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Song Released: 2005


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Coldplay
Fix You

When you try your best but you don't succeed
When you get what you want but not what you need
When you feel so tired but you can't sleep
Stuck in reverse

And the tears come streaming down your face
When you lose...

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    anonymous
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    Sep 3rd, 2007 9:09pm report


    I've read through all of these interpretations, and I agree that all of them could be affiliated with this song. But there was one sentence (provided by DaneFil) that really struck me:

    "Chris wanted Gwenyth to know that the one place she could go when she is broken down is home."

    I think that, right there, sums it up. Not just for Gwyneth, but for everyone who listens to the song. I think that the song is about life itself, about going through it, about falling down, making mistakes, falling in love, losing that love, just about everything that could go wrong... but in the end, no matter what, "lights will guide you home", wherever that may be, and you will have someone to lean on.



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    anonymous
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    Nov 7th, 2005 11:53am report


    I read in a magazine that Chris wrote this song for Gwyneth Paltrow after her father died. She came home from the hospital covered and drenched in tears, and he started crying and asked her, "what can I do for you? tell me how I can do" and she looked up at him, and said "just hold me... cause you're the only thing that can fix me right now"

    And that was that - he wrote the song the next day.



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    anonymous
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    Mar 28th, 2006 3:29am report


    I've been reading everyone's responses to the song, and it seems that it fits in a number of different aspects of life. Of course, life has many ups and downs. This song seems to be about the downs, and is quite sad, until the AMAZING guitar solo near the end of the song, which seems to say "Everything is going to be okay." It's almost reassuring. The song is melancholy, yet uplifting. I can't do it mercy with describing it... But I never realized how deep down it really hits until I heard them playing it live in concert... One word can describe: Wow.
    It actually had me crying, right there in the seat.
    Great band, they give us something to relate to. Because when something can sum up your feelings, it's comforting.



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    anonymous
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    May 11th, 5:55am report


    Also, adding onto that I think what the other guy did was leave the girl, because he says, " when you lose something you can't replace" and "when you love someone and it goes to waste." And also "when you get what you want but not what you need" these are some of the very first lyrics. How , would Gwyneth have wanted her father to die? Again, makes no sense. Some food for thought...



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    anonymous
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    May 10th, 5:24pm report


    Ok, I've seen a lot about this song being about Gywneth Paltrow and her fathers death, but that just doesn't seem to add up, considering the lyrics. He says, "when you're too in love to let it go" and he also really emphasizes the words "let it go" in the song if you listen to it. Too in love? How would Gwyneth be in love with her father? I mean I guess one could look at it that way, but that just doesn't make sense to me. "But if you never try you'll never know/ just what you're worth" I think this song is talking about a girl who he is in love with, but that girl loved someone else. For some reason this girl was very distraught over something this other guy had done, like VERY distraught, and he was trying to "fix her". Maybe the "facts" don't add up with this interpretation, but the lyrics certainly do. He also says that if she doesn't try to let it go she won't ever know just what she's worth. I think he means that she won't know because he loves her so much that he could show her how much she's worth, but she can't let go if this other guy. But even though she doesn't love him back in that way, he still wanted to fix her so badly, she was so broken. Also, has anyone else noticed how in basically very single one of Coldplays songs there is a mentioned "you?" Like in so many if them! It really seems like there is one person that Chris, or whoever else writes the songs, is repetitively speaking to. Isn't it said that it is best to write what you know? Also their songs all seem to connect together in a way. Coldplay is very interesting, and their music and lyrics are so unique!



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    itsselinaamarie
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    Feb 4th, 2:22pm report


    this song is amazing. I believe its about seeing someone that you love, hurting. & you want to do everything possible to make that person. that you are able to fight through every situation life throws at you.



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    anonymous
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    Oct 25th, 2013 10:59am report


    The most comforting lyric that releases me from the need to hold in painfull emotions is "lights will guide you home" My home cannot be found in this life. No matter who shows up. I have no expectations. Just as long as I truly can release everything and be free of hurt. Home.



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    anonymous
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    May 30th, 2013 5:45pm report


    I spent the past year locked in a one sided relationship with my best friend. I loved him, he used me for whatever. I would wait for replies that never came, and I fell harder everyday for him, no matter the pain he put me through. this song lifted me up, dried my tears, and pushed him totally out of my life. thanks so much this song means a lot to me <3



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    anonymous
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    Apr 10th, 2013 4:26am report


    I got this tattooed on my side. "Lights will guide you home" i am traveling a lot and i don't get to see my family all the time but i kniw that if i need them lights will always guide me back to them because they will forever be my home and know how to fix me.



