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30 October 2014 - submitted by George, United States of America

Q.  Hi Oracle,
Does anyone at Coldplay.com care very much that Chris sometimes doesn't sing quite the same words as given in the posted lyrics? For instance, on the song Ghost Story there's a line that reads: "A spectre on a rollercoaster" but Chris is clearly not singing the word "rollercoaster" on the recording.
Thanks

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30 October 2014 - submitted by Ben, New Zealand

Q.  Hello
How does the guys see when they play on a dark stage? Like at the start of Charlie Brown, Jonny starts playing in the pitch black. Do they have little lights?
Thanks

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30 October 2014 - submitted by Eleanor Rigby, United Kingdom

Q.  Dear Oracle,

Seeing that the Ghost Stories tour is over, and it's unlikely to be played at the BBC music awards, do you think Ghost Story will be ever played live? Up to now, it's my favourite song of all time, other than my namesake of course. :^)

Sincerely, Eleanor

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29 October 2014 - submitted by George, United Kingdom

Q.  Dear Oracle,
A while back I found these lyrics on a piece of Mylo Xyloto artwork.
"The two of us, we drove
A speeding ghost and a shadow
Luminous the road to the sea
We swam from the shallows
To bottle lightning's glow
Where we're gonna run, God only knows."
Where are these from? Is this from an upcoming project?

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29 October 2014 - submitted by Ellie, United Kingdom

Q.  I have tickets to see Coldplay perform at the BBC music awards!!!!!!

Any info on the set list yet? How many songs will there be?

Thanks x

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29 October 2014 - submitted by Chris, United Kingdom

Q.  Do you know any more about Miracles (e.g release date) that you would be able to tell us?

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28 October 2014 - submitted by Mariano, Venezuela

Q.  Dearest O,

DON'T answer this question if it is true that the boys will release a new song, titled Miracle, in just a few weeks as part of the OST for the movie Unbroken.

Yeah!

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28 October 2014 - submitted by claire, United States of America

Q.  Dear Oracle, I was watching the trailer of the live 2014 album and it seemed to me that all the performances were taken from the special that was on tv around the time of Ghost Stories' release. Is that true or are there other performances from the tour?
Thanks- Claire xo

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27 October 2014 - submitted by Kiara, United States of America

Q.  Why did Coldplay choose to sell the song Gravity to another band? I really miss that song and don't like the new version.

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27 October 2014 - submitted by Gabe, United States of America

Q.  Has the band ever played Easy To Please from the Brothers and Sisters EP live?

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27 October 2014 - submitted by Mitchell, United States of America

Q.  Hi Oracle,
Was Mince Spies ever officially released? Because the version of Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas is amazing!

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24 October 2014 - submitted by Karolyn, Ecuador

Q.  TEAM ORACLE QUESTION #190
Well, from all this year I have feel so alone, like literally alone because maybe don't like me or because I am different but I really don't know a main reason of why people around me treat me so in this bad way, including my family.
I feel like the the stupid girl everyone knows and ignores and they make joke on me and insult me and if I do something like for defending myself they over attack and shout at me and make me feel so sad. I have to hold all these feeling until I arrive home and lock on my bathroom and cry, because if I cry in my room my grandma and sister will see me and will make fun of it. Sometimes I talk about that with my grandma who I have live with her since I moved to Ecuador (I born in Brooklyn NY but all my family are from Ecuatorians) and tell her that please don't act that way that she is like a mom but the only thing she reply me is "I am not your mom, your mom is dead, if you don't like it here, the door are all the time open for you to leave." And it is horrible because she was my mom's mom and that is really horrible.
I don't have a close friend to talk about this because every person I have met on school had treat me bad and ignores me and I am always trying to be kind at them. I feel hated and I don't know why.
Thanks God this is my last year of High School and I am going to try to walk away from people who are like that to me but I can't go away from my house and go to another country because I am scared to death that while the time I am in another country my grandma die and I won't be able to be with her. This can be strange because of the way she is to me but anyway I love her and I would consider myself a monster if I am not with her until her last days.
So, I know this is really confusing but I really feel lost. Moving with my dad to NY would be worse. I feel that no one understands me. The only person I kinda trust is my sister but like I said before, she later makes fun of me and that makes me feel so miserable with life.

