Don't Panic Lyrics - Coldplay

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Bones, sinking like stones,
All that we fought for,
Homes, places we've grown,
All of us are done for.
And we live in a beautiful world,
Yeah we do, yeah we do,
We live in a beautiful world,

Bones, sinking like stones,
All that we fought for,
And homes, places we've grown,
All of us are done for.
And we live in a beautiful world,
Yeah we do, yeah we do,
We live in a beautiful world.

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Here we go,
Here we go.

And we live in a beautiful world,
Yeah we do, yeah we do,
We live in a beautiful world.

Oh, all that I know,
There's nothing here to run from,
Cos yeah, everybody here's got somebody to lean on



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Nice Song.. | Reviewer: Rahul | 10/28/11

I think this song portrays a picture of the mindless destruction that happens when countries are at war with each other.

"Bones, sinking like stones,
All that we fought for,
And homes, places we've grown,
All of us are done for."

And by waging wars we will be destroying the beautiful world we live in.



There is beauty in finitude | Reviewer: Mark | 12/6/10

With "Don't Panic," Coldplay had crafted a work of truly poetic beauty. Its structure, both lyrically and musically, maintains an elegant simplicity. Yet, the lyrics evoke such an abundance of insight in only a few short stanzas. This song really speaks about humankind's place on this earth. With life, there is an inevitably finite existence. The opening stanza poeticizes this reality with a rather gloomy aura. Yet in spite of the somber outlook, there is a beauty to be cherished.

Bones, sinking like stones,
All that we fought for,
And homes, places we've grown,
All of us are done for.

The first stanza is depicting the absurdity of human life. Our individual lives are a constant struggle, full of triumphs and defeats. Yet despite all of its fulfilling moments, every life carries a finite existence. We develop memories, loving relationships and reproduce. In spite of this, there is always a finitude on an individual level.


And we live in a beautiful world,
Yeah we do, yeah we do,
We live in a beautiful world

Through our own mortality, the beauty of the world becomes eminent. We can view the world with a greater appreciation because our time here is circumscribed. Think about your own life. We undervalue that which is constantly within reach. It is only when we can no longer grasp something that we begin to comprehend its significance.

Yet, therein lies the irony. Our mortal nature should induce us to truly appreciate that which we have inherited, this earth. However, we live in an age in which humankind has taken many liberties to damage our planet and threaten its well-being. Maybe in a way, the band was offering a commentary on modern civilization's shortcomings and its inability to treasure all that is this world.

Oh, all that I know,
There's nothing here to run from,
Cause, yeah, everybody here's got somebody to lean on.

Why do we run from something? Because we are in fear. We are in fear of our own mortality. Uncertainty can sometimes be a terrifying thought, especially as it relates to death. This stanza reminds us not to be afraid. Don't panic. All will be well because we are all in this together. We all at some point must reach the same earthly conclusion. Mortality is the great equalizer of all men. Finality offers a profound perspective on man's place in the world. We each will live microscopically small lives in comparison to the world itself; but that reality has a unifying quality. Within that reality, we can always lean on one another.



Its the Meaning of Life, the Universe, and Everything! | Reviewer: Taylor | 1/30/09

The phrase "Don't Panic!" refers to the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy trilogy by Douglas Adams, it's what on the back of the Hitchhiker's Guide in large friendly letters. Any one who is also a fan of Adams', as these guys are, can therefor conclude either this song is really just meaningless and sounds really good, or the less likely option is it has to do with the meaning of life. I suggest you read the books, (or if all else fails, the movie will do) to understand their songs better, I find it works. It explains the name '42' on the new cd, among other things.



life and death | Reviewer: anonymous | 12/14/08

the first sentence of the lyrics was troubling for me because, although i agree that it symbolizes the inevitable death everyone will face, i just thought it had a deeper meaning, i don't know i just felt like that, and i finally got to a semi- satisfying conclusion:

that our "bones", or bodies, buried in the ground will sink just the same as a "stone", which means that once dead our existence will become so trivial that it will merely become part of life's cycle, yet at the same time that's what makes life so beautiful, its continuous flowing cycle



:) | Reviewer: Anonymous | 8/2/08

Bones sinking like stones, all that we’ve fought for
Means that death, mortality is destroying and making pointless everything we’ve ever lived for.

Homes, places we’ve grown, all of us are done for
Means that everyone and everything, no matter how important they seem to you, are eventually going to give in to death.

And we live in a beautiful world
Is relaying the point that the world is beautiful and death is what will come and take you away from it eventually, no matter what.

Oh all that I know, there’s nothing here to run from, ‘cos yeah everybody here’s got somebody to lean on.
Is saying that you’ve just got to hold on and give meaning to the life you have and always remember there’s someone there for you.



outlook is bleak.. | Reviewer: Anonymous | 8/2/08

this song can basically be read as being about life and death.

Bones sinking like stones, all that we’ve fought for
Means that death, mortality is destroying and making pointless everything we’ve ever lived for.

Homes, places we’ve grown, all of us are done for
Means that everyone and everything, no matter how important they seem to you, are eventually going to give in to death.

And we live in a beautiful world
Is relaying the point that the world is beautiful and death is what will come and take you away from it eventually, no matter what.

Oh all that I know, there’s nothing here to run from, ‘cos yeah everybody here’s got somebody to lean on.
Is saying that you’ve just got to hold on and give meaning to the life you have and always remember there’s someone there for you.



So beautiful, and so tragic.... | Reviewer: Husenki | 11/10/07

This song is so amazing, it makes me reflect on life every time I hear it. With all the death, pollution, and waste mankind has created, it's a wonder you can still find beauty on this wonderful planet we are allowed to exist on.



heartfelt instrumental wordplay | Reviewer: robyn | 10/26/07

This song makes my mind wander. I love it, it makes perfect sense to me. He's talking about how basically, we have really destroyed the world. Every massacre ever known to mankind, every piece of destruction that we have ever created and endured--all of this has been done, but still, we live in a beautiful world. Life is beautiful, even with all of the tragedy that we have created for ourselves!

I don't see the refrain as sarcasm; it's more like the Truth.



Fighting for a small moment of ownership | Reviewer: Krystal | 10/13/07

I love this song. I first heard it on a movie and had to find it. It's beautiful and easy to pick up if you are like me ands tart singing to songs you like the sound of to figure out meanings.

I imagine something more water based, but all the same, everyone's going to die, so why are we fighting for a small minute of ownership over something that isn't even ours, ruining it in the process?
SOme people just have their heads so far up their ass they don't notice these things, which makes the song meaningless to them.



meaning | Reviewer: sd | 9/9/07

the part of the song that says "bones, sinking like stones, all that we fought for" gives me the imagery of a dead person's bones sinking into the earth, despite all that he fought for. aka a lot of stuff in life is meaningless, so just look around and see the beauty in the world and enjoy life :)




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