"Clocks" as written by Guy Rupert Berryman, Jonathan Mark Buckland, William Champion and Christopher Anthony John Martin....
The lights go out and I can't be saved
Tides that I tried to swim against
Have brought me down upon my knees
Oh I beg, I beg and plead, singing

Come out of the things unsaid
Shoot an apple off my head and a
Trouble that can't be named
A tiger's waiting to be tamed, singing

You are, you are

Confusion that never stops
The closing walls and the ticking clocks gonna
Come back and take you home
I could not stop, that you now know, singing

Come out upon my seas
Cursed missed opportunities am I
A part of the cure
Or am I part of the disease, singing

You are, you are
You are, you are
You are, you are

And nothing else compares
And nothing else compares
And nothing else compares

You are, you are

Home, home, where I wanted to go
Home, home, where I wanted to go
Home, home, where I wanted to go (You are)
Home, home, where I wanted to go (You are)


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"Clocks" as written by Guy Rupert Berryman, Jonathan Mark Buckland, William Champion, Christopher Anthony John Martin

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  • +14
    General CommentI think this song is about a person suffering from Anxiety.

    The reason I say Anxiety is because The person feels useless, or scared or worried. The person is afraid to speak about how they feel hence, "Come out of things unsaid." So there is that! They have a trouble that they can't explain to ANYONE because they are afraid to get bullied, made fun of, put in hospitals, or just anything bad.

    After the first chorus, They are afraid of running out of time, to live. They feel like they will have a short life and die soon. They wan't to come back home with their family. To feel safe.

    "Am I part of the cure or am I part of the disease" They don't know if people love them or if they are just another problem in life.

    "Nothing else compares" They don't think anyone suffers like they do. They wan't to stay away from people.

    "Home,where I wanted to go" They don't want to be in public. They wan't to be home where they are safe.

    Well thats my opinion. Hope you like it!
    ShooFlyPieon January 02, 2013   Link
  • +9
    General CommentI must be off because my interpretation doesn't seem to gel with the others. I LUV the band (new to them) and I like this song, but it's sad. It appears to be about someone who has something to say (to someone perhaps) but he cannot get out the words. He feels he's missed opportunites in his life due to his inability to take action. And it feels as though the walls are closing in on him while he's running out of time to take action. He views someone as "home," where is where he wants to be but doubts he will ever reach there. Very sad song by a talented band.
    MaryMaryQuiteContraryon September 09, 2011   Link
  • +5
    General Commenti think its a description of how he is left missing his ex after a breakup. The first few lines describe that horrible, unavoidable ( 'i cant be saved' ) time at night, when all the defences you put up during the day, about not thinking about that person, come down.
    'Tides that I tried to swim against, have put me down upon my knees'
    the trouble that cant be named, are his inexpressible emotions and the tigers that need to be tamed could possibly symbolise the ferocity of his love for which he needs to deal with.
    the 'you are' part of the song is quite profound, and quite a philosophical statement (descartes? ) about the existance of man.. she just simply 'is' .. either he just doesnt need words to describe what she means to him, or he in unable to find ones that could ever do her justice.
    The next part shows more about his discomfort without her, the ticking clocks could just represent how aware he is of the time he is without her. He regrets what he did which must have caused the breakup
    'I could not stop what you now know'
    and wishes she would come and take away these waves of misery and regret that are affecting him so badly.
    Am i a part of the cure or the disease could be him wondering if he would do any good for her, or if he were to enter her life again would he just make the situation worse. He concludes with saying how he misses her, how nothing else can compare to her, and how much he wants to be back with her.
    but this of course is just my interpretation lol and i know there are loads of others..
    great song :)
    Asunderon March 20, 2003   Link
  • +4
    General CommentHey, Carlos, it's really easy to figure out... It's in E flat major... You should probably be able to get it with that information.

    Anyway, this song is great! And it has that tendency when you're pissed off or sad to make you extremely upbeat.

