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

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Stephanie Bruzzese, Common Sense Media
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Live version of 2002 song is solid but adds one curse word.

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Positive Messages

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

Positive Role Models & Representations

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


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

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What 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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Written byAnonymous November 27, 2014

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,... Continue reading

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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?

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.

Talk to your kids 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
  • Last updated: November 11, 2020

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