Coldplay: Speed of Sound Meaning
Song Released: 2005
Speed of Sound Lyrics
Before it starts, before I begin?
How long before you decide?
Before I know what it feels like?
Where to, where do I go?
If you never tried, then you'll never know.
How long do I have to climb,
Up on this side of...
anonymous Mar 23rd, 2007 3:30pm report
It's about blind men.
anonymous Mar 16th, 2007 3:29am report
Bats leave the cave as the Tsunami approaches at 500 mph.
sunshineflower Jan 28th, 2007 1:27am report
Hey! Leave my blindness interpretation alone!!
You are all taking it too literally. The stuff that others said about visions of the mind and seeing the world in different ways is what I was trying to express, but perhaps I didn't do it very well. Because this person is blind, he can't literally see, that's true. But the line "when you see it then you'll understand" is about seeing in different ways, such as through sound and touch and smell, and those who are fortunate to have sight don't understand how that works, and they never will. So it doesn't actually mean that this persons sight will be restored, or that others will go blind in order for them to understand. In fact, I think that the final line "WHEN you see..." is actually more of an expression of hope that we can eventually learn to understand one another, and not just concerning blind vs seeing either, but all types of people.
Anyway, it was just something I heard and liked. I'm not claiming that I'm right and everyone else is wrong, all responses are equally valid.
I think it's amazing that one song can be interpreted in so many ways and touch so many people on so many different levels. It just goes to show that Coldplay are an awesome band to achieve that!!
anonymous Oct 14th, 2006 10:09am report
Ok after long thought this is my two cents. What travels at the speed of sound? Words correct? All words travel at the speed of sound. Things you can not event are emotions or feelings, you can't invent feelings. All that noise and all sound are problems that the birds or words tell us about. The underground is the mouth. While the heavens, the planets moving at speed of light and such, is thought. I take that back the blind persons interpretation makes a lot more sense. Wow never would've thought of that! When you see it, brilliant not with your eyes with your ears brilliant.
anonymous Aug 15th, 2006 8:40am report
Everytime I listen to this great song I just get the impression that it's about being on tour. The demands, the pressure and the constant expectations but also the incredible highs of a super band. "if you could see it then you'd understand"
anonymous Aug 7th, 2006 8:33pm report
I heard that it was written about a friend of one/all of the members of coldplay who is blind. It is about how he has a different outlook on life than those who can see. "all that noise and all that sound... Birds came flying from the underground if you could see it then you'd understand.” “ideas that you'll never find/all the inventors could never design…the sign that I couldn't read, or a light that I couldn't see, some things you have to believe, but others are puzzles, puzzling me.” He sees the world by hearing, which means that he can “see” things that others can’t. And the “puzzles” are things that people have told him about that he has never known or experienced because he’s blind.
anonymous Dec 11th, 2005 12:21pm report
This song is about somethings that you cannot invent, like birds flying. It's talking about how ideas keep on coming out but no one can do it and somethings are better left unsolved.
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