How Do You Analyze the Lyrics Meaning of ‘Daddy’ by Coldplay At Best?

How Do You Analyze the Lyrics Meaning of ‘Daddy’ by Coldplay At Best?

Coldplay – Daddy Lyrics Meaning

Coldplay looks all set for its double-album, Everyday Life, release, expected on the 22nd November 2019. Their new single titled ‘Daddy’ is the fifth track from the album. The song illustrates the neglectful relationship between a father and his daughter (played by Chris Martin). Let’s learn the meaning behind the lyrics of the song ‘Daddy’ by Coldplay.

“Daddy” is the fourth song to be shared from Everyday Life along with “Arabesque,” “Orphans,” and the title track. Coldplay highlighted ‘Daddy,’ a tender verse from their upcoming double album, in a teaser clip last weekMTV reports, “Daddy is a sluggish and stirring song about a kid’s connection with their father.” They go as far as to say, “Coldplay wants to play with your emotions”. MTV clearly doesn’t like the song.

Introduction: Daddy Lyrics

The song shows the disconnection between a kid and her father in the music video. The song ends with her washing ashore and gripping the hand of her dad. Lucander said in a statement, “A few minutes into listening to the track ‘Daddy’, the song spoke to me in a way that stories and visual images began to dance in front of me.”

The song gives us pretty chilling visuals and the reality of many families in the world. The track backed up by the previous releases such as Orphans, Arabesque, and Everyday Life makes it certain that their upcoming double album is going to be a reality-based emotional rollercoaster. Coldplay is trying to get the stories of people into music and it seems to be paying off for them.

Daddy Lyrics Meaning

Let’s learn the meaning behind the lyrics of the song ‘Daddy’ by Coldplay section-wise.

[Verse 1]

In the song, the girl wants to play with her father just like her friends. But for some reason, her father is not able to manage his time for her. The possible reason can be predicted to be his habit of alcohol and drug abuse. This is typically a case in most of the families. The little girl asks him if he even cares for her. However, the avoidant nature of her father is pushing him further away from her every time she tries to get close to him.


The little girl shows her emotional maturity by letting him know that she understands his pain as well. Even then, she wishes him to be nearby. She is trying to speak to him. But he seems to be running away from her. So, at the end of the Pre-Chorus, the little girl says she has something to say.


In the lyrics for the Chorus section, the little girl tells her daddy that he is far away even though he is right there in front of her. His physical presence is there but his emotional presence is somewhere else. The mind of her father is roaming somewhere else and yet she yearns to hear his words. Regardless, she wants him to know that she is fine and she is okay. For she understands that her father cares even though it doesn’t look like it.

[Verse 2]

The second verse contains an intense emotional manipulation attempt by the girl to her father. She asks him if he is available for a quick chat. The girl tries to relate herself with him saying, “Look, Dad, we got the same hair and daddy, it’s my birthday.” But her father doesn’t seem to care. He is just running away from her since he clearly fears confrontation. The negligible relationship is certain to make the girl emotionally unavailable and extremely independent when she grows up.


Even though her manipulation attempts didn’t work for her, she wants him near her. So, she goes as far as to beg him to stay and not leave her. It’s her birthday today and she just wishes to feel her father’s presence around her.

Conclusion: Daddy Meaning

Coldplay is really trying to mess with our emotions. What do you think is the meaning behind the lyrics of the song ‘Daddy’ by Coldplay? Do you like it? Let us know in the comments section below. If you haven’t checked out the song already, watch the music video embedded below.

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This Post Has 28 Comments

  1. Fátima Cantú

    I did like it cause in my perception I can adapt it that I miss my father cause he passed away, and even if I wanted to talk his presence is not here.

    1. Laviasco

      Take care ❤❤

    2. Bang on…….I lost my dad in July and I cannot stop listening to this song at the moment. Amazing piece of music from Coldplay

      1. Laviasco

        Take care. ❤❤

      2. Rio Waz

        I lost my mom this september and truly know what you feel. This song goes straight to the heart.

