so is not an official Coldplay release.


Lyrics


Brothers and sisters unite
It’s the time of your lives
It’s the time of your lives
Break down, break down
Gotta spread love around
Gotta spread it all around

Brothers and sisters feel fine
It’s the time of your lives
It’s the time of your lives
No sound, no sound
Like this feeling you’ve found
Like this feeling you’ve found

But just stay down
‘Cos some sounds you’ll feel
So stay round
And some sounds you’ll feel

And it’s me, they’re looking for
And it’s me, I will never survive
But we’ll be around some more

Brothers and sisters unite
It’s the time of your lives
It’s the time of your lives
Break down, break down
Gotta spread love around
Gotta spread it all around

But just stay down
And some sounds you’ll feel
So stay ’round
And some sounds you’ll feel

And it’s me, they’re looking for
And it’s me, I will never survive
But we’ll be around some more

Brothers and sisters unite
Its the time of your lives
Its the time of your lives


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