What If Lyrics - Coldplay

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What if there was no lie.
Nothing wrong, nothing right.
What if there was no time?
And no reason or rhyme?
What if you should decide
That you don't want me there by your side.
That you don't want me there in your life.

What if I got it wrong?
And no poem or song..
Could put right what I got wrong,
Or make you feel I belong
What if you should decide
That you don't want me there by your side
That you don't want me there in your life.

Oooooh, that's right
Let's take a breath, jump over the side.
Oooooh, that's right
How can you know it if you don't even try?
Oooooh, that's right

Every step that you take
Could be your biggest mistake
It could bend or it could break
But that's the risk that you take
What if you should decide
That you don't want me there in your life.
That you don't want me there by your side.

Oooooh, that's right
Let's take a breath jump over the side.
Oooooh, that's right
How can you know it when you don't even try?
Oooooh, that's right

Oooooh, that's right
Let's take a breath jump over the side
Oooooh, that's right
You know that darkness always turns into light
Oooooh, that's right..

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My interpretation | Reviewer: Anonymous | 10/11/14

I can see that many people have very different ways to interpret this song , but here is what i think it means.

First of all , this album is related to love, drectly or not, and second , i think im feeling the same thing this express.

- The fist verves are about drepessing thoughts ("no lie, nothing wrong , noting rigth,no time,no reason ,no rhyme" = it express that basics of life could be all wrong), and then the main idea : "what if you should decide .." reflects that he fears of getting rejeted.

-This is checked when he says on the next strophe: "What if i got it wrong.."
He then ask himself of the possible changes than will make that relationship ; "could put rigth what i got wrong, make it feel i belong"

-The corus : "Thats right" = love is right " -..."jump over the side " = risk it (about love)
and then: "how can you know it when you dont even try" = it means that she doesnt accept his request ,thinking that she knows the results will be bad, and he replies, you dont know until you risk it

-The third strophe is about saying that regeting him could be her biggest mistake , and the next part makes me feel identifided ; "it could bend , or it could break , but thats the risk that you take". This express my feelings about a girl that suffered before beacuse of past breaks and is scared about what could i do to her.

-And the last part; " You know that darkness always turns into light " express that the future will be better than the past.

The progresion of this song from a drepensing state to a true emotional state, expresing the most important feeling in live with excelent arguments makes this in my opinion, the best love song of coldplay.
Dont think is sad that i didnt got her, beacuse that is exactly what i want to do know , and i will reply with the results.

Crying | Reviewer: Kai | 2/11/14

For me this is the lost love of mine at the brim of
the only thing that comes forth, the end of love!
So how could I save It? I f you only ... And then I will..
People are quite stobburn, so this is often how it ends, unfortunately :(

bravity | Reviewer: campbell | 1/28/13

This song is all about being brave, doing things that you would not do in an average day "every step that you take could be your bigest mistake" only tells us to do things without over analysing them. Forget the pros and cons and just take a breath and jump over the side. Fear is one of the things that holds us from attaining our dreams and you will never know until you try.atleast when you fail you would have tried anyway

A review of the song "what if " by coldplay | Reviewer: Mrknowall | 9/24/12


This is my review of this song:
"What if" is a song about the possibilities of things . The song asks the person "what if " something happened? and describes the possible outcomes - positive and negative. but it utterly goes against(!) the opinion that supports predicting the outcome by other factors. The song encourages people to take the risk of the unknown outcome, because simply predicting has no actual existence.

"Let's take a breath jump over the side."
Is a pure saying - just take the risk and try it.

In the end of the song, there is a positive feedback - "You know that darkness always turns into light " - meaning that even if the outcome may be bad, eventually, it will come to your benefit.

what if.. | Reviewer: Anonymous | 11/5/11

For me, this song is about fear. When someone means so much to you that you get scared. Having something that is important to you means you have the risk of losing it. It makes me worry that maybe some day, he'll leave me... and that I'll realize I had it all wrong. That I was the only one in love.

