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Song Released: 2002


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In my place, in my place
Were lines that I couldn’t change
I was lost, oh yeah
I was lost, I was lost
Crossed lines I shouldn’t have crossed
I was lost, oh yeah
And yeah
How long must you wait for it?
Yeah
How long must you pay for...

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    anonymous
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    Jun 12th, 2008 6:06pm report


    First off I'd just like to say it's crazy how the same song speaks so differently to people. I completely see the validity in how the above users interpreted this, but what I get from this song relates to my personal experience which is very different from the others.

    In my place in my place were lines that I couldn't change:

    He is singing about a guy who is in love with a girl who just got her heart broken by someone else... She is so use to doing things her own way with her former lover that he feels like the replacement.

    I was lost, I was lost, crossed lines I shouldn't have crossed:

    He is getting weary waiting for her to get over him, and perhaps makes a mistake, or says something that he shouldn't have.

    Yeah, how long must you wait for him? 3x:

    He is trying so hard to have her love him in return, but she's still consumed with her past relationship...

    I was scared I was scared, tired and underprepared, but I'll wait for you:

    He isn't sure whether she'll ever come around, he went into this relationship not expecting so much baggage from her, but he loves her enough to stick around, he just doesn't know how long that may be.

    If you go if you go, leaving me here on my own I will wait for you:

    He is already so far in love with her that the only thing he can do is wait for her to come around, even if she goes back to him, to fix things, or just get closure, his heart is paralyzed from her, the only thing he can do is wait.

    please please please come on and sing to me, to me to me:

    Although there's nothing he can do but wait, he is desperately hoping that she will choose him, sing to me -- as in be with me, love me.

    come on and sing it out, now 3x:

    He is anxiously waiting for her to move on from the last guy and pick him.



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    anonymous
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    Dec 21st, 2016 12:21pm report


    Personally, I feel that this song is about our human nature, and how we love to categorize things, and label things. I think Chris is talking about and showing what it is like if you don't fit, or don't fully belong in these metaphorical boxes, these categories. "In my place" - He is in this metaphorical box that he was given from society as a whole. "Were lines that I couldn't change" He feels he can't change what society thinks of him, or change those lines so they really fit who he truly is. "I was lost, crossed lines I shouldn't have crossed" He attempts to break these lines and boundaries placed on him. When he does, he becomes lost, not really knowing where to go, where he belongs, what "box" he should be in. When he talks about how long he should wait/pay for it, he is asking how long he has to wait, or how much money he has to spend to feel accepted, to feel like he belongs somewhere. "I was scared, tired and under prepared" When he broke free of these lines, these restrictins, he wasn't ready for it, and he begins to feel scared and under prepared, presumably because he feels almost lost among all the groups of people, not belonging to anything or anyone. "If you go, and leave me down here on my own, well I'll wait for you" He alludes to having found someone, maybe a friend or lover, who feels the same way, like they are lost and don't feel they belong anywhere. If this person leaves him to go join a group, he's almost saying how he won't conform again to these standards, but rather he will wait for him/her to return.



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    anonymous
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    Sep 10th, 2012 9:52am report


    My interpretation is basically a guy falling in love with his best friend or getting friend zoned.

    Lines that I couldn't change = thoughts/impressions that this girl had towards him (he cant get her to return the feelings)

    Crossing lines that I shouldn't have crossed = developing feelings for in the first place. He shouldn't of crossed the line of being more than a friend.

    then the rest of the song is him talking about how long he'll wait for her to come around or maybe just wanting to revert back to friends because he told and screwed up their friendship. (comeback and sing with me)



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    anonymous
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    Apr 12th, 2012 4:50am report


    I think the song is about how people in the world have branded and judged you, hence the name 'In my place'. In a wikipiedia page that I read, it stated that Chris Martin said "That's about where you're put in the world, and how you're given your position, and the way you look, and how you have to get on with it.". I think it is also about how he wasn't ready for the pressure of the world, in the lyrics it says 'I was scared, I was scared,
    Tired and underprepared'. That's what my interpretation is of the song. ^__^



