The Oracle on Harmless
July 11, 2012 - submitted by Tony, United States of America
Q. Dear all-knowing Oracle,
About a year ago, I stumbled upon a Coldplay song named Harmless and to be quite honest, it has to be the best song I've ever heard. Sadly, the track ends abruptly and doesn't seem to have a real ending. My question is, was this track ever released on an actual album or single? And if it was, is there anyway I could get a hold of the entire track (ending included)? This has bothered me for quite some time and I figured, who better to ask than the Oracle. Thanks in advance.
The Oracle replies:
Harmelss was written during the A Rush Of Blood To The Head sessions back at the end of 2001.
It didn't make it on to the album and wasn't selected for a b-side or anything either so the only version that remains is the demo that Chris recorded.
Let's just say that it was leaked on the Internet which is why there is only the one abrupt ending recording. You won't find it anywhere else.
December 9, 2010 - submitted by Jacob, United States of America
Q. When was Harmless written? The consensus is that it was written in the X & Y era, but then again I've heard that it was written for Parachutes (which seems more likely).
Nonetheless it's a fabulous song and I can only wonder why the boys didn't put it on an album!
The Oracle replies:
Actually neither are right; I recall Harmless first being written during the A Rush of Blood to the Head recording sessions. It was certainly post-Parachutes and pre-X&Y.
If you call and call Your self esteem is low And I heard you'd called Is there no calling? And away I go Any way you go I was on your tail As clear as crystal But it was harmless It couldn't hurt you Oh you were helpless I know you'll get through I know, I Chemicals are cold See you sit down on A chemical you cause Is like a crystal So I heard you say I got to get away I'm on a second trail As clear as crystal But I was harmless It couldn't hurt you Oh you were helpless I know you'll get through