Viva La Vida Lyrics by Coldplay


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Viva La Vida Lyrics
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 enemy's 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 sand, pillars of sand

I hear Jerusalem bells a ringing
Roman Cavalry choirs are singing
Be my mirror, my sword, and shield
My missionaries in a foreign field
For some reason I can't explain
Once you go 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 couldn't 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 a ringing
Roman Cavalry choirs are singing
Be my mirror, my sword, and shield
My missionaries in a foreign field

For some reason I can't explain
I know Saint Peter won't call my name
Never an honest word
But that was when I ruled the world
(Ohhhhh Ohhh Ohhh)

I hear Jerusalem bells a ringing
Roman Cavalry choirs are singing
Be my mirror, my sword, and shield
My missionaries in a foreign field
For some reason I can't 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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Viva La Vida Info:

• The song's Spanish title, 'Viva la Vida', is taken from a painting by 20th century Mexican artist Frida Kahlo. It translates into English as 'long live life'.

• The King is dead. Long live the King! is a traditional proclamation made following the accession of a new monarch in many countries including England & Canada. It was first stated in French 'Le Roi est mort. Vive le Roi!', and was first declared upon the coronation of Charles VII following the death of his father Charles VI in 1422.

• The city of Jerusalem has a history that goes back to the 4th millennium BCE, which makes it one of the oldest cities in the world

• Jerusalem has been the holiest city in Judaism and one of the most holiest cities in Islam

• Viva La Vida won Song of the Year at the Grammy Awards in 2009.

• This was the first #1 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 by a British group in over ten years. The previous British group to top the US singles chart was the Spice Girls with 'Wannabe' in February 1997.




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