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    anonymous
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    Mar 7th, 2012 3:20pm report


    i love this song and the video is one of the best ive seen of Bleach that suits the song. and the video matches the song like they were made for each other



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    anonymous
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    Mar 6th, 2012 3:22pm report


    Sep14 This is the best article I've read on this topic in fevorer! Thanks for making it so clear and concise and using St. Thomas Aquinas!I've been playing/singing music at Mass since I was 10 so I'm heavily opinionated about it. The problem begins in educations as most Catholics don't have any concept of what we're talking about here, and second the resources are so incredibly limited that its impossible not to fall into the mind-numbingly awful music that predominates in modern parishes. But the most people know hopefully the more demand for good music it'll create!



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    anonymous
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    Nov 29th, 2011 11:01am report


    I don't know why, but this song really hits me hard. Whenever i read the Bible now, I want to listen to this song. Everything seems so much clearer. I don't think this song has anything to do with that, but like most people say, songs hit people differently. I feel like if I close my eyes during the guitar part, I can see a glimpse of God's Kingdom. I suppose you could try to make this song about God but its probably about a guy and a girl. I think its funny how a lot of people think songs are about a guy/girl when its really about God.



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    anonymous
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    Aug 26th, 2011 8:09pm report


    This song is about someone whom he loved died and he is down on earth and he/she is in heaven. He is lost without him/her.



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    anonymous
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    Jul 9th, 2011 7:26pm report


    First off I just want to say How Much I love Coldpay. Their Music speaks about every aspect in Life. Its Ridiculous How amazing these Guys are. Its now 135 Times I've been listening to In My Place. My Interpretation is on a Personal Level.

    In My Place by Coldplay I believe is about a troubled young man in Love but He's worried because of the Circumstances he faces in Life and the effect it will have on the relationship he has.

    The first part "In my place..were lines I couldnt change" describes his situation and the position he is in, he is only at the mercy of the events that takes place in his life and he cant do much about it because there is no control.

    "Cross Lines I shouldnt have crossed...I was lost" The circumstances were so intense that he was lost and confused, didnt know how to really make things better and sadly he made some mistakes. He took the wrong path.

    "How long must you wait,pay for it" I think this is where he's talking to the Girl He Loves so much but his life is just a mess. He's trying hard to get himself together because he doesnt want to lose her but its like she's beginning to question his love for her and its getting tiresome.

    "I was scared, I was scared
    Tired and underprepared
    But I wait for it
    And if you go, if you go
    And leave me down here on my own
    Then I’ll wait for you
    Yeah" this is the really sad part where I think He's just worried now and he doesnt know what to do anymore and he's just waiting to see how things will play out. He tried to fix his life and he's scared that She will become tired of Waiting and leave. But Because He Loves Her So Much, He'll Still Wait For her.

    "Singing please...come back to me" this is Where He just really wants her. He Loves Her and wants to be with here. Doesnt want to let her go.

    "In my place, in my place
    Were lines that I couldn’t change
    And I was lost, oh yeah, oh yeah" its sad that the song ended with these lines but its just heart breaking because Life simply put him in a rough position which might have resulted that the Girl He Loves left after getting tired of waiting for him to fix his life but these were circumstances he has no control over.

    I think He Knew How it was Going to End and He Knew that She would Eventually leave thats Why The Lines "How long must you wait" "I'll wait for it" "Come back" and "I was Lost" kept repeating. He knew She would get tired but He's hurt and deeply sorry because these were things He just Couldnt Change.



