5 oracle items tagged as songwriting
October 15, 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?

I wouldn't think that songs from the past will ever be recorded if they haven't been already. As Sweet Marianne wasn't ever released, it probably won't see the light of day (again).

October 14, 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?

I think I understand your question.
Chris wrote all Coldplay songs bar one - Sweet Marianne*, written by Will - though the band all have song writing credits.

Chris does write outside of Coldplay; he wrote the anthem for the recent Invictus Games. He has also written for a number of other performers and has collaborated with or featured on other artists records with or without having a hand in the writing.

*Sweet Marianne was played live but never released on a recording.

August 6, 2014 / submitted by Steven, United States of America
Q.  Hello Oracle,

Has there ever been a case where one of the guys didn't like a certain song for an album, but was "out voted" by the rest of the band? Or does the entire band have to agree with everything that goes on the record?


There are sessions where the band discuss which songs will make it and which won't.
There was one song (I'm not divulging which) on the last album that split decision.
Chris had the final say which is quite unusual - Will usually has the casting vote.

January 10, 2013 / submitted by Sanya, India
Q.  Hello Oracle!
I was watching some videos of Coldplay and came across this funny one.
Does Chris write all his songs like this?

Not exclusively, no. That was more in response to how to write a song but I guess it always starts with an idea. Sometimes lyrics just appear and seem to flow out. Sometimes the essence of the idea grows from inspiration and trying different things out.
You may notice that sometimes Chris comes up with an idea for a lyric in one song, only for it to end up in a completely different song. The line "poison in my blood" for example appears in both Wedding Bells & Christmas Lights which weren't written all that far apart.
That's why lyrics can contain repeated themes - as is quite common with Chris' songwriting: world turning upside down, keeping feet on the ground, the sun, webs...

January 13, 2009 / submitted by Alina, Germany
Q.  Dear Oracle!
Why Guy's name is written to the first to authorship of songs?
It isn't in alphabetic order, or he's the author of the majority of songs?

Guy is first because they ARE in alphabetical order. It goes Berryman, Buckland, Champion, Martin. Their songwriting is always credited equally.