What does Talk mean?

Coldplay: Talk Meaning

Album cover for Talk album cover

Song Released: 2005

Talk Lyrics

Oh brother I can't, I can't get through
I've been trying hard to reach you, cause I don't know what to do
Oh brother I can't believe it's true
I'm so scared about the future and I wanna talk to you
Oh I wanna talk to you
You can take a...


    #1 top rated interpretation:
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    Jun 13th 2011 !⃝

    OK, all your interpretations are ok, but i really think this song is about autism. Someone in the band is the brother of an autistic person, and he always needs help by his brother. The autistic child's brother is worried that if he were to leave his autistic brother, he would be helpless and scared. The autistic child's brother wants him to "Talk" because he is lost. The autistic child's brother "can't get through", and can't communicate with his autistic brother.

    In the chorus, the autistic child's brother talks of extravagant, spectacularlly impossible doings, like "climb a ladder up to the sun..." The brother says that if his autistic brother talking is an accomplishment equivalent in importance to the other awesome impossible things.

    As you can see, Talk is not about a robot at all...
    Open your mind, listen to the song again, and you will feel completely different about the aim of this song.

    influenced by Mrs. Flavell


    #2 top rated interpretation:
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    Oct 11th 2006 !⃝

    I think that this song is about feeling confused about life, especially about the future, and needing to talk with someone about it in order to get all the worries and concerns and fears out in the open, and hopefully try to figure out a solution to them. It is like a conversation between two people, one the person needing help, and the other the advisor. “tell me how you feel… well I feel like they’re talking in a language I don’t speak…” the chorus is about all the possibilities that life holds, and all the things that we can ahieve. “you could climb a ladder up to the sun, or write a song nobody had sung, or do something that’s never been done.” this song rocks, I find it comforting to listen to.


    #3 top rated interpretation:
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    Jul 23rd 2011 !⃝

    This is a song about prayer, as somebody said above. The main reason to suspect this is because X&Y contains multiple songs that can be considered prayerful; in the truest form, conversations with God (Swallowed in the Sea, A Message, Fix You, Speed of Sound). This is a conversation He and I have all the time; I'm 17 and I just finished junior year in high school. I gotta trust him that He'll lead me where I wanna go, because my talent/intelligence suggests that I could do many different things. I listened to this CD all through Holy Week and now before I leave for my Mission Trip. Coldplay has seriously affected my religious life in a positive way

  4. anonymous
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    Jan 20th 2023 !⃝

    I think this song is about loss. You have lost someone really important to you - a brother, sister, mother, father, friend. .. and all you wish for is just to talk to them again, and you can't.

  5. anonymous
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    Sep 2nd 2019 !⃝

    Song It’s about a brother and losing him.. or best friend that you consider a brother.. I lost my brother exactly the week this song came out..

  6. anonymous
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    Aug 2nd 2018 !⃝

    I lost my brother 3 months ago and this song came on when you was listening to Coldplay. I stopped completely and listened. It was a sign from my brother.
    I'm so sad and lost without him. I cry everyday. I still try to call him to talk.. just talk....

  7. Angelboo
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    Jul 15th 2018 !⃝

    I think this song is about feeling lonely and misunderstood and wishing you had someone (understanding) to talk to about how you feel and your problems.

  8. anonymous
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    Oct 23rd 2017 !⃝

    I believe it can have different meanings for different people. And although the writer of the song, had his meaning behind it... This song reminds me of my brother. Especially the first verse. My little brother is a Marine (active duty) and we are INCREDIBLY close. He's my best friend even if he doesn't know it. The fear of deployment, the intense feeling of pride, the incredible concern I feel in our current political climate. He told me last night that he was told he will get deployed relatively soon. That first verse, man.

  9. anonymous
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    Aug 13th 2017 !⃝

    My younger brother is schizophrenic and homeless in Florida. I think of this song as his cry for help that we can't hear. We don't have a good way to help him without meds which he refuses to take. I know he must feel lonely, but his paranoia prevents him from accepting help when it is offered. He sees the world very differently. It hurts us deeply. The song doesn't exactly make me feel better, but in my mind it captures his situation better than anything else ever has.

  10. anonymous
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    Apr 4th 2017 !⃝

    They want say something but he knows you cannot understand how we believed liars and we will disbelieve hwo say the truth. Because it's hard to accept when will know that all what they say it's a lie so we justkeep living with it
    I think he wants to telling us about the flat earth ! !?

  11. anonymous
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    Sep 15th 2016 !⃝

    i think chris martin means ralf hutter as his brother in music. the lead singer of kraftwerk. as a tribute. the lyrics of talk goes about them, as influance and future journey.

  12. anonymous
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    Feb 8th 2016 !⃝

    @joshwilsonfmx - insta
    This song reaches out to me perfectly. I lost my brother in the worst possible way when we were kids. My father was playing with us and he slipped out of my dads hands. Hit his head on the floor. The hospitals didn't care enough to get care flight. Ambulances drove him 3 hours to the hospital, children's in Dallas... And he died on the way. I was there when it happend. I was 5, he was 7. All my life thru my depression I've always wanted him here to talk to and guide me. I was pro freestyle motocross rider for 8 years. And there's been a lot of ups and downs.. But this song hits home... Hits the heart of my life

  13. anonymous
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    Jul 1st 2014 !⃝

    This song is about where we are going. One of the above interpretations was that the song was multidimensional. This i believe is true, but not the way the author describes. Clocks is also about leaving this dimension.

