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Coldplay – Paradise lyrics
[Verse 1]
When she was just a girl,
She expected the world,
But it flew away from her reach so

She ran away in her sleep.
And dreamed of
Para-para-paradise, Para-para-paradise, Para-para-paradise,
Every time she closed her eyes
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When she was just a girl,
She expected the world,
But it flew away from her reach
And the bullets catch in her teeth.
Life goes on, it gets so heavy,
The wheel breaks the butterfly.
Every tear a waterfall,
In the night the stormy night she'll close her eyes,
In the night the stormy night away she'd fly
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[Chorus]
And dreams of
Para-para-paradise,
Para-para-paradise,
Para-para-paradise.
Oh oh oh oh oh oh-oh-oh
She'd dream of
Para-para-paradise,
Para-para-paradise,
Para-para-paradise.
Oh oh oh oh oh oh-oh-oh-oh

[Bridge]
La-la-la-la-la-la-la
La-la-la-la-la-la-la-la-la-la
And so lying underneath those stormy skies,
She'd say, "oh, ohohohoh I know the sun must set to rise"


[Outro]
This could be
Para-para-paradise,
Para-para-paradise,
This could be
Para-para-paradise.
Oh oh oh oh oh oh-oh-oh
This could be
Para-para-paradise,
Para-para-paradise,
This could be
Para-para-paradise,
Oh oh oh oh oh oh-oh-oh-oh
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    This is a song about a girl who has a heart that has dreamt of paradise; yet -for whatever unknowable reason- it's always out of reach, or she winds up receiving anything but "what dreams are made of. " still, somehow, someway, she realizes that the sun must set to rise -somehow, someway, no matter how much pain she has gone through, she finds a way to believe that "this could be para (beside, alongside of, by, beyond) - para - paradise (an intermediate place for the departed souls of the righteous awaiting resurrection; a state of supreme happiness; bliss). In other words, despite her repeated attempts to expect the world, she finds herself within a deeper hole -yet, she is smart enough to consider what comes with reaching rock bottom.
    Love breaks the wings of a butterfly on a wheel; yet, a wheel is round, which has no end. Although every action has an equal and opposite reaction, love is never-ending. In order to become the very best -in order to achieve the very best -perhaps a person must face so many stormy nights, if he or she would like to arise to the highest level -that of paradise.
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    Makes me think about a girl who was so innocent and fragile and naive. 'the wheel breaks the butterfly' makes me think of how her dreams just got crushed and loads of people took advantage of her. So she retreated into a fantasy world for comfort where everything was okay and how she'd first imagined things would be. And a things slowly got worse and worse for her, she retreated further and further into her head,.
    'every time she closed her eyes'.
    But she slowly comes to realise that the world isn't all bad and that maybe it could be a paradise 'this could be paradise' even if things aren't perfect. And she eventually comes to terms with the fact that although her life will never be what she dreamed of, it's better to live in the real world.
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    The mainig of paradise to me by coldplay before I say furthermore. I think this songs matches my identity I've been searching the whole world to see if a song would talk to me and reach out to touch me. You guys did awsome I believe this song is about a girl who feels abandoned and mal treated by everyone. She cried a lot of times but whe she closed her eyes she saw a dofferent world above her. She knows their a place where she can be happy without any distrees if you guys ever think obut this song think about me I am nida applyrs a student from lauderdale lakes middle school. I'd never thiught I post something like this in my life. I wanted to be a muscican for a long but people thought of me as a good for nothing haitiangirl who doesn't have a life to live. I have a hard life on the everyday basis I justt wish people could see the inside instead of the outside. I have a big fore head but nobody gives a damn anymore about my feelings. As I write this message my eyes sting and make water fallls. I wish people could see the best of me. I feel alone and sometimes I wanna do suicide because I feel so depressed like a soul haunts me. I just somone who thought america is this sweet land with a lot of people who cared. I'm soffy for writing so much and letting me express my words of paradise, thank you: '(
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    When I was young I always thought the world was perfect. But when I got to ages 11-12 or where I am now I now understand that it isn't it brought me great depression. Depression I've fought everyday. I love to imagine a world that it's perfect. My paradise containing no bullies or mean people. Right now I'm in my storm hoping everyday gets better. I've pretty much detached myself from this world. My best friends are my characters in my stories, Pens, Pencils, Notebooks.
    So this song describes my life.
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    This song make me think, and wishes about my dream, go to paradise with my family, I am so fun, affected, and other feeling. Everyone sure thinking about that, wish I can live in the paradise, I am really happy, fun, and, sleep with fully enjoy feeling, may it happen, I am very hope it, Amin.
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    I think it's about a girl who thought that the world should be brought to her, and she grew up not facing reality. Then something happened, and the thin wall between reality and dreamland was shattered, and she realized that the world wasn't all that she thought it should be. She was facing reality now, realizing the world can't be given to her, and she has to work for everything. Then, somehow, she realized that if she wants the good parts of life, she has to get through the bad. That's why it says, "the sun was set to rise" When you face pain, you have to realize that pain that you face. It's only helping you to get through the wheel of life, which is why in the song, it references "a wheel". The wheel breaks the butterfly must mean that the butterfly is like, love and hope and all things good and beautiful in life, and then the wheel is the wheel of life, and life is always destroying things good and beautiful, but will always replace it with more beautiful and hopeful things in life. Life isn't always showering you with gifts. There are bad things in it too, and the girl in the song suddenly woke up to that, and so she started realizing that the world wasn't all that she thought it was.
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    This is about hanging on in life and how in youth we are in an illusion of a happy world but age shows us life's hellish qualities of condemning and killing us slowly it shows bad times end even if they last for a long time it shows that having a place of escape even if it is imaginary can save us in the dark.
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    "and so lying underneath those stormy skies.
    She'd say, "oh, oh.. I know the sun must set to rise"
    This could be.
    Para-para-paradise".
    To me this song is about when we are children we think we can be anything we want and almost expect to have this story book life with a happy ending. But as life goes on we realize how hard life is and its not all good. But once you realize/accept that the hard times are just as much a part of life/necessary as the good times ("the sun must set to rise") you realize that " this could be para-para-paradise " as oft life is what you make it.
    Just my take. Either way glad to see other enjoy this song as much as me.
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    Najbolje da ovo napisem na jeziku na kojem ce me shvatiti moji zemljaci, pjesma je odlicna I govori po mom misljenju o tome da zivot je lijep, samo ako smo mi spremni da ga uljepsamo.
    Kad si mlad sve ti se cini tako daleko I nemoguce ali dio po dio ukoliko si uporan ti ces ostvariti I onda ce sve biti uredu.
