"X&Y" as written by Guy Rupert Berryman, William Champion, Christopher Anthony John Martin and Jonathan Mark Buckland....
Trying hard to speak and
Fighting with my weak hand
Driven to distraction
It's all part of the plan
When something is broken
And you try to fix it
Trying to repair it
Any way you can

I dive in at the deep end
You become my best friend
I want to love you but I don't know if I can
I know something is broken
And I'm trying to fix it
Trying to repair it
Any way I can

Ooh

You and me are floating on a tidal wave
Together
You and me are drifting into outer space
And singing
Ooh, ooh

You and me are floating on a tidal wave
Together
You and me are drifting into outer space

You and me are floating on a tidal wave
Together
You and me are drifting into outer space
And singing
Ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh


Lyrics submitted by KiBa283, edited by sarah10312

"X&Y" as written by Guy Rupert Berryman Christopher Anthony John Martin

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  • +4
    My InterpretationTo me this song isn't about a relationship with others, its about the relationship with ones self. When i first heard it i was (and still am to an extent) severely depressed, and this song almost perfectly describes the inner turmoil of finding happiness and self worth... the lines that always gets me are:

    "I dive in at the deep end
    You become my best friend
    I wanna love you but I don�t know if I can
    I know something is broken
    and I'm trying to fix it
    Trying to repair it anyway I can"

    its like trying to convince yourself that you're going to get better, or trying as hard as you can to have some respect for yourself, and all the while knowing that all you have is you, and that no-one else will be able to help you... ok so its a pretty schizophrenic interpretation but thats what this song means to me, and the belting "oooooooohhhh, oooooooohh"'s are killer too...
    MAMAxton August 03, 2009   Link
  • +2
    General Commenti think this song is about contrasting feelings. The first part of the song that talks about diving into the deep end is about doubting a relationship and doubting yourself. The next part about floating on a tidal wave is about having complete confidence. It's about opposite feelings. And seeing as x and y are kind of like opposites- one goes vertical one goes horizontal- it makes sense. this is a really good song, i love the strings at the end.
    chewbeccaon June 09, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentOne of the best songs on X&Y, in my opinion. It seems like it's about someone who's dealing with a situation where he's in love or infatuated with someone, but isn't sure if he can 'love her' because of certains things that stand in the way. It could be physical distance between the two of them, differences between them that make it impossible, or the fact that he might have done something to hurt her or cause her to lose trust in him, which he hopes to repair/fix.

    Regardless, he's trying to make up for the situation in his head as he drifts away in thoughts of both of them 'floating on a tidal wave' and 'drifting into outer space', as if these limitations/restrictions could just disappear out of the picture.
    KiBa283on June 01, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentWhen asked about the song, bassist Berryman says"Our A & R man said it should be the first single. So we scrapped it." Frontman Chris Martin says "I was bathing my daughter and we were listening to I Am A Walrus, and I thought, Oh, you don't have to go, verse-chorus-verse-chorus, so I went in the next day and chopped out about three minutes. Then we added the strings, and this bit on the end. And then it was good."
    JJH070583on June 01, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song can definitely be interpreted on a deep scale, but the subliminal message is the effect distance has on a person. Tidal waves are rough and unforetold as to where they may make their next current, just as the events in life are. When life gets you down, you're in an "X&Y", two different things trying to work for the best dispite the rough road between them.
    nazonatte69on June 06, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General Commentamazing.
    thetaste_ofinkon June 16, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentWell there's a mistake in the given lyrics. Does anyone else hear him singing "SHE's become me best friend. I wanna love you but I don't know if I can"?

    To me this song is more like talking about a man who finds himself fallen in love with another person (who he refers as "she" and his best friend) but doesn't want to be a bad guy and still tries to love his old lover (who he refers as "you"), trying to fix it anyway he can, not knowing if he can make it.

    "I dive in at the deep end
    She's become my best friend
    I wanna love you but I don't know if I can
    I know something is broken
    And I'm trying to fix it
    Trying to repair it
    Anyway I can"


    He wanted to tell her ("you") the truth, but was not able to. She felt it as well, because she's also trying to repair it anyway she can.


    "Trying hard to speak and
    Fighting with my weak hand
    Driven to distraction
    It's all part of the plan
    When something is broken
    and you try to fix it
    Trying to repair it anyway you can"
    sarah10312on January 25, 2016   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis is the stand-out song of the new album methinks. Definitely has at least a hint of later-Beatles in it.

    I think this is a reference to the band's constant efforts towards achieving perfection for the new album, and the strain it puts on family relationships. Would have made a far better opening single than Speed of Sound.
    RdeCon June 01, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentBeautiful. I love the deep presence of serenity in this song.
    v1ciouson June 05, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commentso, being a broke twenty one year old girl means that i'm listening to clips of the new cd on itunes. and the clip they have is.

    I dive in at the deep end
    You become my best friend
    I wanna love you but I don’t know if I can
    I know something is broken
    and I’m trying to fix it
    Trying to repair it anyway I can


    and it's terrible because this is the way a relationship i had that completely disintegreated with a (former?) best friend of mine. and man.

    that song left my mouth dry.
    fromawireon June 07, 2005   Link

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