2 May Update: All nine of Chris handwritten lyrics sheets have now been found (in libraries in Mexico, Finland, Spain, Singapore, UK, USA, New Zealand, Ireland and South Africa).
A huge thanks to everyone who took part – the lyrics hunt really seemed to capture the planet’s imagination. Check out a few examples of the amazing worldwide coverage, below:
As a little thank you to everyone who helped make the lyrics hunt such a success by solving the clues and visiting libraries across the globe, we’re pleased to offer you a free download of all the Ghost Stories lyrics in a PDF booklet. If you’d like it, then just click here.
Good afternoon. The band have decided to reveal the lyrics for all nine songs from the upcoming Ghost Stories album by hiding Chris’s handwritten lyric sheets in libraries worldwide. The lyrics will be hidden in ghost story books in libraries in nine countries, located across the planet.
Clues to the exact locations of the lyrics will be posted from today on the band’s Twitter account – twitter.com/coldplay – using the hashtag #lyricshunt. Fans will be encouraged to help solve the clues and visit their local library to see if they can find an envelope containing one of the unique lyrics sheets.
One of the hidden envelopes also contains a special Golden Ticket, giving the finder (and a guest) a free trip to London to see Coldplay perform at the Royal Albert Hall on 1 July.
#9 INK found by Courtney in Rosebank Library, Johannesburg in Kenneth Ireland’s Treasury Of Ghost Stories
#8 MIDNIGHT found by Colma at Dundrum Library, Dublin in Camelia Funke’s Ghosthunters and the Bloodthirsty Baroness.
#7 A SKY FULL OF STARS: lyrics found by Annalie and Lauren at Tauranga City Libraries, New Zealand in Shirley Jackson’s The Haunting of Hill House
#6 O: Found @ynikyonc in New York Public Library in Jeff Belanger’s Who’s Haunting the White House
#5 OCEANS: Found in (the reputedly haunted) Dartford Library, Kent, UK in Emily Brontë’s Wuthering Heights.
#4 TRUE LOVE found by @Judit_gc in Sant Pau-Santa Creu library, Barcelona in The Hound of the Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle.
#3 ALWAYS IN MY HEAD found by Jenni S in Clive Barker’s Mister B. Gone in Rikhardinkatu Library, Helsinki, Finland
#2 ANOTHER’S ARMS found by @per_phat_ion, in Ghost Stories by Peter Washington in Singapore National Library.
#1 MAGIC found by @ernestodavii, in a Spanish translation of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol in Vasconcelos Library in Mexico City.