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24 October 2014 - submitted by The Oracle, United Kingdom

Q.  WHO'D LIKE TO JOIN TEAM ORACLE?

As you may know, we have a weekly feature, Team Oracle, whereby each Friday we open questions of a personal nature to all of you to answer too. Then, the following Friday, I post a selection of the best answers, alongside my own reply.

ANYONE can join in so, if you'd like to, please email your response to the following question, in no more than 250 words, to theoracle@coldplay.com before midnight Thursday 30 October.

I was recently diagnosed with Asperger's disorder, meaning I am extremely intelligent but have trouble socially. I have a couple close friends and a boyfriend, and I want them to know what is going on. At the same time, there is a ton of stigma with Asperger's syndrome, and I don't know if my boyfriend and friends would look at me the same if I told them. What should I do? Hannah, USA.

Look forward to reading your replies.

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23 October 2014 - submitted by Maximilian, United States of America

Q.  What time on average does the band wake up to start the day? Who are the night owls and early birds of the group?

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23 October 2014 - submitted by Anonymous, Thailand

Q.  Dear Oracle,

I was on the plane the other day and, browsing through the in-flight music on my mini-screen, saw there was an album of Coldplay songs... but they were referred to as "spa versions". They sounded very strange, with Chris's singing replaced with synthesized flutes and stuff. Is this an official CD?!

Best wishes from Thailand :)

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23 October 2014 - submitted by Adam, United Kingdom

Q.  Dear Oracle, has Chris ever forgot lyrics to songs while performing live?

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22 October 2014 - submitted by Janet, United Kingdom

Q.  Do you think Coldplay will ever release some songs that do not have Chris as the main vocals? In some of their current songs you can faintly hear the other band members sing melody, and I was just wondering if they will possibly get a solo. Thanks!

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22 October 2014 - submitted by Alana, Ireland

Q.  Hello Oracle, nerdy question alert. Did Chris learn singing technique to avoid getting polyps on his vocal chords? He has a great range but I can't imagine the strain all that falsetto, particularly live, puts on his voice. I used to sing, and my teacher had this problem. Told you it was nerdy.

Thanks
Alana

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22 October 2014 - submitted by Jacklord, Philippines

Q.  Hello Oracle. I just learned that Coldplay hates Parachutes which i think is great. Why do they hate it?

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21 October 2014 - submitted by Carlos, Venezuela

Q.  Hi, dear Oracle. Watching again and again the Ghost Stories TV Special I noticed that the custom built theatre looks very similar to one that that appears in the Michael Jackson video Hold My Hand, Is it the same?

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21 October 2014 - submitted by Zach, United States of America

Q.  Hi, Oracle. :) Wondering if you know anything about the sound at the beginning of Charlie Brown. Almost sounds like a baby saying things amongst other things. I remember Chris mentioning Apple and Moses's voices were used to make a sound in this last record. Do you know if this is the case on Charlie Brown?

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20 October 2014 - submitted by Juan, Argentina

Q.  Hi there Oracle! First of all I'd like to thank you for taking the time to write back to us every day, I really enjoy reading this section. So here is my question: who plays the instruments that the guys don't play on the live performances? Or do they have a pre-recorded track for those instruments? Thank you! I hope you come to Argentina soon!

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20 October 2014 - submitted by Natalia, Mexico

Q.  Hello Oracle!
First of all, thank you for existing. My question is, How can I get over my computer obsession? I spent like 5 or 6 hours just sitting in front of my laptop and I do have things to do but I get easily distracted and is ruining my school life. Thank you :)

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20 October 2014 - submitted by Tricia, United Kingdom

Q.  Mabuhay from Philippines, O!

I hope you're grand. :) Anyway, I have a question. I've been playing the QuizUp app and took the Coldplay quiz. There's this one question that says "which among these is Coldplay's music album?" I didn't get it right because I am not sure if Coldplay has released a Christmas album, all I know is that they released Christmas Lights and it was only available through digital download. Is there anything I'm missing?

Tricia.

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17 October 2014 - submitted by Ivana, Italy

Q.  TEAM ORACLE QUESTION #189
In the last months my life seems to be a bit flat. I often feel sad, weak, empty. It's like something's missing, maybe happiness.
I really need to change the situation because I don't think I would stand it any longer. What can I do?

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17 October 2014 - submitted by The Oracle, United Kingdom

Q.  WHO'D LIKE TO JOIN TEAM ORACLE?

As you may know, we have a weekly feature, Team Oracle, whereby each Friday we open questions of a personal nature to all of you to answer too. Then, the following Friday, I post a selection of the best answers, alongside my own reply.