    When people on songmeanings say something along the lines of "Ok, this isn't ilovethissong.net, it's songMEANINGS.net" it makes me sort of mad - when people express how much they love a song, I think they are expressing how much it MEANS to them. Everyone needs to chill about that.. It's not a big deal.

    Brilliant song... the line "curse missed opportunities" really hits me hard.
    carmson March 10, 2003   Link
  • +3
    General CommentI was listening to this song while driving in my car today and it just really helped me feel more alive for some reason. I had been in a pretty crappy mood until it came on for the second time and bang, something about it struck me.
    BuckWilderon July 24, 2002   Link
  • +3
    General CommentNot to be totally unoriginal, but the lyrics to this song are incredible.

    The central theme of this song is time, no doubt. Clcoks is an incredible title because if you think about it, time is very difficult to measure without clocks(and sometimes still difficult to measure).

    I believe in the opening stanza the writer of the song realizes that he is mortal and that the one truth in his life is that he will die(tides that i tried to swim against). However, this realization of his own mortality forces him to try and do great things(the tiger's waiting to be tamed).

    The begining of the second stanza refers to the fact it's only a matter of time before the walls "close in" on us(death) and take us back home(heaven, reincarnation, whatever you believe in). The line "I could not stop that you now know" is kinda tricky in my opinion. In one sense, he could be referring to the fact that you just can't stop living because you know that you are going to die. Also, he could be referring to the fact that he couldn't just end the song right there without further explaining himself. The last two lines of the stanza strike me as this: he wonders if this song will be good for people because now they will want to live to the fullest knowing that the walls are always closing in(part of the cure) or if it will deeply discourage them because nothing we do can change the fact we will die(part of the disease).

    All in all, this is just a fabulously written song. It's up there with "Time in a Bottle" by Jim Croce and "Wish You Were Here" by Floyd as songs that use very few words to say so much
    mattkid4on May 13, 2007   Link
  • +3
    My InterpretationI think its about him missing opportunities and regretting choices he should have made. It may or may not be referring to a recent break up. Its actually kinda sad if you think about it. At the end he just wants to go home. Not sure what the "singing" part means. Its definitively very upbeat as far as rhythm and notes go. My personal fav out of Coldplay.
    Whovian12on April 25, 2012   Link
  • +2
    General Commentmike def has an innovative interpretation to clocks. The juxtaposition of the voices makes me look at it in a different way. Of course everyone is free to interpret the song in their own way but I think anyone who examines it on any level will determine, like most coldplay joints, that despite its appearence as a "relationship" song, its far more deep, almost existential.
    Personally I like how he takes the most pessimistic view of life -- closing walls and ticking clocks, cursed missed opportunities-- and overcomes them by contemplating the beauty of existence -- u are --

    the final stanza,-- home, where i wanted 2 roam-- refers to death as kind of a liberator. despite all our individual lives and the pain in them, we all eventually go home, returning to our source.

    Wut makes the song so badass is the melody tho, its almost haunting. combine that with those introspective words and you get like the first real classic song of generation y.

    kudos 2 u chris martin
    theRickon January 27, 2005   Link
  • +2
    General CommentLike a number of early Coldplay songs (eg. The Scientist) Clocks broaches the way a deep emotional bond between a man and a woman indellibly imprints the soul, and the psychic rending that results when individual is faced with the unilateral termination of that bond the other.

    In The Scientist, that is clear enough. The lyrics in Clocks are very abstract, and there is nothing explicitly to even say it is about human interpersonal relationships. However, 'Tides that I tried to swim against; The closing walls and ticking clocks gonna; Come back and take you home' are abstract references to the loss of control a person feels when they get pulled into, or unwillingly expelled, from a deep love.

    'Cursed missed opportunities' again can be seen as the frustration of an individual who faces loss of a relationship tey cherish, while they see that if they were only perfect the loss would not have crystalised.
    nashton November 18, 2011   Link
  • +2
    General CommentThis song always makes me travel the nostalgic road of what ifs? What if I had taken a different road. One cant help but wonder at times. The glances across a crowded room not followed up upon.........the chances not taken.
    johnt555g1on November 02, 2012   Link

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