I want to know when I can go
Back and get drunk with my friends
I want to know when I can go
Back and be young again…

..those lines, from “Orphans,” Coldplay’s newest single, are silky and smooth, and lead into a song with intelligent lyrics that weave unworldly, unearthly and unknowable images–it’s intense and urgent, an alluring  blend of instruments, vocals, vision and direction

Baba would go where the flowers grow
Almond and peach trees in bloom
And he would know just when and what to sow

So golden and opportune

The mood and lyrics of “Orphan” remind us of “With or Without You,” U2’s  monster 1987 hit, also silky, smooth, alluring…and intense.

Through the storm we reach the shore
You give it all but I want more

I can’t live
With or without you