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The song begins with Chris Martin singing softly to a piano accompaniment before morphing into an uplifting arrangement featuring drums, chiming guitars, and a choir recorded in an art gallery in Barcelona. The "quiet half" of the song was originally a separate song altogether named "School". "School" was originally intended to be an introduction to another Coldplay song entitled "Rainy Day" that was later featured on the Prospekt's March EP. While the band was working on the song, producer Brian Eno was the most obsessed with finishing it, even creating the line "I don't want a cycle of recycled revenge". The song was recorded in several different places around the world such as Barcelona, London and New York City, taking several months for it to be finalized. Chris Martin told MTV News: "Well, this is supposed to be the theme of the album, really. We're aware of all the bad stuff in life, you know - i.e. Death and all his friends - but that doesn't mean you should ever give in to it, you know? So we all sing that bit together really loudly, as kind of a message to ourselves: never giving up and never focusing on the bad stuff too much." (Source Death and All His Friends Songfacts). Includes hidden song The Escapist, "The Escapist" contains samples from Jon Hopkins' Light Through The Veins. Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply.
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