    Ne treba misliti da je zivot takav kakav je I da svako ima sudbinu I da nista ne moze da promjeni, moze I to je jedina stvar koja vam moze osigurati da jednog dana kada se osvrnete na sve ono sto ste uradili you zivotu shvatite da je sve to bilo paradise :)
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    Good comment from may 26 9: 34 am. It's not wrong to dream but we should face reality that we cannot have everything we dream in life. We just have to thank god that he gave us the chance to be born here and live here on earth. Every one of us has a choice if we want to live as if we are already in paradise. Every minute counts and paradise already exists in this present moment. May everyone be in their paradise. Best wishes for all.
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    I lyk d title of this song! Paradise!
    To may 2, 2012 11: 01 you said it's a place where you'll spend your whole life with your girlfriend/wife? You have a wife and a girlfriend? If you love your wife isn't it being unfaithful if you also have a girlfriend? Marriage is to love a one another until both of you have your last breath! If you don't love your wife then at least be honest with her that you have a girlfriend. Then you'll know what would be her reaction of your being unfaithful to her. Sad to discover that most marriages are like these nowadays.
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    There was a girl who have so much dreams and ambitions. But, the thing called "war" take it all away. Then she only able to saw her goals only in her dreams when she closed her eyes. That is, until a cold metal bullet piercing trough her teeth, knocking her down as she saw her precious honest dreams which would never come true.
    This album whole message: "i hate war"
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    Many people are stuck in a situation in life and they can't get out (like the elephant in the video who was ripped out of it's home in africa and stuck in a zoo).
    Because of this it's not living it's life anymore. It's trapped. A little piece of the love for life she has in her heart dies inside each day.
    The only way to escape and live her life again is only in her dreams.
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    This is the most beautiful song. I have this type of feeling whenever I hear it. It's a mixture of sad, depressing, honestly, and unique. The way the melody makes me feel so touched, it's just unexplainable. It kinda reminds me of an old movie of how a boy became an elephant's friend. The boy died at the end, and he became an elephant named after his first little elephant, who had been sent away from him. I just can't get tired of it. Seriously. This is how I feel about the song.
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    The song is about hope. When the girl (who can be anyone and everyone) was young, the reality of the world did not meet her expectations, so she escaped into fantasy, flying away from turmoil both real and imagined. As she grows up, she realizes that there may yet be something to look forward to, that in order to rise, the sun must first set. Another cliche for that is, "it's always darkest before the dawn. " something on the horizon that she has not come across may yet be the "paradise" she seeks. By saying "this could be paradise" at the end, the "this" refers to this reality, this world, not the fantasy she escaped to when she was younger. This is, then, the hope the song provides.
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    It's (in my opinion) about a young girl who, when put into the real world, found out it was nothing she expected. *When she was just a girl she expected the world but it flew away in her reach* and when she was running away in her sleeep means that was just it. When she was sleeping/daydreaming everything was perfect again. But it's not. So she might as well dream of paradise!
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    When she was a little girl she wanted everything to go the way she wanted (sounds like my sister!). But when she didn't get everything she dreamed of, she dreamed of a better world where she could get everything. When she got older, though, she realized how tough it can be to be a human of the 21st century. I mean, hearing about all those wars and school shootings and stuff. It can change a person! So she dreamed of a better world where there wouldn't be war and destruction and killing and all that. But later in life she notices that "the sun must set to rise," or that this "destruction is cool" generation has to be done thinking that destruction is cool before they stop. Great song, and good meaning!
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    A woman who expected much more from her life as a child now realizes life is much colder and harder than expected and the only escape she gets from her rough life is when she closes her eyes and goes to sleep and dreams of a better life but never looses hope that it will get better that everyone suffers set backs but its how you recover from it and to never give up on your dreams in the lyric "i know the sun must set to rise" sometimes you must fall back in order to go forward in life also the sun goes down but also gets back up never giving up ps. I love this song speaks to my soul, chrissy.
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    Wow. This song is beautiful!
    First time I heard it I thought: that's me.
    It's about a little girl who expects so much from life but she's let down. She instead, dreams about paradise, the world she wants to live in every time she gets the chance. As life goes on it gets harder and as it goes it breaks her. She still dreams about paradise and wishes it would get better. She has a realization that it has to get worse before it gets better and looks forward to a better day.
    As soon as I heard this song I wanted to learn it on piano (i play). I finally got my chance to play it in front of my school and it went well. I stuffed up the start but I rocked the rest. Even though I had played better in previous performances this was my best because I meant every note I played. That's what makes this song so great, it's so relatable.
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    When she was a girl she dreamed of living a perfect life, it didn't go the way she planned, and she escaped in her dreams. She is older now and life is hard, so while her life seems like a mess, she imagines herself living the life she wanted. It gives her the strength to make it through each day because she knows she will one day be in paradice.
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    To me, it is saying that this girl had so much she wanted out of life and things didn't turn out the way she expected. Probably she was madly in love with someone who did not returned her love and all the dreams she had of marrying, loving and having a family was just shattered by heartbreak and the only place she found refuge for her heart was in her sleep or just closing her eyes and imagining paradise, where she is happy and will not experience heart-ache and pain. Stormy nights make her remember her pain, hence she closes her eyes and goes to her "happy place". She moves on with her life, but it is not the same, it is hard after you madly love someone and know that person does not love you the way you want. She cries every tear a waterfall cuz she knows she has to move forward and no matter how much she loves this person, she knows she has to let go. Knowing all that hurts and that's why she closes her eyes and goes to paradise i
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    To me, it is saying that this girl had so much she wanted out of life and things didn't turn out the way she expected. Probably she was madly in love with someone who did not returned her love and all the dreams she had of marrying, loving and having a family was just shattered by heartbreak and the only place she found refuge for her heart was in her sleep or just closing her eyes and imagining paradise, where she is happy and will not experience heart-ache and pain. Stormy nights make her remember her pain, hence she closes her eyes and goes to her "happy place". She moves on with her life, but it is not the same, it is hard after you madly love someone and know that person does not love you the way you want. She cries every tear a waterfall cuz she knows she has to move forward and no matter how much she loves this person, she knows she has to let go. Knowing all that hurts and that's why she closes her eyes and goes to paradise.
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    A girl was lead to believe she could expect the world, she watched as the world grew distant from her reach. She would dream of a paradise and awake to follow her dreams. She feels the pain of the process, life keeps turning, and one too delicate is broken by the cycle. When she cried, it felt endless, and in the personal comfort of a stormy night, she would close her eyes once more, and fly in search of what once escaped her reach. Knowing that there must be balance, there must be a dark in order for there be a light. She suddenly sees that maybe, paradise is all around us. She just had to learn how to see it.
    I love you holly.
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    I think that the only real paradise in this world is heaven, but if were talking about our own paradise, it's just a beautiful and perfect place with absolutely no flaws and every thing is right, everyone gets along, and there is now arguments or wars over, food, land, or rights. Everyone is treated equal, everyone loves each other, there are no murder or suicides, no bullying, no, stealing, cheating, or lying. Everything is peaceful. That's what paradise means to me.
