Coldplay: Fix You Meaning
Song Released: 2005
Fix You Lyrics
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...
anonymous 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.
anonymous 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.
anonymous 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.
anonymous Feb 22nd, 2:18pm report
This song makes me think of when you like someone but you are unable, for whatever reason, to do anything about it. It's that helpless feeling when you want to tell someone how much you like them but they aren't single, live to far away ("when you love someone but it goes to waste") or are too good friends to risk it ("when you lose something that you can't replace")....
This song seems, to me, to be saying that you should just go for it ("if you never try, you'll never know").
Then the chorus that says "lights will guide you home, and ignite you're bones" seems to say that it'll all be ok in the end and that you will do what is right....
anonymous Feb 6th, 2:18pm report
It reminds me of what my mother and our family were dealing with, with her Alzheimer's disease. Listen again, keeping in mind a life lived and then no memory of it.
anonymous Nov 11th, 2014 11:23am report
Chris wrote this song for Gwyneth
When she came back from the hospital
When her father died and it eas heart
anonymous Aug 21st, 2014 8:10am report
Its kinda like a list of the worst things that happen to us.
When you try your best but you don't succeed.
When you get what you want but not what you need. Probably means when you have so many things that give you only temporary joy and you're not TRULY happy because you want something money or anything can get you. Love maybe.
When you feel so tired but you can't sleep. Your worries are always in your head and you know when you wake up, they'll be waiting.
Stuck in reverse. When all the good things you worked so hard on is being destroyed effortlessly by life which can just do that at its own will.
When the tears come streaming down your face.
When you lose something you can't replace. Lost love one or relationship or anything with significant meaning to you.
When you love someone but it goes to waste.When you love someone but you can't tell them because it may ruin your friendship, already taken, doesn't love you back, or has died.
Could it be worse? What we ask ourselves when these things happen.
High up above or down below. Who ever you are.
When you're too in love to let it go/show. When you're too scared to take that chance at love because you look at the pain it may cause more than what it could make you.
But if you never tryyou'll never know...just what you're worth. And we are worth a lot ;)
Lights will guide you home. And ignite your bones and I will try to fix you. Hope is what this means to me. But this song has many interpretations, I have my own personal interpretation of this song and many other people do and this song is incredible because it can do this.
anonymous Aug 14th, 2014 8:18pm report
I think this song can mean a lot of things but the very first time I heard it I viewed as a love song between myself and God. I really don't want it it to be anything else but that .
anonymous May 11th, 2014 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...
anonymous May 10th, 2014 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!
anonymous 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.
anonymous 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
anonymous 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.
anonymous 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!
anonymous 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!
anonymous 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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