British rock band Coldplay was scheduled to perform in Houston last week as Hurricane Harvey was approaching the Texas coast. They postponed at the last minute, saying on Facebook, "We feel that we can't ask anyone to put their safety at risk. ... Stay safe and see you soon."
On Monday, Coldplay was in Miami, but the ongoing disaster in Houston was still on their minds. During their show at the Hard Rock Stadium, the band performed a song written for the city. Lead singer Chris Martin told the crowd that this would be the only time the song will ever be performed.
"This is because we all grew up loving country music, and of course that's kind of what we think of when we go to Texas," Martin said. "So if you'll bear with us, this is a new song, and we'll never play this again. It's a once-off, and this is called 'Houston.' We're gonna sing it in Miami for everybody here, and we're gonna send it over there to everyone who missed the show."
It's unclear how the band plans to "send [the song] over there to everyone who missed the show," but a fan filmed the song and uploaded it to YouTube, where it has been viewed nearly 30,000 times as of this writing.
The song, which indeed has a very country feel to it, begins, "I'm dreamin' of when I get back to Houston, I'm dreamin' of that very special place. I'm dreamin' of when Houston has no problems, in that city where they send you into space."
When the band sang, "From Miami, we are sending love to Houston," the crowd let out a loud cheer.
Later lines say, "We're praying that you make it through the rain. I know nothing's gonna break the will of Houston, oh, how we can't wait to go down there again."