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    The circle of life is hard. We all wish for paradise. The line: the wheel breaks the butterfly is very powerful.
    The butterfly is transformation of one's self, the proverbial butterfly from awakening to the higher awareness of life's meaning and soul development, the wheel is the wheel of life and it can and does break the transformation from chrysalis to butterfly. Paradise is the allowing of that butterfly to be born.
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    I thought this was a happy song just by the tune and the chorus but when I actually listened to the lyrics it is a song of hardship and possible suicide and just how hard life is. I have a happy place that I escape to when things are too hard I read or listen to music so I guess other people do too still love it but is a lot heavier than I thought.
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    This girl relives part of a "stormy night", a painful past in her life. She escapes this in her dreams of paradise knowing the sun will rise because her present life is better now. She fought through that past "night" and remembers how it is still part of who she is today yet she wont let it define her. The truth is that "stormy night" still haunts her and she can never escape those horrible memories. But its long over and she's learned how to find true paradise within herself. Tlm.
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    Everyone has big dreams as a child. Little girls want to be princesses, little boys want to be cowboys. But those hopes are eventually always torn from us. Whether its by simply realizing that you have to be a certain bloodline to be royalty, or by a tragedy that makes you realize this world isn't as happy of a place as it should be. Though we can't be entirely sure how, this girl has realized that she can't become what she wants in this world. Paradise doesn't exist here. We can only get close to it when we escape to dreamland.
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    No no. Don't you people see the point in this song. It's about a girl who expected to get what this world was meant too give. But she never got what she truly wanted from this world. But when she would dream she would feel everything that this world was supposed too offer. Happiness. Wich this world really doesn't have anymore, you can only achieve the greatest amount of happiness in your dreams. And that is why dreams really are paradise. -dominic woods.
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    To me when is was young I use to get abused and at night I dreamt of being born to a wonderful family, prince charming taking me away to a better place than where I was. I would wake up and be back I felt in a hell hole. I would daydream all day of living a better place. Even as an adult realizing prince charaming isn't real and the vail of the whole world lifted. I was opened to things a child shouldn't know at age 5 but still naive to things. I still daydream. Its better I wish I could do more of awaking dream where they would blend and it would be a wonderful world without the problems of today. "paradise"
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    I thinkthe girl in these lyrics who feels like she means nothing to everyone, that lifes thrown some tough things at her and she. Couldn't cope. I think that the one place she feels she can get away from this is when she's dreaming about her paradise when she's going through a rough patch. Halfway through the song the girl sees the light at the end of the tunnel and finds her paradise (every video relates to the lyrics, this video has a trapped elephant who breaks free, runs away from home an finds his paradise after over oming the obstacles of things like money) - I'm only 14. K -
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    You know I was also planning on singing this for my school talent show. I am a writer and I am very good at what I do, even though I am only eleven. This song to me sounds like a poem. I know all songs are poems, but this one is one that is not about relationships or other people, but it focuses on one person. It talks about a young girl probably under 18 and she "expects the world" to listen to her and tell her she is perfect. But when this doesn't happen she becomes discouraged and when she lays her head down to sleep, she finds she wakes up to a perfect dream, or "paradise". She understands now at the end of the song, that her perfect world is not how the world is or has been or ever will be. She knows that "the sun must set to rise" because like a previous comment said you must work your way up to where you want to go and that there must be struggle before strive.
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    When you are young, you expect all your dreams to come easy, come fast, but life has let you down, and it gets cluttered and all caught up. So many people expect you to do everything perfectly, and you just. Can't. You get to the point where you don't care how you go through the days.
    "the wheel breaks the butterfly" in my opinion means the wheel of the grown-up working world, real life, crushing the spirit of a young, spirited girl who feels the world is hers.
    "i know the sun must set to rise" refers to her 'life gets worse before it gets better' outlook on her world.
    At least that's what I think. I feel this way right now, and that's why I love this song.
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    As a young girl you want worldly material things and are ruled by your ego, and what is "in vogue at the time. When you become disillusioned by the wanting and not getting, then you escape to a dreamlike reality of having it all. Then she reaches bottom, and realizes that paradise is not worldy goods, but comes from within. Happiness is an inside job. Getting in touch with your soul. At the end of the song she now says this could be paradise, instead of dreaming of paradise. Changing of perspective to what is really important in life.
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    Paradise is some thing we spend our live looking for. Searching for that some one to brush our tears away, that place where the sun always shines and the and after every shower there is a rainbow. Though we very rarely stop to see the majesty in our own live. Like the first breath of a newborn child or that last bird that finishes its song a sunset or the stars that shine so brightly down on all creation on those warm summer nights. In my opinion paradise is everywhere you just have to open your eyes to see it.
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    When your life is not turning out well because of problems (in my case, someone mentally ill I love and care for) sometimes sleep and dreamlife is the only way to cope. I am very happy in my dreams in a way I can't find in waking life and that happiness gets me through the hard days. But I still believe (mostly hope) that my waking time could some how, some time be a paradise. Thanks chris for writing how I feel in song. It is comforting and cathartic every time I hear it.
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    Asome best song ever I've got it on evrything my ipod dvd you name it I've got it I also know all the lyrics to it and I went to the concert where they sang it I got front row seats I loved it when they came out in elephant heads but lets cut to the chase paradise is about animals in captivty and they want to go home and be free.
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    Though it really speaks differently to each of us, my take to this song is simple. While young, something inside of us allows us to soar and dream big, hope for the best, and really have great visions of the future. But as we grow up, we tend to realize that to get what we hope for from dream to reality, it's harder than we anticipated. Broken hearts, tired souls, we sometimes lose hope. But as we close our eyes and remember once again what we want to become, what we hope to achieve, and what we desire to get out of our one life, we find the courage to go on and see our dreams, after all the tears and pain, finally come true.
    Or this song could simply be about elephants forming a band. : p haha!
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    It means to me that a girl, dreaming better for herself, stuck where she is in her life, unhappy and sad. Wishing to escape from all troubles and tears and pain, and just up and fly away into paradise of her dreams. Because this song make me cry because life just isn't as meaningful as I want it to be and I don't see how I can make it better because I'm not famous, the only job I can get right now is serving people in food places and I'm broke. I wish I had a paradise I can escape to.
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    To me phrases such as "the wheel breaks the butterfly" and "and the bullets catch in her teeth" sounds like an acknowledgement of environmental damage and social injustice caused by human development, and how that damage is like a "stormy night", causing suffering to the girl who expected to live in the peace and beauty of "paradise", but she can only go there when she closes her eyes. But there is also an element of hope for the girl, as she realises that "the sun must set to rise", so "paradise" could still be possible but it would be hard to get there. In the music video, the use of the elephant escaping from the confines of the zoo back to its' natural habitat, lends to the a meaning similar to a return to nature, or a "return to paradise".