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    anonymous
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    Apr 24th, 2011 4:18am report


    In my place touched me very much with the lyrics. It reminds me of when i was 14 years old and was molested and was in therapy. -Were lines that I couldn’t change
    -
    I was so lost and felt that everything was my fault in what happened. -I was lost, I was lost
    -
    I used to think when would the pain of what happened go away-How long must you wait for it-
    I wanted my life and sanity back-Come back and sing to me-

    But overtime i grew stronger and i now know that i was not to blame for this and that i need to let it go but i will always carry the scar of those years.-In my place, in my place
    Were lines that I couldn’t change
    And I was lost, oh yeah, oh yeah..................-



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    anonymous
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    Dec 12th, 2010 12:41pm report


    i took this interpretation on a personal level. i believe its from a girls point a view, about a girl whos in love with someone whos already taken.

    Yeah, how long must you wait for him?
    -questioning how long she must wait for him to finally be with her.

    Please, please, please
    Come on and sing to me
    To me, me
    -begging him to be with her, and no one else. in my personal view, its literal. im in love with this one guy who used to sing to me, but he has someone else now, and it kills me that he plays the guitar and sings to her now, instead of me.



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    anonymous
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    Jun 7th, 2010 6:49pm report


    Así como la mayoría yo entiendo que él se involucró en una relación que no tenía futuro porque ella aún estaba enamorada de su anterior amante, y él lo sabía, pero aún así "cruzó las líneas que nunca debió cruzar", pasaron cosas cada vez más fuertes entre ellos y ahora él está perdidamente enamorado de ella, y perdido pues ella no le corresponde con la misma intensidad. él supo desde un principio que corría un riesgo, que habían "líneas que él no podía cambiar, pero aún así las cruzó

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    upendwar
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    Apr 28th, 2010 4:54pm report


    I am appalled and am feeling really bad that I entered this website.
    People, please stop posting ridiculous interpretations.

    This song is DEFINITELY about "loss" or death of a close one. - written at a time wen the person is in the death bed(probably).. (probably Chris's mom)

    First, "in my place, were lines I couldnt change" - this is about lines of fate , that he couldnt change. He is feeling lost , unable to sustain the feeling of separation.
    He is sad that he "crossed lines he shouldnt have crossed" , wen the person was with him.

    How long must you wait for it? -- a clear reference to waiting for death.

    He was "scared, tired and underprepared" when the person was in the death bed.
    "If u go " -- a clear reference to death again.
    "(You ) leave me down here on my own"--
    "then I'll wait for you" -- waiting for the "spirit or soul" to come back and HAUNT him ...


    I believe Cris'd agree with my interpretation.

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    anonymous
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    Oct 27th, 2009 10:27am report


    I've always felt this song is actually a personal experience for Chris Martin, I believe he's singing to/for Gwyneth Paltrow, and the "him" (wait for him, pay for him) is Brad Pitt. Paltrow and Pitt dated from 94-97 and In My Place apparently was written around 2000-2001. Certainly Martin as a interested party would have seen any lingering feelings Pa;trow had for Pitt as an obstacle to his own interest in her. This song would seem to portray those obstacles, being tired and underprepared and so forth. Following Pitt as a love interest must not have seemed an easy chore. I've always seen this song as an overture from an interested boy to a girl he liked.

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    anonymous
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    Oct 4th, 2009 10:50pm report


    I interpretated this song differently. I saw this from a girl's point a view. As in my guy friend and I had crossed the line and we cannot go back to how it was before. That I'm lost now. And I'm waiting on him to come back to me. Basically I saw this from a girl's view.



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    kywildkatt
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    Sep 19th, 2009 9:36pm report


    Wow I'm really shocked no one has said this yet but for me personally it's about God. In my place, I was lost. (He was a sinner)How long must you wait for it or him (I've heard and read both ways) Him is God/Jesus. I was scared, tired and unprepared (not yet saved) but I'll wait for him. If you go leave me DOWN here on my own I'll wait for you. (Saying if he is unprepared when Jesus returned and leaves him here he will still be faithful) come back and sing to me. (he's asking to be saved for Jesus to come back for him and save him.)



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