The Axis of Awesome
It’s been a while back since I first heard the song: Four Chords by a band called The Axis of Awesome. I had never heard of them before.
The Axis of Awesome is an Australian band. After they won a Moosehead Award with their show: The Axis of Awesome Comeback Spectacular, they performed their show at Edinburgh Fringe (2008) . It was after this show that the BBC Radio1 broadcasted the song: Four Chords.
Four Chords contains 36 pop songs and all these songs are played with only four chords. Isn’t that amazing!
So I took 25 songs from my favorite band Coldplay. Put parts of the lyrics of their songs together and wrote a letter to you Mr. Martin. Sometimes I used several parts of the lyrics and sometimes only one phrase. I hope you will not take this letter too serious.
Although the letter starts with dear Mr. Martin, it’s not only for you but for the other members of the band as well.
Enjoy reading it!
Dear Mr. Martin,
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 favorite song.
Call it magic, call it true. I think I landed in a world I hadn’t seen. When I’m feeling ordinary. When I don’t know what I mean. I just got lost. I used to rule the world. Seas would rise when I gave the word.
When I was just a girl, I expected the world. But it flew away from my reach so I ran away in my sleep and dreamed of Paradise. Hear Jerusalem bells a-ringing. Roman cavalry choirs are singing. Dreaming of the Osaka sun. Dreaming of when the morning comes. Everything I want is a dream away. That’s what you told me. You can see the change you want to be what you want to be.
I’ve been reading books of old, the legend and the myths. Achilles and his gold, Hercules and his gifts. Spiderman’s control and Batman with his fists. And clearly I don’t see myself upon that list.
When you try your best, but you don’t succeed. When you get what you want, but not what you need. When you feel so tired, but you can’t sleep. Stuck in reverse. In my place where lines I couldn’t change. One minute I held the key. Next the walls were closed on me. And I discovered that my castles stands upon pillars of salt and pillars of sand.
And you don’t know where you’re going, and you wanna talk. And you feel like you’re going where you‘ve been before. You tell anyone who’ll listen but you feel ignored. Nothing is really making any sense at all.
Where do we go nobody knows. Where do we go to draw the line? I don’t care, go on and tear me apart. I don’t care if you do. Running in circles. Coming up tails. Heads on a science part. Fish fell out of water. Birds stuck on the ground. Chaos giving orders. Everything is upside down. Confusion never stops.
If we’ve only got this life. How come people suffer? How come people part? How come people struggle? How come people break your heart? Am I part of the cure? Or am I part of the disease? They say people come, they say people go.
My father said never give up. If you never try, then you’ll never know. So turn your magic on. Everything you want’s a dream away. And we are legends every day. That’s what you told me. Under this pressure, under this weight, we are diamonds.
I’m gonna get it together right now. I’m gonna get it together somehow. I’m gonna get it together and flower. I’m gonna get it together, I know.
Now I feel my heart beating. I feel my heart underneath my skin. Lights will guide me home, and ignite my bones, and you will try to fix me. You make me feel like I’m alive again.
Nobody said it would be easy. Nobody ever said it would be this hard. But time is on our side . Not pushing you down and all around. It’s no cause for concern.
I’m so scared about the future and I wanna talk to you. Look at the stars. Look how they shine for you and everything you do. God gave you style and gave you grace. God put a smile upon your face. Honey you are a rock upon which I stand. I come here to talk. I hope you understand.
So I say drink from me. Life is a drink and love’s a drug. I’m feeling drunk and high.
Viva la Vida…….