Oh brother, I can't, I can't get through
I've been trying hard to reach you 'cause I don' know what to do
Oh brother, I can't believe it's true
I'm so scared about the future, and I wanna talk to you
Oh, I wanna talk to you

You can take a picture of something you see
In the future where will I be?
You can climb a ladder up to the sun
Or a write a song nobody has sung
Or do something that's never been done

Are you lost or incomplete?
Do you feel like a puzzle, you can't find your missing piece?
Tell me, how do you feel?
Well, I feel like they're talking in a language I don't speak
And they're talking it to me

So you take a picture of something you see
In the future where will I be?
You can climb a ladder up to the sun
Or write a song nobody has sung
Or do something that's never been done
Or do something that's never been done

So you don't know where you're going and you wanna talk
And you feel like you're going where you've been before
You tell anyone who'll listen, but you feel ignored
Nothing's really making any sense at all, let's talk
Let's talk, let's talk, let's talk

Lyrics submitted by delial, edited by Plans

"Talk" as written by Ralf Huetter Emil Schult

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  • +6
    General Commentwow. its the story of my life..

    really. holy crap.... it scares me a bit. DEFINITELY about confusion and being lost. oh yes. and possibly knowing somebody else who is in the same situation and you want them to be with you but at the same time they're playing a big role in your confusion.

    i love coldplay and i am thrilled about their new album...
    digitalloveon May 18, 2005   Link
  • +4
    MemoryWhen I listen to this song I always think of my older brother...I can relate to this song when life seems a mess and you just don't know what to do. I look up to my brother as someone I want to be more like. So I feel like if I really need someone to talk to about life, my brother is a place I would go. Just thought I would share that about this song...wonderful song great lyrics! Yeah Chris!
    ketg4uon June 05, 2009   Link
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    General CommentI totally agree with many of you. This song is about uncertainty for sure. But it could apply to many people because it does not specify that it is about uncertainty in love, in relationships, in friendships, in your career etc . . .
    For me, it totally makes sense because sometimes I "feel like a puzzle" I can't find my missing piece. LIke, for me, I've got what I want and then some . . .but ther'es something missing still. Sooooo coool that they can just put down in words thoughts I couldn't pinpoint myself. But growing up is not lame. You just need to know that life is one big roller coaster ride. As much as we may feel lost, we just need to remember that it is an adventure, and it is fun!

    It's cool because Colplay answers the question about what this person should do. Climb a ladder up to the sun, do something that's never been done. They're telling us to get out there and live our lives to the fullest. There are no limits and life is what you make of it. I love it. It is so inspiring and it really helps when I feel lost . . .
    beachyh2oon June 18, 2005   Link
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    General CommentColdplay received permission from the Electronica band Kraftwerk to use the main riff from their song "Computer Love" for this, replacing Kraftwerk's synthesizers with guitars, and at the same time creating a completely different song.
    FloridaGuyon October 10, 2011   Link
  • +2
    General CommentWhen asked about the song, Champion: "It started off with a Kraftwerk sample [it nicks the riff from the German technocrats' Computer Love]. Chris wrote a letter to Ralf [Hutter, Kraftwerk kingpin] in German." Bassist Berryman: "The record company said, 'This has to be the first single.' So we scrapped it, re-recorded it, scrapped it." Martin: "I flew back to New York for a day and mixed it. Then I was able to enjoy it as a song, rather than 1012 ideas that weren't right."
    JJH070583on June 01, 2005   Link
  • +2
    My InterpretationNear the end of the music video, the robot turns itself to a 'dazed' mode, While they keep saying 'lets talk". It is possible for someone to go into an emotional 'freeze mode'. Not happy nor depressed, just kinda there. Maybe when the person he's been trying to talk to in the song responded too late before he went into this 'freeze mode'.
    TheSkinnyElephanton August 30, 2013   Link
  • +1
    General Commentyes i think this song is about being lost.
    im so glad that they are starting to come out with new songs.
    Muzikboion April 11, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentOk this is weird, I have TALK and the lyrics don't match the song. What the hell? Ive looked at other sites and the lyrics are the same but they don't match the song.

    Under the great big stars
    Try to work out where you are
    In the silence of the sea...

    Those are the first lyrics... I dont get it...

    Anyway, I'm a big fan of KRAFTWERK and I have to say that Coldplay did a good job by using a "Computer Love" riff.
    Mode000on June 03, 2005   Link
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    General CommentGah! So I ran out and bought the CD first thing this morning. I am soooooo disappointed in the version of Talk on the CD. I agree that the other one is much much better. Why did they do this?!!!!!!!!!!!!! I thought it'd be my favourite track on the cd...apparently not.
    filmgirl79on June 07, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI like this version better. the first was great, but this one is more finished, more polished. I love the chorus, and the way it represents the fear many of us have for the future.
    sarabeara24on June 08, 2005   Link

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