Coldplay: O Meaning
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Just a flock of birds
It's how you think of love
And I always
Look up to the sky
Pray before the dawn
'Cause they fly always
Sometimes they arrive
Sometimes they are gone
They fly on
anonymous Jan 28th, 2016 1:46pm report
I don't see this song as being so sad, I find it very peaceful. I think it certainly can be about a man struggling to find love from a woman but I it is also about mankind's struggle to connect with a greater spiritual entity and perceive the love of God. The speaker yearns for the beauty and freedom of perfect love as embodied in the flock of birds flying at dawn, a new day. That love is sometimes perceptible, sometimes not, but it comes at moments that God wills and the beholder is able to perceive the beauty, perhaps in quiet moments as in the first morning light. The speaker is both grateful for the manifestation and aches for more but trusts that there are times when the birds fly and times when they don't according to some greater design. Smoke is a common biblical metaphor for prayer (similar to incense) He has faith that someday he will fly as a bird or with the birds in a freer more perfect world, released from mortal constraints. That faith ultimately brings him peace as he ends with "fly on".
anonymous Jul 27th, 2015 7:48pm report
It's a relief, a hope, a glimpses of escape from the circle that your trapped in.
The Flock of birds, a symbol of the good in the world, the symbol of freedom.
When your so sad and your so depressed, laying on your floor, weeping your heart out, you know that out there there's a flock of birds, there's good in this life, there's hope.
It's feeling when you hit rock bottom and then began to rise, your goal is the birds above the clouds.
When they "fly on" it's not the hope leaving you, it's you going with them, moving along (flying on)
Turning into smoke is the feeling that everything else in the world doesn't matter, it's the feeling of freedom and love.
It's the feeling of being nothing (that isn't a bad thing!) it's the feeling of being one with the world and one with your heart.
The feeling of floating and disappearing when your broken can't be describe, you'll just have to close you eyes and play this song next time that happens, you'll feel it then
anonymous Mar 24th, 2015 3:06am report
Every time I hear this song I know it has a sad feel to it but I never feel completely sad when I hear it, instead I feel a relief rather than sorrow and I cant really explain that.
Life comes and goes, it hovers like a flock of birds.
We know and love people we meet but at any moment they can leave us and fly away.
We all look for answers in lost places through the smoke, even though its clear as the the night sky before the dawn. We try to do enough good things before
we start a new day because we all know that it will
eventually come to an end.
Sometimes we win sometimes we lose but we all
die and fly on into the sky. And as the rest of us look up, we see others flying away, whether it be loved ones or strangers and we pray that one day we will fly with them someday and see their faces again.
anonymous Jul 30th, 2019 7:08pm report
In the end, you can hear the choir singing and repeating "want Kathleen" so I think its both.
A song about a lover, and a deceased one.
I think Chris Martin has a lover in the past who died.
anonymous Aug 12th, 2018 8:33pm report
I feel like the title ”O” symbolizes the circle of life. I personally think that the birds of this song are the phases of life. This song captures whole life and even the ”afterlife” in the lines maybe one day I will fly with you. Somehow the vibes of this song are so sad but at the same time calming and fullfilling. All the metafores also leave much space for our own interpretation amd that is why everyone feels like every word of ”O” is true for themselves.
anonymous Aug 7th, 2018 8:06am report
I Guess is about changing yourself when Life becomes harder on you and given yourself a true meaning.thats why he mentionned Birds cause Birds travel and he wants that change
anonymous Feb 8th, 2018 2:48am report
This song is about Chris and is divorce with Gwyneth. That she’s “flying” on. That their love was here and then gone. And that he hopes “one day maybe I can fly next to you/with you”
anonymous Jan 10th, 2018 1:27pm report
I think the flock of birds represent love which keeps hovering above and chris hopes to be free like them and fly next to them. He wants to be as free like a bird of love and spread love all around.
anonymous Dec 15th, 2017 12:32pm report
I feel like it's about so many things...it's many types of leaving. A breakup,a child finally flying solo,a person dying and leaving us behind(it's what I think about the most,for how solemnly it's sung by Chris),and they all fly to a place of their own,a space sometimes hard to reach("maybe one day I ll fly next to you").And we can read it however we want to.It's the magic of this song. It's full of feelings:mourning,calmness,peacefulness....
anonymous May 5th, 2017 5:26am report
this song reminds me...of the time i lost my little brother..he paased on and flew on..with the others that we loved dearly..even though the smoke in us is greif ,pain and sorrow..maybe one day i'll fly next to him.looking up to the sky..knowing..or imagining the view of heaven to were to fly off to..love..family and friend come and go..like a flock of birds.
anonymous Apr 17th, 2017 4:26pm report
The lyrics said it all. The video said it all.
It's about a couple and I'm not sure if the boy left or the girl. Not sure if they separated physically. The main point of this song is that when you are loved by someone and you also love them, make the most of your time together because you will never know if it will be the last time.
anonymous Apr 17th, 2017 4:45pm report
I think this song is about saying goodbye. I listened to this song after I was coming home from a missions trip, and was hit with a truckload of emotions about saying goodbye to people. I think the line "fly on" means to keep going forward, and to not worry about parting ways, and the line, "maybe one day I'll fly next to you," means that maybe one day we will get to see the people we've left behind again. That goodbye, even through death, is never final. To me this song is very nostalgic and both peaceful and sorrowful at the same time.
anonymous Jan 19th, 2017 1:40pm report
I think it's about love relationships and that some of those birds (love) just fly on meaning your relationship is gone and won't be coming back. One of the Coldplay members actually got divorced when this song was made so that's why.
anonymous Dec 4th, 2016 12:19am report
yes even though its a sad song, it has a bittersweet feel, as if he is looking back in a positive light even though it still brings many emotions to the surface.
this song makes me remember the times that even though were hard, made ma a better person today.
anonymous Oct 18th, 2016 10:42am report
This song...It keeps me going. I feel that I live in a bad home. My parents are divorced and I fell that one of them don't love me like they love themselves. then I go to my other parents house and feel loved. Then I go back to the place that doesn't love me. this song somehow relieves my stress and anxiety about the whole situation. Now I am not good at telling the meaning of songs, but this song sounds so very clear in my mind. I wish I could comprehend just how much it helps me in life. Thank you Coldplay.
anonymous May 15th, 2016 5:35am report
It's about losing and getting in the same or different times..
When you need to move forward..
anonymous Dec 12th, 2015 12:39am report
I think "O" has a deeper meaning. I believe "O" plays the perfect instrumentals for someone dealing with grief and mourning. I like the use of the line "Fly on..." It helps one believe that there is ultimate happiness at the end of the road. When they sing "...maybe one day I can fly with you..." it describes one mourning the loss of a loved one, and that one day the mourner will find peace with that loss. Coldplay does an amazing job of keeping the underlying meanings of their tracks hidden. Although several people may find this frustrating, I find it so much more interesting. It's great to pick the meaning of a sing to yourself. Great job--and Fly On...
anonymous Nov 30th, 2015 11:51am report
I think it's how Chris sees love. Like a flock of birds, it arrives and leaves you with or without you ever noticing it. 'they fly on' probably means that the lover, like the flock of birds will leave you mesmerised and heartbroken, but will move away from your life and fly on- move on. The guy in the song is still attached to his lover and he dreamily says that 'maybe one day I'll fly next to you' which means that he still wants his lover back, and hopes that one day, he will join the flock of birds and be with the one he loves the most.
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