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For all of the chaos and destruction happening in Houston, Texas as Hurricane Harvey continues to ravage the city with catastrophic flooding, people across America are responding in the only way they know how: with acts of kindness. From the Cajun Navy converging on waterlogged streets with boats, ready to rescue anyone and everyone to people who have donated time, money, energy and resources to survivors whose long road to recovery is only just beginning, Hurricane Harvey is bringing out the absolute best in people and showing the world what we’ve always known – that when the chips are down and tragedy strikes, we can always count on each other to roll up our sleeves and help in any way we can.
Among those offering up support was Coldplay, who took a moment out of their Miami show last night to send love to Houston and those affected by Hurricane Harvey’s devastation with a special song, “Houston”. Vowing to only play it the one time, Coldplay took the audience on a country-tinged ride through “Houston,” a love letter to all things Texas that highlights both the band’s lifelong appreciation for country music and the strength that the Lone Star state is best known for.
“I’m dreamin’ of when I get back to Houston/ I’m dreamin’ of that fair and special place/ I’m dreamin’ of when Houston has no problems/ In that city where they send you into space/ I’m dreamin’ of when I get back to Texas/ Corpus Christie, Harris County, Galveston… Houston you got to keep on keepin’ on.”
Emotions already running high, there wasn’t a dry eye in the audience by the time the last note rang out. Fans later took to social media to applaud Coldplay’s song, saying their “hearts are full” after witnessing such a heartfelt display of kindness and solidarity in the wake of such devastation. No word on whether or not “Houston” will be released as a single to help benefit relief efforts, but judging by the overwhelmingly positive reaction it’s getting all over social media today, Coldplay’s vow to “never play this again” might be short lived.