Coldplay: Clocks Meaning
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Song Released: 2003
Tides that I tried to swim against
Brought me down upon my knees
Oh I beg, I beg and plead
Singin’, come out if things aren’t said
Shoot an apple off my head
And a, trouble that can’t be named...
anonymous Aug 7th, 2014 8:24am report
guys, this is what it truly means:
it means repeating something.
he's trying and trying, but he's not getting anywhere,
he keeps repeating his time, nothing else compares to when he is sure of himself, don't over analyse the song, because you will ruin the content for yourself, just appreciate it.
closing walls and ticking clocks, the more you pay attention to a ticking clock the more it will ruin you, time is a man made concept, if you let time control you , it will tame you,and you become a slave to your own creation, when he sings "nothing compares" he means nothing can compare to time because it only goes one way, tigers waiting to be tamed means:dont wait for time because life doesn't wait for anybody!
anonymous Jul 10th, 2008 7:54am report
I think this song is about an impossible love and all the pain and disorientation that follow especially when the loved person is not really ready or fail to feel the same for the time being ...still there is hope that that person will let you in someday ;-)
anonymous Jul 29th, 2016 7:28pm report
Its spiritual to me he's talking about sin and darkness that enter into the world 2000 years ago thru Adam and Eve causing separation from God the father in heaven.When cold play say thee UNSAID he's saying people won't tell us that SINS is the cause of it all. Sin and darkness were all hurt, pain , let downs and confusion etc happens.God being our creator when something goes wrong, brakes down,out of order,been corrupted or just don't know what to do we have go back to him one who created us to be fixed or for thee answer .God has made way for us come back to him and be FREE from those people, places and corruptive things thru his son Jesus Christ our safety Ark.When cold play says YOU ARE their glorifying God because no matter how filthy we are or no matter what we've done in our lives God will receive us back as his child if we just HUMBLE ourselves REPENT of our sins turn to him and SERVE him WHOLE HEARTEDLY.....JESUS IS THE LIGHT.....God has giving us Free Will to choose him...(The choice is yours)
anonymous Jul 1st, 2016 7:19am report
I think the lyrics are actually "cannibalistic" in a way. A song about the actual song he is composing and having to deal with 'Writer's Block'. He has the start of a great song, reminiscent of an older song. "'Trouble' that can't be named"is reference to an older song, which has similar piano chords....."Tiger's waiting to be tamed" are the raw idea's waiting to be moulded into songs. "Ticking Clocks" the pressure of expectation, from people/fans/band mates who are waiting for the next great album...He is filled with self doubt, that he can never replicate his previous successes - am I the one to blame? or can I fix this? "am I part of the cure? or am I part of the disease?"
PatrickWantsThatExtraCredit Nov 8th, 2013 11:17am report
In the song Clocks by Coldplay, the is an overall tone of urgency. The speaker in the song is struggling to overcome a problem before it is too late. In my opinion, could be about the singer’s struggle to make things right a relationship that he doesn’t necessarily want to end. The line “Tides that I tried to swim against” refers to his struggle to escape this relationship but he keeps getting pulled back in by his love for the person. He tries to move on but his feelings for this person are too strong to let him move on, just like a tide pulling him back in. “Shoot an apple off my head” could mean that his love is almost giving up on him but not quite yet.. He curses the opportunities that he missed to make things right in the relationship. When he says, “Am I a part of the cure, or am I a part of the disease” he is wondering whether he can cure her heart or if he will just become a part of the disease, meaning he just becomes another ex who breaks her heart. Time is running out on him to make things right in this relationship. Also he can’t finish the line “you are” because words can’t describe the way he feels about this person. In the end of the song he says “I went home, home, where I wanted to go.” I think this means that he decided to move on from the relationship but is is not yet over this person. Overall, the song is composed of many metaphors that suggest a sense of urgency and a struggle to overcome a problem. While time runs out for the singer there is almost nothing he can do to stop the inevitable end to his relationship.
kckelley54 Nov 8th, 2013 11:15am report
In the song “Clocks” written by Chris Martin, the main singer for Coldplay is talking about being afraid of his time of judgement and having to face the inevitable. He starts off talking about his struggle throughout life and how it has affected his life dramatically. He says how he begs and pleads while he’s on his knees which means that he is asking for forgiveness for the life he’s lead.
The allusion of shooting an apple off his head is referring to him taking a risk of forgiveness because of the words he never spoke. When he says “a tiger’s waiting to be tamed” he is referring to himself because of some trouble that is bothering him. “Closing walls and ticking clocks” means that the world is closing in on him and his time is running out.
He seems to be referring to God when he says “Come back and take you home” which reveals that God is coming to take him home to the pearly gates of heaven. When he says “Cursed missed opportunities” he means that he is ashamed of not taking good opportunities while he had the chance. “Am I part of the cure, or am I part of the disease” is a metaphor that means is he going to avoid death or just the opposite.
Throughout the whole song Chris Martin’s lyrics are about him being afraid about where he will go when his time has come and being “part of the disease.” And the fact that he can’t finish the line that says “You are…” is probably the voice in his head while he’s begging on his knees for forgiveness. “Home, where I wanted to go” is referring to heaven, where he wanted to go in the first place.
Chris Martin’s lyrics are really concealing about the song’s meaning but if somebody were to read between the lines the lyrics would make sense, and this song is ultimately about having little time to ask for forgiveness before death.
