Strawberry Swing (4:09)

Cover of Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends

From Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends and 13 other releases

Strawberry Swing is a track included on Coldplay’s fourth album.

This is one of several potential album cuts with Afro-pop and high-life influences: Here, distortion-free finger-picked guitars which sound straight out of Mali mix with a heavy bassline and psychedelic synths. “My Mum comes from Zimbabwe, so I spent a lot of time there,” says Martin. “I used to work in a studio where people played that.” More gentle than much of the album, it is built around a repetitive African-inspired guitar as a blissed-out Martin sings the touching and slightly psychedelic love song about “such a perfect day”.

Key lyric: “The sky could be blue, I don’t mind, without you it’s a waste of time.”

It is thought that Now My Feet Won’t Touch The Ground was an earlier/alternate title for Strawberry Swing, due to its presence in the song’s lyrics below.


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