Coldplay Played This Song For Houston Last Night – By The End, No One Could Hold Back The Tears
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Coldplay Pen Tribute Song In Wake Of Houston Tragedy
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.
4 Ways To Help Those Affected By Hurricane Harvey:
- Donate money: With recovery costs threatening to climb into the billions, anything helps – really. The fine folks over at Public Good have created a website with several different non-profits to which money can be donated to those directly affected by Hurricane Harvey; they’re all IRS-verified and you can rest assured that your money will go exactly where it needs to.
- Donate blood: The South Texas Blood & Tissue Center is in desperate need of more than 2,000 units of blood, specifically O negative and O positive. Here’s a list of locations to donate blood.
- Donate food and clothing: If you can, there’s a pretty desperate need for clothing, medical supplies, baby items, and food at nearby shelters. Feeding Texas is working with local food banks to distribute supplies, with a heavy emphasis onnon-perishable food, bleach, and paper towels. Also, diapers are in HUGE demand right now – the Texas Diaper bank is seeking diaper donations. You can mail them to 5415 Bandera Road, Suite 504, San Antonio, Texas 78238 or drop them off at the same address if you’re local.
- Donate your time: Cleanup is going to be a monumental undertaking. The Austin Disaster Relief Network is asking folks to donate toiletries, inflatable mattresses, undergarments, and cleaning tools, and if you’re in the area and would like to sign up to volunteer or just drop off a donation, you can do so at the Hope Family Thrift Store in Austin.