        1. Laviasco

          Please take care ❤❤

    3. Nicole

      I agree! I feel exactly the same way as my dad died 7 months ago and I’ve interpreted it as missing him in that way

      1. Laviasco

        I can relate this to the death of my Grandma

  2. Nick

    “The song illustrates the neglectful relationship between a father and his daughter” Very shallow but predictable assumption. Men have their relationships with their children stripped away by the emotional toil, financial hardship and biase of family courts. This leaves the child thinking they are unloved by their dad due to lack of contact. It’s about two broken hearts a childs and thier daddy. I have experienced both sides of the coin and also seen my best friend takes his life because his lost his kids.

    1. Laviasco

      I suppose you’re right!

  3. Reem

    I felt that Daddy and most of the album is related to the refugees as they wrote everything in the album in Arabic, and the video showed a girl in a boat alone, so it’s so similar to the children refugees who lose their fathers in the war

    1. Laviasco

      It makes sense as per the vibe shown by previous singles from the album.

  4. Harolinne

    I interpreted in this way: a little girl talking to her dad even though maybe he doesn’t listen to her due to different reasons but as Coldplay mentioned most of his songs are based on what’s happening now with immigrants and refugees, I can say that her dad had to migrate to work for his family but he never appeared again, why? We don’t know, maybe he is still struggling or he is not alive anymore. That’s why the girl never complains and repeats “it’s okay” like saying “don’t worry, I’m not angry”, but when she says “stay just one day” I can feel that the girl doesn’t see her dad for long and she is asking him to come back at least for one day… so more probable he is not at home… that’s my interpretation

    1. Laviasco

      You’re making a point here!

  5. Pit

    Daddy is a God. This Daddy created this life (universe) and goes away.. As we know that Daddy isn’t here – who’s and where’s Mummy..? This is a lost part in any religion around the globe.
    And now listen this song again.

    1. Laviasco

      I don’t think God is running our Everyday Lives.

  6. Ronno

    We now know that Chris Martin is a big Stromae fan. This song’s lyrics remind me so much of Stromae’s “papaoutai”. In my opinion Chris Martin started from there (Papa, où est-tu? – Daddy, where are you?) and added the refugees’ context.

    1. Laviasco

      Well, if you say so

  7. Julie Sewall

    It spoke to me about God and I and everything I went through last year. God is Daddy or Abba Father. Every security in my life was removed. But God always saved me and provided. And in the end when I finally rested in Him and didn’t worry…He brought me to shore.

    1. Laviasco


    2. Abram Nun

      Couldn’t agree more, beautiful song !!!

  8. Leo

    I cry everytime I hear this, oh so beautiful, song! I connected with this song the very first time I heard it. When I left my children (then 7 and 12 years old) because of divorce I felt I abandoned them. Their mother manipulated them as to let them think I was a bad guy and didn’t care about them…… 😢 If I wouldn’t have such a good relationship now with my girls, I don’t think I would be able to listen to this beautiful song. It would hurt too much…..But for this reason I’m “Champion of the world”! 😊 I love my two daughters to bits …..❤️

    1. Laviasco

      Take care ❤

  9. William Said

    I have missed ColdPlay concerts for 10 years living in the middle of US. My son at 29 passed away and today for Valentine’s Day weekend I make a heart with red roses. I drive a Tesla w a great loud stereo, so I raised my gull wing door and played “ Daddy”. As I made a video and posted to Instagram. It turned out haunting as the graveyard is vast and powerful reminder of our daddies and other loved ones
    ColdPlay forever

    I run a mental health facility which treats addiction, depression etc w leading edge technology. My son was my partner n also a gifted musician

    1. Laviasco


  10. Kevin

    Love Coldplay and just heard this song for the first time today, but brought tears to my eyes as it spoke to me on so many levels. My parents divorced in my early teens, but I never had a super close relationship with my dad. In my late 20’s he passed due to brain cancer and wasn’t until that point in time that we were starting to get close. He was hanging on in a coma and once I said my goodbye and let him know I loved him, he passed a couple of hours later.
    This song stirred up all those emotions..

    1. Laviasco


  11. Joe Miano

    Typical Coldplay lyrics = subject to one’s own interpretation. As. a Dad who happens to dote on his daughter and loves her immeasurably, I see it as the eventual parting one way or another either via death or physical distance. For us, it is 900 miles “far away” but my promise to her is this: on your birthday, and every other special day, I WILL answer the call (in fact, I will pre-empt the call) and my hand is always there to hold yours :-). So, depending on circumstances, this can be a very sad song or a hopeful song. Beautifully put together. Best song on the album for moi!

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