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Coldplay — Clocks
Album: A Rush Of Blood To The Head
Avg rating:
7.6

Your rating:
Total ratings: 4754









Released: 2002
Length: 5:02
Plays (last 30 days): 1
The lights go out and I can't be saved
Tides that I tried to swim against
Have brought me down upon my knees
Oh, I beg, I beg and plead, singing

Come out of things unsaid
Shoot an apple off my head, and a
Trouble that can't be named
A tiger's waiting to be tamed, singing

You are
You are

Confusion never stops
Closing walls and ticking clocks, gonna
Come back and take you home
I could not stop that you now know, singing

Come out upon my seas
Curse missed opportunities, am I
A part of the cure
Or am I part of the disease? Singing

You are
You are
You are
You are

You are
You are

And nothing else compares
Oh, nothing else compares
And nothing else compares

You are
You are

Home, home, where I wanted to go
Home, home, where I wanted to go
Home, home, where I wanted to go (You are)
Home, home, where I wanted to go (You are)
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 bev wrote:

In 2004 my stepfather passed away unexpectedly. My only sibling, my brother, was in prison at the time for a drug addiction situation. He obtained compassionate release to attend the funeral with a strict admonition to return at a certain date/time after the ceremony. When I had to take him back it was all predictably sad and horrible and we were running late. I was driving like a frenzied maniac so that he wouldn't suffer further punishment, and THIS song, Clocks by Coldplay came on, and my brother had never heard it and he looked over at me with a grin on his face and said, "Did he just sing 'a tiger's waiting to be tamed'?" And I was like, "yup, this song is awesome, right?" My brother had the sould of a poet and had a soft spot for unique lyrics. He mainly listened to punk rock, but this song spoke to him somehow. We listened to it on repeat the rest of the way there and he was so happy. For that moment we both were. It was magical.

My brother died a month ago. We played Clocks at his memorial. The thing is, don't want to cry when this song plays; I just want to grin and remember his joy at hearing it for the first time. Today, I'm crying anyway, but next time I hear it I'll probably feel that joy again. I hope.



Thank you for sharing this. It is good to be reminded that humans are at times pretty awesome.
 spacemanspiff wrote:

"if you don't love this song, its because youre an idiot"



Wouldn't be the first time that a person that I don't know calls me that. This song is nails on the chalkboard to me, whiny & repetive, but hey I'm glad you like it.
"if you don't love this song, its because youre an idiot"
This sounds so lifeless - I have to post our version. Live.

BJAM LIVE 12-31-2023 - CLOCKS
It seems Billiam just can´t get enough Coldplay these days...
Listening with new Christmas Grado headphones... transforms the over-played into the beauty of the first ten listens!!
 dandueck07 wrote:

If you don't love this song it's because you are an idiot.  I know this because I love it, and I'm not an idiot.
Recognize this type of comment?  It's usually written in reverse, and is sometimes dressed up to try and disguise the writer as a sage individual.  That, it rarely does.
I do love this song, but only because it appeals to me. . . and I have no expectation that others should feel the same way.

PS - I don't "think" I'm a musical idiot. . . but since this thought emanates from my own brain,  there is no way for me to prove or disprove it.



Go with your flow..
 bev wrote:

In 2004 my stepfather passed away unexpectedly. My only sibling, my brother, was in prison at the time for a drug addiction situation. He obtained compassionate release to attend the funeral with a strict admonition to return at a certain date/time after the ceremony. When I had to take him back it was all predictably sad and horrible and we were running late. I was driving like a frenzied maniac so that he wouldn't suffer further punishment, and THIS song, Clocks by Coldplay came on, and my brother had never heard it and he looked over at me with a grin on his face and said, "Did he just sing 'a tiger's waiting to be tamed'?" And I was like, "yup, this song is awesome, right?" My brother had the sould of a poet and had a soft spot for unique lyrics. He mainly listened to punk rock, but this song spoke to him somehow. We listened to it on repeat the rest of the way there and he was so happy. For that moment we both were. It was magical.

My brother died a month ago. We played Clocks at his memorial. The thing is, don't want to cry when this song plays; I just want to grin and remember his joy at hearing it for the first time. Today, I'm crying anyway, but next time I hear it I'll probably feel that joy again. I hope.



