Atlas - Coldplay

The Experience: We see a world in danger, about to explode. Some people deny our world's problems, live life with their head in the sand. We're too young for that. Young people still have ideals, some dreams to fight for, some dragon to slay. Atlas' meaning is about a battle to come. Even if the world is Catching Fire, we will not back down.  

Music Video:
The meaning of the amazing lyric video leaves seven stars shooting around the sun, moon, and the constellations (Libra, Virgo, Taurus, Cancer, etc.) into outer space and into a supernova. Then  from our solar system to a sky of Greek-myth monsters (centaur, griffin, python, fire-breathing horse, wolf, kraken, and minotaur) before reaching the Eye of God. Finally, after a second supernova the seven stars descend on the Catching Fire logo. 
For me, the meaning of the video is the courage to leave this world behind,  to challenge the fates (as expressed in ignoring the zodiac signs), to continue despite the monsters, to reach God - to fulfil our mission in life. 

My Take:
There are problems out there. The easy way says "I can't do anything anyway." It always takes an extra step to help others. Catching Fire's heroine Katniss and Coldplay might have preferred to sit still, take the easy way. But caught in the fire, society's problems stared them in the face. Instead of looking away whispering "I can't do anything", they looked today's problems in the eye. Then then decided to do something: Katniss fights, Coldplay gives 10% of all they earn to charities. Together, we can all change the world - carry your world, I'll carry your world. (And the struggle is worth it. Heaven, we hope, is just down the road... Show me the way, Lord.)

Ask Yourself:
When I see problems on the news or on the street, do I just sit there? Do I slouch back with the excuse "It's too big for me"? Or do I want to make a difference? Where do I start?

Check out our review of another Catching Fire soundtrack song: Elastic Heart - Sia


Some saw the sun
Some saw the smoke
Some heard the gun
Some bent the bow
Sometimes the wire must tense for the note
Caught in the fire, say oh
We're about to explode

Carry your world, I'll carry your world

Some far away
Some search for gold
Some dragon to slay
Heaven we hope 
Is just up the road
Show me the way, Lord, because I...
I'm about to explode

Carry your world, I'll carry your world [2x]
Carry your world and all your hurt.

Review by Simon Cleary

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