7 oracle items tagged as unreleased
March 10, 2015 / submitted by Isabelle, Netherlands
Q.  Dear Oracle,

I have some questions about the unreleased album back in 2010: What were the names of the songs on it? Did the album have a title? Did it have any artwork? And if so, where can I find it? I'd love to know, because I found some online songs and I really liked them.

I hope you can answer my questions. I'd really love to know more about it.


I'm sorry, I can't tell you.
Yes it did but again, I can't tell you what it was.
Artwork ideas come early on in the process so I imagine, yes.
You can't.
As I've said before, unreleased songs aren't out there for a reason and it's usually because the band aren't happy enough to release them.

As a music fan myself, I do understand your interest and why you want to hear the songs etc. but that's the nature of the beast. I would be the same with Prince but I guess we have to respect the artists' wishes. If they were meant to be, they'd be / will be.

December 19, 2014 / submitted by Leonardo, Mexico
Q.  Hello Oracle !

I want to know what happens to the songs not included in any of the album's Coldplay. Someday will be revealed ?

Greetings from Tuxtla Gutierrez, Chiapas, Mexico.

The majority just remain on file, unreleased. Some were used as b sides when b sides were more prevalent.
Obviously in the case of Prospekt's March, some tracks formed a post-album E.P.
There are no rules as to where unreleased songs end up but if they don't appear on a b side or E.P, they're not generally "revealed".

June 9, 2014 / submitted by Ana, Portugal
Q.  Dear Oracle,

I sent you some hours ago a question asking if the song Ladder to the Sun would ever be released. Now, hoping I'm not wasting a lot of your precious time, I would like to ask if you, please, could share its official lyrics. I can't even express how fascinated I am about this song. It's a beautiful, incredible, amazing masterpiece!

Again, thanks for your time!
With love,

I'm afraid we don't publish the lyrics to unreleased songs. I'm sure someone will have posted them online but I can't vouch for their accuracy. Sorry!

August 20, 2013 / submitted by Violet, United States of America
Q.  Why don't Coldplay put up unreleased songs online anymore like they did in the past. Even if they don't make it on a cd I'd love to hear them and enjoy it like all of their other unreleased songs. Or even demos too like they did for Viva la Vida.

With Love from California!

Unless I am having a severe senior moment (it's possible), I cant think of one unreleased song that Coldplay have ever put online. If you're referring to any demo songs you may have found on sites other than, they are illegally there without consent.
As far as I am aware, the band have never put unreleased songs online. The only (sort of) exception are the snippets (on this site withing the archived Timeline) of their first Starfish gig on 16 January 1998.

February 5, 2013 / submitted by Billy, United States of America
Q.  Greetings Oracle,
Has Coldplay ever played any of their songs that they recorded as demos? If not will they? I would love to hear some songs from the Viva la Vida demos live!


Yes, they have. This is in no way meant to be a definitive guide but off the top of my head here are a few including their varying stages of demo life...
They played Vitamins and So Sad in the very early days - these songs were committed to tape only.
Ode to Deodorant was also performed yet remained as a demo.
In My Place was conceived & performed long before recording for AROBTTH actually started. It was of course eventually released officially but was a problematic song to get right due to how long it had been floating around in their live repertoire.
Murder and Animals were played live and although at first intended for AROBTTH, eventually became b-sides (there are a few examples of this, such as No More Keeping My Feet On The Ground).
Ladder to the Sun and Idiot didn't make the album or b-sides but were performed.
Sweet Marianne and Don Quixote/Spanish Rain also spring to mind as tracks played live but never recorded.
Chris has performed Bucket For A Crown & Wedding Bells too and neither of those have appeared anywhere officially.

January 19, 2012 / submitted by Tarang, Malaysia
Q.  Hey Oracle,
Is there any possibility of Coldplay combining all their unreleased songs into one album? I'm sure a lot of the fans would love it! :)

That would be a box set! There are dozens and dozens if unreleased songs. They would never combine them all for an album. I'm sure fans would love it but the band would probably agree that they remain unreleased for a reason; they weren't happy to release them in the first place.
That said, some songs may be reincarnated, resurrected or restructured in the future. Old songs can sometimes lie forgotten until a time when a new song breathes new life into an old one.

February 10, 2011 / submitted by Ollie, United Kingdom
Q.  After the question about the alternative version of Talk, I began to wonder whether practically all the songs have different sets of lyrics that were not used for the released version, or if it's only a few.
Also, how do unreleased songs/versions get into people's hands in the first place?
Thank you :)

It's not really a quantifiable answer. It really is just a simple matter of a song evolving during the writing/recording or performing stages. For instance some tracks don't actually have any lyrics so Chris may make some up on the spot when doing a demo of it; some of those lyrics may then stick. Other times a song can appear as if by divine intervention and present itself practically complete. It's not a set in stone process and so there are varying degrees of an odd word change to entire verses and choruses being re-written - as with How You See the World no. 2.

I don't want to accuse anyone but how songs are leaked depends very much on the quality of recording we're talking about so without pointing the finger (they know who they are...) it can be a somewhat inside job, misplaced carelessness or live bootlegging. If there's one copy of an unreleased track that can soon multiply and with the Internet it's pretty viral.