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    Life is not what she expected, but at the end she realizes that "this could be paradise. " this song captures the disappointment we all have when we realizet the world is not what we expected, but in the end, the world is all we have an it is beautiful. Even the stormy skies have a beauty to them. In other words, this song is saying that it's the journey of life not the destination.
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    People wish the world was a great place but a lot of the time it's not. But us humans are lucky enough to be given the ability to dream and fantasize about a perfect place that fits our desires. And then there are those days when you forget all your worries and fears and you really look at what's around you and you realize that the earth isn't such a bad place after all.
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    "she" is mother earth. When she was young, her beauty was taken for granted. But as human culture progressed, through ravages of war, industrialization and resource depletion; the hope that all that earth ever was - will likely never again be, for her grace was taken by thieves in the night. Now, all she can do is use her remaining resources to signal for help. This "dream-signal" is actually very real, and she is still strong enough to send messages to other dreamers, who might awaken to a new age dawning. Her dreams will become a battle cry to a new humanity, who will remember her cries as they come to their senses, and realize that earth is the only tangible reality we really have. The new age will return everything to her, choose to guard, protect and serve her. No one really knows. This truly may be the only paradise in our universe, so, it's worth a try to be the hero generation who can bring it all back to the start. Only this time, we'll be fully aware of how close to the edge we were. And never return to this fearful place again.
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    "she" is mother earth, who has had paradise taken from her. Her dreams are her only cry for help before it's too late. She is held hostage by a careless humanity who were manipulated into complacency as she is robbed, beaten, raped, pillaged by those who plan to escape with the booty they have stolen. She hopes her dreams in many places will awaken someone to start a revolution to save her and humanity.
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    Ths song to me is not talkin about girls only, it includes every person who expirienced so many problems in life without thnking that s/he would face big chalenges in life. When we wer all young we had dreams about wonderful life that w wish we could have and others wer born in drama so they wanted to escape on that life to live better life without knowing that they are will be in the horror.
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    A girl who thought she could grow up to do anything, be anything. Then life got unexpectedly difficult and she escaped her reality in her dreams only to awake to one problem after another. She would say "i know the sun must set to rise" b/c she was an eternal optimist, continuing to believe the bad place she was in would give way to a sunny day. The success and happiness she dreamed of as a child. "this could be" is her ongoing hope for an opportunity that will change her course. I agree with others that it's ultimately sad b/c in the song she hopes for, but never seems to find her paradise.
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    I think it is about a girl who finds out that the world is not what it seems, so she tries to deal (dreams about paradise).
    And then she tells herself that the negativity is temporary, ("the sun must set to rise" almost like "there can't be a rainbow without rain", you're gonna have to 'fight' the negativity).
    Then she tells herself she has to make the world positive, not wait around for it to do it itself. ("this could be paradise")
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    I think this song is about someone (no everyone) and how as a young child we all dream of everything we could ever want or need. But as we get old the world no longer has the rose glass tint and the only way we find said paradise once again is though our sleep/dreams. But after a while we wake to find paradise is once again right in front of use (through the form of young once and the rose glass smile/out look on life they all ways have).
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    I feel like it means its something you dream of over and over since you were a kid. Something that you want. You've always wanted. But when you wake up one day and your all grown up its not what you thought it would be. Not what you dreamed it would be. But you still keep dreaming. Then you finally realize that where you're at is what you've always dreamed of. Paradise.
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    I think this song is about a girl who grows up realizing how damaged and broken the world really is. Disappointment with life hoping it would give her all that world told fervor would give her, love, happiness, and acceptance. But instead of filling her life it's brought her nothing but pain and emptiness. This is the story of everyones life without jesus. Because the truth is you can never find true happiness and fulfillment without him. It may seems like it for a while but eventually it goes away and your are looking for something else to satisfy you sooner or later. The only way we can ever even dream about paradise in the first place is because jesus has placed that desire in our hearts. It makes so much sense.
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    When she was young, naive and innocent she had such high expectations for herself in the world, it would mean something, she would be someone and make a difference. But as she got older she realized the world is not the beautiful magical place she once thought it was and upon this harsh awakening she crumpled in disappointment, in both herself and the world she had hoped for, so now she escapes from reality by dreaming of the paradise she had always imagined could be real. At the end of the song she has become older and wiser, now knowing that the "sun must set to rise", but she's realized this too late because her own sun is now setting.
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    Because life is hard, the girl finds paradise in her dreams. Everytime she faces an obstacle, her escape is this "paradise" that she imagines. But as she faces the downsides of real life, she realizes that in this world, even though the sun sets, "the sun must set to rise", noting that although there are bad sides to this world, there are good things too; thus, she finds that this "could be paradise". Moral: although it'll be hard, it is possible to turn your dreams into reality.
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    She would have had a very happy n cherishing memories of childhood. With her family or with her loved ones. But she no more has that warmth left with her in reality. She finds it in her imaginary world- the paradise. There she remembers all the happy times n smiles, she seeks for that so lost warmth. But when she's back in reality, shes left in an endless sea of tears. So she often visits the paradise to feel the person she was a quite bach inspite of killing herself in the pain in reality.
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    I think its about a girl who tought the whole world was perfect but as time went on she slowly realized that it wasnt she started to believe more in her dreams of fantasy worlds than the real world but it became harder as all those she trusted betray her she gets bullied and no one sticks up for her she sees all the hurt and distruction in the world caused by humans and decides on a stormy day to kill herselfb but even after her death she still doesn't get any peace and loses her spirit in the memories of when she was young wandering the earth seeing all the destruction of the humans at war and just polluting it and is really angry she wants to kill the whole world in a big storm made of her anger that's just the picture I get listening to it.
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    I think this song talks much about a girl who dreamed high, but somehow she missed the chances (might be because of her immature thought, idk.). Thus right now, she tried to imagine the paradise she couldn't achieve. For me, chance will always come to our life, because god always loves us. The question only, whether we realize our mistakes and wake up, or. Keep dreaming like this girl does.
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    I think this song is about a child who used to have everything ('when she was just a girl, she expected the world'), but lost it all suddenly ('it flew away from her reach). Her life was hard ('bullets catch in her teeth. Every tear a waterfall'). And she escapes through her dreams of paradise whenever she feels sad or afraid. But she's optimistic ('i know the sun must set to rise') and believes that all her troubles will be resolved someday ('this could be para-para-paradise').
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    A woman who struggled with life since a child and always felt the weight of the world and lost direction. But would always dream of a better life and a perfect place - 'paradise'. Later on she realises, still in stormy skies (difficult times), that there is hope and life can get better (the sun must set to rise). That it can be paradise now. - that she has a choice, a choice to choose paradise right in the middle of her struggles and the ability to rise above them, even more so with a little help from above.
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    It means that when she was young her life was easy, as she grew up, things startes to happen. She lost someone close to her, and she didn't think the world had much left for her, but when she thort about it, she realised that she would be breaking other peoples hearts if she goes, so she felt like the had realised that she could live on and be happy, evan though there are a lot of hard times.
