"Atlas" as written by Christopher Anthony John Martin, Guy Rupert Berryman, Jonathan Mark Buckland and William Champion....
Some saw the sun
Some saw the smoke
Some heard the gun
Some bent the bow

Sometimes the wire must tense for the note
Caught in the fire, say oh
We're about to explode

Carry your world, I'll carry your world
Carry your world, I'll carry your world

Some far away
Some search for gold
Some dragon to slay
Heaven we hope is just up the road

Show me the way, Lord, 'cause I, I'm about to explode

Carry your world, I'll carry your world
Carry your world, I'll carry your world

Carry your world, and all your hurt

(Carry your world, carry your world)


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"Atlas" as written by Guy Rupert Berryman Christopher Anthony John Martin

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  • +8
    My InterpretationCAUTION : SPOILERS!!

    I feel the song's basically about the beginning of rebellion and also about the responsibility Katniss feels towards the 'downtrodden' people of the districts of Panem.

    The first stanza is about the different perspectives of the rebellion.
    Some saw the sun - some people saw the rebellion as an end to the Capitol's tyranny and the beginning of a better, brighter future.
    Some saw the smoke - some people were not as optimistic; they felt a rebellion was unnecessary, that it'll only bring about more chaos than there already is.
    Some heard the gun - more or less the same meaning, they were afraid of the dangers of the rebellion, like people getting hurt or getting killed.
    Some bent the bow - some people were brave enough to join the rebels and fight against the Capitol.

    Sometimes the wire / must tense for the note - sometimes we HAVE to be aggressive to win.
    Caught in the fire, say oh / we're about to explode - the people are being tortured by the Capitol and the Hunger Games, and they can't take it anymore. The whole country of Panem is on the brink of a (second) major rebellion and one wrong move from the Capitol - or one right move from the right leader - can trigger a reaction so massive, it can crumble President Snow's government and change the future of Panem.

    Carry your world / I'll carry your world - This is from Katniss' perspective. Her one act of defiance with the nightlock berries in the 74th Hunger Games arena caused uprisings in some districts. She realises she has given an opportunity for the people to rebel against the Capitol. She has become "a symbol of hope" for the people, so she must now lead the people of Panem to rebel against President Snow - a HUGE responsibility for a seventeen-year-old girl.

    Some far away / Some search for gold - Some people go in search of things that can help them survive in their world - money, food and stuff.
    Some dragon to slay - the dragon is President Snow/The Capitol which has to be destroyed in order to live peaceful lives.
    Heaven, we hope, is just up the road - the people are pining for a life where there are no troubles, no Hunger Games, no starvation...and they are hoping to get such a life as soon as possible, because they are tired of being condescended and treated like slaves.
    Show me the way, Lord / 'cause I, I'm about to explode - This is again from Katniss' perspective. She is trying to find a solution to lead the people to freedom, to their (hopefully better) future.

    Carry your world and all your hurt - Katniss bears the weight of the whole of Panem and also the grief and anger of the people, as she is their leader, their symbol of hope, their Mockingjay.

    Whoever is reading this, hope this helps you in understanding the lyrics. It's a beautiful song by Coldplay and truly captures the essence of the series.
    District12eron October 10, 2013   Link
  • +4
    General CommentI was asked the other day by a friend of mine why the song was entitled Atlas if the word is never mentioned in the song. The answer is simple, however this is a good question if you're not a mythology buff, so I thought I'd share it. The line "I'll carry your world" is the key to the title. In Greek mythology, the titan, Atlas, holds up the sky, or carries the world if you will. So, in a clever reference to the titan in Greek mythology, the song was named Atlas.
    Teampeeta254on January 06, 2014   Link
  • +2
    My OpinionI think this song can relate to any kind of major struggle in a person's life. I think it is a lot about war though and definitely was a perfect song for the Hunger Games Catching Fire movie. Being a person who has fought depression, and suicidal thoughts, I can't tell you how much this song means to me. I think it represents your opinion on life... This is just my opinion. I don't know for sure at all of course what this song means.
    vampWforeveron November 24, 2013   Link
  • +1
    General Comment@District12er Your interpretation for this song is obviously wrong. Coldplay didn't write the song especially for Catching Fire. It just related to the movie, so the song, really does not whatsoever mean anything to the movie. It's not Catching Fire's song, which you are thinking it is. It's Coldplays. I doubt they wanted people to think the whole meaning to the song was a movie, because that would be a shit meaning. I love the movie, but really, how can you think it's all about the movie? Song meanings are special, and I doubt it's all about the movie. Of course it relates, but this song isn't for the movie. The song is itself.
    2202lo2202on March 02, 2014   Link
  • 0
    General CommentPerhaps it's possible to interpret the lyrics here as alluding to the age of terrorism we're in right now. "I'm about to explode" immediately brings to mind the suicide bomber.

