Coldplay hides new album lyrics in classic books in libraries worldwide

Coldplay has been promoting its new album 'Ghost Stories' by hiding lead singer Chris Martin's hand written lyrics in libraries across the globe.

  • "Always in my head" found in Clive Barker's "Mister B. Gone" in Rikhardinkatu Library, Helsinki.

  • "Magic" found in a Spanish translation of Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol" in Vasconcelos Library in Mexico City.

  • "Oceans" found in (the reputedly haunted) Dartford Library, Kent, in Emily Brontë's "Wuthering Heights".

  • "True love" found in Sant Pau-Santa Creu library, Barcelona in "The Hound of the Baskervilles" by Arthur Conan Doyle.

  • "Another's Arms" found in "Ghost Stories" by Peter Washington in Singapore National Library.


The lyric sheets have been created for all nine of the songs on Coldplay’s new album, and so far five of them have been found slipped into copies of Emily Brontë’s Wuthering Heights; Arthur Conan Doyle’s The Hound of the Baskervilles; Clive Barker’s Mr B. Gone; Peter Washington’s Ghost Stories; Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol.

The lyric sheets have been found in Dartford Library, Kent; Sant Pau-Santa Creu library, Barcelona; Rikhardinkatu Library, Helsinki; Singapore National Library; and Vasconcelos Library in Mexico City.

Fans can keep track of the discoveries at Coldplay's website.

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