Clocks (5:07)

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From A Rush of Blood to the Head and 143 other releases

“Clocks” emerged in conception during the late stages into the production of Coldplay’s second album, A Rush of Blood to the Head. The band’s vocalist, Chris Martin, came in studio late one night. A riff popped up in Martin’s mind and wrote it on the piano. Martin presented the riff to the band’s guitarist, Jonny Buckland, who then added guitar chords on the basic track.

During the writing of “Clocks”, the band had already made 10 songs for the album. With this, they thought it was too late for the song’s inclusion in the album. So, they recorded a demo version of the track and saved it with other unfinished tracks, labeling it “Songs for #3”; the band considered these tracks for their third album, X&Y.

Although the band left “Clocks” unfinished, a friend of Martin heard of it and convinced him to finish the track. Marked by its lyrics which speak of urgency, Martin’s friend pointed out that its meaning would contradict Martin’s idea of stashing the track.

Persuaded by his friend, Martin assumed on further developing the track. Other band members supplemented their ideas on the main piano track; they added a bass figure and drums. The last song included in the album, Coldplay recorded the song very fast. By the time Martin recorded his vocals, a few people inside the studio felt the song “is something special”. According to Martin, “Clocks” was inspired by the English rock band Muse.


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