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Glass of Water lyrics featured in LP4 centrefold

Glass Of Water is a song featured on Coldplay's Prospekt's March EP from 2008.

It was originally a song written during sessions for Coldplay's fourth album, but didn't make it onto the album's final tracklisting. However, the song features heavily in the booklet of Viva La Vida Or Death And All His Friends despite being cut from the album. The title appears on the big painting in the booklet's centrefold, above some of the song's lyrics, and the very first page of the album is a map of Brazil with more lyrics from Glass Of Water scribbled over it in crayon. However, the song's lyrics have drastically changed since the painting was made.

The song came about around October 2007 when it was introduced alongside Famous Old Painters in Prospekt's Journal on October 26, 2007.

A live version of the song appeared on Coldplay's live album, LeftRightLeftRightLeft. The song's chorus moves in a 7⁄4 time signature and has piano rolls in the softer sections of the song. The ending also has a coda, instead of a generic tonic crash ending.


Live debut

Glass Of Water was debuted live on the final concert of Coldplay's 2008 European tour, at the Sportpaleis in Antwerp, Belgium. It has since become a regular part of the setlist, the second non-Viva La Vida song to do so. A live video excerpt of the performance was posted on [1] and the song formed the basis for the Glass Of Water minigame that gave away previews of the Prospekt's March EP. It was the most hyped song on the EP.


Coldplay doesn’t often go big and bold, which is what makes this year’s Viva la Vida so refreshing. The just-released EP Prospekt’s March features songs that didn’t quite make the Vida cut, but not for lack of quality.

Amid the shameless cameos (Jay-Z doesn’t add much to Lost+) and wispy instrumentals (Postcards From Far Away is a 48-second doodle), Glass of Water, powered by an explosive chorus that cribs a bit of Joy Division’s Atmosphere and frontman Chris Martin’s predictably upbeat lyrics, should be treated as a can’t-miss blueprint for the band’s future. [2]

The Oracle on Glass Of Water

April 17, 2012 - submitted by wsal, Canada
Q. I just love Glass of Water, it's gotta be my top 3 favourite Coldplay songs and actually top 3 song in general!!
Since, I love it so much I wanted to know whether Coldplay likes to play that song and whether they do on tour?
Thanks a bunch!!
The Oracle replies:
Well, Phil has tweeted "Need suggestions for acoustic bit in middle of the show", so maybe you could suggest Glass of Water? Or anything else for that matter...

October 15, 2010 - submitted by Maria, Mexico
Q. Ay the end of the concert (March,2010, Mexico City)I was given a CD whose first song is still unknown for me. Can you tell me the title, please?
The Oracle replies:
The first track on Left Right Left Right Left is Glass Of Water.

June 9, 2010 - submitted by Nick, United States of America
Q. Dear Oracle,
I saw a video today on YouTube and my question is, is there a video for Glass of Water because this looks professionally made? Here is the link.
The Oracle replies:
It's not a promotional video, it's a live performance. At the very start of the clip you will see a logo of the TV show that this clip is taken from; 4 Music a Channel 4 music show in the U.K.

July 30, 2008 - submitted by Lucinda, Netherlands
Q. What about the songs named Glass Of Water, Rainy Day, Poppy Fields, Leftrightleftrightleft, A Spell A Rebel Yell a.o.? Are those names previous names of Coldplay songs on Viva la Vida, or are they new songs? And if so, when do they come out and where can we find them?
The Oracle replies:
They were all songs recorded during the process of making the 4th album. Some were serious contenders for inclusion. As with previous albums the selection process was long and intense. Trying to get the right balance meant that these songs had to be left off. Sometimes they appear as b-sides so we may still hear them. At the moment they can’t be heard anywhere I could direct you to.


Scared of losing all the time
He wrote it in a letter
He was a friend of mine
He heard you could see your future
Inside a glass of water
The ripples and the lines
And he asked, will I see heaven in mine?

That is just the way it was
Nothing could be better
And nothing ever was
Oh, they say you can see your future
Inside a glass of water
The riddles and the rhymes
Will I see heaven in mine?

Don't ask
Neither half full nor empty
Is your glass
To the mast
Spend your whole life living
In the past
Going nowhere fast

So he wrote it on a wall
The hollowest of halos 
Is no halo at all
Television selling plastic
Figurines of leaders
Saying nothing at all
And you chime, stars in heaven align

Don't ask
Neither half full nor empty
Is your glass
To the mast
Spend your whole life living
In the past
Going nowhere fast

And what are we drinking when we're done?
Glasses of water.
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