Coldplay Sends Fans on Quest to Find Hidden Lyrics in Libraries

UPDATED 04/28/2014 at 04:00 PM EDT Originally published 04/28/2014 at 05:15 PM EDT

Coldplay Sends Fans on Lyrics Scavenger Hunt for New Album
Coldplay performs in Melbourne, Australia, in 2012
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What do you call a hundred Coldplay fans in a library? No, it's not the setup to a bad joke, just the start of the English rock band's globe-spanning scavenger hunt.

To promote their upcoming album Ghost Stories, Coldplay have stashed copies of Chris Martin's lyrics in ghost story books around the globe, and they want fans to find them. The ghost stories will be hidden in libraries scattered around the world, with the band's official Twitter account providing hints along the way.

We're not sure what state the books are in, but it's a good guess that they were all yellowed.

On Monday afternoon, the band released the first hint of the #lyricshunt campaign:



Savvy fans soon sussed out the answer: The copy of Charles Dickens's A Christmas Carol in Mexico City's Vasconcelos Library, which contained lyrics for a new song called "Magic":





Coldplay say that one of the lyric sheets will also contain a free trip to London to catch the band's July 1 concert at the Royal Albert Hall. At press time, there are eight books left – is one of them in your city?

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