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Song In My Head: The Scientist

So Coldplay’s coming over for a concert–now that’s something I’d want to see. I’ve always liked Coldplay and Chris Martin. I love the poetry in his music and his voice–well, of course. Anyway, the song in my head for today is an old Coldplay song that I first encountered in “Wicker Park”. Do you know that movie? It is about a guy and girl who falls in love by chance–and another girl who maneuvers their two worlds, to keep them apart. I became obsessed with that film when it came out (because of Josh Harrnett) and I was equally crazy about the soundtrack. I can’t remember if this is the video that was playing backwards–check the video below, I think it is.
Anyway, ‘The Scientist” is a fairly straightforward song about love, heartbreak and second chances.
The Scientist

Come up to meet you
Tell you I’m sorry
You don’t know how lovely you are
I had to find you
Tell you I need you
Tell you I set you apart
Tell me your secrets
And ask me your questions
Oh let’s go back to the start
Running in circles; coming up tails
Heads on a science apart
Nobody said it was easy
It’s such a shame for us to part
Nobody said it was easy
No one ever said it would be this hard
Oh take me back to the start
I was just guessing at numbers and figures
Pulling your puzzles apart
Questions of science; science and progress
Do not speak as loud as my heart
Tell me you love me
Come back and haunt me
Oh and I rush to the start
Running in circles, chasing our tails
Coming back as we are
Nobody said it was easy
Oh it’s such a shame for us to part
Nobody said it was easy
No one ever said it would be so hard
I’m going back to the start
Oh ooh ooh ooh ooh ooh
LIFE and LOVE are very complicated things. Everyday of our lives, we question our purpose and this song highlights this with the line, “I was just guessing at numbers and figures, pulling your puzzles apart”, Further into the song, it prods, “Questions of Science, Science and progress. Did not speak loud as my heart”. What big questions do you have about life and love? Many people go through their lives here on Earth not finding answers and sometimes it doesn’t matter. But we labor for hours, solving puzzles in an effort to figure things out because you recall that your teacher in Science opened his class by saying: “Science is Life”. And since Science exist to explain everything, we think we can find answers.
In this song, “the scientist” ventures into an investigation. And with the melody’s sullen demeanor, you feel its defeatist attitude. “Nobody said it was easy, no one ever said it would be so hard”. It then goes on, “Tell me you love me, come back to haunt me”. Finally the song continues with its play with words that’s almost chant-like, repetitive and urging. It screams. “I’m going back to the start.”
Yes. You know when you’re trying to solve a puzzle or you’re going through a mathematical equation, and you find yourself lost in the middle of clues and numbers? It’s so frustrating when that happens, right? And in the middle of the chaos in your head, the only thing that makes sense is to get that piece of paper, tear it to pieces, crumple it to oblivion and chuck it towards the trash bin. You want to just start over because nothing makes sense on paper anymore–all the details are lost with all the scribbling. Life can be like this sometimes and we try to figure things out but when we can’t, we just want to “Start all over again.”
Unfortunately, there is no reset button–not to love and definitely not in life. Science is life and life is love–but no matter what, you’ll find yourself “Running in circles, chasing tails… coming back as we are”. That’s reality, and it’s sad.



Oh Chris Martin…
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P.S. Just in case, I know that Biology is LIFE, okay?

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