"Things I Don't Understand" as written by Guy Rupert Berryman, William Champion, Christopher Anthony John Martin and Jonathan Mark Buckland....
How tides control the sea, and what becomes of me
How little things can slip out of your hands
How often people change, no two remain the same
Why things don't always turn out as you plan

These are things that I don't understand
Yeah, these are things that I don't understand

I can't, and I can't decide
Wrong, all my wrong from right
Day, all my day for night
Dark, all my dark for light
I live, but I love this life

How infinite is space, and who decides your fate
Why everything will dissolve into sand
How to avoid defeat, when truth and fiction meet
Why nothing even turns out how you planned

These are things that I don't understand
Yeah, these are things that I don't understand

I can't, and I can't decide
Wrong, all my wrong from right
Day, all my day for night
Or dark, all my dark for light
I live, but I love this life


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"Things I Don't Understand" as written by Guy Rupert Berryman Christopher Anthony John Martin

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    General CommentThis song captures the confusion we often face in the world around us. "Why things don't always turn out as you plan" - a question we all face. I think the answer lies in the line "but I love this life." We have to learn to love, trust and embrace change even if we don't understand the reason behind it.
    rememberiton May 26, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI love this song. The chorus is fucking amazing. This song, actually, introduced me into the world of B Sides. I don't understand why, but so many artist's B Sides are usually better than the songs on the actual album!
    Xihixon July 23, 2007   Link
  • +1
    Song MeaningIt's the intellectual journey of a godless person. Its as free as an intellect can ever be. Its the emerging of a new kind of faith. Faith in a godless yet organized logical universe.
    Conspicuouson May 23, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General Commenta tremendous song.......
    kevlar81on May 28, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentYup, a b-side to "speed of sound" and didnt grab me first of all, but now I love it
    King Statto IIIon May 29, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWhy are the B-sides always so amazing? There's something intimate about a Coldplay song that not many people know about, though. "Things I Don't Understand" is pretty self-explanitory. I absolutely love it.
    TheSOADGirlon December 21, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song should have taken the place of Speed of Sound on the album. This song is just so much better in comparison.

    Anyway, the message is: You may never understand everything there is to life, but that is no reason for you not to enjoy it anyway.
    YanYan108on April 26, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI'm surprised there are so few comments on this one. This song is AMAZING! It could have easily been on X&Y for sure! I loved it from the first listen.
    Purifiedxon September 10, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI think this b-side is a reflection fo the kind of stuff we can expect from coldplay in the future....just a guess.

    In short, it's a corny song about how confusing the world and universe is...yet how he loves it anyway, perhaps because of it's confusion and complexity.
    Tnspieler1012on June 02, 2007   Link
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    General Commenti think the chorus should be

    I can't (and I can't) decide
    Wrong (all my wrong) from right
    Day (all my day) from night
    Dark (all my dark) from light
    I love (but I love) this life
    jacksont123on July 06, 2007   Link

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