330px-Coldplay - Every Teardrop Is a Waterfall
EP and Single by Coldplay
From Mylo Xyloto
Written by
Produced by
  • Marcus Dravs
  • Daniel Green
  • Rik Simpson
Release 3 June 2011

(CD single/ digital download/ 7")

Genre Pop
Length 4:00 (Album Version) 4:03 (Single Edit)
Mylo Xyloto Track Listing "Mylo Xyloto"

"Hurts Like Heaven" "Paradise" "Charlie Brown" "Us Against the World" "M.M.I.X. Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall "Major Minus" "U.F.O." "Princess of China" "Up in Flames" "A Hopeful Transmission" "Don't Let it Break Your Heart" "Up with the Birds"

Coldplay chronology
 LeftRightLeftRightLeft Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall Mylo Xyloto
Coldplay singles chronology
 Christmas Lights Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall  Paradise

"Every Teardrop is a Waterfall" is a song by Coldplay. The lead single from their fifth studio album, Mylo Xyloto, it was released on 3 June 2011, as a digital download except in the United Kingdom where it was released 2 days later. The song was nominated for two Grammy Awards: Best Rock Performance and Best Rock Song. It contains elements of the 1976 song "I Go to Rio" written by Peter Allen and Adrienne Anderson. Debuting at number 29 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the United States, the song sold 85,000 copies in its first week, before climbing to its peak of number 14. It peaked at number 6 on the UK Singles Chart.

The song made its radio debut on BBC Radio 1, BBC Radio 2, BBC 6 Music, Absolute Radio, and Xfm. Coldplay first performed it live on 4 June at the Rock am Ring and Rock im Park festival in Nürnberg, Germany. It was also played live at the Steve Jobs memorial/celebration-of-life event at Apple headquarters on 19 October 2011 in Cupertino, California, and at the opening of the MTV European Music Awards in Belfast, Northern Ireland on 6 November 2011.The song was used as the theme for the live-action film adaptation of Chūya Koyama's Uchū Kyōdai (Space Brothers) manga.


  • I turn the music up, I got my records on
  • I shut the world outside until the lights come on
  • Maybe the streets alight, maybe the trees are gone
  • I feel my heart start beating to my favourite song
  • And all the kids they dance, all the kids all night
  • Until Monday morning feels another life
  • I turn the music up
  • I'm on a roll this time
  • And heaven is in sight
  • I turn the music up, I got my records on
  • From underneath the rubble sing a rebel song
  • Don't want to see another generation drop
  • I'd rather be a comma than a full stop
  • Maybe I'm in the black, maybe I'm on my knees
  • Maybe I'm in the gap between the two trapezes
  • But my heart is beating and my pulses start
  • Cathedrals in my heart
  • As we saw oh this light I swear you, emerge blinking into
  • To tell me it's alright
  • As we soar walls, every siren is a symphony
  • And every tear's a waterfall
  • Is a waterfall
  • Oh
  • Is a waterfall
  • Oh oh oh
  • Is a is a waterfall
  • Every tear
  • Is a waterfall
  • Oh oh oh
  • So you can hurt, hurt me bad
  • But still I'll raise the flag
  • Oh
  • It was a wa wa wa wa wa-aterfall
  • A wa wa wa wa wa-aterfall
  • Every tear
  • Every tear
  • Every teardrop is a waterfall
  • Every tear
  • Every tear
  • Every teardrop is a waterfall
  • Every tear
  • Every tear
  • Every teardrop is a waterfall