A Head Full of Dreams, album cover
A Head Full of Dreams, album cover

SONG MEANING: “Hymn for the Weekend” by Coldplay is about finding the ability to do awesome things together with someone whose impact in your life verges on the “angelic.” 

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“Hymn for the Weekend” has got to be one of my favorite songs from A Head Full of Dreams by Coldplay. The song is slow, yet strong, and it features Beyonce’s beautiful voice. The song’s about as pop music-ish as Coldplay can get I think, and Chris Martin the lead singer, in an interview with the Wall Street Journal, backs me up on that:

“The original kernel was that I was listening to Flo Rida or something, and I thought, it’s such a shame that Coldplay could never have one of those late-night club songs, like ‘Turn Down for What.'”




“Hymn for the Weekend” grew out of a desire for Coldplay to have a club song that people could dance to, and I think it’s a great. Usually club music doesn’t have a lot of depth, but Coldplay manages to pull off depth as well as “pop hit” in “Hymn for the Weekend.” I think you’re going to like it.

Adventure of a Lifetime Artwork
Adventure of a Lifetime Artwork

The Meaning of “Hymn for the Weekend” by Coldplay

In the Intro, Beyonce sings, “Drink from me, drink from me / Then we’ll shoot across the sky,” “Symphony,” and “So high, so high.” “Hymn for the Weekend” is about, as Martin puts it, “the idea of having an angelic person in your life.” While the parts are somewhat indistinct, Beyonce does seem to be singing from the perspective of someone who is an angel in Chris Martin’s character’s life. She wants him to “drink from” her and promises that if he does find his sustenance in her, that they’ll “shoot across the sky”–he’ll be amazed by how good things will be as they go “so high.”

In Verse 1, Chris Martin responds to her call in praise of her: “Oh, angels sent from up above / You know you make my world light up.” She’s the kind of person who rescues people–she’s a force for good in others’ lives. Martin continues, “When I was down, when I was hurt / You came to lift me up”; the angel has helped him.

Continuing the imagery of going “so high,” Martin sings, “Life is a drink, and love’s a drug / Oh, now I think I must be miles up.” This new state of ecstasy and joy is a far cry from how he “was hurt, withered, dried up” when she “came to rain a flood” of help and support on him.

Hymn for the Weekend - ColdplayThe Chorus is an interesting combining and weaving of voices as Martin sings every other line solo and the rest with Beyonce. Together, they sing, “So drink from me, drink from me.” They’re both partaking of who the other is and what he/she has to offer. They also sing, “We’re on a symphony,” and, “Put your wings on me, wings on me.” Music can be a metaphor for being in harmony with someone else, and the wings are references to angels and to that idea of “having an angelic person in your life.” That they’re both singing that line suggests that both the male and female in “Hymn for the Weekend” are being angels for each other.

The other parts of the chorus that just Martin sings are, “When I was so thirsty,” “No I just can’t get enough,” “When I was so heavy,” and “When I’m lower, lower, lower, low.” All of these have to do with feeling like you’re being defeated or in need of help from someone–a theme that the angelic-friend-or-lover theme counters. When Martin is in need, what he really needs is this other person.

In the Post-chorus, Martin sings, “Got me feeling drunk and high.” He’s befuddled and feeling alive at the same time. It’s a mix of emotions, and he’s not sure what to do with it. She’s a positive but also confusing force in his life.

Beyonce Screenshot
Beyonce

In the Second Verse, Martin (with Beyonce on backup vocals) sings, “Oh, angels sent from up above / I feel it coursing through my blood.” The power she gives him to feel alive is working on him, and he can tell–he can feel it in his body. He sings, “Life is a drink,” because he’s intoxicated by her, and she’s made life look different for him, much the same way too much alcohol can make a person see things differently. Martin finishes the verse, “[Y]our love’s about / To make the stars come out,” in testament to how much power to make his life better she has.

After a Bridge that repeats some of Martin’s words about being “drunk and high,” Beyonce Outro’s the song, singing “Then we’ll shoot across the sky,” several times over. Because the couple is together and can give the “angelic” gifts they may have to each other, they will be able to do extraordinary things.

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Clifford Stumme has his master’s in English literature and is a blogger and a college instructor/desk-watcher at Liberty University. He likes juggling and reading/writing, and he is married to the wonderful and beautiful Wife April. He thinks pop music is awesome. Seriously awesome.

Clifford Stumme

  • Joe Miano

    Well, the great thing about Coldplay is their lyrics are open to multiple interpretations. I have a different take than the intended party for a weekend anthem; I read and feel a much deeper meaning from a Spiritual realm.

    • I think I understand what you mean, and I’d like to hear more.
      Martin has been explicit about what the song is about, so it was inarguably intended to mean the party anthem, but I agree that we can get different things out of it.

  • rockey

    you r a f a… hole

  • rockey

    how you can think that much rubbish in
    a beautiful manner. if coldpla is right on your track

  • rockey

    and at the end … you wont be able to be ever be learn symbolism( stars, planet, nature, persons, flora and funna & pluto) of any kind until you are a HINDU ism practiciser (thats the word before in hindi its abhyarthee0

  • naomi ruth

    I sent this song to my twin flame today. We can relate to every element start to finish. I like especially that you pick up on drunk and high as states of being both elated and confused. We both get scared of the power the other has over us sometimes and vice versa. But it is the most beautiful connection I’ve ever experienced. We both have been through some of the worst crap, but together our lives keep getting better. The vibe is so high it is like a party, and the people around us elevate too!

