Sep 6, 2013

"Atlas" by Coldplay

Today, Coldplay released "Atlas," a beautiful song for the soundtrack to The Hunger Games: Catching Fire that carries a very deep spiritual message (pun intended). While I'm sure the song is in reference to Atlas, a god of Greek mythology who was believed to be carrying the world on his shoulders and the movie will place the song in its proper context, consider the lyrics from the perspective of the gospel:

Some saw the sun
Some saw the smoke
^ This may be in reference to some sort of violent event that we take various perspectives on, by seeing the horror of it or finding the good that came out of it
Some heard the gun
Some bent the bow

^ Likely a reference to the personal fighting that is found within the Hunger Games series, where some simply hear the violence while others are the ones pulling the trigger or bending the bow
Sometimes the wire must tense for the note
Caught in the fire, say oh
We're about to explode

^ This is the reflection on the violence that is occurring: we are resorting to violence to communicate our messages and emotions, many are getting "caught in the fire" and we're all becoming very vulnerable in the process

Some far away
Some search for gold
Some dragon to slay

^ Thought it may look different for different people, everybody in this life is searching for adventure (far away), riches (gold), or accomplishments (dragon) -- and many are willing to resort to violence to make it happen
Heaven we hope is just up the road
Show me the way, Lord because I,
I'm about to explode

^ Realizing the fragility of his life and our misplaced hope in these achievements, this becomes a plea to God to show us the way to heaven because we are so fragile and cannot make it there alone

Carry your world, I'll carry your world
Carry your world and all your hurt
^ As the chorus, I think this may allude to the reply that God gives us -- He says that He will carry this world of suffering -- on the cross, I would argue:

"He has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows... upon Him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with his wounds we are healed... the Lord has laid on Him the iniquity of us all."
~ Isaiah 53.4-6

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