"God Put a Smile Upon Your Face" as written by Guy Rupert Berryman, Jonathan Mark Buckland, William Champion and Christopher Anthony John Martin....
Where do we go nobody knows?
I've gotta say I'm on my way down
God give me style and give me grace
God put a smile upon my face

Where do we go to draw the line?
I've gotta say...
I wasted all your time, honey honey
Where do I go to fall from grace?
God put a smile upon your face
Yeah

Now when you work it out I'm worse than you
Yeah when you work it out I wanted to
Now when you work out where to draw the line
Your guess is as good as mine

Where do we go nobody knows?
Don't ever say you're on your way down... when
God gave you style and gave you grace
And put a smile upon your face
Ah yeah

Now when you work it out I'm worse than you
Yeah when you work it out I wanted to
Now when you work out where to draw the line
Your guess is as good as mine

It's as good as mine
It's as good as mine
It's as good as mine
As good as mine
As good as mine
As good as mine
As good as mine

Where do we go nobody knows?
Don't ever say you're on your way down...when
God gave you style and gave you grace
And put a smile upon your face


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"God Put a Smile Upon Your Face" as written by Guy Rupert Berryman, Jonathan Mark Buckland, William Champion, Christopher Anthony John Martin

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  • +5
    General CommentYou'll find the meaing of this song in the Bible.

    9What shall we conclude then? Are we any better? Not at all! We have already made the charge that Jews and Gentiles alike are all under sin. 10As it is written:
    "There is no one righteous, not even one;
    11there is no one who understands,
    no one who seeks God.
    12All have turned away,
    they have together become worthless;
    there is no one who does good,
    not even one."
    Romans 3:9

    You've got to say that you're on your way down, because no-one is righteous, not even one.
    So, the answer to the question where do we go? Heaven or Hell? must be Hell.
    Where do we draw the line? Good or Bad? We're bad.
    Who is good enough to enter into Heaven? No-one, everyone has sinned.

    BUT

    God gave us grace. Grace means giving something that has not been earned.

    Where do we go to fall from grace? You can't! God's grace is all encompassing. It includes everyone. There is no-one who is bad enough to be rejected by God.

    So, don't ever say you're on your way down! God won't reject you, but you can reject God. That's free will.

    Just Believe, and God will put a smile upon your face!
    belteshazzaron October 07, 2004   Link
  • +4
    My InterpretationI really don't think the main theme is religion, I think it's more about the line between right and wrong.
    In the first stanza, the speaker made some sort of mistake. Maybe he lost his job or something... And he's asking for the strength to keep his head up on his "way down". He wants to have style and grace about it instead of being a sore loser. His situation gets him thinking about his life/opinions.

    In the second stanza I get the feeling he's having a discussion with someone, and admitting that he was wrong. That his lectures about the right way to do things were a waste of time. He's realising that things aren't black and white. That sometimes there isn't a clear line between the correct way to lead your life and the incorrect one.

    3rd stanza: He used to think he was better than others, perhaps because he's richer, a harder worker or more successful then them, but now he realises he might be worse off. He's fallen from grace and no longer has everything figured out.
    "*now* when we work out where to draw the line"
    it seems they worked it out before, and he was sure of himself, but now this confusion is a new thing.

    At the end he starts to regain hope. Maybe, just like his friend, he doesn't have to have his life's plan ready. Even though sometimes you feel all is lost, you never actually know where life and God will take you.
    Natiqueon September 10, 2009   Link
  • +2
    General Comment... luuuuuuuuuv it :)
    recycled_clickson July 22, 2002   Link
  • +2
    General CommentAs opposed to the spiritual The Scientist, GPASOYF is an agnostic song. See the reverse psychology of the Coldplay titles...TS being 'believing' is contradictory to the traditional Science/Religion wars/debates.

    '...now when we work out where to draw the line
    your guess is as good as mine...'
    This is the essence of the song, as it's sung many times. In the end, all the atheists, deists, nihilist, anarchists, Muslims, Christians, Buddhists, Evangelicals etc et al have something of value to say, as it all tries to find the answer to the Time Immemorial (a glorious mission to find The Invisible One?/Crowded House/Neil Finn) question of whether there is a God. So in the end nobody really knows, & we all are AGNOSTIC: undecided/sitting on the fence to some degree.

    The opening verse is about uncertainty, there are too many choices, human beings don't know which road to take, there's too much clutter in today's rat race capitalist society. The third verse is stating the infallible human insecurity/inferiority complex/loneliness, we always put ourselves down, we devalue our opinions for fear of rejection...so when one of us works it out, finds all the questions to life problems/mysteries/puzzles...we all want to know that answer...so please share it: long live bi-polar Ambivalent Agnosticism (ala John Lennon's Imagine)...sometimes believer, sometimes skeptic.
    Loose Tongueon December 27, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General CommentYou think its horrible? Well whatever, your opinion, I like it a lot. The guitar is awesome in this song but it is pretty different from the songs on Parachutes. It's a great album though. This really isnt going anywhere else so thats it I guess..
    Benny-Xon September 17, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General Commentthis song is absolutely lovely.
    Emberlyon January 16, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General Commentso, you did't tell us hat this song about Mr.Smart?
    ColdenScenceon May 06, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentWhy do most of the people thinks that the meaning of this song is religious? It is not!
    The only thing that relates this song to religion, is that it is a religious man who speaks the words (of the song).
    But it is the story of a couple.
    Now, what i want to ask you, is:
    What means "Now when you work it out i´m worse than you,
    yeah when you work it out, i want it to".
    In other words, what does "work it out" means?
    Is it: getting a solution? or is it: realizing?
    Thaks for the help.
    Entendedoron November 01, 2009   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationI love this song! It's one of my favorites by Coldplay.

    As for the meaning, I think it's about religion/being saved.

    "Where do we go, nobody knows" - No one has been back from death (recently anyways, if you believe in Lazarus and those people), so no one can tell us of the afterlife

    "Where do we go to draw the line? Your guess is as good as mine" - Where does the scale tip on whether we go to heaven or hell? You don't know and neither do I.

    "God gave you style and gave you grace, God put a smile upon your face" - God gave this person gifts, and I'm guessing a happy life - so they shouldn't say they are going to hell when they are so blessed, maybe there is a reason they are so blessed. On the other hand, the speaker is asking God to give him style and grace, maybe he doesn't have it because he is a "worse" person and he "wanted to" do as he chose.

    This song seems way too solemn to just be about material things and popularity.
    coldfire343on May 01, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General Commentjust got the new cd today but so far this is my favorite..the cd's a lil different...not so mellow..but good..
    crashintomeon August 27, 2002   Link

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