Oh no, I see
A spider web is tangled up with me
And I lost my head
And thought of all the stupid things I'd said

Oh no, what's this?
A spider web and I'm caught in the middle
So I turned to run
The thought of all the stupid things I've done

And I, I never meant to cause you trouble
And I, I never meant to do you wrong
And I, well if I ever caused you trouble
Oh no, I never meant to do you harm

Oh no, I see
A spider web and it's me in the middle
So I twist and turn
Here am I in my little bubble

Singing out, I never meant to cause you trouble
And I, I never meant to do you wrong
And I, well, if I ever caused you trouble
Oh, no, I never meant to do you harm

They spun a web for me
They spun a web for me
They spun a web for me

Lyrics submitted by Ice, edited by carefree02

Trouble Lyrics as written by Jonathan Mark Buckland Guy Rupert Berryman

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  • +11
    General CommentTo me the most clear and poignant song to describe how I once felt...the whole point of a spiderweb is the more you struggle, the more ensnared you become.

    I told a person to listen to this song once as an apology to them. I was in that sort of situation where the more I tried to fix things the more I screwed them up, until all I could do was say "I'm sorry" as sincerely as I could and walk away.
    aduponton May 27, 2002   Link
  • +7
    General CommentThis song means a lot to me. I did some things that really hurt my wife (not physically), and pretty much broke her heart, but I was stupid and selfish and wasn't aware that I was doing that. So when she told me, I felt like utter shite. A few days later (after we started to patch things up) I was sitting in the car, kids in the back, waiting for my wife to come out, and I heard this song, and actually listened to it. I wanted to just die. So I left the kids in the car and went inside and told her again how I REALLY felt about her, and that I'd heard the song and felt like it was me singing it. And I cried pretty hard, which is unusual for me.

    But the meaning of the song is very personal for me. Because if I'd know early on that my actions were hurting my wife the way they were, I'd never have kept on the way I did. I mean, she's my best friend ever, and how could I cause her that kind of trouble?

    Anyway, the song rocks, and Coldplay is one of our favourite bands.
    Pilchardon June 06, 2002   Link
  • +5
    General CommentI always interpreted the lyrics in this song in relation to the lyrics from the other songs such as shiver and parachutes. Both of those songs are about being in love with someone who doesn't know and either can't or won't have those same feelings back. "Trouble" is about what happens when those feelings finally come out and how it changes the friendship for the worse. He never meant to damage their relationship. He feels so guilty about it that he wishes he go back and never have developed those feelings for her in the first place. But you can't choose who you fall in love with. It's as if his emotions spun this web that he's caught in.
    oktedson August 30, 2002   Link
  • +4
    General CommentI know exactly what it means. The thing is , I can't comment on it because it's so easy to see. Let's say he knows something we all need to know.
    We are all caught in this web and sometimes I wonder if most will ever wake up to realize it. lol...How ironic...Because most of you think you're awake lol...Anyways, this song is beautiful and speaks nothing of a human relationship but more of a spiritual relationship...( oh no I see, a spiderweb it's tangled up with me, and I lost my head). Indeed~~~ Great song........
    awakenedblood88on July 13, 2012   Link
  • +3
    General CommentI always found this song beautiful, but it never had any real meaning to me until my boyfriend died two years ago. The last day of his life I went over to his house and he told me he loved me. He had been in a deep state of depression for the past few months prior to his death. His parents medicated him and planned on moving away. He didnt want to, so he took his own life. I always remember lying on his bed with him listening to this song, crying and thinking about how much we meant to each other. That was the last time I ever saw him and everytime this song comes on I think about how he played it for me.
    alex_aestheticxxon October 18, 2006   Link
  • +3
    Song MeaningOh no I see--- (impending understanding of the situation)
    A spider web it's tangled up with me ( caught in his emotions for something)
    And I lost my head (erred and got seriously emotional with love, afraid of being trapped)
    The thought of all the stupid things I said (he regrets wasting your time telling you how much he loved you)

    Oh no what's this (no longer just sees it but feels the web)
    A spider web and I'm caught in the middle (he is in the middle because of struggling so much)
    So I turned to run (he thought he had better get away before he gets hurt)
    The thought of all the stupid things I've done (hes no longer just said things, he has done things like kissing or loving someone who didnt really want him)

    And oh I never meant to cause you trouble (hes sorry for wasting your time on him)
    And oh and I never meant to do you wrong (he really meant to the best for you)
    And oh well if I ever caused you trouble (spitefully admitting that he loves you so much that if he caused you any disturbance then he is heartfully sorry for it, basically turning himself into steps that she walks on)
    Oh no I never meant to do you harm ( maybe he believes that hes been so much trouble to her)

    So I twist and turn (he knows he is caught, and he twists and turns so he can lodge himself in her web)
    Here am I in my little bubble (she spun him into a bubbly cacoon on her web)

    they spun a web for me (maybe he believes that they did this to him on purpose, because he keeps falling in love with spidery women?)

    anyway, thats my interpretation. Coldplay has very intricate lyrics, and I thought I would share what I really believe he was trying to sing about.
    astral1on January 01, 2013   Link
  • +2
    General CommentThis song makes me cry. Come to think of it, the whole CD makes me cry.... :( I love it though.
    I think maybe this is about someone who he's hurt, maybe in a relationship, but it wasnt really his fault... I dont know.
    lolita-no8on June 05, 2002   Link
  • +2
    General CommentMy dad started playing this in the car. So there I am, staring out of the window and it's tipping it down outside and the sky is slowly darkening. And this song suited the atmosphere perfectly.

    It represents 21st century Britian PERFECTLY.
    nerdymusoon May 09, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General CommentTHe modern day reincarnation of "Jealous Guy" by JOhn Lennon.
    serge_67on November 17, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General CommentWELL
    i hadnt really taken notice of it until tonight
    i always loved the music but yeh

    to me..
    the person is realising how much they'd done wrong and hurt the person that they cared about or loved and now they're trying to apologise anyway possible.

    This song means alot to me because i hurt someone I love. I never EVER meant to.
    And this songs lyrics just brought back all those thoughts and feelings.
    I mean coldplay was her favourite band for a long time...
    But yeh I lost her.
    My own fault.

    Point is I love this song. No matter how much it hurts. Its beautiful.
    muddy_159on August 31, 2008   Link

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