Coldplay's "The Scientist" was written after Chris Martin's failed attempt to play another song on a broken piano!
That’s right, like French fries and scotch tape this great song was invented accidently. The song is built around a piano ballet and is about a man’s desire to love and apologize to someone he has hurt. It has reached 10 in the UK Charts and 18 on Billboard’s Modern Rock Tracks. The single’s music video won three MTV Music Video Awards for the use of it's reverse narrative.
In an interview with Rolling Stones, Vocalist Christ Martin that when he was working on the band’s second album, he knew that it was missing something. One night during a stay at Liverpool, he found an old piano that was out of tune and attempted to play the George Harrison’s song, “Isn’t it a Pity.”
He recorded the song and concluded upon listening to the recording that the chord sequence he came across a chord sequence that didn’t belong to Harrison’s song but was still “lovely.” From there, the creation of the “Scientist” began…