"Charlie Brown" as written by Christopher Anthony John Martin, Guy Rupert Berryman, Jonathan Mark Buckland, William Champion and Brian Eno....
Stole a key
Took a car downtown where the lost boys meet
Took a car downtown and took what they offered me
To set me free

I saw the lights go down at the end of the scene
I saw the lights go down and standing in front of me

In my scarecrow dreams
When they smashed my heart into smithereens
Be a bright red rose come bursting the concrete
Be the cartoon heart

Light a fire, light a spark
Light a fire, a flame in my heart

We'll run wild oh
We'll be glowing in the dark
We'll be glowing in the dark

All the boys, all the girls
All that matters in the world
All the boys, all the girls
All that matters that occurs
All the highs, all the lows
As the room is spinning, oh

We'll run wild
We'll be glowing in the dark

Living innocent wild
We'll be glowing in the dark


Lyrics submitted by AshleyRose, edited by Paymaan, dinozord, swaroopchilli, judes399

"Charlie Brown" as written by Guy Berryman Brian Peter George Eno

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  • +7
    General CommentSince the album is a concept album this would be one of the characters talking about their failed dreams. Since 'Paradise' is about the female character's loss of innocence and disillusionment with the world I would venture a guess that the male character's feeling of failure. Its towards the beginning of the album so setting up would seem right since its a story.
    Hero of the Dayon October 09, 2011   Link
  • +5
    My InterpretationWell, since their album follows a love story, here is what I think. Hurts like Heaven was the beggining, and then it flashes back to Paradise and Charlie Brown. Paradise was about the girl leaving her home to discover herself, but all her dreams were never happening because the world is a cruel place.

    Charlie Brown is about the guy trying to make it through life before meeting her. IT starts in the beginning with him stealing a car and going downtown to do drugs with the "lost boys". The lights going down at the end of the scene are cop cars coming. They show up and he gets busted. It is like his "scarecrow dreams", bad dreams of people destroying everything he ever wanted (drugs are the scarecrows that destroyed his life). The rose part is probably either the girl encouraging him to got back up again, or some other form of moral support. Then the moral support goes on to say (no that i listen to it, it probably is the girl) to him that he should be a cartoon heart. Be like Charlie Brown, who is always getting picked on and nothing really works out for him. Always get back up again. Finally, the glow in the dark is for both of them to always be a positive light to all the boys and girls with all their problems. They went through all their troubles and they want to glow, be a light and show them how to get through it.

    This is one of my favorite songs on their album.
    slasher123on June 21, 2012   Link
  • +3
    Song MeaningSince this is a concept album about love in a dystopia, I think (given the flow of the album), this is where the guy and girl first meet. See my full (over-)analysis of the meaning & storyline here: smrvl.com/blog/
    smrvlon November 02, 2011   Link
  • +3
    General CommentWhat an amazing riff this song has!

    I think it's a continuation of Paradise- the girl from the previous song escapes her life, "flies away" as she desired to, and meets up with a group of guys and hangs out with them. That's just going by the story of the album, though- taken out of context it could be about anyone who's traveling... I get the feeling it's sung from a male perspective, though I wouldn't know.
    EnduringChillon January 30, 2012   Link
  • +3
    General CommentThis song is amazing. Even if it's about a stolen scooter for me it's much more. It's about happiness, freedom, a good feeling... that smile that nobody can wipe away from your face; positive vibes. "We'll be glowing in the dark": Us being the light (good things) glowing (fighting) in the dark (bad things, evil). For me, it's the perfect song when I'm feeling down. I listen to it to forget about problems, to smile. It's one of my Coldplay's Top 5!
    vankaon February 26, 2012   Link
  • +2
    General CommentWould love to know what this song means. I'm guessing (and probably wrong) that someone's dreams are not coming to fruition so he's going to live life in the fast lane without a care in the world.
    MaryMaryQuiteContraryon August 28, 2011   Link
  • +2
    General CommentTo me this song is about a dream that can't seem to come true; the music itself is a sense of desire. Think about the song title: Charlie Brown. If you've ever watched the old Charlie Brown shows then you know how Charlie Brown always had to settle for the short end of the stick, whether it was getting a rock for Halloween instead of candy or being tricked into kicking a football only to have it jerked away from him at the last second. To me this song symbolizes just those attributes. But this song is also very hopeful as Chris Martin encourages to "Be the cartoon heart". When I hear that line I think of the episode of Charlie Brown when all they had was a tiny Christmas tree and everyone was still happy - Cartoon heart. "We'll be glowing in the dark", this again provides the same message of having a hopeful heart. I love this song, when something goes wrong or I feel as though I'm on the short end of the stick in any situation, this is the perfect song. Music, lyrics, everything.
    AaronRodgersMVPon September 17, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General Commentawesome song! i love it :)
    Chocolate42on July 06, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General Comment"stole a key took a car downtown where the lost boys meet..."
    Went downtown to see a concert ("lost boys" could mean Coldplay themselves because of
    their song "Lost")

    "took a car downtown to see what they offered me to set me free"
    the person going to see the concert was so bummed about things and was hoping that
    the music would set him free.

    "I saw the lights go down at the end of the scene saw the lights go down and standing in front of me"
    He had a front row seat for the concert and the musicicans were standing in front of him

    "In my scarecrow dreams when they smashed my heart into smithereens"
    he's thinking about what bummed him out and how he had nighmares and people hurt him.

    "Light a fire light a spark"
    people at the concert with their lighters lit

    "we'll be glowing in the dark"
    at concerts there are things fans wear that glow in the dark

    "All the girls all the boys all the madness in the world"
    all the people enjoying the concert

    "as the room is spinning"
    the wildness of the concert the room is spinning.

    "We'll run wild, we'll be glowing in the dark"
    well be wild at the concert and we'll all be glowing in the dark


    "

    luvwingson November 10, 2011   Link
  • +1
    Lyric CorrectionWooh, ooh ooh ooh

    Stole a key
    Took a car downtown where the lost boys meet
    Took a car downtown and took what they offered me
    To set me free
    I saw the lights go down at the end of the scene
    Saw the lights go down and standing in front of me

    Poh ooh ooh

    In my scarecrow dreams
    When they smash my heart into smithereens
    Be a bright red rose come bursting the concrete
    Be a cartoon heart
    Light a fire a fire a spark
    Light a fire a flame in my heart
    We'll run wild
    We'll be glowing in the dark
    Oooh ooh ooh
    We'll be glowing in the dark
    A-woo-a-wooooo

    All the boys, all the girls, all that matters in the world
    All the boys, all the girls, all the madness that occurs
    All the highs all the lows, as the room a-spinning goes
    We'll run riot, we'll be glowing in the dark

    Ooooh, ooooh, ooooh
    So we'll soar
    Luminous and wired
    We'll be glowing in the dark

    directly from coldplay.com
    ThoR294on December 17, 2011   Link

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