Talk
Coldplay Lyrics


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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

Overall Meaning

The lyrics to Coldplay's song "Talk" are about the anxiety that comes with facing an uncertain future, and the desire to connect with others who can help make sense of it all. The singer is reaching out to his brother, who represents someone he can trust and depend on, but he has been unable to make contact. He feels lost and incomplete, like a puzzle missing a piece, and struggles to understand the language of those around him who seem to be talking past him. The chorus offers some guidance, suggesting that he can find a way forward by doing something novel or creative, whether it be climbing a ladder to the sun or writing a song nobody else has. The final call to "talk" is a plea for connection and understanding, a recognition that everyone is searching for answers together.


One interesting fact about the song is that it was one of the first to feature the use of the Ebow, a handheld electronic device that creates sustained guitar sounds. The band's guitarist, Jonny Buckland, experimented with the Ebow to create the song's distinctive opening riff. Another tidbit is that the music video features the band members in animal costumes performing in a strange laboratory, a surreal and whimsical visual accompaniment to the song's themes. Additionally, the song was produced by the legendary producer and musician Brian Eno, who had worked with the band previously on their 2000 album "Parachutes."


Another interesting fact about "Talk" is that it was originally written by the electronic band Kraftwerk, and features a prominent sample from their song "Computer Love." Coldplay's version is a reimagining that adds new lyrics and melodies, but retains the driving pulse and mechanical rhythm of the original. The lyrics themselves are also notable for their mixture of existential questioning and pop culture references, as the singer wonders where he'll be "in the future" and encourages listeners to "take a picture," "climb a ladder," or "write a song."


Musically, the song features a propulsive drum beat and swirling synthesizers, with ringing guitars and soaring vocals providing the emotional climax. The chords themselves are relatively simple, with the verses alternating between E major and A major, while the chorus switches to a more melancholy C# minor. The bridge features a descending chord progression that adds to the song's sense of yearning.


Chords: E, A, C#m.


Line by Line Meaning

Oh brother, I can't, I can't get through
I am struggling to connect with you


I've been trying hard to reach you 'cause I don' know what to do
I have been making an effort to communicate with you out of concern


Oh brother, I can't believe it's true
I'm in disbelief about the situation


I'm so scared about the future, and I wanna talk to you
I am frightened about what is to come and need to speak with you


Oh, I wanna talk to you
I really need to have a conversation with you


You can take a picture of something you see
You can capture an image of something in your surroundings


In the future where will I be?
Where will I end up in life?


You can climb a ladder up to the sun
You can aim high and pursue an ambitious goal


Or a write a song nobody has sung
You can create something new and unique


Or do something that's never been done
You can achieve something unprecedented


Are you lost or incomplete?
Do you feel directionless or like something is missing?


Do you feel like a puzzle, you can't find your missing piece?
Do you feel incomplete or like something integral is missing from your life?


Tell me, how do you feel?
Please open up and share your emotions


Well, I feel like they're talking in a language I don't speak
I am bewildered by what others are saying


And they're talking it to me
I feel like people are trying to communicate with me, but I cannot comprehend them


So you don't know where you're going and you wanna talk
You lack direction and want to have a conversation


And you feel like you're going where you've been before
You feel as though you are stuck in a cycle or repeating the same experiences


You tell anyone who'll listen, but you feel ignored
You are reaching out to people but feel like no one is truly hearing you


Nothing's really making any sense at all, let's talk
I do not understand what is happening, and I need to speak with you


Let's talk, let's talk, let's talk
Please, I implore you, let's have a conversation




Lyrics © BMG Rights Management, Universal Music Publishing Group, Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Warner Chappell Music, Inc.
Written by: Emil Schult, Ralf Huetter, Karl Bartos, Chris Martin, Guy Berryman, Jon Buckland, Will Champion

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Alyas Scofield


on Yellow

love it

Jeannie Smith


on A Sky Full of Stars

<3 love it!

Jeannie Smith


on Shiver

Also I'd like to add that this song and some oyher stuff makes me think of The Bee Gees for some reason.

Jeannie Smith


on Shiver

I like this because of Lucy who's knickname is Shivers.

Jeannie Smith


on Speed of Sound

I like all of Coldplay's songs so far. :)

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on O

I like this.

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on A Sky Full of Stars

love this song <3

Jeannie Smith


on A Sky Full of Stars

Like this!

Kirstine Reville


on Fix You

NICE

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