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"Glass of Water" is a song by British alternative rock band Coldplay. Included on their 2008 EP Prospekt's March, it was written by all members of the band during recording sessions for their fourth album, Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends (2008). The song starts with and is built around a repeating guitar riff, with additional instruments added to the song's mix over the course of its duration.

Although the song was not released as a single, it appeared on the UK and Canadian singles charts as well as on the Billboard Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles chart. A live version of the song was included on the band's live album LeftRightLeftRightLeft (2009).

Background

Coldplay vocalist Chris Martin revealed that during the recording sessions for the band's fourth album, Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends, the band intended to record and write extra songs not meant for inclusion on the album, and "Glass of Water" was one of these songs.[1]

Martin said that the songs from Prospekt's March, including "Glass of Water", and the songs from Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends are "all part of the same family."[1] Indeed, the song contains similar lyrical themes to songs from Viva la Vida and is referenced in the booklet of the album; its title and some of its lyrics appear on a painting in the album booklet's centrefold, and the first page of the booklet is a map of Brazil with lyrics from "Glass of Water" scribbled over it in crayon.

Before the release of a studio recording of the song, "Glass of Water" was debuted to the public during the final concert of Coldplay's 2008 European leg of the Viva la Vida Tour, at the Sportpaleis in Antwerp, Belgium, and eventually become a regular part of the tour's set list.

Writing and composition

The song's title was introduced along with an unreleased song, "UK and Canadian singles charts as well as on the Billboard Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles chart. A live version of the song was included on the band's live album LeftRightLeftRightLeft (2009).

Coldplay vocalist Chris Martin revealed that during the recording sessions for the band's fourth album, Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends, the band intended to record and write extra songs not meant for inclusion on the album, and "Glass of Water" was one of these songs.[1]

Martin said that the songs from Prospekt's March, including "Glass of Water", and the songs from Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends are "all part of the same family."[1] Indeed, the song contains similar lyrical themes to songs from Viva la Vida and is referenced in the booklet of the album; its title and some of its lyrics appear on a painting in the album booklet's centrefold, and the first page of the booklet is a map of Brazil with lyrics from "Glass of Water" scribbled over it in crayon.

Before the release of a studio recording of the song, "Glass of Water" was debuted to the public during the final concert of Coldplay's 2008 European leg of the Viva la Vida Tour, at the Sportpaleis in Antwerp, Belgium, and eventually become a regular part of the tour's set list.

Writing and composition