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Song Released: 2003


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Lights go out and I can’t be saved
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...

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    anonymous
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    Oct 25th, 2008 10:12pm report


    This song has special meaning to me and I know its not the "correct" interpretation but my own warped idea but who cares. I think a song's meaning should be whatever the listener wants to make it so here goes.

    I associate this song with my 8 year old daughter who has autism ("Trouble that can't be named") who gives us daily challenges, heartache, and happiness. She is very bright and observant but her speech is still poor but improving ("Come out of things unsaid") and she has behavior issues ("A tigers waiting to be tamed") and she does love tigers. "Confusion never stops" because there are times when we try to do something like eat in a restaurant or go to a show with her and she can really make it challenging. Sometimes we yell at her or punish her but its not her fault but its very stressful and I feel guilty later for yelling at her ("am I part of the disease"). But she is our child and our home and I wouldn't have it any other way!

    "Clocks" is a metaphor for our short time on earth and the challenges we face in life and how we live day to day....



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    pennybee22
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    Sep 26th, 2008 9:37pm report


    This song is about life. That's all. Life. Listen to the lyrics.



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    1018
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    Sep 12th, 2008 9:49pm report


    I think this song is about how time never waits for anyone ...it just keeps going and going without mercy of what is going on therefore one shall take action as soon as they can to whatever it is they want to do before its too late.



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    anonymous
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    Jul 28th, 2008 7:29pm report


    This song is about men submitting to God. He is singing "you are" because God said his name is I am. And nothing else compares is another definition for God in the old testament. So who can be called you are that nothing else compares?



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    anonymous
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    Jul 17th, 2008 7:37pm report


    I think that this song would fit Twilight perfectly... "cursed missed opportunities am I part of the cure? or am I part of the disease its like reading Edwards mind.



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    anonymous
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    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 ;-)



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    anonymous
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    Jun 19th, 2008 6:19pm report


    This song is about a man who loves his dogs and archery

    "shoot an apple off my head"



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    anonymous
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    Feb 18th, 2008 2:03am report


    I don't even know how to put the meaning of this song into words. It has a addicting rhythm that has the ability to sooth the soul.

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    anonymous
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    Feb 18th, 2008 2:03am report


    I don't even know how to put the meaning of this song into words. It has a addicting rhythm that has the ability to sooth the soul.

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    xxendofdaysxx
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    Nov 4th, 2007 11:46am report


    This song is just like a lot middle class representations of their confusion for their role in life. Life feels out of their control because everything is controlled already by government, people with resources, etc. They then feel like they have to find some purpose to fulfill in their lives. What is their purpose is what I believe they are asking. The name, "Clocks" just shows that time keeps ticking away whether or not they find a purpose in life. It's sort of a call to figure out what you will do in life, because the "ticking clocks" keep ticking.

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    anonymous
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    Oct 28th, 2007 10:39pm report


    I think the song is about not having enough time to live. "cursed missed oppertunities, closing walls and ticking clocks, oh I beg I beg and plead". We don't have enough time to do all that we want, say all that we want, and be all that we want. "closing walls and ticking clocks" basically means times running out to do it all, and its constantly in the back of our minds.



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    anonymous
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    Oct 23rd, 2007 10:18pm report


    I have two interpretations for this great song. The first interp is that this song is about regret. Things you can't change in the past, missed opportunities to make things right, people you've hurt and things you should have (or not have) said. It's a battle against time and man not being able to go into the past and change it.

    The second interp is pretty literal in terms of when your body gives into the seduction of sleep. WE ALL GIVE IN. When I was in med school I used to stay up til the wee hours of the morning to study and literally having to fight against going to sleep on top of my books. No matter how badly I tried to force myself to stay awake, I gave in to sleep. Like a tiger or beast who is finally tamed. Sleep is another natural force that man cannot control. No matter what you do, your body will always give in to sleep.

    I used to wonder why the words "you are, Home" are repeated over and over again. I think Home refers to the sensation when you are on the brink of falling asleep. It is that very moment when you lose consciousness and fall asleep. You feel relaxed, safe, happy, protected in a dream state, as if you are home. If you pay attention to the way these words are repeated, it has a very hypnotic feel to it. Freaky but cool.



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    anonymous
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    Aug 9th, 2007 8:01pm report


    Well...

    I think the lyrics are narrated by someone who is coming to grips with SOMEthing in their life, be it addiction, death, or the loss of our ecosystem. Kudos to Coldplay for capturing the feeling without making it scenario-specific.

    I think there is a "the-spiritual-rug-has-been-pulled-out-from-under-my-feet" feel to the song, especially in the first verse with not being saved, brought to his knees, and singing comes out if things aren't said.

    As for what I get out of this song... personally I think it's about Albus Dumbledore's life. But that's just me.

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    anonymous
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    Aug 5th, 2007 8:11pm report


    This song does so much more than man and man or man and substance, but it taps into the simple comparison of man and time. From what I've gathered, "lights go out I can't be saved/ tides that I tried to swim against" (and so one) simply shows a man that may have tried to beat time by seeking a way to go into the past and eventually got "washed up" by the reality that you CANNOT CHEAT TIME.

    I mean, it is kind of strange that the song mentions water and the colossal bodies of it and then is entitled "Clocks." If anything, water is most known for being [one of] nature's most tranquil or nature's most destructive forces besides wind and earth, and thus it is identified with or as nature's most unchangable force: Time. And it makes sense that man, by the end of the song, would eventually be overwhelmingly baffled by its mysteriousness and greatness and finally submit to it ("And nothing else compares" "You are")



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    anonymous
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    Jul 29th, 2007 7:05pm report


    I agree, this song is about incest. Tamed Tiger, going home etc. It makes sense, plus I heard an interview about it

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