    If we look at the song through these lens, then the song becomes one that remind us that people fight for different reasons, but it's always one in which they
    the "I' carries the weight of the world upon himself/herself, so that the "we" doesn't have to explode.

    What the song is saying then, perhaps, is that there is little difference between whether these matyrs "heard the gun" or "bent the bow". "Sometimes, the wire MUST tense for the note", and the those who sacrifice themselves for others can only hope that heaven awaits them "just up the road". Maybe the age of terrorism facing us now is a symptom that tells us that something flawed the way our world is arranged right now.
    IamSootyon February 28, 2016   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti think the first part is describing the different ways in which humans deal with problems or turmoil. that could be any thing, from war on a large scale to a small war within themselves, either way, we all react differently-
    "some saw the sun"-- some see hope (light at the end of the tunnel, positive thinking)

    "some saw the smoke"-- negitive thinking, giving up

    "some heard the gun"-- running from your problems (hearing a gunshot at the begining of a race telling you when to run)

    "some bent the bow"-- wanting to fight (bow and arrow, clearly)

    "sometimes the wire must tense for the note"-- a beautiful metaphor for any struggle in life, the wire on a musical instrument pulled too tight will snap, too loose and it won't play, slides around, but pulled just right and tense, it makes the note you want, I think anyone can relate to that feeling.

    "caught in the fire say oh we're about to explode"-- that overwhelming feeling you sometimes get when you realize all the incredible mysteries of the world and humans and your soul place in it.

    "carry your world I'll carry your world" -- of course a reference to the Greek mythology Atlas carrying the world, it's heavy on his shoulders. when you become aware and wise about the world, you are finally ready to carry the weight of it, bittersweet, and to carry someone else's, is to carry their weight as well as your own, the ultimate sacrifice and love.

    the second verse I believe is referencing the people that are in their own world per say, they are far away, living in a fantasy (gold, dragons, etc) for some, to escape the reality of their world is the only way they can carry its weight.

    "show me the way lord because oh I'm about to explode"-- again, overwhelmed, realizing a new wisdom of the world around them and the world within themself.

    I know it was written for the movie, I just also happen to think Coldplay did an excellent job in writing lyrics that can be taken out of that context as well and interpreted in a way that is relatable to so many people.

    beautiful song
    monster9406on May 20, 2016   Link
  • -1
    My InterpretationI'm sure this is not exactly correct, but every time I hear this song, I hear Katniss saying "I'm about to explode" , and it's Peeta telling her "I'll carry your world". The general stanzas include them watching the rebellion, as previously said.
    mandyroberts17on December 21, 2013   Link
  • -1
    Song MeaningI don't think this song was specifically written about The Hunger Games. I think it relates to the storyline a lot but the true meaning behind this song is that regardless of all of the bad in the world "some saw the smoke, some heard the gun"...etc. God will take care of us all. I think Chris Martin is singing on behalf of everyone in the world. He's singing about everything bad and how we cannot handle it. "We're about to explode" and then the chorus is actually God singing to him saying he will "carry your world".
    alissahastingson February 12, 2014   Link

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