"God Put a Smile Upon Your Face" (CD Single)

 
Live version of 2002 song is solid but adds one curse word.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

An overall positive message about how people should value themselves for being unique.

Positive role models

Song advocates the idea that each person is special simply for being an individual.

Violence
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Sex
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Language

The live version of the song includes the word "f--k."

Consumerism
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Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that "God Put a Smile Upon Your Face" is a generally clean song that includes no adult references to sex, substance use, or violence. While the original studio recording of the song (on the 2002 album A Rush of Blood to the Head) is also free of profanity, the version on the Live 2012 record features the word "f--k."

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What's the story?

"GOD PUT A SMILE UPON YOUR FACE" -- a song that was originally released on the Coldplay's 2002 album, A Rush of Blood to the Head -- makes a repeat appearance on Live 2012, a compilation of songs from the band's world tour. The album accompanies a documentary film of the tour by the same name. The somewhat obscure lyrics of this track tell the story of someone who encourages another person not to feel down at the end of a relationship because "God gave you style and gave you grace."

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

While Coldplay has the catchy hook down pat, lead singer Chris Martin has never been known for spot-on vocals -- revealed even more obviously in a live performance like this one. That said, the renowned energy of a Coldplay concert comes through loud and clear in this live recording, making you feel like you could have been in the arena yourself.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about this version of the song. How does it compare to the original version?

  • What are some of the cool and not-so-cool things about listening to a live recording and an album that was captured in the studio?

  • Which of Coldplay's recordings do you like more -- live, or in the studio? Why?

Music details

Artist:Coldplay
Release date:November 19, 2012
Type:Single
Label:EMI
Genre:Pop
Parental advisory:Yes
Edited version available:No

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Parent of a 6 year old Written bymadsmooney1214 December 6, 2012
age 13+
 

god put a smile upon your face cd single

making you feel like you could have been in the arena yourself. Families can talk about this version of the song. How does it compare to the original version? What are some of the cool and not-so-cool things about listening to a live recording and an album that was captured in the studio? Which of Coldplay's recordings do you like more -- live, or in the studio? Why?
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Too much swearing
Parent Written bydalekslayer96 November 27, 2014
age 11+
 

Definitely a major highlight on the main album itself

As a Coldplay fanboy, this review may be slightly biased, but I do know how well it stacks up against some of Coldplay's other songs. And from what I know, this song is brilliant. The original studio version is amazing enough, with its incredibly slick tone. This version turns the original, much quieter song into some loud arena rock. The lead singer, Chris Martin, does use the word "fuck" twice, but in context its used to excite the audience and get them to interact with the performance. Overall, I think there's nothing wrong with this song and it really isn't that bad despite the slightly explicit language.

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