"Square One" as written by Christopher Anthony John Martin, Guy Rupert Berryman, Jonathan Mark Buckland, William Champion and Matthew Tyler Mcginn....
You're in control
Is there anywhere you want to go?
You're in control
Is there anything you want to know?
The future's for discovering
The space in which we're traveling

From the top of the first page
To the end of the last day
From the start in your own way
You just want somebody listening to what you say
It doesn't matter who you are

Under the surface trying to break through
Deciphering the codes in you
I need a compass, draw me a map
I'm on the top, I can't get back

Whoa whoa

The first line on the first page
To the end of the last page
From the start in your own way
You just want somebody listening to what you say
It doesn't matter who you are
It doesn't matter who you are

You just want
Somebody listening to what you say
Oh, you just want somebody listening to what you say
It doesn't matter who you are
It doesn't matter who you are

Is there anybody out there who
Is lost and hurt and lonely too
Are they bleeding all your colors into one?
And if you come undone
As if you've been run through
Some catapult it fired you
You wonder if your chance will ever come
Or if you're stuck in square one


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"Square One" as written by Guy Rupert Berryman Christopher Anthony John Martin

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  • +5
    General Comment"Are they bleeding all your colors into one?"
    This line is so meaningful to me. To me it means that your life was once as wonderful as a beautiful painting but then something happens that is so painful that your life, your soul, your heart starts bleeding and bleeding until all the beautiful colors and pictures seem to bleed into one color. And what color comes when you mix together a lot of colors? usually a dark one...
    This is what this single sentence means to me because it is what I am going through. All the beautiful life I once had is bleeding into one color.... black.
    penrhynon May 11, 2006   Link
  • +2
    General Commentafter reading through the lyrics with the music, i think it may be about someone who's trying to say something, but nobody will listen, and all they want is someone to listen and acknowledge that they are talking. just what i get out of it.
    Mike7143on June 07, 2005   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI love this song...
    to me it seems like this person is trying to get somewhere, or explain something to someone, and that person just isn't listening or even trying to hear what they have to say. So he's basically stuck in the same spot, with all these things he wants to do, but can't because something is holding him back.
    sarabeara24on June 08, 2005   Link
  • +2
    General Comment"It doesn't matter who you aaarrrrrre" - how true...

    I think this song is about finding where you stand in the universe... and the truth is, it doesn't matter who you are. You just want somebody listening to what you say, i.e. a lover, a friend etc.
    Eatcarpeton December 12, 2005   Link
  • +2
    Song MeaningIt's about someone that has never found love, and they're wondering if they ever will. Hence the last verse, and the last few lines in the chorus. This person just wants someone to listen and care about them, but they never have been able to, and that pains them. They're lonely. Themes like this are all over this album. In songs like X&Y, Low, and Twisted Logic, especially.
    Anthony1111on March 18, 2012   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song reminds me of the Space Mountain ride in Disney World
    gehmboon September 20, 2008   Link
  • +1
    Song MeaningThis song (hence the first verse) is about someone who used to have control over their life and it was an amazing life, full and colourful. But then, (hence the last verse) Their life turned upside down because something tragic hit them right there. Their life is no longer colourful
    "Are they bleeding all your colours into one?"
    It has gone black and murky and they want to die. Square One. Death. Non Existance.
    AmeriPanBakaon December 20, 2013   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationI think it’s about feeling depressed and Chris trying to help by talking with the listener about human nature. (sorry if bad English)

    “You're in control Is there anywhere you want to go?”

    Ok, so be aware that you have the control of yourself. As easy that you can walk and go wherever you want.

    “You're in control Is there anything you want to know?”

    In the Information Age.. Internet.. you can also investigate about whatever you want..

    “The future's for discovering The space in which we're traveling”

    You can invest more time learning about things.. things like why we are here..

    “From the top of the first page
    To the end of the last day
    From the start in your own way
    You just want somebody listening to what you say
    It doesn't matter who you are”

    Everybody in this world needs to be with someone for not feeling alone. Not the kind to just be between people, but to have someone who cares, who is really interested in what you have to say or what you think.

    “Under the surface trying to break through
    Deciphering the codes in you”

    Surely you’ve tried to understand why you feel depressed (and everybody else seems happy not like you).

    “I need a compass, draw me a map
    I'm on the top, I can't get back”

    Maybe you feel lost, maybe you’re someone famous feeling pressured and because you’re on in sight of a lot of people you can’t leave and take rest (also Chris has felt that way)

    “The first line on the first page
    To the end of the last page
    From the start in your own way
    You just want somebody listening to what you say
    It doesn't matter who you are
    It doesn't matter who you are”

    Again, it doesn’t matter who you are, everybody on here is looking to have the attention of somebody else (human nature to not feel depressed)

    “Is there anybody out there who
    Is lost and hurt and lonely too
    Are they bleeding all your colors into one?
    And if you come undone
    As if you've been run through
    Some catapult it fired you”

    Self explained.. (But Chris insist, hey yes.. I’m talking to you)

    “You wonder if your chance will ever come
    Or if you're stuck in square one”

    You feel cornered, but hey, everybody that feels like you, wonder if they chance to leave depression will ever come or if they’re stuck trying to..
    xradeonon May 05, 2017   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti know im missing lyrics, correct me please.
    rocketqueenzon May 22, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentMissing lyrics - (third verse) I think its:

    underneath the surface....(???)
    deciphering all the codes of you
    I am your compass and I'll draw you a map(?)

    fourth verse:
    (...'that you *write*'?)

    Anyway, this song is a rip-off of U2's The Forgettable Fire (title track) ;p
    heymanslowdownon May 25, 2005   Link

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