4 oracle items tagged as don quixote
September 18, 2014 / submitted by Jackson, United States of America
Q.  Hello, mighty Oracle. I have a question regarding Spanish Rain/Don Quixote. If one were to record a cover of the song and release it, where would they have to get permission from? The song was never released officially, and was only performed live. Would someone still have to go through the record companies, or through Coldplay directly? I really would like an answer. Thank you for your time.

Just as a general note, when a song has not been recorded or released, a band can refuse to allow its release by another artist.
As Don Quixote / Spanish Rain was performed live, it's a registered song so you would still have to go through the same channels.
Universal Publishing own the publishing rights to all Coldplay's material.

October 23, 2013 / submitted by Ian, United Kingdom
Q.  Hi Oracle,

I was listening to Mechanical Bull, Kings of Leon's new album. Their track Temple sounds very, very similar to Don Quixote/Spanish Rain... It seems to have a very similar tempo, chord sequence and sound.

Not to say that Coldplay will, but could the band legally question the song's similarity to a track they did not officially release? Have the band ever questioned other artists from pinching their music, or is it a touchy subject?

Many thanks in advance!


Really? When I first heard Don Quixote/Spanish Rain I said it sounded like Kings of Leon so I'd say you have that the wrong way around. Not that it matters because songs are bound to have similar chord progressions and tempos to others as there aren't infinite numbers of either.

I hadn't heard Temple so I decided I should. This is not and never would be a legal issue at all not just because of the friendship between bands but because as far as my ears can tell, there's no issue full stop. There's a fine line between plagiarism and similarity and if it's anything, it's the latter.

It's not always a case of "pinching"; semblance does not necessarily mean theft.
As you know, Coldplay have always credited their sources and paid royalties in accordance.
Whether a song is released is a grey area - but as it exists and has been heard, one could argue by whom, when & where. Hard to prove but I'd like to think that if somebody knowingly takes a sample or whatever, they'll pay for it. That's how we would always do things around here as we're a moral, decent bunch.
I've written jokes, slogans and thoughts that I may never have publicly performed to large audiences but they've appeared in the ether. I'd say that us humans aren't all that unique and it's highly likely someone else had the same idea that I did. Same goes for music. It's not an impossibility.

July 24, 2013 / submitted by Alf, Mexico
Q.  Is there any EP or single mp3 of the song Don Quixote?

Also known as Spanish Rain, there isn't a legitimate single or MP3 available, no. There are versions online of course but they're not official at all.

May 23, 2011 / submitted by Tristan, United States of America
Q.  Dear Oracle,
Can you please tell me what Don Quixote means?

Don Quixote is is a novel written by Spanish author Miguel de Cervantes. As for the Coldplay song of the same moniker, it's inspired by and named after the book. The track was originally called Spanish Rain and I'm pretty sure Chris was reading it on the Latin American tour last year hence the name change after the first couple of plays. The song does name check La Mancha, which is where Don Quixote was from, and his fictional friend Sancho Panza.