ANYONE can join in so, if you'd like to, please email your response to the following question, in no more than 250 words, to theoracle@coldplay.com before midnight Thursday 23 October.

Well, from all this year I have feel so alone, like literally alone because maybe don't like me or because I am different but I really don't know a main reason of why people around me treat me so in this bad way, including my family.
I feel like the the stupid girl everyone knows and ignores and they make joke on me and insult me and if I do something like for defending myself they over attack and shout at me and make me feel so sad. I have to hold all these feeling until I arrive home and lock on my bathroom and cry, because if I cry in my room my grandma and sister will see me and will make fun of it. Sometimes I talk about that with my grandma who I have live with her since I moved to Ecuador (I born in Brooklyn NY but all my family are from Ecuatorians) and tell her that please don't act that way that she is like a mom but the only thing she reply me is "I am not your mom, your mom is dead, if you don't like it here, the door are all the time open for you to leave." And it is horrible because she was my mom's mom and that is really horrible.
I don't have a close friend to talk about this because every person I have met on school had treat me bad and ignores me and I am always trying to be kind at them. I feel hated and I don't know why.
Thanks God this is my last year of High School and I am going to try to walk away from people who are like that to me but I can't go away from my house and go to another country because I am scared to death that while the time I am in another country my grandma die and I won't be able to be with her. This can be strange because of the way she is to me but anyway I love her and I would consider myself a monster if I am not with her until her last days.
So, I know this is really confusing but I really feel lost. Moving with my dad to NY would be worse. I feel that no one understands me. The only person I kinda trust is my sister but like I said before, she later makes fun of me and that makes me feel so miserable with life.
Karolyn, Ecuador.


Look forward to reading your replies.

The Oracle.

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16 October 2014 - submitted by Paddy, Ireland

Q.  Coldplay how are you? Hope all's well. Quick question, I play a lot of trad folk music. When I listen to you guys especially when you strip the songs down in an acoustic style I get a sense of an Irish folk sound at times. Are you guys influenced by trad? Multiple guitar tunings are used in trad to get that droning sound. Also who is the Christy Moore fan and what is Coldplay's favourite Christy Moore song? Ps loving the new songs!

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16 October 2014 - submitted by Marion, France

Q.  Hi Oracle! I would like to ask you a question I hope you can answer. I wanted to know if the guys get their friends and families to listen to their new records before their official release, or if they make them wait like everybody else, maybe to keep some surprise ;)
Thanks a lot!

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16 October 2014 - submitted by Patricia, United States of America

Q.  Hey Oracle! My burning question is one that involves a boy. I have been dating a boy for about 3 months now, and everything was going along perfectly smoothly. That is until I found out he is still texting with his ex-girlfriend. I am trying to understand, I mean they did date for about 5 years. I don't want to break up with him, but I don't like that he texts her. I asked him to stop and he said that it is part of who he is, he can't just abandon people from his past. What should I do? Thanks for any help! Much love from Texas!

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15 October 2014 - submitted by Michael , United States of America

Q.  Hey O. I was curious about what songs the guys have and haven't played live. My question is, what songs haven't the guys played live, ever?

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15 October 2014 - submitted by Shady, Egypt

Q.  Hello Oracle!
I know it may be a bit old, but would the band ever consider recording Sweet Marianne?

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15 October 2014 - submitted by Oscar, Mexico

Q.  Hello dear Oracle
My question is: is considered Rainy Day a part of Viva La Vida due to the similarity of sound?

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14 October 2014 - submitted by Andrea, Peru

Q.  So I was searching on wikipedia and I take a look of all songs written by Chris... and no! There are a few of Coldplay songs, did Chris writes all the songs or what?
Thanks!

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14 October 2014 - submitted by Greg, United States of America

Q.  When was the last time the boys played Only Superstition? Or for that matter even thought of it.

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14 October 2014 - submitted by Millie, United Kingdom

Q.  Hey Oracle, I heard that the song The Goldrush all members sing a verse each. Is this true? If so, who sings which verse?
Thank you!
:)

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13 October 2014 - submitted by Taylor, United States of America

Q.  Hey Oracle!

Two questions (the latter formed whilst thinking of the first). One, would you happen to have one of the 500* (I think) copies of the Safety EP? I only ask because of your more than likely closer ties to the band than most people or fans. Two, would you consider Safety EP the hardest Coldplay paraphernalia to get?

