The final song on Prospekt’s March, clocking in at only 2:27, is “Now My Feet Won’t Touch the Ground,” the coming to fruition of the theme of that phrase from Viva La Vida and this EP. In this song it comes to its full expression, and the lyrics seem to be accepting of death, even implying that it’s time–again envisioning death as freedom. It begins with just a solo guitar and Chris Martin’s voice, like “Prospekt’s March/Poppyfields,” but it’s much more upbeat and fuller-sounding. The guitar is tuned in a different way than a normal guitar, allowing it to utilize more strings for each chord, play melodic lines within the strings and provide a richer sound (like the guitar in “Kingdom Come,” the hidden track on X&Y). It has an almost folk-song-like quality to it, with its simplicity, easily singable melody and basic chords (I, IV and V). Some electronic effects are added in the background after the first chorus, which sound like manipulated brass samples; they foreshadow the repeat of the chorus, where the guitar and effects remain the same but a full brass section accompanies them (along with a doubling of the vocal line an octave higher). The last line (“now my feet won’t touch the ground”) is repeated with only the brass as an accompaniment, recalling the strings-only accompaniment to the chorus of “Rainy Day” earlier in the album; and with that, Prospekt’s March comes to an end.

And with it this series of blog posts! I hope you enjoyed the last two weeks, and aren’t too offended that it was published a year late. Hmmm… what to write about next?



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