Magic - Coldplay


by Simon Cleary 

The Experience: Coldplay slides its message on a slow drum beat. The piano winds in as the Magic of love comes alive. Finally the guitar brings the show to its climax. Do I believe in magic? Yes I do.


Official Video: A 1930s film-style story of a drunk and abusive magician, humiliating his wife-assistant - who's in love with Chris, acting as the assistant. Chris discovers magic in himself and saves her from the magician.
The video's message: the magician treats his wife as property, dominating her. Chris sees her as a person... and that's the real magic. 
But the message only gets halfway: love, once lost (between the magicians), can't be made up? That it's better to abandon once love dies down? The deepest magic isn't levitation with a wave of your hands. It's lifting up a sunken heart, healing someone "broken into two" to love again. Can you do that trick?

The meaning of Coldplay Magic hinges on love. Magicians have a trick where the aide gets sawn in two, then magically put back together. Chris calls out I just got broken, broken in two. Love can do that to you. Love can also put you back together. 

Ask Yourself: We can stop believing in love being magical. "If you were to ask me, After all that we've been through, Still believe in magic?" 
Oh yes I do 


LYRICS:
Call it true
Call it magic
When I'm with you
And I just got broken
Broken into two
Still I call it magic
When I'm next to you

And I don't, And I don't
And I don't, And I don't
Know, I don't, it's true
I don't know, I don't know
I don't know, I don't
When anybody ask but you
I don't know, I don't know
I don't know, I don't
Know, I don't, it's true
I don't know, I don't know
I don't know, I don't
When anybody ask but you

Ooooh ooh ooh

Call it magic
Cut me into two
I'ma fold your magic
I disappear from view
And I can't get over
Can't get over you
Still I call it magic
It's such a passion doom

And I don't, And I don't
And I don't, And I don't
Know, I don't, it's true
I don't know, I don't know
I don't know, I don't
When anybody ask but you
I don't know, I don't know
I don't know, I don't
Know, I don't, it's true
I don't know, I don't know
I don't know, I don't
When anybody ask but you

Wanna fall
I fall so far
I wanna fall
I fall so hard
And I call it magic
And I call it true
I call it magic

Ooooh ooh ooh
Ooooh ooh ooh
Ooooh ooh ooh
Ooooh ooh ooh

And if you were to ask me
After all that we've been through
Still believe in magic
Oh yes I do
Oh yes I do
Yes I do
Oh yes I do
Of course I do

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