"Twisted Logic" as written by Guy Rupert Berryman, William Champion, Christopher Anthony John Martin and Jonathan Mark Buckland....
Sunlight, opened up my eyes
To see for the first time
It opened them up
And tonight, rivers will run dry
But not for the first time
Rivers will run

Hundreds of years in the future
There could be computers
Looking for life on Earth
Don't fight for the wrong side
Say what you feel like
Say how you feel

You'll go backwards, but then
You'll go forwards, again
You'll go backwards, but then
You'll go

Created, then drilled and invaded
If somebody made it
Someone will mess it up
And you are not wrong to
Ask who does this belong to?
It belongs to all of us

You'll go backwards, again
You'll go forwards, again
You'll go backwards, again
You'll go forwards

You'll go backwards, but then
You'll go forwards, again
You'll go backwards, but then
You'll go forwards


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"Twisted Logic" as written by Guy Rupert Berryman Christopher Anthony John Martin

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    General Commenteach of our interpretations reflect what is on our mind and how our mind reacts to a song. that being said, environmentalism has been a lot on my mind, so i'm goin with the "State of Fear" and "Wall-E" approach. i'm pretty sure Chris Martin didn't intend this song to be about how we're ruining the earth, but that's the only way i see it every time i hear this song.

    just a quick analysis: opening my eyes for the first time? smog and pollution is so thick you can't even see the sun. rivers are dry from the factories, rivers are running from the blood of the endangered animals. we go forwards in terms of technology, but it's making us go backward in terms of treating Earth. Earth "belongs to all of us."
    TheDarkSideoftheMooon February 13, 2010   Link
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    My InterpretationI always think of it as being about humans destroying the Earth, and about how generally evil humanity is. All our separation and wars and hate, when we should be unified, peaceful and loving. We can't claim to be civilized and act like animals.

    "Sunlight, opened up my eyes to see for the first time. It opened them up." light being shed on the issues of the world, and opening up your eyes to the corruption.

    "Rivers will run dry, but not for the first time. Rivers will run." Just general human destruction to the Earth, using up all its natural resources.

    "Hundreds of years in the future there could be computers looking for life on Earth" we'll all be dead and gone, and it could be from many different things. Disease, Famine, Nuclear war, unlivable temperatures, most likely heat. But we've done most of these things to ourselves, out of greed.

    "Don't fight for the wrong side, just say what you feel like. Say what you feel." politics! A complicated but important aspect of humanity filled with opinions, some good some bad, but perspective is important, too. "Don't fight for the wrong side" well to each side, the other is the wrong side. You don't know who's right and who's wrong. It's confusing. But if you say what you feel, speak your opinion, trust your gut, DO SOMETHING to change what you don't like, you'll still be shut down by others. There is no way to win.

    "You'll go backwards, but then you'll go forwards again." we as a society are always changing, new laws are being passed, societal awareness and acceptance, etc. These things could go both ways, and they do. We progress as a species, we move forward, but then we do something to screw it all up and we all go backwards again.

    "Created, then drilled and invaded" we were created, (according to most religions) and then we immediately messed everything up. We invaded lands, drilled into the Earth, killed and wiped out countless species out of human greed and entitlement.

    "If somebody made it, someone will mess it up" yeah, pretty self explanatory, but really true. We mess everything up.

    "And you are not wrong to ask "who does this belong to?" it belongs to all of us..." either referring to land, and how we treat it like it's something we can own, or about the mess that we have made, asking who created it, looking for a simple reason that caused it, something that wasn't them, because they'd much rather believe a blatant lie than the truth, which is that this mess belongs to all of us. We all contributed, whether we admit it or not.

    Overall a really amazing song and Chris did fantastic.
    BonnieTon November 27, 2017   Link
  • 0
    General CommentLove this song... haunting melody. I think it compares a person and his or her thoughts/emotions to the way the world works in general. We fall and we succumb, we get into wars and we destroy ourselves at times - but no matter how many times we go backwards... we'll go forwards again.
    KiBa283on June 01, 2005   Link
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    General CommentFrom Martin on this song, Q writes: "That's the only song that people have told us not to put on the album. But they're wrong. It's all about the lyrics, and I'm proud of that song because it's angry and very dark and there's certain songs that I don't care what anyone says to us, we're going to do them anyway."
    JJH070583on June 01, 2005   Link
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    General CommentThis is my favorite song off the album so far...that'll change once I buy the CD I'm sure. I think this is just your typical musical retaliation to what's happened in the world in the Bush era...

    Created, then drilled and invaded
    If somebody made it
    some will mess it up

    That has to be about Iraq...the melody is absolutely chilling. Some of the guitar stuff sounds a little Beatles-like. I have no problem with that whatsoever...
    noreasterbunnyon June 01, 2005   Link
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    General CommentThis is my favorite song off the album so far...that'll change once I buy the CD I'm sure. I think this is just your typical musical retaliation to what's happened in the world in the Bush era...

    Created, then drilled and invaded
    If somebody made it
    some will mess it up

    That has to be about Iraq...the melody is absolutely chilling. Some of the guitar stuff sounds a little Beatles-like. I have no problem with that whatsoever...
    noreasterbunnyon June 01, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentLyrics are a lot like what Radiohead were writing, especially on Hail To The Thief.... references to how we are moving into an Orwellian land, while "You go backwards, but then, you go forwards, again" reminds me of "Sit Down. Stand Up" with its repetition of "Sit down" and "Stand up", before the eventual "The raindrops" conclusion.

    Great closer anyway... well it would have been if not for the extra track, which dare I say it should have been a b-side.
    RdeCon June 01, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis song is definitely talking about cycle
    everything runs like a cycle. today we move backward, tomorrow we will move forward, and then backward, forward again and again
    rivers dry and then run again
    today we go look for lives in another planet. many years later the computer may rude the planets and come looking for lives...
    naaaron June 02, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentTo be honest I can't believe that Coldplay were told not to put this song on the album; in my opinion this is one of their strongest songs on there! I love how it sounds quite dark but the lyrics are ironically quite optimistic.
    electricloveon June 03, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI think some of you dig into it more than is necessary. Is everything a Bush allegory? Right when I heard this song I thought of it as telling the nature of the universe and civilization-- someone makes it, someone messes it up. Civilizations are made and destroyed, invaded by others, tthen those who invaded are invaded. Like someone already said, it's about nature's cycle. And it sounds like:

    Don't fight for the wrong side
    Say what you feel like
    Say how you feel

    Is saying, it's ok to be fall into that cycle, there's no need to fight against it, because it's nature.
    Emilio Estevezon June 04, 2005   Link

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