In an interview with Q magazine, lead singer Chris Martin stated that “In My Place” was a song Coldplay had left after recording their debut album Parachutes (2000). When the band finished recording their second album A Rush of Blood to the Head, Martin said that the album was complete. However, after guitarist Jonny Buckland played the song on his guitar, Martin said that they now needed to record it and include it on the album. Martin also said that: “That’s about where you’re put in the world, and how you’re given your position, and the way you look, and how you have to get on with it. ” In an interview, Buckland revealed that the song was hard to record, as the band had played the song live. He also commented that when they started recording the song, they did not know how it should sound, due to the band members’ contrasting ideas.