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    When you are young you think life is going to be this wonderful adventure, then you grow up, work, marry have children an then you realize all the dreams you had are not ever going to happen, life does get heavy and your only escape sometimes is to sleep and dream of what your life could have been. Paradise. This song is realistic to a lot of people, including myself.
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    This girl must have had a big dream when she was little, but in order to pursue her goal in life, she has to chase and travel at the speed of the changing world.
    She managed to keep up with the world, but the faster it go, the further it takes her away from her dream world.
    She took another road, an easier one to pursue her dream. However, the world was not the same world she remembers as a child. Although she successfully overcome all the boulders and traps in the mid of her journey, she'd still dream of that one paradise that once existed in her youth a long time ago. A paradise that no mankind could ever dare dream of. A paradise that is not of existence, but only in her dreams.
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    When we're young we view the world as ours but as we grow the truth becomes clear and we realize the world was never ours but instead we are the worlds. Faced with this truth we search for escapes and as the sun sets we escape to the land of our dreams where the world is ours again and just as predictable as the rising sun we leave our "paradise" to the world so burdened it breaks the "wings" of everyone who inhabits it no matter how free we may be.
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    Conceived pure. Carried in a mothers whom and already confronted with life. Then born still innocent we hope and dream as we grow up and "expect the world" then as time goes on we discover that life is disappointing in so many ways and we begin to realize that reality is not paradise but we can escape to it from time to time. The little girl is an example of how she escapes the harshness of life. She begins to realize that the sun must set to rise again. No ups without downs. No joy without sorrow. No high without low. While each of us deals with different challenges and disappointments we find our own ways to escape to paradise. For me I am lucky and blessed and my life is overall pretty good but I look so forward to the real paradise that is to come when I pass away from this life. Where the sun always rises and the butterfly never breaks a wing and there are no bullets to catch. No lows. No sorrow. No downs paradise with jesus.
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    It reminds me of when I was a little girl and I would expect a better life, but nothing ever changed, so I'd dream was in an imaginary place called crystal falls. Eventully when I had just turned 14 I was already trying to od and drink everything way, but then somebody taught me I was better than that. That I had a meaning the them, and if I didn't have anyone else I still had them. Until this day I've been sober. I never want to go back to that place ever again.
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    First verse: when she was little, people told her the world was hers, but she couldn't have everything she desired, so she could only dream.
    Second verse: she is met again with the reality that she can't have everything she wants, and that reality hits her like bullets in her teeth, an excruciating metaphor. Perhaps she wanted specific things that were unnatainable.
    "the wheel breaks the butterfly": (in one sense; perhaps the songwriter's perspective) true progress means the giving up of one's dreams to live in what must happen.
    "every tear a waterfall": (because of giving up her dreams) the pain strikes very deep.
    But even in the "stormy nights," she'll close her eyes, and dream once again of the paradise she wanted since she was a child. This song is so sad :(
    "i know the sun must set to rise": (remember this is all simply rough interpretation :)) how can I say this?. It sounds like the lyrics speak to the inevitability of the next day coming; because of today happened, tomorrow must come as well, which brings a new day of hope that her dreams will come true.
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    To me its the story of a little girl who believed life was perfect, but realizes its not, so she escapes to paradise in her dreams which is her ideal world. But she knows that things get better, and after every day there is a new day. "i know the sun must set to rise" so after everything good that happens there is reason for it to end, and start all over.
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    To me, it's about a little girl who thought the world would be moonshine and roses, but as she grows up, this idea 'flew away from her reach' and she tries to escape life. And she could only dream of this 'perfect' life in her sleep, when she wasn't consciously submitted to the awful realities. But she realizes that it has to get bad before it gets good, and keeps hoping for and dreaming of the elusive paradise.
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    When we are small we are imaginative and it seems real (lalala land), but as we grow up we are face with problems (the real world) and our only way our of it is when we sleep and dream. It also means to me, we could have the worse day but when we go to sleep and wake up we start a new day (i know the sun must set to rise).
    Music has various meaning, you put your own!. This is my meaning of the song.
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    In the video it has a circus. I think that the person fled to the circus expecting life to be like a 'paradise' there, then finiding out that it wasn't. So they ran away from there, and at the end meets up with all their other friends from the circus that also ran away. I absolutely love this song, it is definately, no doubt, the best song coldplay have ever released along with charlie brown.
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    You are so innocent when you are a child and have great expectations. As you grow up you come to accept that in reality you will not achieve paradise, which has run away from your grasp. However the song suggests that if you close your eyes and dream you will find that your 'paradise' has not really left you but that it is always inside you, no matter how bad your real life is like. She dreams as long as she can but she knows that she must awaken from her dreams each day. This is a beautiful song.
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    When we are small we are imaginative and it seems real (lalala land), but as we grow up we are face with problems (the real world) and our only way our of it is when we sleep and dream. It also means to me, we could have the worse day but when we go to sleep and wake up we start a new day (i know the sun must set to rise)
    music has various meaning, you put your own!. This is my meaning of the song.
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    When your younger you think that it will be sooo easy to achieve the goal ahead of you but different perspectives on age like a kid from the age of 4 to 6 think that someone's always going to have your back when your 7-11 you become a little more frustrated and a bit independent and when your 12 to 18 you just wish sometimes you can be all on your own or ur parents agreeing with you. When your 20 you think back to when you were 5 when you were care-free and had no stress.
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    It's a really sad song where people try to escape the harsh reality of life. While some people call it escapism, the ones who are suffering will understand how it feels - the desperate self that wants to escape and run away from everything. There are so many troubles nowadays - and there are many who don't know how to deal - so we can only dream of our ideal life, our paradise, within our sleep.
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    I believe paradise is about the individual or mind set of someone who regardless of life matters, takes the wheel to life. Unlike most individuals they take what they feel was given to them as a temporary release or an escape to the strange world we live in, and they chose to live it and not look back. When life changes in time, you don't need to change with it.
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    I would interpret the song as being about a girl who's only escape from the harsh "wheel" of life is in her dreams-probably of which is the only place purely dicatated by herself. She isn't selfishly dreaming of a paradise land. The song implies disappointment and unhappiness in her life-"but it flew away from her reach... Life goes on and gets so heavy", she's running away probably from the things in her life. May be the paradise in her eyes is the normality others take for granted.
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    No this song is about a girl trapped in a world she never intended on living in. She is stuck there so every night the only way she can get away is to dream of the life she wants but knows she may never have "paradise" has nothing to do with white beaches and oceans although the vastness of an ocean symbolizes the hugeness of her dreams. She is the butterfly in the song and the wheel is the harshness of life.
