29 oracle items tagged as christmas lights
December 16, 2010 / submitted by Jens, Denmark
Q.  Hello omniscient Oracle!
Hope you're having a great day.

I know this is a pretty irrelevant question, but I'm just asking it anyway. :)

In the new Christmas Lights video, who's hand is it that puts the pickup on the record in the very beginning?


It's a popular question Jens although the answer is not very exciting - no offence to the owner of the hand. It was a member of the filming crew so no-one we collectively know and love.

December 15, 2010 / submitted by Gretchen, United States of America
Q.  Hello, Oracle!

I have two questions: 1) Is Oxford Street a real street and if so can you tell us about it and why someone would 'take their feet' there if they were feeling troubled? And 2) Are you tired of answering questions about Christmas Lights yet?!

I suppose that was technically 3 questions, so forgive me for that! ;)

Merry early Christmas, Oracle!


Oxford Street is most likely the busiest shopping street in London and home to many large chains and department stores. It's pretty famous for its Christmas displays in shop windows and the lights that adorn the street. It's not necessarily somewhere you'd take your troubled self, in fact it's probably best avoided unless you want to be jostled around a fair bit - it's insanely populated most days let alone during the run up to Christmas. It can be synonymous with Christmas and I always see the lyric as referring to where one would have once gone to buy your loved one a gift.
I'm actually enjoying answering questions about the song Gretchen and there's plenty more in the Oracle's bank...

December 15, 2010 / submitted by Brad Scott, United States of America
Q.  Do you remember when Coldplay was featured on 60 Minutes? Chris played a few notes of Christmas Lights for the interviewer (forgot his name). Why are the lyrics on the release of Christmas Lights different than the ones that Chris sings on the 60 Minutes clip from many months ago?

Songs can sometimes go through many changes before the final track is recorded - even then they can be modified for live shows - Talk is an example of trying out different intros and lyrical changes. Obviously this isn't a blueprint but in the case of the version of Christmas Lights played on 60 minutes, that was then a work in progress.

December 13, 2010 / submitted by Chris, United Kingdom
Q.  Hi Oracle, I was listening to the interview that Chris and Jonny gave on XFM. Chris was being very mysterious about the new album, BUT I do remember him joking about February 9th as a release date for Christmas Lights. I'm just wondering if this is a secret coded release of information for us very intrigued fans?? I hope so! :)



A couple of people have written in asking why Chris mentioned a February release date in radio interviews on the night Christmas Lights was released.
Just to clear this up he was referring to the fact that Christmas Lights isn't a song that you can release at any other time of year, such as February. A few fans got excited thinking he was talking about the album; he wasn't.
I guess this would be a good time to answer another question I was asked:

"Is Christmas Lights inherently a love song with Christmas context or a Christmas song with love context?" I'd say it's the former and as it wasn't written for the next album it made sense to release it at the start of the festive season - although some shops seem to think that is in October...

December 9, 2010 / submitted by Javier M E, Spain
Q.  My cousin watched your Christmas Lights video and asked what Elvis had to do with Christmas. Of course I know Elvis Presley sung lots of Christmas songs, but I answered him that it might have been a mistake in the transcription or reading of the video script: Maybe the script writer intended to show THREE ELVES (like Santa's helpers) and someone read THREE ELVIS??

Hahahahaha! That's funny! If you listen to the lyrics of the song - or you can read them here - you will hear (or see) there is actually an Elvis reference in the song so it's no mistake.

December 8, 2010 / submitted by Emily, United States of America
Q.  Oracle!
Who did the art work on the Christmas Lights cover?

It was Yu Matsuoka Pol.

December 8, 2010 / submitted by Kathryn, United States of America
Q.  Where was the music video for Christmas Lights filmed? Many thanks! :)

It was filmed at Southbank in London on the River Thames. This also answers other questions asked:
The building in the final scene is not a mosque nor is it The White House it is in fact St. Paul's Cathedral.

December 8, 2010 / submitted by Pranav, India
Q.  Has the Christmas Lights video been shot in one shot? :)

A few people have asked this and apparently the word on the street is that it was a single shot video. There might have only been one camera (to be confirmed) but I can assure you that the video was not filmed in just one take.
They didn't 'wrap' until around 3 in the morning.

FYI: For those who wish to know, 'wrap' is the term used when the final filming has taken place. My favourite example of the word being used is at 3 minutes 55 seconds in this.

December 2, 2010 / submitted by Marie, Czech Republic
Q.  Dear Oracle.
What does it mean the sign above the curtain in the video Christmas Lights? Thank you

Ha ha, a few people have been asking this. In the Christmas Lights video the words above the stage curtain say CREDO ELVEM ETIAM VIVERE. This means "I believe Elvis lives" in Latin.