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 Nov 23rd, 2015 11:48pm report
I think this song could be about losing someone you loved but being content because you know that one day you will see them again in a afterlife
Or I think it could be about breaking up with someone you love but again being content because you have moved on but you're happy that you had the chance to love that person and grow with and from the relationship. And Maybe that you'll always love the person but it's okay.
anonymous Nov 13th, 2015 11:37am report
I like your interpretation for this song. If both Chris and Gwyneth fought for their romantic love for each other, I believe they didn't need to file for a divorce. I believe that people who enter in a romantic relationship, long term relationship, or marriage really felt romantic love for each other. That's why it is called romance. Being in a romantic love means having love, passion, intimacy, affection, and having an emotional relationship with each other. It only works if both persons are involved and connected to each other. I do believe that romantic love is lasting. There are many factors why a romantic love dies but I truly believe that romantic love will be lasting if both are willing to save their love for each other. Otherwise, one will feel unloved, not wanted and needed. If couples are open and communicative, there will be no divorce around the world.
anonymous Nov 12th, 2015 11:28pm report
I believe the song is a metaphor for the writer's personal belief about romantic love. From his perspective romantic love is fleeting and unpredictable like the arrival and departure of a flock of birds. The writer is extremely conflicted about the concept of love. On the one hand he prays "before dawn" his view about love will be different, but his cynicism "smoke" prevails preventing him from changing or experiencing the kind of love he desperately seeks. Someday he hopes to feel differently, but for now he's not able to or willing to realize love as something lasting. Chris Martin has talked about "being afraid to love" and his fear of it in 2014 interviews. I think the song is about his inner struggles hence his parents divorce and his own divorce soon thereafter. The writer is cynical towards lasting romantic love, yet hopeful that he will experience it one day.
anonymous Aug 3rd, 2015 8:54am report
Nice Talk About Humanity Song!
We are Zero (O)
anonymous Mar 28th, 2015 3:11pm report
I think this song is more of a dreamy kind of thought that the speaker is trying to share. I think that the person is going through a tough time and prays and looks towards the birds in morning as some sort of consolation and he longs to escape his troubles and fly with them, sort of like a "Somewhere Over the Rainbow," kind of thing :)
anonymous Feb 10th, 2015 2:29am report
As a parent, I completely feel like this could (among other things) be a song about loving children.
"Still I always look up to the sky
Pray before the dawn
Cause they fly away
One minute they arrive
Next you know they're gone
I mean, seriously. It's an impossible love that you feel and you can't hold on to your children... Oh, it's such a beautiful love song.
ramses.caputo Jan 25th, 2015 1:04pm report
Personally, I think I think the son points out the cruel, but true, reality of how sometimes we fall in love with the right person, which whom we feel like a flock of birds, However the time and circumstances aren't right for the relationship and therefore after coming to this realization we hold onto that hope that maybe someday "We can fly with them". All possible interpretations aside, the lyrics and melody of this song make it almost impossible for one not to shed a tear after meditating on those good and not so good experiences we've had in life with our loved ones, be them romantic or non romantic experiences
anonymous Nov 25th, 2014 11:02am report
I think this song is definitely about love - the birds are love - you look for them, you pray for them, always. Sometimes its there and sometimes its not. That could be just love in general or it could mean with one person, one minute there is love there and next its gone. I think the line about turning into smoke and rising is your are changing who you are to follow the love, you have to literally change into something less than what you are to get close...? Hard to explain, but its almost a desparate act - but this is like a realization that you are doing that sometimes to get the love and its not what you want, so fly on, and maybe when we get our shit together we can be together (fly with you).
anonymous Nov 17th, 2014 11:22pm report
I think Fly on is about someone you have lost and think of often. Flying on Ride through meaning they r on their way to the Great beyond and maybe one day I can fly with you...meaning that at some point they will be together again.
anonymous Sep 23rd, 2014 9:53pm report
I think it's a direct commentary on Chris' feelings for Gwyneth and their eventual split.
The birds are a metaphor for his beautiful, but often confusing and elusive feelings of love for Gwyneth.
He longs to feel more connected to her:
"And I always look up to the sky, pray before the dawn"
and sometimes he's successful:
"Into smoke I'm turned and rise following them up"
and sometimes not:
"'Cause they fly away, one minute they arrive, next you know they're gone. They fly on"
He longs for the day he'll feel more consistently connected to his feelings:
"Maybe one day I'll fly next to you"
But it's elusive, and for now, they must part:
"Fly on, fly on, fly on"
anonymous Aug 10th, 2014 8:34am report
I think it's about losing a loved one, as he says "sometimes they arrive, sometimes they are gone, they fly on" meaning they can be there one minute then gone the next and when they fly on, they fly on to a better life in heaven... as he says "maybe one day I'll come fly with you" I think it means one day he'll fly on to a better place (heaven) to join his loved ones.
anonymous Aug 1st, 2014 8:42pm report
I feel like this song is about how to some people, being loved or love is something beautiful but unobtainable, like a flock of birds hovering far above the sky.
Even if they do pray, or turn into smoke, they can't truly have love. Cause the flock of birds will never wait for them, never be theirs.
Smoke can also be interpreted as dreams (soul). Love is only obtainable in dreams.
It's really sad actually.
anonymous Jul 28th, 2014 7:40pm report
Only one will be right.
anonymous Jul 28th, 2014 7:26am report
Life will give you lots of chances for love, but only a few will be right for you.
anonymous Jun 23rd, 2014 6:43am report
Love is like a flock of birds and as they hover at dawn, the scene is absolutely refreshing, beautiful.The birds look naive and busy among themselves, never minding their surroundings, they look complete and strong.He wants to fall in love.He had faced some hardships and failures in his love affairs ( turned him into smoke ), still he longs for the companionship of a loved one and prays optimistically. Another thing he pointed out that you cannot force the love, it happens and its unpredictable (one minute they arrive, next u know they are gone).
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