Bless your heart our friend for sharing that.
If you don't love this song it's because you are an idiot.  I know this because I love it, and I'm not an idiot.
Recognize this type of comment?  It's usually written in reverse, and is sometimes dressed up to try and disguise the writer as a sage individual.  That, it rarely does.
I do love this song, but only because it appeals to me. . . and I have no expectation that others should feel the same way.

PS - I don't "think" I'm a musical idiot. . . but since this thought emanates from my own brain,  there is no way for me to prove or disprove it.
In 2004 my stepfather passed away unexpectedly. My only sibling, my brother, was in prison at the time for a drug addiction situation. He obtained compassionate release to attend the funeral with a strict admonition to return at a certain date/time after the ceremony. When I had to take him back it was all predictably sad and horrible and we were running late. I was driving like a frenzied maniac so that he wouldn't suffer further punishment, and THIS song, Clocks by Coldplay came on, and my brother had never heard it and he looked over at me with a grin on his face and said, "Did he just sing 'a tiger's waiting to be tamed'?" And I was like, "yup, this song is awesome, right?" My brother had the sould of a poet and had a soft spot for unique lyrics. He mainly listened to punk rock, but this song spoke to him somehow. We listened to it on repeat the rest of the way there and he was so happy. For that moment we both were. It was magical.

My brother died a month ago. We played Clocks at his memorial. The thing is, don't want to cry when this song plays; I just want to grin and remember his joy at hearing it for the first time. Today, I'm crying anyway, but next time I hear it I'll probably feel that joy again. I hope.
We do it better! 
 Aud wrote:


No, blame it on Yoko Ono
don't forget Britt Ekland

 Proclivities wrote:

It has an overall rating of 7.5, so it seemingly appeals to most of the listeners here - most of whom probably like music as well.  One person's "banal dreck" can be another's treasure.  However, it would be an interesting undertaking to try to make music which appeals to "people who don't like music".




I would agree If Coldplay actually wrote this song. They didn't. Another band did. Litigation followed.
Easily their best song. Still loving it after 20 years. I can’t believe I just said that.
Still sounds absolutely great all these years later.
Bill my 3yr old can read an analog clock. but we made sure we had one in the kitchen
you know how I know you're g**? you quote Seth Rogan movies on the internet.
Despite the hate around Coldplay, it is hard to dislike this song. 
Another day of RP killing it !!! Working from home, this is frosting......
 Stephenater wrote:
 
Totally agree the first two albums were awesome. I blame the mediocrity on Gwyneth Paltrow{#Cheesygrin}


No, blame it on Yoko Ono
Their early records were superb. Epic, soaring, sophisticated pop songs, with more than a bit of an a-Ha influence . I do feel that the anti-Coldplay sentiment is more of a "received general opinion" than anything. 
 Segue wrote:


The people who hate this had music lessons.


Keep your elitist gatekeeping shitty reasons to yourself.  
 On_The_Beach wrote:

Great song, I wonder who it is?
Oh shit, it's Coldplay; I'd better pretend I don't like it so people will think I'm cool.



The people who hate this had music lessons.
One of their top 5 songs. 

I love the sound of coldplay and I think they have evolved from slow and sad, to joy and light...
I can easily understand that some people don't like it but say it's not music!!! They are ultra musical and harmonious, but it all depends on everyone's tastes...
Personally I listen to a lot of metal, rock, jazz, classical, trance... But Coldplay has a special place in my playlist! Long live them! and RP of course! Thanks again B&B

2002...damn, this is fresh boys!

2022...damn, this smells off...
20 years old ??   


{#Eek}
The Latin / salsa cold play version is brilliant.  Whoever mashed that together is brilliant.  If you have not heard it, it may be worth the listen.

https://www.bing.com/videos/se...
When Coldplay were Coldplay before they became Coldplay.
 On_The_Beach wrote:

Great song, I wonder who it is?
Oh shit, it's Coldplay; I'd better pretend I don't like it so people will think I'm cool.



Well said. I like Coldplay. They're good.
 ziggytrix wrote:
Amen. Here's an updated link: https://radioparadise.com/music/song/39992
Coldplay Clocks and the city lights seen by car in the night.

9 / 10!
 Proclivities wrote:

It has an overall rating of 7.5, so it seemingly appeals to most of the listeners here - most of whom probably like music as well.  One person's "banal dreck" can be another's treasure.  However, it would be an interesting undertaking to try to make music which appeals to "people who don't like music".
Ravel's Bolero? "My most famous piece and it's not even music."
Tony in NJ
W.A.S.T.E.


