Young Chris Martin Rises Above Bullying In 'Champion Of The World' Video
By Eliot Hill
February 26, 2020
In the video, lead singer Chris Martin heads back to elementary school but it wasn't to enjoy the thrills of childhood. Instead, the video is a poignant look at being bullied and knowing your worth despite it.
The song was released as a tribute to Frightened Rabbit singer Scott Hutchison who took his own life in 2018. “Scott had a song called ‘Los Angeles Be Kind,’ which I love,” Chris Martin previously said in a statement. “When I first heard it, I thought it was going to go one way; but it went another. Anyway ‘Champion of the World’ is the song that came from following the other path, and that’s why Scott is a co-writer on this song.”
In the video, Martin can be seen getting kicked and yelled at by fellow schoolmates as well as being screamed at by his parents. There's also a scene where he's nervously performing on a school stage in front of just one fellow — and bored looking — student.
As the video progresses, Martin rises above the hate (literally) and gets freed from it all. He's seen sitting on a rocketship flying high above the school ground and his neighborhood where viewers can see him succeeding as a singer and on the playground.
Martin sings in the outro: ”So I'm flying on my bicycle/ Heading upwards from the Earth/ I am jumping with no parachute/ Out into the universe/ I have E.T. on my bicycle/ Because giving up won't work/ Now I'm riding on my rocketship/ And I'm champion of the world.”
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