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Clocks :: The Meaning

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Does anyone know the meaning behind Clocks? Up until today, I thought the line "Shoot an apple off my head" was "Shouldn't I pull off my head". It really sounds like both. Anyway -- this is *my* interpretation of it. I think it's all a reference to God.

 

Lights go out and I can't be saved

This is referring to mankind being in darkness because of our own sin.

 

Tides that I try to swim against/ Have brought me down upon my knees

No matter how hard we try, we cannot obtain salvation by ourselves.

 

Oh, I beg, I beg and plead

This expresses the knowledge of the fact that mankind has fallen and the request for forgiveness.

 

Come out of things unsaid

Maybe this refers to "the Devil"s lies and tricks?

 

Shoot an apple off my head

You got me here.

 

Trouble that can't be named, tigers waiting to be tamed

His sin has gotten out of control and he needs forgiveness from God.

 

You are

The most noticeable reference to God -- the Bible states that God is the "I Am" -- so he's singing it back to God, reaffirming with "You are".

 

Nothing else compares

Self explanatory.

 

Confusion never stops, closing walls and ticking clocks

Even when he thinks he's safe, "the Devil"s attacks and lies still come after him.

 

Come back and take you home, I could not stop, that you now know

No clue here, fellas -- any help?

 

Come out upon my seas, curse missed opportunities

Perhaps referring to how many times he's been oblivious to God's love before??

 

A part of the cure, or am I part of the disease

Is he living the life that God demands or is he giving "Christians" a bad name?

 

 

 

Ok so I know it's a stretch. But help me out here -- I'm trying to justify it to my pastor to play it in church... and if I can back up every line of the song, it might work.

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hm, interesting theories. They all seem to make sense.

haha I also thought it was "shouldn't I pull off my head"

interesting

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ha I always thought it was 'shouldn't I pull off my' head aswell :P until i looked up the lyrics... o well nice interpretation! I would have never thought of that!

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^ lol i always thought it was "shoot an apple off my head"! i dont know how u heard otherwise lol!

 

good analysing! :)

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yeah i think it could fit well into that category ... Coldplay's lyrics are very flexible in terms of meaning and this could fit into other suggestions as well but i like it and it fits well :D ... well done!

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anyone remember the story of William Tell, who shot an apple off a boys head with an arrow? that's prob what chris is on about

and i personally have never attached religion or God to any coldplay song. apart from god put a smile upon your face, for obvious reasons :wink3:

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Last time I checked, Chris wasn't a super devout Christian.

 

Maybe he is... I haven't seen anything like that, but it is a well fitting explanation. Nice work.

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i don't thin so..i know he clamis himself as sort of a Jewish, after gwy's dad passed, but i also know that his mother is strong christian, not too strong but enough not to beive in sex befor marriage.

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He believes in God and all that jazz but isn't extremely religious. Besides, you don't have to be 'conservative' to be hardcore

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wow, nice interpretation! it would hve never crossed my head...i actually have about three different interpretations...the bad thing is that im really lost when it comes to deciphering its actual meaning! :confused:

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Going with your line of interpretation, perhaps "shoot an apple of my head" refers to his hope that God will help absolve him of sin, as the apple is a symbol of sin from the Garden of Eden.

 

Cheers to you for finding your own personal meaning of this beautiful song. Always a difficult task.

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Hm, I've known it was "shoot and apple of my head" but indeed it could be shouldnt i pull of my head as well, sounds identical... Anyway i've always made the link with willem tell but id never get why he put that in his song.

 

your theory kinda makes sense, just i'd leave the devil out cuz it's a little, i dont know, just a little too much. you're saying something about the failure of mankind... maybe you that's "the devil" in your theory, or something. i dont know lol.

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Thanks for the comments, guys! I'm glad you all liked them.

 

I'm actually going to get to perform this for the talent show at our school (I go to a private Christian school... yeah it sucks)... and we have a $3 Million "Fine Arts Center". $1.5 Million of that went into the lighting system.

 

Oh yes, it's going to be so sweet. I'm working with the main lighting guy, and we already have the beginning to 'Clocks' programmed. If you win, you're supposed to have an encore song ready... so we'll be doing 'Yellow' or 'Politik'. Can't decide.

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Clocks: The Meaning

 

I think you misunderstood the meaning of the lyrics, in my humble opinion...

I believe Martin is describing death, from HIS point of view...when I hear the song I picture a relatively old man, slowly dying in his bed (probably from some kind of disease), looking back at his life while dealing with the close dissapearence of it...the whole "tides that I try to swim against" and "a tiger is waiting to be tamed" describes the fury of something we can't control, no matter how hard we try to struggle against it, we will never be able to overcome it... [/glow]

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Cheers, mate.

 

To each his own, I suppose. But remember here -- my objective was to relate the song to God in some way so that it's "christian-approved".

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why does it need to be christian approved???

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