I have been listening to the song, “Yellow” by Coldplay (performed by Sara Bareilles), for the “n”th time already. At first, I really don’t get why I constantly tune in to this song. I usually listen to songs for chillaxin’ or just for nothing then eventually hop from one song to another.

Every time I hook my earphones on, I easily get captivated with the song’s rhythm, then the singing style and lastly, the lyrics. This systematical process of music appreciation was completely distorted when I grasped the best-version-ever-made Yellow by Sara, and also, when a friend shared his amazing thought on a few lyrics of this song. Now, preferably starting with the lyrics is quite commendable.

Ultimately, it talks about the stars and how “yellow’ they are. And yes, we could take this literally. We may grab a guitar and start with the key of “D” and shout from the top of our lungs: “Look at the stars, look how they shine for you.” We might even sing this as a serenade for someone we love.

But amazingly, God showed me a better perspective and an overwhelming demonstration of His love. With this, I could say upfront that God indeed works in mysterious ways we may not even notice immediately. He’s just incredibly amazing.

Note: Song lyrics at the bottom.

The song kicked off with a picture of the stars on how they shine for us—how they emanate a radiating glare of yellow gleam on our body and how they turn our skin and bones into something beautiful.

Even with this, I can latch on to how Jesus Christ prove himself to be the light of the world (John 8:12). As what we already might know, the blazing ball of fire which we call the sun is a star. Being the brightest element in the universe, the sun is an epitome of light and since Jesus is the light of the world, the sun can be a perfect representation of Jesus Christ. Thus, we can perceive this as the sun being the “Son”. The skin represents the outward being of a person while the bone is what’s inside.

In a deeper sense, the Son’s love indeed pierces through every person’s soul (skin) and heart (bone). It changes us from glory to glory. It allows a divine transformation to transpire from deep within that takes effect through an outward Godly consciousness. His love is so intense that it could flip a life from dark to light.

The song is on the view of Jesus’ mouth telling us that he swam and jumped across all our sins and unrighteousness on the cross. He already drew a line for us from sin and all evil. He’s done it all. All for us.

But it doesn’t end there. A friend told me that while he was listening to the song, he felt Jesus Christ saying this line to him: “I’d bleed myself dry, for you I’d bleed myself dry.” Then, it hit me. This shows a clear-cut notion on how Jesus Christ bled to death for us. He was mocked, humiliated, ridiculed, scorned, crucified and killed. But then He endured all of these for us to receive the promise. The promise of salvation and end of all transgression so that we may see our lives in His perspective on how it should be lived.

‘Nuff said, the sole reason why I have constantly been listening to this song is because God has something to tell and it all boils down to one thing—one simple line of the song—that should not be overlooked and taken for granted.

“You know I love you so.”


Here’s the lyrics of the song:


Look at the stars,
Look how they shine for you,
And everything you do,
They were all yellow.

I came along,
I wrote a song for you,
And everything you do,
And it was called yellow.

So then I took my turn,
Oh what a thing to have done,
And it was all yellow.

Your skin
Oh yeah, your skin and bones,
Turn into something beautiful,
You know, you know I love you so,
You know I love you so.

I swam across,
I jumped across for you,
Oh what a thing to do.
Cos you were all yellow,

I drew a line,
I drew a line for you,
Oh what a thing to do,
And it was all yellow.

Your skin,
Oh yeah your skin and bones,
Turn into something beautiful,
do you know for you, You know
I’d bleed myself dry,
For you I’d bleed myself dry.

For you I’d bleed myself dry.
It’s true, look how they shine for you,
Look how they shine for you,
Look how they shine,
Look how they shine for you,
Look how they shine for you,
Look how they shine.
Look at the stars,


As you look at the stars (or look at the sun), be reminded that Jesus loves you so, so much.

Needless to say: according to psychologists, yellow also symbolizes joy, hope and happiness.

(Posted: September 1, 2011)


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