"Animals" as written by Mark Briscoe, George Jenkins, Anthony Martin and Brian Roe....
Animals we are
Disposable
Collapsible and raw
I suppose
It's just the state I'm in
Animals that climb
I'm climbin' over you
Until you say
"Off you go, off you go"

Animal I am
Disposable
Collapsible and raw
I don't know which way
I should turn

Animal that runs
I ran away from you
And now I'm in
"Off you go, off you go"
(And you say)

If you're gonna go, go now
If you're gonna go, go now
I forgot to tell you how
If you gonna go, go now

Animal I am
I'm looking for a future
Just like you
Well I don't know
Which way I turn

Animals that climb
I climb all over you
Until I say
And I missed my chance
By a stone slow

If you're gonna go
Go now
If you're gonna go
Go now
I forgot to tell you how
If you gonna go
Go now


Lyrics submitted by Nelly

"Animals" as written by Morris Ricks Andre Young

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  • +2
    Song MeaningI will use azlyrics.com's lyrics of this song.

    Animals we are
    Disposable, collapsible and raw
    In you go into some crowded room
    And animals that climb
    And they're climbing over you until you say
    "Off you go, off you go"

    Here it would seem Chris is trying to say that we as humans are so base in nature, and we are not unlike animals. Something to be rounded up or funneled into some cage. And we're in such a scurry that we are "climbing" over eachother, like a disaster.

    Animal I am
    And I'm looking for an answer just like you
    "Now off you go, off you"

    Chris now speaks personally, saying he is no different, and that he looks for an answer, just like the person he's talking to. Like a human being sometimes he feels like he already has the right one.

    An animal that runs
    And I ran away from you because I'm scared
    "Now off you go, off you go."

    Like some sort of skittish animal, at the first sign of a problem he ran away, fearful to face it head on most likely because he made a mistake in his relationship with this girl who is now saying "Now off you go"

    The chorus that comes next is saying "If you're gonna go, go now" again, the girl speaking to Chris. The "I forgot to tell you how" is most like there to remind us the confusion she is probably feeling right now.

    The next verse speaks about what Chris is probably feeling after he left her. People not understanding the situation, making him feel defenseless because he cannot explain it. Making him feel base, animal. Of course he says to them, watch your mouth.

    Animal you are
    Disposable defenseless yes and
    Watch your mouth, boys watch your mouth

    An animal that runs
    And I made all my excuses to you
    And I missed my chance by a stones throw

    The song escalates as Chris returns to her, giving her all his excuses in some effort to save what was left however in this case it is too late, he missed his chance.

    After the chorus repeats again with her telling him to go, we see the downward spiral Chris falls into during the aftermath of his this whole breakup. This is when he truly realizes that ultimately as human beings we are still animals. We act out of instinct even though it may not be right. Sometimes we run when we're scared. We are fallible and make mistakes. The long repetition of "Crumble and fall like an animal" explains his feeling of failure and descent into depression.

    A truly incredible song that I think we can all relate to in some way. This was of course my interpretation and if any of you feel differently then that is okay. In fact that is one of the reasons I love Coldplay, all of their songs are profound, and many of them are abstract. A song that can have multiple meanings is truly art.

    Hope this helped :)
    Jdoe98on December 09, 2015   Link
  • +1
    General CommentBasically, the song seems to centered around a guy who feels like he doesn't deserve the girl he's with.
    YanYan108on February 26, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe comparison of man and animal, perhaps? Great song.
    Title_Trackon March 29, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI will also correct this one for you people.