*I'd suppose, because it's from their early days when they weren't well known, that some might have not thought it up to par and trashed it (this is a scary thought).

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13 October 2014 - submitted by Pablo, United States of America

Q.  Hi dear Oracle!
Does Ode to Deodorant count as an official Coldplay recording? Because in the recording section of the webpage I couldn't find it.
Thank You!!
Pablo.

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13 October 2014 - submitted by Christien , United States of America

Q.  During the small Ghost Stories tour, Coldplay had their old keyboard standing in the middle of their sets. Is there a reason they do that? Thanks again.

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10 October 2014 - submitted by Teresa, India

Q.  TEAM ORACLE QUESTION #188
Do you have a favourite line of lyrics from any of the Ghost Stories songs? And from any of the other era songs? Is there any particular line that always gets to you?
Thanks in advance if you answer this! Love from India.

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10 October 2014 - submitted by The Oracle, United Kingdom

Q.  WHO'D LIKE TO JOIN TEAM ORACLE?

As you may know, we have a weekly feature, Team Oracle, whereby each Friday we open questions of a personal nature to all of you to answer too. Then, the following Friday, I post a selection of the best answers, alongside my own reply.

ANYONE can join in so, if you'd like to, please email your response to the following question, in no more than 250 words, to theoracle@coldplay.com before midnight Thursday 16 October.

In the last months my life seems to be a bit flat. I often feel sad, weak, empty. It's like something's missing, maybe happiness.
I really need to change the situation because I don't think I would stand it any longer. What can I do?
Ivana, Italy.


Look forward to reading your replies.

The Oracle.

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9 October 2014 - submitted by Andreia, Brazil

Q.  Have Coldplay ever been hypnotized before recording a song? I've heard about that before but I'm not sure if it's true.

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9 October 2014 - submitted by Lea, Germany

Q.  Hello lovely Oracle,
I have a question to an unreleased song called Wedding Bells Chris played on an Apple Event once. Some people in the internet say that it became UFO, some others say it became Christmas Lights. What is true?
Thanks for your help, greetings from Germany! :)

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8 October 2014 - submitted by Chris, United Kingdom

Q.  During the X & Y era, Penny Howle (tour photographer?) took photos of Coldplay. I have recently obtained one of these photos which is signed by all of the Coldplay members. Apparently Coldplay sent these to fan's upon request, some of which are even personalised. Can you confirm this is true? It would help all of us budding collectors out there! Thanks Oracle.

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8 October 2014 - submitted by Lauren, United States of America

Q.  Helloooo Dearest Oracle,

Next year as you know is the 15th Birthday of Parachutes. Any chance of a greatest hits tour? 15 years of Coldplay. Is this something the band has even talked about or considered? Would be a grand idea in my opinion.

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8 October 2014 - submitted by Anthony, United States of America

Q.  Why does Chris have a piece of tape covering the Air Jordan logo on his sneakers while performing?

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7 October 2014 - submitted by Diego, Spain

Q.  Hi Oracle! I have finally completed my Coldplay CD collection, but somehow I feel like it's not enough. I know you have been asked a lot about this kind of songs, but could you please write a list with all the B-sides and unreleased songs ever recorded by the band? Thanks a lot, and please continue supporting us "best fans in the world" with your awesome help for a looong long time!

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7 October 2014 - submitted by Peter, United Kingdom

Q.  Hello Oracle,

Is the lyric "Living in Perfect Symmetry" from Low a nod to the Keane album?

Thanks, Peter.

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7 October 2014 - submitted by Yannick , Mexico

Q.  Dear Oracle, in the Parachutes era had be attemped to change the name of Coldplay to another one?

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6 October 2014 - submitted by Ethan, United States of America

Q.  Hello Oracle!
I hope that you have been doing well lately!
I was listening to the song Low and during I believe before the 2nd verse there appears to be a metallic sound in the background. Can you tell me more about that sound?
Thanks so much, I really enjoy looking at your responses everyday!
Ethan:)

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6 October 2014 - submitted by Isabelle, Netherlands

Q.  Dear Oracle,

I think everyone who bought Ghost Stories can agree with the following: Midnight is a very unique song. I didn't knew any other artists who made music in Midnight's style. A few days ago I noticed that Jon Hopkins' music does sound a bit like Midnight. So, was Midnight inspired by Jon Hopkins, or did Coldplay really create a new 'style' on its own?

Isabelle, Netherlands

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