    The robot is god. Cold, digital, and after being saved by the band, it then conumes them.

    The future is bleak. We have already poisoned this planet. The governments of the world are run by a common organization who is trying to create maximum strife, so that we can reach a point where the entirety of humanity will evolve into consciousness because of negative emotion reaching critical mass. It is entirely possible that to evolve, we must shed this dimension, which is an illusion. This could very well be a recording, being experienced many times over, possibly at the same time.

    Imagine if you knew that only through making the lowest reality (earth 3d) unbearable, that you could bring humanity to something entirely better, in the most unimaginable way. Being foreign and confusing and requiring some form of death, its not the kind of trip we would all make unless we were sure, and i hope these men know what they are doing, because it seems it is too late to turn back, and dont think that was ever an option.

    This earth wouldnt work unless you forgot everything about who you are. We experience emotion based on the possibility that this is all we got, one life. Emotion is unique to our dimension, hence the beautifully cold, calm expressionless gaze of the statues at Giza, looking way into the distance.

    Listening to coldplay gives me chills, and makes my mind race like an eagle soaring over a mountainscape. I too have a younger brother, and i am there to help him, when he needs me. I think of him everytime i hear this song.

  14. anonymous
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    Jun 2nd 2014 !⃝

    About a year ago a my best friend who honestly is like a brother to me was going through a lot of stuff. His girlfriend was pregnant and hurting herself. He wasn't able to see her or talk to her. His phone was taken away and all he was allowed to do was go to school and come back home. He lived in another country at the time so I was completely unable to contact him. the last thing I heard was that his girlfriend had had a miscarriage and they had lost the baby. The last conversation I had with him was when he was crying into a phone he had borrowed from someone and he was talking about how he didn't want to live anymore and that he was confused and didn't know what to do. So when I hear this song it always reminds me of that. Most of the lyrics in the song describe how I felt at the time.
    "Oh, brother I can't, I can't ge through.
    I've been trying hard to reach you 'cause I don't know what to do.
    Oh, brother, I can't believe it's true.
    I'm so scared about the future and I wanna talk to you.
    Oh I wanna talk to you..." for when I wasn't able to contact him in any way to find out how things were going.
    "You'll tell anyone who'll listen but you feel ignored?
    Nothing's really making any sense at all. Lets talk. Lets talk."
    Everyone was telling him what to do. his family his friends. No one ever really asked, "what are you going to do?". I wish I could have been able to ask him that.

  15. anonymous
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    Mar 17th 2014 !⃝

    I was 22 when this song was issued...a lot was uncertain. It's always been that way. I was scared about the future and really adamant not to repeat the history my parents made for of my childhood. I'll be honest things didn't do a lot better over the years since '05. I really tried. I tried the best I could but I was alone through it all no one knows how it feels to be so alone in your childhood and then alone in your adult youth...i would not wish this on anyone. I eventually lost myself - my hope, and ambition. The one good side of the time between then & now is that I am wiser and I've learned a lot. But I just know that if I had someone in my corner I could talk with about it all, then my world would changed for much better ...I can't help except to believe this. Life is so impossible without support. I am still fond of the song 'talk' - it reminds me of that young man who had so much talent, faith & love... I've hope channel as much of that 22 year old boy again as I could but too much time and hardship without it being balanced with just normal good things like company at holidays or birthdays or weekends no matter what I tried it was always out of time. It hurts alot but I'm accustom to life as it's been and i'll keep going and be fine. I can't find my way back mentally or emotionally to the "anything is possible" lover I was originally(...this does hurt deeply).

    I'd say to any person reading that if you're fortunate to experience any combination of success, love, family or stable friendship, you should cherish it and never take it for granted. Some of us will never know it. These things make a great difference in everything. Thanks for reading.

  16. anonymous
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    Dec 4th 2013 !⃝

    I see the song much simpler, Its about someone who's family member (Or brother in the song) died and the surviving one misses him, He wants to "Talk" but obviously he cant get through to a dead person. He's "Lost" as in, He's having bad times in life and it makes him want to have the dead brother around. Its very sad and It makes me scared of losing my brother in the future.

  17. anonymous
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    Oct 13th 2012 !⃝

    The first time we heard this song was weeks after the sudden death of my youngest son. He left behind an identical twin brother. It summed up all of the surviving son's feelings at the time. His brother was killed suddenly, and this song was like a message from his twin brother to me, and his surviving twin brother. Beautiful, moving song.

  18. anonymous
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    May 18th 2012 !⃝

    ..... this song can mean anything to anyone, it depends on how you interprit it.... to me... its about really needing someone to talk to.. but not just anyone, someone you know you can trust, but the kind of trust that they understand, its about hurting deep down inside.. but you dont even know why, u have loads of suggestions, but none of them fit...

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