Chris Martin originally wanted this to be a party jam, but his bandmates didn't think that would go down well with their fan base. He told The Wall Street Journal:
"The original kernel was that I was listening to Flo Rida or something, and I thought, it's such a shame that Coldplay could never have one of those late-night club songs, like 'Turn Down For What
.' What would we call it if we had one? I thought I'd like to have a song called 'Drinks on Me' where you sit on the side of a club and buy everyone drinks because you're so f--king cool. I was chuckling about that, when this melody came - 'drinks on me, drinks on me' - then the rest of the song came out."
"I presented it to the rest of the band and they said, "We love this song, but there's no way you can sing 'drinks on me.'" So that changed into 'drink from me' and the idea of having an angelic person in your life. Then that turned into asking Beyoncé to sing on it."