Gone and Confused | Reviewer: Anonymous | 7/4/11

This song is so special to me 'What if you should decide,That you don't want me there by your side. That you don't want me there in your life.' I decided that I didn't want my Dad in my life because of his drinking. I saw him for the first time in 3 months this Christmas he seemed so good,that was the last time I would ever see him. He died of a heart attack 15 days later, I miss him so much! You never really realise how much you love someone till they are gone. I wish that I could hear him say 'I love you' one more time so I could tell him 'I love you too Daddy'. We all live on borrowed time, so, I guess he was over due.

Going through the same thing | Reviewer: Anonymous | 2/16/11

I'm going through the same issue right now, it's rough. My girl friend dumped me pretty hard and now after a few months she wants to get back together again? A side of me says yes and the other side of me says no. There was no reason behind our first break up, which is why it really fucked with me :(

Thank you coldplay

aksldfjasd | Reviewer: Anonymous | 10/2/10

it hurts to know that people can even feel this way, my ex boyfriends wants me back in his life, but sometimes i feel like that person who needs to walk away because everytime he comes back i take him, but ive changed and done things im not proud of. i feel like he wont want me once hes realized who ive become in the year we were apart. and he hurt me, how can he just leave me and then come back and expect to forgive him for doing that to me. i just think that im really confused. i love his company but im not sure if thats all i love.it might as well be that i dont love him anymore but the idea. this song really made me think about the situation i am in, and even though its old its a really great song.

great song | Reviewer: Anonymous | 5/23/10

this has got to be one of the deepest, most meaningful songs ever written. but then again, coldplay has a lot of songs like that.

for some reason this song reminds me of 'avatar,' but i have no idea why.

This is not the end | Reviewer: Nick | 4/16/10

I don't feel like these lyrics are spelling out the end. I want to sell my all life here in England and go abroad with my wife, my soul mate of 11 years but she is on the verge of loosing me because she wont let go of all that we have built here together. She thinks it is a crazy idea although we can afford it. I am going to play her this when she gets home today and i hope she picks up on the line "Let's take a breath jump over the side.
How can you know it when you don't even try?"
Come with me I love you!
thank you Coldplay

kuryosanelson@hotmail.com | Reviewer: olivia | 2/15/10

i just cant believe all this things that every one write about this song.
its beautiful to remember, but also hard and painful, but i think its a great way to go out all these feelings, and every description or just that every one here understands about the song is beautiful, and every one touch my heart with your beautiful words of pain or happiness

meaning | Reviewer: jmoon | 1/28/10

I have read another review and its almost exactly what this song means to me. It can mean different things for different people, however at this moment it suits my feelings well.
This song is about the fear I have that the woman I love will eventually reolize that she can live without me. I cannot contemplate that day. I have made mistakes with her. No matter how sincere, nothing I say can change how she feels. The choras is like a plea for another chance. ( How can we know if we dont even try?) The last verse is like watching her move on. A sad warning, (every step you take, could be your biggest mistake - it could bend, or it could break) the more she moves on with life, the further apart we are, just might be enough to break me. The last wording, you know that darkness always turns into light is a reminder for myself that my feelings will eventually get better.

I know | Reviewer: Anonymous | 12/27/09

A couple of years ago I had a friend and I came up to tell something because he had been gone for a few days but he just told me to get away from him. I know just what this song is about because I've been put out of someone's life already. I thank the singer for writing this song.

I dont know | Reviewer: aleciaheisler@live.com | 12/11/09

Honestly, I dont know what to get out of these lyrics. Because my husband just emailed an old aquaitance and said this song made him think of her. So it makes me sick if that the song means he wants her over me....

For when you feel you're losing someone | Reviewer: Anonymous | 7/12/09

This song is basically what happens to me over and over again. I'm constantly scared I'm losing people, and lately it feels like I've lost a lot of people. I've been feeling like I'm losing my very best friend - she means that much to me that I would rather lose everything but keep her. This song is how I feel about her - "what if you should decide that you don't want me there in your life? what if there was no light?"

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