    • Interesting stuff, Naomi. I’m so glad to hear you enjoyed it. I did a little reading on “twin flames” but would like to hear more from you if you have time.

      • naomi ruth

        Yes Clifford, I’m an expert on soul connections and love talking about it. I’ll actually be elaborating on twin flames and other soul connections at a workshop I’m doing at Berry Good Studios in the Burg Friday at 7! Even if you believe in soulmates, twin flames are completely bananas as a notion; but I met mine so now I can go deeper in my investigation or go to the asylum haha. Feeling drunk and high indeed.

  • Paulo Goez

    I loved your explanation about the music. But, for me, it’s more like a addiction of something (like a drug) that the person had. Because if you read phrases like “I feel it coursing through my blood”, “Life is a drink, and love’s a drug”, “When I was so thirsty”, “Now I just can’t get enough” and then “When I’m low”, it’s like he had said that the drug or something like this gets him so drunk and so high that, for a couple minutes, he shoot across the sky.

  • AHMET TUNÇ

    Song is great but would be better without Beyonce. She ruined the song, such an overrated woman..

    • Kika Espincho

      I completely agree, she is overrated and she may have a good voice, but none of her songs are relatable or lyrics with depth… good to hear that I’m not the only one…

    • Yeah, I thought it was interesting that they really didn’t use her voice that much either.

  • I think this song embraces purre human emotions that can transport us from mere mortals to divine realms. The closest we get to feeling othe-worldly is when we experience things like faith,the aesthetic effect of the arts ,or love ,which feels so dizzying and mesmerising in this song. And the low tones of Chris Martin’s vocal paralleled against Beyones’s makes for an arresting contrast as they slowly become ,consumed and intoxicated with each other. And the repetition of certain words takes us increasingly higher to somewhere beyond our vision,chimerical and resonating with the pure colours are souls can bring. That’s how I see it anyway ,:)

    • Wow, I explained the lyrics, and you’ve given an interesting explanation of the feelings and music. Thanks!

    • Wow, great analysis! Thanks!

  • Manish kumar

    After listening to the song first, I had a rough idea that it talks about some divinity who asks the person to drink from her so that he gets to what he wants.
    After the video was released, first it got me thinking about the reason why the most awesome song of the new album shot in India, the country I belong to. As most of the relics and power that Hinduism talks about, feminism/femininity is supposed to be the ultimate set up some say Maya that is all around whom you have to know, comprehend and delve into to come out of it finally to reach the final phase of enlightenment.
    But as the video progresses, I was able to see how this feminine power was replaced with Mother Mary, I dont know whether my way of comprehension of this art of Coldplay falls in line with the thought with which the song was made but its a “food for thought” for sure. :)

  • Muiz

    When the music coming through my ears, it feels good. I just thought that I was finding my losing part.

  • A

    I’m pretty sure the “drink from me, drink from me, we’re on a symphony” etc is the pre-chorus not the chorus… The chorus starts when it goes ” I oh I oh I”

  • Saras

    The song is very beautiful and the music is too lofty. Well!! In hinduism feminity is the almighty of all powers. Personally I think this song is full of feminine power which has been dedicated to all woman in the world. In india most of the women are treated only as a doll for a home. Not only that but also they are brutally tortured and killed. Hope this problem will cure as soon as possible. This song is actually pronounced the life to free from all boundaries and specially when it talks about an angel or a real life women who can sweeten one’s life with the nectar of love and affections. Coldplay might have to try to explain it. The lyric has an extra ordinary power to rise one’s understanding towards his or her love.

    • Thanks for sharing your thoughts!

    • Pujan Bhatt

      tortured and killed ? have you ever been to India ? Where are you procrastinating ? lol

  • faaiz

    I am totally agreed with you, that’s why they shooted in india to describe all bout.

  • Alex John Wright

    First I would like to thank Clifford for the awesome interpretation of the song. This song has become my favorite from the first time I heard it. In my perspective If you hear just the song it suggests the human emotions to another person who just gives them life and the power to go on for instance Mother,Father,Soul mate, etc anyone. This can be interpret from the lines he says that life’s a drug and love’s a drug and “When I was down, when I was hurt You came to lift me up” this can be used to interpret his feelings for another person and the worldly interpretation of man for striving. But if you see the video its a whole lot of different opinion, the video shows holy people according to Indians, which I am a proud to be. It shows gurus and swamis, then the cast moves to a boy make-up’d as Lord Krishna. I think it suggests that god dwells through these people, all immortal beings reveal through the mortal beings to inspire and encourage the living. So It can indicate that we all have an angel looking over us !

    • That’d make sense to me. It would not be unprecedented for Coldplay to sing about such a thing. Thanks for the cool perspective.

  • Vina

    I saw Coldplay reasons to why the song was written. People should check it out. So we know what it means to them and why it was written. But what is great about any song is how it relates to your life and make you feel. Great interpretation Clifford.

  • Cupcakes

    What is the mood for this song?

  • Shay HK Diiva

    My favorite song!!!