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    anonymous
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    Feb 25th, 2013 2:09pm report


    This song was specifically written for his wife who had just lost her father. Though this song was written for other purposes I have found that it applies to many situations in my life.
    "When you love someone but it goes to waste"
    This could apply to you loving someone, but them not returning the feelings. All around this is a beautiful song that has helped me get through many a broken heart situations. (ex.right now) :) enjoy this beautiful song!



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    anonymous
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    Sep 22nd, 2012 9:59am report


    I grew up listening to this. When I was younger, my hamster died and I remember tears "streaming, down (my) face" because it seemed like the biggest tragedy. The thing is, as I've grown older and listened to more of Coldplay's songs, I recognize more of what they mean to me.

    For me, this will always be a song of melancholy and morose feelings of being unable to help the person you love. Whether it be a best friend, family member, or your significant other, when you can't "fix" them, it breaks your heart. Their pain is yours.

    Nonetheless, "lights will guide you home" and hopefully they'll "try to fix you". This song is amazing and relateable in millions of different scenarios!



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    anonymous
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    Sep 4th, 2012 9:59am report


    For many years, I imagined this song as the words from someone comforting a grieving loved one. The song expressed their ability to scoop up (physically and metaphorically) the pain of their loved one and try to help them put themselves together again. This makes sense given the story about Chris and the death of Gwyneth's father.

    Recently though, I realized that maybe "Fix You" isn't just about a person loving someone so much that they will be there, no matter what, to fix them. Listening to the song now, I feel like the lyrics could be the words a broken person would say to themselves when they feel abandoned by the ones they love. That even if there is no one else, that you love yourself enough that you won't give up hope. It is a promise to oneself. To me, this is the most beautiful promise. To love oneself enough not to hurt oneself, to not give up hope, to try to fix themselves. It's much easier to let others "fix you" and to need the love of others to feel complete. No one really thinks about the importance of accepting yourself and loving yourself.



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    anonymous
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    Sep 4th, 2012 9:37am report


    I do believe he is summing up how I feel going through my breakup right now.



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    Astrael1983
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    Aug 1st, 2012 8:58am report


    I can relate to this song and I listen to it on the bus every day because it is uplifting and comforts my heart. Here's how I relate to the song:

    When you try your best but don't succeed
    (I tried everything I possibly could to win this girl over after eventually failing the first time - holiday romance)
    When you get what you want but not what you need
    (I have everything in life but the one thing I need - her - I don't have)
    When you feel so tired but you can't sleep
    (I can't stop thinking about her)
    Stuck in reverse
    (I'm living in the past and I can't move on. Life is at a standstill)

    And the tears come streaming down your face
    (I cry myself to sleep)
    When you lose something you can't replace
    (Her - who I think is irreplacable)
    When you love someone but it goes to waste
    (I love her so much but she has moved on)
    Could it be worse?....

    And high above or down below
    (It doesn't matter whether I'm here or there - we live a world apart)
    When you're too in love to let it go
    (The most meaningful verse because I'm too in love to let her go)
    But if you never try you'll never know
    (Self-explanatory. If I don't let go I may have missed out on what/who my future love life may be)
    Just what you're worth
    (I deserve better because she left you)...



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    hhcoolmv1
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    Jul 3rd, 2012 7:03pm report


    I think what this song is trying to say, is that no matter what happens, if you lose someone or something you love, there will always be someone there to support you. ('Fix You')Also, that there you can always find comfort in the people you love and the people who love you.



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    anonymous
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    Jun 8th, 2012 6:55pm report


    i love this song.



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    annaluvslynx
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    May 28th, 2012 5:03pm report


    This could be interpreted in any way you want.

    But from what I've heard,Chris wrote this for his wife, Gwyneth. Gwyneth's father died, and she came home from hospital, in tears, and Chris asked what he could do, and said 'Hold me close. Only you can fix me now'. So he wrote the song the next day.

    How sweet?! I find once you know the meaning of a song, it really hits you. When I found out the meaning of Yellow, the next time I heard it I burst into tears - embarassingly in public! :/



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    anonymous
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    Apr 27th, 2012 4:45pm report


    In the video, at the end, when the crowd sings the chorus, to me it shows how everyone felf pain and grief too, and that even if it feels like no one understands, everyone does. hhat I just said sounded better in my head. :P



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