Loved this song from the moment I first heard it. That hypnotic piano riff….
It's funny how much hate really popular bands bring out.  Coldplay, Radiohead, U2, REM, etc.  I guess it's like the Yankees or the Patriots if you don't enjoy watching them win, you hate them.  There is no in between.  Doesn't seem very rational, but most people aren't.
Seems Coldplay hate is popular - haters - too bad. This band is really talented and write banging tunes. Love it!
Ole Stetsonman chiming in with his bile… maybe he will figure out how the skip button works and maybe he will eventually find love or a horse or a hat that fits.
I won an internet competition once, it was to write lyrics as trite and shite as Coldplay. Can't find 'em now, but it was a lot of car and far, interspersed with "ooohhhhhh"

Never has a band benefitted so much from great producers.
I'd just like to say me and my lover do what we like to do. It's not everybody's taste but it's ours
Has BillG ever paired this with Pink Floyd's Time?
A signature track. Amazing.
 Proclivities wrote:


 

Have you used Motion Amplification video processing method to achieve this effect? 
Nice little diddy there!
A +10 from me... It has to be the time signature 4/4 almost fits ... but her is

https://forums.whirlpool.net.a...


"Is Coldplay - Clocks in a weird time signature. It sounds almost like 3+3+2/8. It does fit into standard 4/4 time, however 3+3+2/8 just seems to fit nicer. I think I read somewhere that it is actually in that time signature. Some classical composers have used this time signature also. I do enjoy listening to music in unusual time signatures.
3+ 3 +2/8 is a bizarre time. "

Yup a solid 10 just for having and successfully creating a song wiht a,  Dave Brubeck  like , "F" word bizarre time signature.

w9dki , Great Bend, KS
BORING,
where this crxp band started, why couldn't they have finished there too?
I still love this....
Keep playing this one Big 9
 Proclivities wrote:
 However, it would be an interesting undertaking to try to make music which appeals to "people who don't like music".
 

I believe this is one example: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Drill_%27n%27_bass

Have at this playlist if you have a very open mind about what can even be called music!

https://open.spotify.com/playlist/2GArgzVbsIPMe1gOhhJqOy
 carrigman wrote:
Great song. A 9 from me. 
 
Agreed.  9 for me too.  
Remember the Nascar reality show years ago? This was the theme song...
Great song. A 9 from me. 
Coldplay does an amazing live show...and knock this one out of the park., imo.
 Sasha2001 wrote:
Oh Chris Martin, you're just so much better than the rest of us. You're better looking and way more talented. I think some people hate you because, deep down inside, they really wish they could be you. 

There are also people who don't think its fair that your band is as successful as it is. But what does "fair" have to do with you? You're Chris Martin, and you don't make apologies for being a bright, shining light.
 
I must admit, I saw him once (on TV) do a live thing for Apple where he sang solo on the piano. And even though I am a ladies man through and through, what I felt that moment was what you could call a man crush. That guy is so effin good looking, has such a nice, but not at all bland, personality and is just so much like how I secretly want to see myself, it is crushing, really. Some people really have it all, *and* deserve it.

Of course, I have no idea how much of that stage image is true for the person behind the curtains, but I like to believe it's all true. And I sincerely hope it is all working out nicely for him. Fame is a curse as much as a blessing.
To me 7 - Quite Likeable  ONLY -> 3 + Skip
 ruthyc wrote:

Agree - great at first, sadly they've descended into mediocrity
 

Yep another agreement from me.  The first two albums were something special, then it all went a bit 'meh', and has remained so ever since.
Definitely a 10 from me especially as Chris Martin is a local lad who's made it.
Happy to give this song a 10 in spite of the general anti-Coldplay sentiment.  A riff like that is once in a lifetime and ought to be celebrated.
 radioparadise9 wrote:


Rating: 7.5
Total Ratings: 2782

The listeners of this "amazing station" don't share your strident (unsupported) opinion

Guess who is out of step ...?
 

You responded to the wrong comment.  I assume from your quoting the phrase "amazing station", that you were responding to the post from a different listener, from about two years ago, which used that very same phrase; see below:

Duc1098 wrote:
How about a "zero" rating option? I can't believe that an amazing station such as RP continues to play this banal dreck. Seriously, this "band" is an affront; it exists to appeal to people who don't like music. 


