Coldplay: Paradise Meaning
Song Released: 2011
Oo-oo-oo, oo-oo-oo, oo-oo-oo.
When she was just a girl,
She expected the world,
But it flew away from her reach,
So she ran away in her sleep.
And dreamed of...
anonymous Sep 14th 2011, 22:41 report
This girl was just like any other little girl. She had big dreams, and she knew she was special. So she knew that one day, her dreams would come true. She expected the world to come to her. When she grows up, reality strikes her down...it's not as simple as she once dreamed. Every time she closes her eyes, she imagines the "paradise" she had dreamed of since she was only a girl.
anonymous Nov 6th 2011, 10:36 report
This song is about a real girl who had big dreams that fell apart while growing up. She actually experienced that life isn't that easy, many problems occurred so she began using drogs " bullets catch in her teeth" "away she flies" and while getting high she sees her paradise.
She's living in her own world and believes that everything is going to be better " I know the sun is set to rise". and this is kind of obvious when you watch the video and see that the band have a mask on, a mask of elephant, an animal that needs friend and company to survive, but in the end, the sun rises again when they found other people sharing and living the same dream.
It's such a great song!!
anonymous Sep 12th 2011, 11:30 report
This song is for all (probably non English speaking) human beings who didn't understand the lyrics in their previous songs. So, it was decided that the lyrics would be simplified.
It talks about how life looks like a paradise ahead of you when you are a kid. When you grow up, reality strikes and you realize you are in the deepest crisis and chaos unsues.
This song takes you down the memory lane to a time when all your anxiety and depression and trouble were behind you.
It's also about dreaming great things but losing your reality.
anonymous May 7th, 04:03 report
I think the beauty of the song is that it is interpreted relative to the feelings of every individual listener and what they're going through in their life. We all had dreams of our lives when we were young and innocent, we all grew up and saw how the world really is, and we all face struggles every day that we wish we could just run away from- and we can, when we close our eyes and envision our own ideas of paradise.
KSIXephos938 Mar 26th, 07:43 report
My interpretation is more straightforward than the other ones but here goes. In the first verse, 'when she was just a girl, she expected the world' shows that when the little girl was young, she saw life as being perfect. This could have been from her parents being kind and loving to her. She expected the world to be a fairytale where she would live in a grand castle and marry her Prince Charming. 'But it flew away from her reach' meaning that as she got older, her parents expected her to be mature and start working for herself, and she starts to struggle, with all her dreams falling apart. 'So she ran away in her sleep, and dreamed of para- para- paradise, every time she closed her eyes.' The little girl now despises her life, and so takes limbo in her dreams and thinks about her perfect life when she was younger. And now in the second verse, 'and the bullets catch in her teeth' might show that in her perfect world, she was invincible and that nothing could stop her. 'Life goes on, it gets so heavy.' The now teenage girl lives by herself and with her parents possibly deceased, has a lot of mortgage to pay off and gives her depression. 'The wheel breaks the butterfly,' might reference the Wheel of Forture where in Medieval times, and wheel was said to have been placed and goes through a cycle of happiness and sorrow. The wheel might have taken a full cycle back to sadness and depression and 'breaks the butterfly' with the butterfly being symbolic to the girl. She might have be gentle and shy, just like a butterfly. 'Every tear, a waterfall,' shows the girl crying every single day and feels hopeless. 'In the night, the stormy night, she closed her eyes, in the night, the stormy night, away she'd fly, and dreamed of para- para- paradise' Depicts that in the darkest part of her life, she takes refuge in her dreams once again and dreams about her castle, dreams of her Prince Charming and her fairytale life. And in the bridge, 'So lying underneath those stormy skies, she said oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh, I know the sun must set to rise.' Shows a change of heart and even though she is still lying in the middle of her problems, she realizes that for her dreams to rise, she has to first experience hardship. But in the final chrous, 'This could be para- para- paradise' it shows hesitation with the word 'could'. But I believe that she has decided to try her best and push through her problems and to see what is on the other side. She knows that for things to improve, she has to first do something. The song ends with, 'Oo-oo-oo, oo-oo-oo, oo-oo-oo' which might be her thinking of her next move in making her life into a real fairytale.