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    When you hear a song like this, I don't know how to explain it. It makes you feel, alive! You wanna scream, laugh, cry, fly! Its those kinda song you need to go on in life, find something to cheer you up, make you feel better. Everything in there is just right, the melody, the sounds, the words, the voice. Sometimes it doesn't makes sense, but it doesn't need to. Because sometimes life doesn't make sense at all. I say bravo to coldplay, for creating a song like that. For creating an album this hudge, tis great. Pure art. Thank you.
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    I relate the song paradise to a story of my own. My mom had cancer for 16 years and a little over a month ago came to the realization that she was ready to leave. She was in so much pain and she knew her time to go had finally come. She truely dreamed of being pain free in her own little paradise and that is where she is. Yeah, life does go on and it hurts. Things are so much darker without her but I know now that when she slipped away to her paradise she was finally content and carefree like when she was young.
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    When young, she dreamed of paradise and at the end of the song she said it 'this could be' paradise, so I am guessing she got it. Having been through a turmuluous childhood, dreaming and praying of paradise myself, I have finally found peace from years of mental health issues, having never given up, nomatter how much I wanted to, and so this song is very special to me - I believe she finds paradise, and although I am not quite there yet, I am on my way too! X
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    I believe the song is about dreaming big, and although life might be difficult and we might find ourselves in hard times, there is hope. So as long as we keep on dreaming big and trying to reach those dreams despite these obstacles, we shall finally find paradise.
    And eventually, things in order to get to a better place you have to be in a worse place from which you can get up. Just like the phrase, "the darkest hour is the last hour before sunrise".
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    Could it be the girl in the song is planet earth? Earth bore human beings and everything we could ever need to live as a paradise, but as we evolved, we took earth's dream of a paradise for all in it and replaced it with oppression and greed all evident in the human lust to destroy the only home we have just so our computers run faster or fatter bank accounts etc. Or maybe its the ganja talking?
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    I identify so much with this song, I feel the pain of realizing that life is complicated I graduated college dreaming and hoping to get the job I've always wanted since I was a child but its hard I can't get a job, I don't want to be the girl living of the government I need food stamps to survive, I want my dreams to be real I want paradise I wanna live without fear that all I worked hard for was for nothing I don't want be homeless I don't want to beg for food I want paradise.
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    A sad girl that no one will listen to and she feels traped.
    This is a girl who thought or believed that the world was a perfect place to live in. But when she discovered that the real world is far from perfect she conforts herself by excaping into her own perfect world.
    A heart-broken girl dreams of a better world, where she is happy. Her paradise. I think that you could place any indiviual that has had a troubled life in this song. That's what I think this song is trying to explain.
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    I buy almost everything except food and clothing from online auctions. Most people aren't aware of the almost unbelievable deals that they can get from online auction sites.
    The site that has the best deals is saveonbuycøm
    And I checked with the better business bureau and was told that it is all legit. How they can sell gift cards, laptops, cameras, and all kinds of goodies that we all want for 50-90% off, I don't know. I do know that I bought my son an iPad there for less than $100 and my husband a $250 loews gift cards for $48. Why would I even think about shopping anyplace else?
    A girl with a dream, a girl with a heart. La. Coool!
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    We always believe paradise is this perfect place, where every speak and element is meant to please. The usual world around us seems to lack this tender touch but, in truth what we don't realize is that every element that surrounds us in their own unique methods share an identity and are perfect, just the way they are meant to be. Sometimes we don't realize that "this could be para-para-paradise". Paradise is everywhere, every nook, every space and every time.
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    This song speaks about all humans (including grown-ups who have a child within them) who have not come to realize who they are.
    Paradise is not a place to which you are "going" to but it is the realization of what you really are regardless of wherever you are.
    Children are born with a huge amount of love within them so they naturally expect the world to be just as loving, but when they mature and realize that somethig very cancerous has taken place (and since they have not realized what they are yet) they try to "dream" what the world "should" look like, trying to escape reality.
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    When u're little you have a lot of expectations, how ur life's gonna be. What you want to achive and stuff.
    When you grow up you realize that most of those things are not gonna happen, cuz life's not that easy. So you start pitying urself about ur life and how hard it is and how all those dreams you had didn't became reality.
    But if you let go of this pity and ur hight expectations ur gonna realize that you had ur paradise all along.
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    Paradise can be interpreted in many ways. I think that it emphasises how her life doesn't go as she plans. To keep her dreams alive she does everything she can to hold onto them but time goes by and it seems to get harder. 'i know the sun must set to rise. ' everything doesn't happen at once there's a process and she realises that one day her time will come.
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    It's about having hope. The world we live in is far from perfect or eternal. There is a lot of pain, suffering, and disappointment. This song is about a place somewhere else that is good, perfect, comfortable, and everything else that makes us feel welcome, happy, and at peace. I like to think it's about heaven. That is our only true hope and refuge from the sin stained world we currently reside in.
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    I think paradise is a place. I can't say it very well because I'm not from america or anything and my english is bad, but I think paradise is a place where everybody can be happy and reach their happiness, no matter who you are or what you are - human, animal, anything. I know paradise doesn't exist but we can make the world better place, at least I hope so.
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    I guess this might be about someone unhappy, I don't know why but it makes me cry, sometimes we feel unhappy, it happened to me, and even though you wish not to feel that way it can be hard, you wish to feel better and just like the lyric says, run away in your sleep, so, for those who ever had such bad time like me, this is a phrase a friend said once "and this too shall pass".
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    A week ago I held my sister sharon in my arms - she was on her deathbed with pancreatic cancer and her journey was coming to an end - she asked me to turn on the radio and "paradise" started to play - I encouraged her to listen to the words - we knew there is a better place out there to look forward to - darling shaz, you are that girl, who expected the world, but it flew away from her reach, so you ran away in your sleep! Love you always norma .
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    Paradise is about being stuck in life in that one place where you just want to get away to your own paradise. You may have to work hard to paradise, but when you do, all the sweat, blood, and tears is worth it!
    In the video, they used a little girl elephant being in a cage at zoo, then finding her own way back to her paradise, which was her home, where all her friends are!
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    It's abt the season when she'd expected sth from the world, but the expectations didn't meet. Now she's sortta dreamin' if there's any heaven with vivid pleasures or so called 'paradise'. She's been goin' through various troubles & hardships. She's lyin' underneath the sky & facin' wind & storm, but yet, she's dreaming of paradise. Now the feelings have seemed 2 become the paradise 4 her as she says 'this cud be para-para-paradise'. It's me 'keeran paudyel' 4m country nepal, where the founder of buddhism was born & where the world's highest mountain mt. Everest lies.
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    This song really means alot to me I think its a good song to listen to if you just little and then when you grow up its like omg I remember this song from when I'm little and remember your paradise when you where just little maybe 5 6 but whatever this song means alot to me like I love this song it will never get old and I love coldplay my mom always goes to there concerts love the video too its cute with the elphants but its kinda like I fell sad and happy at the same time?!? And I'm only 10 I have a long way to go.
