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i have thousands of songs in my itunes and sometimes i lose track of what music is actually in my library.  a recent example, “everything’s not lost” by coldplay (i know i’ve heard it before, but i just listened to it the other day).  here, chris martin sings about not losing hope through tough times.  the band promotes a similar message in other songs, but one way this rendition stands out is in its structure.  the track is built more like a gospel choir hymn, especially with its almost spiritual call to “sing your demons away” while winding down with the title as a repeated refrain.  lyrics below:

When I’m counting up my demons.
Saw there was one for every day.
With the good ones on my shoulder,
I drove the other ones away. 

If you ever feel neglected,
If you think all is lost,
I’ll be counting up my demons, yeah,
Hoping everything’s not lost.
When you thought that it was over,
You could feel it all around,
Everybody’s out to get you,
Don’t you let it drag you down.
Cause if you ever feel neglected,
If you think that all is lost,
I’ll be counting up my demons, yeah.
Hoping everything’s not lost

Singing out,
Oh oh oh yeah,
Oh oh yeah,
Oh oh yeah,
Everything’s not lost.
Come on yeah,
Oh oh yeah,
Come on yeah,
Everything’s not lost,
Oh oh oh yeah,
Oh oh yeah,
Oh oh yeah,
And everything’s not lost,
Come on yeah,
Oh oh yeah,
Come on yeah,
Come on yeah,
Oh oh yeah,
Come on yeah,
Everything’s not lost
Sing out yeah,
Oh oh yeah,
Come on yeah,
Everything’s not lost,
Come on yeah,
Oh oh yeah,
Sing out yeah,
Everything’s not lost
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everything’s not lost

01/25/13 , , , , , , ,

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They’re retaining some of the demons only chasing away some. That’s very contrary to the Gospel of JESUS CHRIST. Befriending some of the demons – that’s such an awful representation

David L Ferguson

01/26/13

i don’t think the singer is befriending any demons here. he says he sees a demon for every day, which i think speaks more to being in a depressed/”lost” state than something to be taken literally. from there, he takes stock of his life (part of that is counting up “demons” or problems), hoping to find something positive that’s been blocked by the depression, which would be a sign that “everything’s not lost.” we know he finds those positive things in line 3 and decides to keep/focus on the good stuff while discarding the bad. all of that actually sounds very much in line with the teachings of christ that i’ve read.

note

01/26/13

I would say then, if you are correct, I don’t like the choice of words or how it was expressed

David L Ferguson

01/27/13

gotcha

note

01/27/13

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