anonymous Mar 7th, 20:45 report
i beleive that this song is about a little girl who was abused so much she passed out and dreamed about getting away with an amazing family which was her paradise.
anonymous Jan 27th, 20:47 report
I think its about people and they all expected to be in a great, equal, fair, world. but they soon end up knowing the true meaning of the world. it isn't as easy as it was imagined and its not fair or equal and its all just plain "evil"
anonymous Jan 25th, 14:53 report
The first time I heard this song was about 3 weeks after my beautiful daughter died of a drug overdose. Coldplay was on the "Today Show", and I was just going back to work that week, and had the T.V. on in the background. Still overcome with shock and grief, for some reason, when I heard this song, I thought "Oh my God... this is about her..". I started crying uncontrollably, because the words sounded so much as if it was written for my girl. I could not listen to music for the past year and a half because something always reminds me of her. But it's so weird that wherever I go, some store, restaurant, whatever... this song comes on almost ALWAYS. I think it's my daughter's way of telling me "Yes, Mommy, I am in PARADISE". At least that is how I interpret this. God Bless you, Chris Martin, for writing this song for my baby..
anonymous Jan 9th, 03:46 report
I feel a completely different interpretation of this song, but thought I would share.
I imagine a little girl who believed in god ggrowing up and came from a religious background. Everytime she vlosed her eyes she would dream of "paradise" (heaven) and what it would be like when god would come for her and she would be taken there to live in paradise like the bible says. Something happens to the young girl when she gets older and it shatters her world..she realizes god left her and she is alone, it flew away from her reach and life go on it gets so heavy but she always escapes to dream world of being in paradise.
This is probably totally weird but that's how I saw it the moment I first turned the song on.
anonymous Jan 1st, 23:04 report
Also, to add to the top of what i wrote. The elephant in the video is a symbol of weight...
anonymous Jan 1st, 22:40 report
I think the song Paradise,is about someone who is not happy with their reality. And the wheel is a metaphor for life it keeps going round. And the butterfly is the girl. Life is hard it breaks the butterfly,she fragile (Butterfly).. Paradise when you sleep check out of reality (Dream)....Thinks about what could be.... I love this song !!
anonymous Oct 31st 2012, 14:50 report
Cold play mentions a girl. Well it had to be one of the genders but overall it doesn't matter the gender.
This song as I interpret it, is about every one of us. We are born and we begin with greatness and self awareness. We have no reason to question our own greatness until we meet with conventions and realities in this world that teach us otherwise.
As we progress, our experiences shape our reality. So essentially, we are taught we belong to the world we live in. Some cruel lessons advocate we are not great and we are not what we feel about ourselves. It's called conditioning. We become products of societal, cultural, religious, gender assigned stimuli.
They talk about a wheel (invention of man) breaking the butterfly (creation of nature; also seconded by beauty and fragile and free because it can fly). Symbolism.
This symbolism caught my attention as I see the skinning we go through as we go from the beauty of our self perception to where we end up. I call it "die butterfly syndrome".
It is the sad reality of almost everyone on this planet. It would explain depression for many of us. If this belief went away it wouldn't be so bothersome. In the end we withdraw into ourselves and our original concept of our own greatness and beauty is locked in the tower; ever present and haunting like a ghost. With our wings broken we are for the most part too crippled to help ourselves to reach our true potentials. This practice doesn't make us useless. It makes us useful and willing to accept worker bee lifestyles we would reject if our self concepts were left intact. Just like a horse needs to be broken before it will allow a person to ride on its back.