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    I have a daughter who is 20 years old, has cerebral palsy, and is a quadraplegic. She is also mentally challenged, but is just enough aware to know what her world could be, but never will be. When I first heard this song, I thought of her. She can only dream of having the normal life that we take for granted, so she invents friends and imagines all the fun things they do. Then she cries when she "wakes back up. " every tear is a waterfall.
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    I think its a good song to listen to if you just little and then when you grow up its like omg I remember this song from when I'm little and remember your paradise when you where just little maybe 5 6 but whatever this song means alot to me like I love this song it will never get old and I love coldplay my mom always goes to there concerts love the video too its cute with the elphants but its kinda like I fell sad and happy at the same time?!? And I'm only 10 I have a long way to go.
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    I think its about when your little you have dreams and hopes and when you grow up you face reality and start escaping from it into dreams. But even when you are disappointed of reality and when life gets heavy, you don't have to dream your paradise and escape from world, you can live your dream and make your life your own paradise as it says in last verse 'this could be paradise' and 'sun must set to rise'. Sorry cause of my english: d
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    Actly many things in this world are out of our control, n are vry annoying. Everywhere there's sumthing or d other wrong. Crime, injustice, mallice, cruelty n all dat n we want d world to b beautiful. We want tranquility in this very place bt dats hard to get n so we tend to form our own world. A peaceful, happy, beautiful world wid no bad things. A kind of paradise. Actly nt only we girls bt al of d people want to live in such a world. N this song depicts d kinda place we want to live in. Very nice try. Love this song. N d most beautiful lyrics. A must listen for everyone. Ve this song. N d most beautiful lyrics. A must listen for everyone.
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    Omg! This makes me cry in a good way cos it's amotional. Has anyone seen the video clip? Yeah it's cute! For those who haven't seen it i'll tell you. It's a bout a elephant who trying to find a place to call home so he looks everywhere. At the end he finds a clearing where there's like 3 other elephants and they are a band and so the elephant that was trying to find a place to stay runs up to an instrument and joins in and now you know y it's called paradise. Please vote this meaning.
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    Paradise. Hmm I have a hard life. Parents fight, not alot of friends, and think about suicide all the time. But this song gave me hope. It let me know that there were other people out there just like me. This song may have just saved my life so thank you coldplay. I was lost just like the girl in this song so I've been where she has and I now how she feels. This song means the world to me. Literaly.
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    Coldplay your lyrics all mean something to me, your music makes me the happiest I could ever be. You're so different from anyone else. You'll always be my favorite. This song speaks, and it speaks loud to me. What it means to me is that even though this world and all the struggles we face arent the best, it'll all mean something eventually in life. We just haven't found the end of our tunnel yet.
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    Heard a snippet from the lead singer on the radio. They only used the elephant suit and the tricycle because it's all they had with them at the time. They realized they didn't have a video for the release of their album so they just threw something together. So forget the elephant. It's errelephant.
    I agree it's a shame that they didn't make a better video for such a beautiful song.
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    I think its about a girl who expected everything happens the way you want it to, and when she found out this wasn't true, she'd find safety in dreaming of her own paradise. The stormy nights that she closes her eyes to are the rough patches in her life that she tries to hide from or to look away from. However in the end she is bravely exposing herself to the storms "and so lying underneath those stormy skies" and finally understands that for things to get better sometimes they have to get worse, and in knowing this she considers that her life could in fact be paradise "she'd say, 'oh, oh.. I know the sun must set to rise' this could be para-para-paradise" - this is somethin someone earlier said. This is genuis! Good job! I completely agree!
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    I think this song is about a girl who was full of life until she was hurt by people; the only way she could survive was to run away in her sleep and dream of paradise. Even though her life gets heavy and hurts sometimes and at times she has given up because her tears are like a waterfall, to fly away would be her dreams come true. She grows stronger and stronger everyday drawing strength from thoughts of a better time for her, and stands her ground because she knows eventually the sun must set to rise, setting on sadness and rising to happiness in her paradise.
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    I think its about a girl who expected everything happens the way you want it to, and when she found out this wasn't true, she'd find safety in dreaming of her own paradise. The stormy nights that she closes her eyes to are the rough patches in her life that she tries to hide from or to look away from. However in the end she is bravely exposing herself to the storms "and so lying underneath those stormy skies" and finally understands that for things to get better sometimes they have to get worse, and in knowing this she considers that her life could in fact be paradise "she'd say, 'oh, oh.. I know the sun must set to rise' this could be para-para-paradise"
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    It's about a girl who dreams of finding love when she is young.
    When she grows older she finds true love and men who love her but it's never enough. The stormy nights in which "she closed her eyes" are her break ups.
    "life goes on it gets so heavy every tear a waterfall" she keeps trying again and again to find this perfect love but nobody is perfect.
    She dreams of paradise.
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    I think it's about a girl who thinks the world will be a paradise when she grows up and she dreams of her wonderful life later on. Then life breaks her down when she realizes that it's not easy and not the paradise she was expecting, so she gives up for a while and the only thing that keeps her going is her dream of paradise. Eventually she comes to the realization that bad things have to happen in order for good things to also happen. She realizes that she can make her own paradise and that beauty is in the eye of the beholder.
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    It's regarding the naivety of a girl who grows up to realize the world (everything she ever wanted or envisioned) doesn't add up the "paradise" she envisioned herself in. Yet, despite constant struggle she's still carrying the hope the she will reach her paradise one day. Bullets being "caught" in her teeth means that shes not broken and simply dealing with the struggles the come her way (in which "bullets" means its an extremely hard hit or struggle). The butterfly references the old idea that even the slightest change, even a simple death of a butterfly, can cause a giant impact on one's future (also the butterfly representing her innocent wonder and the wheel indicating an outside, man made influence. Essentially, some societal construct ran over her beautiful conceptualization of the world). The teardrop also references this, that on the outside it may seem small from another perspective, but to her it has much more significance.
    In the end she accepts that to see a happy ending, she must go through the pain and realizes she could make it a paradise.
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    It's about girl that had a hard life when she was a kid, and she would daydream to get away from it all. One night when she was a teen she contemplated suicide to get away from it all. She closed her eyes and got ready to do it, but she found herself daydreaming the same way she did when she was little. It's then she realized soon the darkness will end and you have to know sadness to be happy. Deep stuff, no?
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    Were I can be myself I don't need 2 b fake n I can b happy with myself, learn new things make small mistake n earn happiness n not bound 2 society that I might get wrong n people will get a chance 2 put a finger on me. Literary I were I can stay myself n nobody expects me more than I can be were I can grow up n make my life pure n beautiful.
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    As kids, we have big dreams and aspirations for ourselves, and for the world we live in. But as we gradually grow up, dreams get dashed and hopes are crushed. The morbid reality often becomes too much to handle, and sometimes we just want to run away; away from the real world and into the realms of our imagination. However, even during the bleakest moments, we cannot simply lose hope to carry on, because we always had the capilities to make our reality the paradise we once dreamed of.