If you read my comment you'd see that I expressed no opinion: "strident", "unsupported", or otherwise about this song.
I love this song so much <3
 Proclivities wrote:

It has an overall rating of 7.5, so it seemingly appeals to most of the listeners here - most of whom probably like music as well.  One person's "banal dreck" can be another's treasure.  It would be an interesting concept to try to make music for "people who don't like music".
 

Rating: 7.5
Total Ratings: 2782

The listeners of this "amazing station" don't share your strident (unsupported) opinion

Guess who is out of step ...?
 BCarn wrote:

Spears never had any luster (her music anyway) though I'm sure her music has a special place in your world.  


 
I think you may have missed Proclivities' point.
 johnalexford wrote:
I must admit I was very into Coldplay when this album was first out - in fact their first couple of albums were very likeable. Is it just me or did their music decline after that? Or do I need to give them more of a chance?

 
ruthyc wrote:

Agree - great at first, sadly they've descended into mediocrity

  
Totally agree the first two albums were awesome. I blame the mediocrity on Gwyneth Paltrow{#Cheesygrin}
 johnalexford wrote:
I must admit I was very into Coldplay when this album was first out - in fact their first couple of albums were very likeable. Is it just me or did their music decline after that? Or do I need to give them more of a chance?

 
Agree - great at first, sadly they've descended into mediocrity
I must admit I was very into Coldplay when this album was first out - in fact their first couple of albums were very likeable. Is it just me or did their music decline after that? Or do I need to give them more of a chance?
To me  7 - Quite Likeable
Terrific song; great album.  
 ziggytrix wrote: 
I'm with you on that !  Much-improved version / mash up.  Love that whole album....
Coldplay is insipidity personified.
Emancipator, Joe B., Coldplay:  what a terrific set!
 LaurieinTucson wrote:
it's the chord progression that does it for me

 
Plus the nicely syncopated rhythm: bass and drums playing off each other and the keyboard and guitar cycling over it all with alternating rests in each. Makes for a really interesting texture. Decent lyrics too.
it's the chord progression that does it for me
If I go a long time between hearings, it can still surprise me with how good it was. He sang a lot like Pete Townshend, and the guitars, the drums, and the wonderful piano were all spot-on, and stayed in the ears and on the mind like a pleasant breeze in a time of turmoil.
 Proclivities wrote:

Obviously.  Has the "Britney-Spears-fan" accusation finally lost its luster?

 
Spears never had any luster (her music anyway) though I'm sure her music has a special place in your world.  


 mojcamojca77 wrote:
Listening to some songs makes me feel  like I am flying on flying carpet:-). This is one of them. {#Sunny}

 
love this comment!!  makes me feel that way, too
 BCarn wrote:

You're obviously a Kanye West lover. 

 
Obviously.  Has the "Britney-Spears-fan" accusation finally lost its luster?
Play the Rhythms del Mundo version{#Bounce}
Their new stuff Not so much, but this whole album puts me in a good place.  Takes me back to trips down to the beach in the 73' bug, windows all rolled down and the tape deck blaring so we can here it over our singing and the whining of that 1600 cc engine in the rear.  
This song connected to me when I was a kid, it just hung above me when I walked around, like it was a part of me. Memories
OK I will admit it all.

I have zero interest in having sex with boys.  (Sorry boys.)

But I think Coldplay rocks.  

I also like Abba and Motown. 
 BCarn wrote:

You're obviously a Kanye West lover. 

 
Cross-checked into the boards!  
 KevinM wrote:
The only Coldplay song worth listening to

 
You're obviously a Kanye West lover. 
Excellent song from an excellent album.
Listening to some songs makes me feel  like I am flying on flying carpet:-). This is one of them. {#Sunny}
 Duc1098 wrote:
How about a "zero" rating option? I can't believe that an amazing station such as RP continues to play this banal dreck. Seriously, this "band" is an affront; it exists to appeal to people who don't like music. 

 
It has an overall rating of 7.5, so it seemingly appeals to most of the listeners here - most of whom probably like music as well.  One person's "banal dreck" can be another's treasure.  However, it would be an interesting undertaking to try to make music which appeals to "people who don't like music".

 Duc1098 wrote:
How about a "zero" rating option? I can't believe that an amazing station such as RP continues to play this banal dreck. Seriously, this "band" is an affront; it exists to appeal to people who don't like music. 

