Song of the Day: ‘Til Kingdom Come by Coldplay

Til’ Kingdom Come is the 13th and final track on Coldplay’s 3rd studio album X&Y. The song is a hidden track and is preceded by 30 seconds of silence following Twisted Logic. The song is also labeled as “+” on the album’s track listing.

Lyrics:

Steal my heart and hold my tongue
I feel my time, my time has come
Let me in, unlock the door
I’ve never felt this way before

And the wheels just keep on turning
The drummer begins to drum
I don’t know which way I’m going
I don’t know which way I’ve come

Hold my head inside your hands
I need someone who understands
I need someone, someone who hears
For you, I’ve waited all these years

For you I’d wait ’til kingdom come
Until my day, my day is done
And say you’ll come and set me free
Just say you’ll wait, you’ll wait for me

In your tears and in your blood
In your fire and in your flood
I hear you laugh, I heard you sing
I wouldn’t change a single thing

And the wheels just keep on turning
The drummers begin to drum
I don’t know which way I’m going
I don’t know what I’ll become

For you I’d wait ’til kingdom come
Until my days, my days are done
And say you’ll come and set me free
Just say you’ll wait, you’ll wait for me

Just say you’ll wait, you’ll wait for me
Just say you’ll wait, you’ll wait for me

—–

It was originally intended to be a duet with Johnny Cash, but he passed away before he could record his part. As tribute, Coldplay often mix the song with Cash’s “Ring of Fire” while playing it live. Also as tribute, Chris Martin appears in the video for the posthumous Cash release “God’s Gonna Cut You Down”, which won the 2008 Grammy for best short form music video.

Chris Martin told Rolling Stone July 14, 2005 that both “A Message” and this song came from his religious upbringing. Said Martin: “‘A Message’ is taken from a hymn we used to sing called ‘My Song Is Love Unknown,’ and we’d say ‘kingdom come’ every week in the Lord’s Prayer. One of the great things about being forced to go to church services is that we’d sing all these big songs. That’s partly why I’m obsessed with getting everyone to sing along at our shows. It makes me feel like I’m a part of something.”

Coldplay

Origin London, United Kingdom
Genres Alternative rock, post-Britpop
Years active 1996–present
Labels EMI, Parlophone, Capitol, Fierce Panda, Republic
Associated acts Apparatjik
Website coldplay.com
Members Chris Martin
Jonny Buckland
Guy Berryman
Will Champion

image by yuumei

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