Over the course of my life, there have been hundreds of songs that have deeply moved me and resonated with me. I have never been able to say that one particular song is my favorite though...until now.
"The Scientist" by Coldplay is the most amazing, deep, and poetic song I've ever heard.
I first started listening to Coldplay on a regular basis last spring (I know I know, I was 10 years late to the party) and this song quickly became a song that I simply could not stop listening to. I decided to read more about the song and learned that it was inspired by Nathaniel Hawthorne's 1846 short story The Birthmark.
The Birthmark tells the tale of a scientist named Aylmer, who was married to a woman named Georgiana. Aylmer became obsessed with removing what he saw as Georgiana's one physical imperfection - a birthmark on her cheek. He develops a liquid treatment for her to drink that he thinks will dissolve her birthmark. Sadly, the treatment kills her and he is left to live a life of regret; regret for being so scientific in his thinking that he ultimately lost his one true love (the entire second verse of the song speaks of his regret).
Sad, poetic, and poignant. It's simply remarkable.
I encourage you click the play button above and take 5 minutes of your time to listen to this amazing song.
What's your favorite song of all-time?