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Coldplay: Viva la Vida Lyrics

Updated on May 30, 2013

Viva la Vida Song Lyrics

Single by Coldplay

from the album: Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends

produced by: Coldplay, Brian Eno, Markus Dravs, Rik Simpson

I used to rule the world

Seas would rise when I gave the word

Now in the morning I sleep alone

Sweep the streets I used to own

I used to roll the dice

Feel the fear in my enemies eyes

Listen as the crowd would sing:

"Now the old king is dead! Long live the king!"

One minute I held the key

Next the walls were closed on me

And I discovered that my castles stand

Upon pillars of salt, and pillars of sand

I hear Jerusalem bells are ringing

Roman Cavalry choirs are singing

Be my mirror my sword and shield

My missionaries in a foreign field

For some reason I can not explain

Once you know there was never, never an honest word

That was when I ruled the world


It was the wicked and wild wind

Blew down the doors to let me in.

Shattered windows and the sound of drums

People could not believe what I'd become

Revolutionaries Wait

For my head on a silver plate

Just a puppet on a lonely string

Oh who would ever want to be king?

I hear Jerusalem bells are ringing

Roman Cavalry choirs are singing

Be my mirror my sword and shield

My missionaries in a foreign field

For some reason I can not explain

I know Saint Peter won't call my name

Never an honest word

And that was when I ruled the world

(Ohhhhh Ohhh Ohhh)

Hear Jerusalem bells are ringings

Roman Cavalry choirs are singing

Be my mirror my sword and shield

My missionaries in a foreign field

For some reason I can not explain

I know Saint Peter will call my name

Never an honest word

But that was when I ruled the world

Oooooh Oooooh Oooooh

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Coldplay's album Viva la Vida featuring Viva la Vida - ASIN: B000RPTQ1C

Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends (2006-2008)

The band began to work on their fourth studio album, Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends, as early as December 2006, with Brian Eno and Markus Dravs as their producers. In addition, music producer Timbaland was rumoured to be collaborating.

Coldplay took a break from recording and toured Latin America in early 2007, including shows in Chile, Argentina, Brazil, and Mexico. The band revealed that the album seemed to be shaping up with Hispanic influences, after having recorded in churches and other areas in Latin America and Spain during their tour. The group spent the rest of the year recording, mainly with Brian Eno.

Chris Martin described Viva la Vida as a new direction for Coldplay: a change from their past three albums, which they have referred to as a 'trilogy'. Martin has also revealed that this album features much less of his falsetto, and he has allowed his voice's lower register to take precedence.

Some songs, such as "Violet Hill", contain distorted guitar riffs and bluesy undertones. "Violet Hill" was confirmed as the first single, with a radio release date of 29 April 2008. After the first play, it was freely obtainable from Coldplay's website from 12:15 pm (GMT +0) for one week (achieving two million downloads), until it became commercially available to download on 6 May.

"Violet Hill" entered the UK Top 10, US Top 40 (entering the Top 10 in the Hot Modern Rock Tracks chart) and charted well in the rest of the world. The title track, "Viva la Vida", was also released exclusively on iTunes; it has since become the band's first #1 on the Hot 100[51] and also their first UK #1, based on download sales alone.

On 16 June, Coldplay began their Viva la Vida Tour with a free concert at Brixton Academy in London. This was followed two days later by a 45-minute performance that was broadcast live from outside BBC Television Centre.

On 15 June 2008, Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends topped the UK album chart, despite having been on sale for only three days. In that time, it sold 302,000 copies - making it "one of the fastest-selling records in UK history". By the end of June, it had set a new record for most-downloaded album ever.

Coldplay's Viva la Vida in Other Formats

Coldplay Named Biggest Selling Act of 2008

Coldplay have been declared the biggest-selling act of 2008 at the World Music Awards in Monaco.

The band picked up the prize – along with the Rock Act Of The Year award – after their current album album 'Viva La Vida Or Death And All His Friends' topped charts around the globe.

03/06/11: Nuremberg, Germany

04/06/11: Nuremberg, Germany

09/06/11: Venice, Italy03/06/09: Nuremberg, Germany

11/06/11: Landgraaf, The Netherlands

25/06/11: Pilton, England

28/06/11: Gothenberg, Sweeden

30/06/11: Gdynia, Poland

02/07/11: Wercheter, Belgium

03/07/11: Arras, France

06/07/11: Oeiras, Portugal

07/07/11: Bilbao, Spain

09/07/11: Kinross, Scotland

10/07/11: Punchestown, Ireland

29/07/11: Naeba Ski Resort, Japan

29/07/11: Woodford, Australia - NB: Festival runs from July 29-31, day of Coldplay performance not yet announced.

05/08/11: Chicago, IL, USA - NB: Festival runs from August 5-7, day of Coldplay performance not yet announced.

16/09/11: Austin, TX, USA

01/10/11: Rio De Janeiro, Brazil

05/10/11: Cape Town, South Africa

01/10/11: Johannesburg, South Africa

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Plagiarism Allegation

Coldplay were briefly accused of copying portions of "The Songs I Didn't Write" by American alternative band Creaky Boards, for the melody of "Viva la Vida".

Creaky Boards' band member Andrew Hoepfner claimed that Chris Martin had heard the track at one of their shows. Coldplay denied the claims; band spokesman Murray Chambers said "Chris was working in AIR Studios in London" at that time. Creaky Boards later retracted the accusations and now speculate that both songs may have been inspired by the video game The Legend of Zelda.

What Do You Think of Coldplay?

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      5 years ago

      Coldplay is an great band, I have enjoyed their music and lyrics since I first heard them. It was good to see the video of Viva la Vid.

      Say, your poll is in need of your TLC. :)

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      6 years ago

      Great Lense!

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      7 years ago

      This song is so good its the song of the day check it out long live coldplay ...

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      9 years ago

      Thanks Rob for the great listen today -- my favorite song at the moment! ;)

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      gmarlett lm 

      9 years ago

      Great lens Rob! Keep them coming. Welcome back to the Squid-Groovy Group - Cold Play Rocks! - 5 stars.

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    • DrRichard LM profile image

      DrRichard LM 

      9 years ago

      I love Coldplay - especially the X&Y album. Great lens - 5 stars!


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