    Animals you are
    Disposable collapsible and raw
    Off you go into some other state
    I suppose I make the most of what it is I can
    I suppose it's just the state I'm in
    Animals you are
    You're looking for an answer just like me
    Won't it come
    You're waiting for your turn
    Animals that climb
    They're climbing over you
    So off you go off you go
    But if you're gonna go go now
    If you're gonna go go now
    I forgot to tell you how
    If you're gonna go go now
    Go now
    Animals you are
    Disposable collapsible and raw
    I suppose it's just the state I'm in
    I could die I could die
    Make the most of it
    I missed my chance by a stone's throw
    If you're gonna go go now
    If you're gonna go go now
    I forgot to tell you how
    If you're gonna go

    C'mon people. I'd be surprised if the lyrics for yellow were right on here!
    sheepnuton May 06, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentNo the original lyrics are right.
    Morpheus02812on May 11, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThere are a lot of different versions of this song, which goes for the lyrics too. Looks to me these are from the live performances. The studio version that I have has other lyrics aswell.
    For those interested:

    Animals we are
    Disposable, collapsible and raw
    In you go
    Into some crowded room
    And animals that climb
    And they’re climbin’ over you until you say
    off you go, off you go

    Animal I am
    And I’m looking for an answer just like you
    But I should know
    Which way to turn
    An animal that runs
    and I ran away from you because I’m scared
    now off you go, off you go

    But if you're gonna go, go now
    And if you're gonna go, go now
    I forgot to tell you how
    So If you gonna go, go now

    Animal you are
    Disposable, defenseless yes and
    Watch your mouth, boys
    Watch your mouth
    An animal that runs
    And I made all my excuses to you
    And I missed my chance by a stone struck

    And you're gonna go, go now
    And if you're gonna go, go now
    I forgot to tell you how
    So if you gonna go, go now
    Go now x3

    One, two

    And I crumble, crumble and fall
    Crumble and fall like an animal
    I crumble, crumble and fall
    Crumble and fall like an animal
    Yes I crumble, crumble and fall
    Crumble and fall like an animal
    Yes I crumble, crumble and fall
    Crumble and fall like an animal
    ciegaon May 14, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe song has been played a lot live too, and the lyrics ARE different most of the time, depending on which recording you're listening to. The studio version that I have has different lyrics too.
    For those interested:

    Animals we are
    Disposable, collapsible and raw
    In you go
    Into some crowded room
    And animals that climb
    And they’re climbin’ over you until you say
    off you go, off you go

    Animal I am
    And I’m looking for an answer just like you
    But I should know
    Which way to turn
    An animal that runs
    and I ran away from you because I’m scared
    now off you go, off you go

    But if you're gonna go, go now
    And if you're gonna go, go now
    I forgot to tell you how
    So If you gonna go, go now

    Animal you are
    Disposable, defenseless yes and
    Watch your mouth, boys
    Watch your mouth
    An animal that runs
    And I made all my excuses to you
    And I missed my chance by a stone struck

    And you're gonna go, go now
    And if you're gonna go, go now
    I forgot to tell you how
    So if you gonna go, go now
    Go now x3

    One, two

    And I crumble, crumble and fall
    Crumble and fall like an animal
    I crumble, crumble and fall
    Crumble and fall like an animal
    Yes I crumble, crumble and fall
    Crumble and fall like an animal
    Yes I crumble, crumble and fall
    Crumble and fall like an animal
    ciegaon May 14, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentSounds interesting...
    Newkion August 26, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI took this song to be about Chris's sympathy for animals, he is a vegetarian and supports PETA, I think it's kind of sarcastic towards how most people treat animals, disposable and collapsable like they are less than us, only a food source without feelings. But then when he sings animal "I" am its like hes saying were all animals, humans and animals, were more alike than we think we are. I just think it has to do with animal rights and people's mistreatment of these creatures.
    britpopforeveron July 23, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentit means that humans are disgusting filty animals who care about no one but themselves...
    Animals we are
    Disposable
    Collapsable and raw
    I suppose
    It's just the state I'm in
    Also, it is an inescapable from birth, we have to fix ourselves and become human/humane.
    BLOODY BRILLIANT SONG!!!
    interpolarityon August 12, 2006   Link

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