anonymous Oct 29th 2012, 15:31 report
I think this song is about a girl who expects the world to be as a fairy tale. But as she grows up, life gets tougher and not how she wanted it to be. So she dreams of the life she always wanted( paradise) she has lucid dreams, so she can dream of the life she always wanted. But then she is almost an adult (at the last part) andthings get tougher. Then she tries to remember what paradise is. Then she overcomes her challenges in life and her life does become something like the " paradise" she once dreamt of
anonymous Oct 20th 2012, 17:32 report
Well, what I think that song and video really means is to let animals be free. We should take care of those animals and not mistreat them. (:
anonymous Oct 1st 2012, 15:51 report
Reminds me of Amy Pond
anonymous Sep 26th 2012, 20:44 report
It's about a girl who finds that life isin't how she thought it would be, and "runs away" in her dreams and enjoys all of the things that she can't have. When life gets hard she escapes through her dreams but what she doesn't realise is that life can be "paradise" and that is what he is trying to tell her.
anonymous Aug 30th 2012, 17:05 report
i think this song is mainly about a girl who has dreams. it relates to me a lot in this way. she's having a bad teen-hood. she doesn't have a lot of friends to talk to. she's mainly in her own little world. when she's in reality, she hates it. but every time she closes her eye's, she see what she has been dreaming about. and she dreads the time when she has to wake up from day dreaming and live the horrible reality she's living in. she dreams of the paradise she wants everyday. but her life seems so pointless, that she's too scared to try and do better things in life. she doesn't want to work hard enough to get to that paradise she has been dreaming so much about. i cry every time i hear this song because i feel the same way that this girl is feeling. and that is why i loved this song so dearly.
anonymous Aug 4th 2012, 05:27 report
"To do their very best in getting closer and closer to this amazing paradise of yours." - anonymous
I really agree, every time I listen the song, there is something for me. Sometime it give strength and comfort, sometime realization and disappointment, sometime undefinable; but calm always come along after.
"Paradise" may be out of reach, but it's give strength, refuge and lead the path to it. "Paradise" may never be reached, anyway "dream" provide power to stand the storm. Let be practical dreamer, overcome whatever in the path and beyond the boundaries, "paradise" already have.
anonymous Jul 9th 2012, 14:08 report
Many things. One, suicide. 'Life goes on, it gets so heavy' 'Away she flies'
Elephants need company to survive, so the elephant being alone in the video...
He was all alone, he was unique. Humans, people who didn't understand him. He's only at home when he finds other elephants, he's no longer alone- not just alone as in people alone.. I am alone, but surrouned by people, because people don't understand me.. and I understand too much of them.
Also, the paradise she dreamt of as a little girl and how life isn't all that easy, she needs to find a reason to live, she needs to find her Paradise, her perfect world.
anonymous Jul 3rd 2012, 09:26 report
this song is about a girl who first was so happy with everything but then got cancer and when she slept she couldn't feel the pain.
anonymous Jul 1st 2012, 01:09 report
a girl that is looking for comfort and the only way she is going to get it is suiside. She sees heaven as paradise.
anonymous Jun 15th 2012, 14:05 report
I don't think this is what it's supposed to be, but this is what the song means to me. When she was little, her parents loved he, but by the time she was three or four, she started getting abused. When things get bad, she tries to think of people outside the home who care for her. The bullets catch in her teeth is about a daredevil stunt, showing that even bullets can't stop her. Her dad yells and hits her still. It gets so hard. The wheel, an ancient torture device that slowly kills people is a metaphor for how her dad slowly breaks the innocent girl. She cries all the time. In the night of her "storm," when dad is angry, she closes her eyes, and tries to block out each blow, and flies to a place where she's loved. Lying underneath the stormy skies of his anger, she knows she must die before she goes to heaven. It's gonna be paradise.
anonymous Jun 3rd 2012, 21:40 report
the song is about a young girl who was abused as a child. she has the image of her paradise in her head every time she closes her eyes but before she could get there she passes away because of her abusive parents, thus escaping to her paradise. in the music video the singer is an elephant trapped in a zoo (where many are abused) and gets away and goes on a hard journey to his paradise. the journey for the girl is escaping her childhood and parents.
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