The song, “Clocks” by Coldplay, is a deep and emotional tale that can have many interpretations. My personal analysis, beginning with the first verse, is that the speaker is struggling through depression. The “lights go out” is him shutting out the rest of the world, making it impossible for him to be saved by society. The speaker is trying to swim against “the tide”, which is him trying to go against society as a whole, through different “unique” behavior that the world may not accept. The speaker is at his breaking point, where he can do nothing but drop to his knees and beg for someone to save him. By “shooting an apple off his head” the speaker is taking a risk, wanting to be saved. This is an allusion to the old tale of William Tell, a famous marksman who had to literally shoot an apple off his own son’s head to save him. The depressed speaker can’t define what is wrong with him, hence “the trouble that can’t be named”, but we can tell that his problems, a metaphorical “tiger” so to speak, need to be tamed. He is confused on what to do with his life, since the “confusion never stops”. The “closing walls and ticking clocks’’ represent the limited amount of time that the speaker has to help himself. The unfinished sentences in the bridge and chorus represent his inability to say what he has to say in the amount of time left on the clock.
This song could be, and has been, interpreted in many ways. The way that seems to make most sense to me, and the way that seems to scream from the lyrics is the idea of death. In this song, the speaker is most likely the singer/songwriter. The topic or subject, I believe, is the idea that the speaker is nearing death and his time is ticking down. When he says,” Lights go out and I can’t be saved,” he is hinting that is time is coming to a close and there is no way to save him. He also edges towards the idea of unfinished business before death when he says, “Come out of things unsaid.” When he comes to the part about “ticking clocks”, he is speaking of his own clock ticking down, without much time left. One of the most confusing parts of the song is his repeated use of the phrase, “you are”. I believe that it is symbolic towards things he has left unsaid, like saying, “You are ___”. It seems as if it was a phrase that he started, unable to finish because of his time ticking down, and eventual death. Then, in the end of the song, he speaks of going home. I think home represents a “heaven” of afterlife that he is finally able to come to, at peace with his death.
Clocks by Coldplay is a song about death. “ Lights go out and I can’t be saved.” Symbolizes that most of the time when Death has you in his clutches, there’s no going back and one can’t really fight Death. The phrase, “Come out things unsaid.” is about all the words that a person wants to say during life but never does. The first line in the second verse, “Confusion never stops, closing walls and ticking clocks.” is about Purgatory, a place between Heaven and Hell where souls are lost and try to find their way to Heaven. “Curse missed opportunities.” further supports this theory because in life we miss opportunities that we wish we could go back and take. “A part of the cure, or am I part of the disease.” is asking if his life was well lived or was it just another number in a statistic. Throughout the song the speaker seems as if he cannot complete certain sentences, further supporting the words left unsaid. Lastly, the speaker states that he wants to go “Home” as in returning to Heaven or the universe or whatever he believes in.
anonymous Mar 19th, 2013 3:28pm report
It's about not wanting to grow up.
In my opionion, "Clocks " interpretation is about a guy that is going through a fatal desease. The metaphor "Lights go out and can't be saved," Signals some kind of death."Youve put me down apon my knees," can interpetrate that he is begging for a cure. When ge says,"Shots an apple off my head," means he is under the deseases' full Control. The speaker expresses that he is still fighting against it when he says,"Tides that i try to swin against ." Then when he says,"Ticklinf Clocks," he refers to his fatal desease and how its taking over him and there is a short living time for him."Missed opportunities" refers that hes desease will not allow him to do the things he used to do; like if his going to die when he say,"Home, home, where i wanted to go," refers to hym wanting to go back how things were before he had that desease. All in all Clocks has many interperation buh this one cetainly fits the most.
anonymous Feb 3rd, 2013 2:31pm report
I thought it was about taking a chick home and not being able to "get it up". "Tiger waiting to be tamed" "things
This Song must be about a drug addition that the speaker must strive through. He talkes about how the light is going out which could be the light of hope and how he is tring to run away from it but it is as hard to do as going against a tide. He is also talking about how he is pleading and begging to get rid of this addiction but it is as hard to do as shooting an apple off his head or taming a tiger. Even though he so lost and confused the clock of his life will never stop and how he has missed out on many opportunities. Also he can't determine weather or not he is the victim or weather this addiction is his fault. Fianlly nothing compares to how hard going through this addiction will be and how hard the speaker must strive though to find a cure. In the end he just wishes he could just go back to the memories of his younger yearsbefore this addiction had started but now it is to late.
I believe that the song is reffering to some kind of a drug addiction for various reasons. One example that supports my idea is the line that says "trouble that can't be named,a tiger's waiting to be tamed" this metaphor is used to express that this addiction is very difficult to get rid of and it's also very hard to confront it. The line "Cursed missed opportunities" also helps represent a drug addiction in the way that it explains how doing drugs can exclude a person from many things. Maybe the speaker had to give up a part of his/her life because of the addiction and had to miss out on opportunities. The quote "A part of the cure, or am I part of the disease" represents the speakers confusion as to wether he is a victim of the addiction or not. One last line that supports my idea is the end that says: "Home, home, where I wanted to go" because it describes how the speaker wishes to return to the past, possibly the time before they were introduced to their addiction and times were better for them then.I came to the conclusion that this is song is about an addiction of some sorts and the speaker is feeling resentful because of it but they feel as though it is out of their power to control.
anonymous Sep 4th, 2012 9:12pm report
My interpretation of clocks is that they r struggling against something inevideble and even tho they know this they keep trying and at the end they just wish things could go back to the way they used to be even tho they know that it can't. Just my opinion tho. - K
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