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This song is about a scientist who is so caught up in his work that he neglects his girlfriend. When he gets his priorities straight, he wants to "go back to the start" and begin fresh.

Chris Martin said this song is based on his "disasters with girls." In a track-by-track reveal, he explained the development of the song: "That's just about girls. It's weird that whatever else is on your mind, whether it's the downfall of global economics or terrible environmental troubles, the thing that always gets you most is when you fancy someone."

The Grammy-nominated music video, directed by Jamie Thraves ("Just" by Radiohead, "I Will Follow You into the Dark" by Death Cab for Cutie), is rather inventive, with all the action going backwards, apropos for a song about going "back to the start." It starts with Chris Martin lying on a mattress and plays in reverse as we see how he got there. We learn that he was driving on a country road with his girlfriend in the passenger's seat when he swerved to avoid another vehicle, sending their car careening down a hill. His girlfriend is tossed through the windshield and presumably dead, but Martin wakes up and wanders off, eventually ending up on the mattress. The video was shot with the action moving forward, then reversed in post production. A key component is the lip-synch - making sure Chris Martin is singing normally in the finished product. To achieve this, he had to sing backwards so when the video was reversed, he'd appear to sing normally. This meant learning the song backwards, which took him weeks. Spike Jonze directed a backward video for the 1996 Pharcyde song "Drop," but that one bent time and space by having the group move backward in sections. In the Coldplay video, everyone moves in the same direction.

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Key, BPM (tempo) and time signature of The Scientist.
4/4Time Signature


The album The Scientist is released on.

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The record label that has released The Scientist.
Parlophone Records Limited
© 2002 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company
℗ 2002 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company

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