Don Quixote/Spanish Rain

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Unofficial artwork for Don Quixote (image: betocampos/DeviantArt)

Don Quixote is a song that was debuted live at River Plate Stadium in Buenos Aires on 26th February 2010. It was introduced by Chris Martin as a song written especially for the Latin America tour 2010.


First introduction

On the C-stage in Buenos Aires, Chris Martin said, "We had such a great time in Argentina, Mexico and Brazil (2007), it would be good for us (Coldplay) if we had a special song that celebrated how much we think of the Latin American audiences. We decided to write a song about the magic escape that the band receives when they come to Latin America".


According to Wikipedia, Don Quixote, fully titled The Ingenious Hidalgo Don Quixote of La Mancha (Spanish: El ingenioso hidalgo don Quijote de la Mancha), is a novel written by Spanish author Miguel de Cervantes. Cervantes created a fictional origin for the story by creating a fictional Moorish chronicler for Don Quixote named Cide Hamete Benengeli. Published in two volumes a decade apart (in 1605 and 1615), Don Quixote is the most influential work of literature to emerge from the Spanish Golden Age and the entire Spanish literary canon. As a founding work of modern Western literature, it regularly appears high on lists of the greatest works of fiction ever published.

Previous incarnations

In the debuted version of Don Quixote, the song contained the lyrics "I heard you never get wet in Spanish rain". Spanish Rain was on the list of songs written on the bakery wall that featured on the South Bank show in September 2009.[1]. It is thought that Don Quixote is a more recent version of Spanish Rain but there is no other evidence yet to prove this link.

Coldplay fans have embraced the song, hoping it would make it on to LP5, however there have been several references to it sounding similar to Bruce Springsteen's Dancing In The Dark.


The first artwork for the track was created by betocampos at DeviantArt [2] and a darker image was also created by coldplay_is_louve.[3]


The Oracle on Don Quixote/Spanish Rain

November 7, 2011 - submitted by Luthfi, Indonesia
Q. Greetings almighty Oracle,
I want to ask you about the song Don Quixote will it be released as a single, out of the album like the Christmas Lights back in 2010? And one more thing, will there be more music video of the tracks from Mylo Xyloto? Thanks,
Luthfi, Indonesia
The Oracle replies:
One of my responses back in March has been proved right in that the track wasn't planned for Mylo Xyloto. I stand by that reply saying I doubt it will be a b side to any songs from the album. I will go one step further and also say that it will not be released as a single outside of the album.
On the way to Madrid last week as the forecast was rain, I pondered whether the band would play it given its alternative name is Spanish Rain. Sound man Dan Green said, "oh yeah, I forgot about that song". I suspect the band have for the time being...
FYI: the second the band walked out on to the stage, it began to rain.

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

March 10, 2011 - submitted by Sam, United Kingdom
Q. Hi Oracle,
Is the Don Quixote/Spanish Rain song still in reckoning for the new album?
All the best
The Oracle replies:
It never was Sam. Over a year ago I heard Chris say that it was going to end up as a b-side. I remember thinking "I bet it doesn't"... We shall see I guess but that all seems so long ago now.

March 11, 2010 - submitted by Esteban, Argentina
Q. Hi Oracle!
This is related to the shows in Brazil, Colombia and Mexico... I want to know if during Don Quixote the band made the audience sing "Oleee ole-ole-ole, Coldplay, Coldplay" as in Argentina.
The Oracle replies:
It was actually the fans who changed the words of the last oles of Spanish Rain (also known as Don Quixote) to Coldplay. Word travels fast and there was no need to ask the audience to sing along as they were already chanting that refrain before the band took to the stage. They also sang it in between songs if there was a spare second. After the first show in Buenos Aires fans have even been singing it outside the hotels; I could hear them from my room!

March 2, 2010 - submitted by Lola, Argentina
Q. Hi there!
I would really appreciate it if you could tell me the lyrics for Don Quixote. I think I understood most of them, but I'm not quite sure... we loved the song, thank you so much! I still can't believe I was there at your show, it was amazing. By the way, when we sang "ole, ole, ole...", we didn't just say "ole", we said: "ole, ole, ole, ole, coldplay, Coldplay" I don't know if you understood it, because in your song you just sang "ole". Well, thank you so much for coming, it was one of the best nights of my life! Hope you had a good time too :) Cheers. Lola.
P.S.: sorry for my English, still learning!
The Oracle replies:
Yeah we were pretty impressed that some fans were singing that even before the first show started which means it could be heard during the soundcheck. We heard the change at the end as in fact that's what's being chanted outside the hotels! I could hear it from my room last night...

March 2, 2010 - submitted by Natalia, Argentina
Q. Hi mighty Oracle on tour!
First of all, thank you (and by these I mean all Coldplay peolple, crew, band, everyone) so much for the amazing show in Buenos Aires, by far the best concert I've been in.
Ok, here's the question: can you give us the lyrics from the Don Quixote song? Because singing the "oleee olee ole oleee"s was so much fun (in the Spanish way, of course), I want to learn the whole song (and I'm sure lots of people want this too). Please, dear Oracle?
Have fun touring :)
Love from Argentina.
The Oracle replies:
I haven't seen a copy of the lyrics just yet. Lyrics to songs are added to the site's lyric section when released so it's not usual to publish them until that point. What I can tell you is that Don Quixote is now known as its former name Spanish Rain. Given the weather at both shows so far Latin American Rain would have been just as fitting!!


So we left La Mancha
Headed out for higher plains
Me and Sancho Panza

Looking for adventure
Rocinante at the reins
To the windmills answer

You'll never be lonely
You'll never be lonely ever again
You'll never be lonely
You'll never be lonely again

I heard you never get wet in Spanish rain
So they sent the doctor, for examining my brain
Said he's not too clever

Oh when the world,
when the world just seems, a little bit too cruel
Gonna leave it better
Make one better

So tell that princess
Tell that princess right down the train
Tell that princess
She'll never be lonely again

I heard you never get wet in Spanish rain
Ooh, ooh
I heard you never get wet in Spanish rain

I heard you never get wet in Spanish rain
Woo ooh, Wooh ooh
Heard you never get wet in Spanish rain
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