Hurts Like Heaven


Hurts Like Heaven single artworkHurts Like Heaven artwork, as seen in the pop-up version of the Mylo Xyloto album

Hurts Like Heaven is the second track of Mylo Xyloto, Coldplay’s fifth album released on 24th October 2011, and also the last single of the album, released on 6th August 2011. The accompanying video to the song was released on 8th October 2012, following a weekend of smaller promotion video releases obtained through the Xperia Lounge website.


  • 6 Lyrics (official)

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.

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. Jonny is coming out of his cocoon. We’re just trying some risky things.”

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.”


In the article by Q Magazine published on 10th October 2011 entitled “First Impressions of… Coldplay’s Mylo Xyloto”[2] they wrote: “The first track proper sets the tone for the rest of Mylo Xyloto, bursting in with an up’n’at’em urgency. The melodies, like the title, are a nod to the ’80s heroes they so successfully channeled on A Rush Of Blood To The Head, the Cure and Echo And The Bunnymen’s influence looming large as Chris Martin sings like he’s in a hurry; “I’m strangled with the feeling that my life isn’t mine” sings the most brilliantly neurotic man in music, Jonny Buckland’s guitars still set to the cosmic sparkle sound of the opener. The chorus – “you use your heart as a weapon/And it hurts like heaven” – is as upliftingly bittersweet as Robert Smith & co.’s best pop songs, whilst the “whoa oh oh” bridge provides the record’s first stadium-singalong moment.”

First performance

Coldplay first performed Hurts Like Heaven at a friends and family gig at The Forum, Kentish Town, London on 31st May 2011. They then continued to play it at the summer festival dates of 2011, beginning at Rock im Park Festival, Nürnberg, Germany (3rd June 2011), and again at Rock am Ring the following day (see below) [3]

The live performance of Hurts Like Heaven is synonymous with the appearance of the “Fuzzy Man” which was first seen on Coldplay’s YouTube channel, ColdplayTV in the lead up to the online and radio release of Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall. The instrumental song MX (Mylo Xyloto) has so far always preceded Hurts Like Heaven.

Music Video

Coldplay posted a 30 second teaser trailer on Twitter for their “Hurts like Heaven’ music video on the evening of Friday 5th October 2012. “The next single from Mylo Xyloto will be ‘Hurts Like Heaven’,” they tweeted. “Full video coming on Monday – watch the trailer now…”

The clip featured comic book style animation set to a futuristic dsytopian storyline and does not feature the band. Digital Spy described it as: “The futuristic animation contains flashes of neon, which have become the band’s trademark over the course of Mylo Xyloto’s promotions. The story also appears to feature male and female protagonists who, according to briefly displayed captions, fight a villain named ‘Major Minus’ and his army of ‘silencers’.[4]

Shortly after the preview clip was posted, Coldplayers found three more videos from the Xperia Lounge website that were made available as MP4 downloads, as follows: Hurts Like Heaven promo video[5], Storyboard video[6] and the Making of Hurts Like Heaven video[7].

The Oracle on Hurts Like Heaven

The offical Hurts Like Heaven symbol

August 8, 2012 – submitted by Greg, United States of America

Q. I was watching some early live versions of Hurts Like Heaven like this and Chris sang the part “On every street, every car, every surface are names” in a different way. And he seemed to do this for little while until changing it soon after the beginning of the festival tour last year.

The Oracle replies:

I just realized this isn’t a question so it’s not going to be an answers as er, yes, you’re right. Chris often does this; he may change either the way he sings or the lyrics as the tour goes on.

August 16, 2011 – submitted by Matthew, United Kingdom

Q. I know you can’t talk about it, but this concerns Hurts Like Heaven. With the album being announced and the billboard story, there’s a massive thing going around that HLH won’t make it to the album. Why?! It seems to be THE song for the album, and ties in with everything that has been promoted so far (running man, graffiti, opening song to the concerts!, etc). It’s my (and a lot of others) favorite song so far, and I guess that all I want is for Coldplay to know what a great song they have here, and that it deserves to be on Mylo Xyloto. I know you know nothing of final track listing, and you can’t say anything to us; but is there the chance that you can let the boys know that this song deserves everything it can get for the album? Thanks from a lot of fans.

The Oracle replies:

I have to say I think it’s great that you – and others – are worried that it won’t be on the album because you’ve heard it and love it but trust me, whether it does or doesn’t won’t matter when the album comes out. You’re right I can’t say but I will tell you a story. Just before X&Y was finished I heard that Talk was going to be left off. I felt I had to step in so texted Chris. The next thing I knew, it was being mixed and included on the album. Hand on heart I don’t know the tracklisting right now but if I did and Hurts Like Heaven wasn’t on, I wouldn’t text about it. I absolutely LOVE the song but I have faith that this is the album the band wanted to make and want to release so that’s good enough for me.

Lyrics (official)

The “Fuzzy Man” features in the live version of Hurts Like Heaven
Written in graffiti on a bridge in a park
‘Do you ever get the feeling that you’re missing the mark?’
It’s so cold it’s so cold
It’s so cold it’s so cold
Written up in marker on a factory sign
‘I struggle with the feeling that my life isn’t mine’
It’s so cold it’s so cold
It’s so cold it’s so cold
See the arrow they shot
Trying to tear us apart
Take the fire from my belly and the beat from my heart
Still I won’t let go
Still I won’t let go

Oh you- ooh ooh
Cos you do
Oh You use your heart as a weapon
And it hurts like heaven

On every street every car every surface a name
Tonight the streets are ours
And we’re writing and saying
Don’t let em take control
No we won’t let em take control
Yes I feel a little bit nervous
Yes I feel nervous and I cannot relax
How come they’re out to get us
How come they’re out when they don’t know the facts
So on a concrete canvas under cover of dark
On a concrete canvas I’ll go making my mark
Armed with a spraycan soul
I’ll be armed with a spraycan soul
And you ooh ooh
You ooh ooh
Cos you use your heart as a weapon
And it hurts like heaven

Woah oh oh oh, woah oh oh oh
Yeah it’s true
When you
Use your heart as a weapon
Then it hurts like heaven
And it hurts like heaven
Oh oh oh-oh

And it hurts like heaven
Oh oh oh oh oh oh oh