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    I'd say paradise is a song about how when a girl was little, she was told the world was a beautiful place and she genuinely believed it. However, as she got older she realised it wasn't true (it's possible something personal like bullying/abuse shattered her views). Anyway, her only escape from her boring/horrible world was in her dreams, where she escapes to a magical land of hope and wonder.
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    Two girls with the same circumstance, one finds peace in her sleep while the other chooses a life of danger and risk. It's interesting how we deal with the cards we are delt, while someone with the same upbringing may not come out alive and sane, others will have whatever takes to make it out alive and have the advantage that experience grants you. It's not about survival of the fittest, it's about resilience. Where one falls another will rise.
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    Paradise is the story of a life. A girl was brought up to believe the world was a good place with good people. When she grew up she realized this couldn't be true and she dreamed of when everything was innocent. She went on, still dreaming, and met a guy. Suddenly, the innocence was back. Time must have gone on and he dumped her. Disappointed again, she turned to drugs for her "paradise". In one of her "lows" she realized the only world that exists is her perception of it, and it could be paradise again.
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    It's about a girl who has expected to have everything and expected the people to be so good to her, no cruelness or lies, but it happens to be the opposite to her, and when she lies in her bed at night and cries, she closes her eyes to escape from reality and dreams of the place she wanted to be in, paradise. When she opens her eyes again, she finds herself a drug addict, again she does close her eyes and dreams of paradise. And when she lies under the cloudy skies, she knows that there should be tomorrow, but it will be just like any other day because the sun is always set to rise.
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    I met my husband in high school, when I use to have all these dreams of a life of success, and blissful love. We both took separate paths, and life took over. We both experienced great things, disappointments and lost dreams. Thirty years later, we found each other again and discover there could be a paradise. Paradise may not be perfection but it rather means recognizing what's perfect for you. (this could be paradise.)
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    Its about growing up and realizing that life isn't always perfect, or the paradise you expected it to be, and realizing that the hardships can make it perfect. The girl the song is about "expected the world" when she was younger, but as she grew up, life got harder, and her dreams didn't match reality. The girl kept dreaming of paradise, even when life was hard, and eventually realized that the hard stuff in life makes it a different kind of paradise than the one she was expecting.
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    It's about today's society. When a kid grows up, their parents tell them they can do anything they want if they have the faith. But with all the war and unemployment and everything going on within the world today, it gets hard to believe that anymore. This girl matures and realizes how corrupt everything is. So she makes a "paradise" of her own. It's also a song about hope. Maybe we could turn all of this around and turn it into a paradise if we work at it. It's a great song.
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    It's yet another song about monarch mind control programming, which is prevelant in the entertainment industry. It is derived from the cia's mk-ultra mind control program, where they use trauma and drugs to cause people's minds to fragment and dissociate as they go to their happy place to escape some form of trauma (violence, rape, etc.) that they were exposed to. Google monarch mind control programming and learn about its symbolism. The song is about an innocent girl who tried to escape in her dreams (from the trauma) and dream of paradise (her happy place) while catching bullets in her teeth (trauma inflicted on her by her handler). Notice the mention of butterfly (monarch butterfly symbolism). The sun must set to rise (she must endure trauma in order to become the person her handler brainwashed her into becoming). An empty promise, but it could be paradise (yeah right).
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    Makes me think about a girl who grows up poor, knowing she'll never have the opportunities of others. Then she gets mixed up in prostitution or something similar and it crushes her fragile hopes for a better future. And she feels the only way to make things better is to take drugs. Because life is like a little bit of the paradise she hoped for on them. And slowly things get more and more bad and she takes more and more drugs and then one day she realises what her life has become and how alienated she is from the real world. The way the song sounds the same at the start and finish is her reflecting in the girl she once was.
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    When you are young, you think that your life is going to turn out a certain way based on what you want. Life doesn't always turn out the way you want. Day by day your life goes by and the things you thought were going to transpire, just don't, but you never give up hoping they will. Sometimes you go through painful crises when you realize that this is your life and you get what you get and you are not going to get everything that you wanted. The resilient people will experience the disappointment and keep moving on and the sorry people will become bitter.
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    When I was young I imagined I would do something amazig, that is my purpose-save the word, get cure for cancer, get rid of war and fall in love. I havent' mastered any of these and I am disappoined in life and in people. I don't know if it is my fault or if its the world's. I still hope I can do it and I do not give up until I die. Viktoria.
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    To everyone including may 31 4: 39 pm
    everyone is loved, when you feel down another good song to listen to is "dont give up" by josh groban. I use to be depressed and suicidal but now I think about how I can use these feelings to help others who are down. When I listen to this song I can just taste the hope and beauty. I feel just like that elephant and I know one day we will all be the elephant who finally finds his/her elephant friends.
    We can only grow stronger from our experiences and we can be whatever and whoever we want to be =) paradise is a state of mind.
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    Good comment from may 26 9: 34 am. It's not wrong to dream but we should face reality that we cannot have everything we dream in life. We just have to thank god that he gave us the chance to be born here and live here on earth. Every one of us has a choice if we want to live as if we are already in paradise. Every minute counts and paradise already exists in this present moment. May everyone be in their paradise. Best wishes for all.
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    I think it means that no matter what you do to achieve in your life, it's only by using the hard ways that will free you from any problem around you becaus you know you've had worked and made alot of sacrifices to prove yourself useful and that you trulely have a reason to live. I also think it's the course of a child in maturity when the kid relizes all the difficulties in life, but I always feel touched when I listen to this song.
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    Paradise is a beautiful song. But not any ordinary song. It means that there's a little girl who expect the world to be everything good and all but when she grew up she realized life is not perfect and all she dreamed of was being in that perfect place aka paradise. She bascially couldn't get away from the real world so she would run away in her sleep aka paradise. And at the end she realizes the world is her paradise since she says I know the sun must set to rise. She is still upset but still has some happiness of the paradise in her.
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    This song is telling me that I don't need "something better" or "someone better" god is with me. I am at peace with myself. Times are hard but I will be strong. I will never give up. I am happy and satisified. I have dreams but it takes time. Like the quote I read in " a thousand years " patience is the key to everything. I am in paradise. Of course, I want peace for everyone as well. Peace.
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    Every young girl sees the world as an open beautiful place full of possibilities and adventures, but as they grow they see the unfortunate truth that is. The obstacles of life seem to be too much and too scary to face, so why not escape the ugliness of the world and go to land of beauty and love and infinite joy. Her paradise. Its easy and perfect, but eventually that little girl has to grow up. And one day she will discover that shes strong, she can see that there is still beauty in it all and she is able to overcome the obstacles that are thrown at her. Her paradise could still exist outside of her own personal dreams. Living and life is paradise.
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