 
OK. I rate your comment a ZERO.
 On_The_Beach wrote:
Great song, I wonder who it is?
Oh shit, it's Coldplay; I'd better pretend I don't like it so people will think I'm cool.
 
{#Roflol}
 OHMish wrote:
I don't like this band anymore.
Well 1-2 tracks are decent.
Not this song, no no.
If you like it: peace

 
The word I would choose to use is bliss, actually. 
I don't like this band anymore.
Well 1-2 tracks are decent.
Not this song, no no.
If you like it: peace
 CHuLoYo wrote:

It's your personal opinion. I love music and I like Coldplay 

 
So do I, even it is the soundtrack of my divorce!! Could not listen to it for a long while, but now I can again! {#Dance}

{#Wave} Hello to Galicia! Been there! It is beautiful!
 Duc1098 wrote:
How about a "zero" rating option? I can't believe that an amazing station such as RP continues to play this banal dreck. Seriously, this "band" is an affront; it exists to appeal to people who don't like music. 

 
It's your personal opinion. I love music and I like Coldplay 
How about a "zero" rating option? I can't believe that an amazing station such as RP continues to play this banal dreck. Seriously, this "band" is an affront; it exists to appeal to people who don't like music. 
PSD.
The only Coldplay song worth listening to
He's not part of the Cure or the disease. He's part of Coldplay. Lay off the drugs dude! I don't care how much it makes the blood rush to your head.
The more I hear this tune and their other work I begin to think that they are a one hit wonder band.   Just my opinion.{#Yes}

 
When they used to be great..... 
 gjeeg wrote:
Riff of the century.

 
we are only 16 years in
but yeah, it's good
Riff of the century.
out of 2100 plus ratings a solid 7.6 nuff said for all the haters your in  minority- again {#Cheers}
Back on the air here in MI

................there was an outage 
 On_The_Beach wrote:
Great song, I wonder who it is?
Oh shit, it's Coldplay; I'd better pretend I don't like it so people will think I'm cool.

 
LOL!

I have it rated a 9.   So lump me in with the Coldplay nerds. 
Taking into account the nihilistic rabid frothing of the haters, this song rating is really about a 9.1.  And well deserved.
Great song, I wonder who it is?
Oh shit, it's Coldplay; I'd better pretend I don't like it so people will think I'm cool.
 DJK wrote:
 
Posted: Feb 01, 2015 - 15:18
 < Reply >

"Coldplay" is corporately produced pablum engineered to appeal to the vulgarian masses. I can't believe that this bland drivel gets so much airplay on an otherwise outstanding station like RP.

Completely true.

Bill.  I will pay you to stop playing this



 
Well, since it's completely true...
 Deadwing wrote:
I listen to the song.

I look at the painting.

I read the words. 

I don't give a shit who created it or what other people think of it.

I like what I like.
 
{#Clap}
I listen to the song.

I look at the painting.

I read the words. 

I don't give a shit who created it or what other people think of it.

I like what I like.

LOVE this song. Suck it, haters!
 
Oh Chris Martin, you're just so much better than the rest of us. You're better looking and way more talented. I think some people hate you because, deep down inside, they really wish they could be you. 

There are also people who don't think its fair that your band is as successful as it is. But what does "fair" have to do with you? You're Chris Martin, and you don't make apologies for being a bright, shining light.
 planet_lizard wrote:
Ignore the haters Bill. (I bet many of them find themselves humming it later.) Never get tired of this.

 
{#Clap}
Ignore the haters Bill. (I bet many of them find themselves humming it later.) Never get tired of this.
If only RP had PSD on Sonos   :  (
Horrible song.
This made me laugh. Heartily. 
p4rkrb01 wrote:
Coldplay - is what music made by focus groups sounds like
 


The Buena Vista Social Club version is so much better... those horns...
The very worst falsetto on the planet. Vomit-inducing. 
You mad, bro? 

Rottinger wrote:
I can't wait for the day Chris Martin just admits he is a feckin' wolf-wannabe and goes and joins a wolf pack and get bullied by all the other wolves and hopefully beaten up as well for being a whiny, self-absorbed, shit-mongering prick. Gods he's crap!

 


Hateworthy because that repetitive riff is boring after once. Can't stand it. 

 

Segue wrote:

A schoolkid with a piano could do this riff. Over and over and over. And like it. Aren't there some better Coldplay songs you fit in once in a while. This is annoying. Even RP can't make this listenable. Thank you.

 


Standalone Great!