Coldplay: Viva La Vida Meaning
Song Released: 2008
Covered By: Taylor Swift
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Viva La Vida Lyrics
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...
anonymous Nov 5th, 2011 11:22pm report
Guys its very ysimple.It's all figuritve about a person who had it all then lost it all thru his own mistakes.I can relate to this song as can many people.
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anonymous Nov 4th, 2011 11:14pm report
"It was a wicked and wild wind
Blew down the doors to let me in.
Shattered windows and the sound of drums"
Bush and the 911 attacks
anonymous Nov 4th, 2011 11:10pm report
"It was a wicked and wild wind
Blew down the doors to let me in"
the 911 attacks created the impetus and oppotunity for Bush's military over deployment. Bin Ladin was never in Iraq (Sadam would have killed him as he did with all powerful rivals).
anonymous Nov 4th, 2011 11:55pm report
Its about George W. Bush. Our campaign in Iraq while our true enemy is in Afghanistan.
anonymous Nov 1st, 2011 11:19pm report
This song is aboet chris marting wen he divorce his wife and lose key to city becouse he gambled his entire life and was put in jail for 27 yrs for fightin for rights of black ppl and then became prince of africas.
anonymous Sep 20th, 2011 9:45pm report
I think its a song about recovery. From addiction to drugs, alcohol; whatever addiction results in "never an honest word, but that was when I ruled the world" and "people couldn't believe what I'd become."
The revolutionaries could be the drug dealers who wait "for my head on a silver plate, the substance abuser like a "puppet on a lonely string." When one recovers, one concludes, "Oh, who would ever want to be king?" meaning using, addicted.
anonymous Sep 19th, 2011 9:27pm report
It's a song about recovery.
anonymous Sep 14th, 2011 9:59pm report
I agree that it is about a king, but here's my spin on the tale:
The speaker was a corrupt person when he rose to power. He was a great king at the very beginning of his reign. His people loved him, but the lesser government figures didn't like the way he threw his power around as he pleased, so they sabotaged him. He looked a bad person for a while and now he's exiled from his kingdom, where those who plotted against him now rule and are loved. The speaker now realized, just before death, that he was used ("just a puppet on a lonely string") so they could rise to power.
My conclusion about him being close to death came from the line "I hear Jeruselum bells a-ringing," because when one is close to death, you start to hear bells. Those who are alive can't hear them because it's not thier time, but they are always ringing.
anonymous Aug 29th, 2011 8:50pm report
the song is basically about a man who used to be in imense power but feel from the seat or got replaced or lost and now hes on the bottom. he literally went from hero to zero
anonymous Aug 25th, 2011 8:25am report
I believe this is the story of satan because before Jesus died for our sins the world belonged to satan so its the streets he USED to own and when it says i know saint peter wont call my name its bcuz some people think peter will call you into heaven thus satan wont b there so peter wont call his name
anonymous Aug 21st, 2011 8:52pm report
Maybe they're talking about Louis XVI's son, the daulphin who was shut away, walled up alive. "one minute I held the key, next the walls were closed on me", maybe they're talking about the poor helpless kid who no one wanted to save.
anonymous Aug 12th, 2011 8:32pm report
Revolutionaries wait for my head on a "silver plate" implies enemies. This song is about struggle that is relevant to now. Everyone has seen their power and wealth slide given the recent recession. look at all of Europe now. Also, given that hackers and the like destroy and everyone has enemies each of us are fearful of living. Enemies cause your downfall as does corruption and power. We can only remember the good old days now, not much to look forward to.
zachtheripper32 Aug 11th, 2011 8:21am report
This song acctually is about the French Revoloution. When he says "The blew down the doors to let me in shattered windows and the sound of drums" shows the French people storming the Bastile in France. Also he says"Revloutionaries wait, for my head on a silver plate" talking about how King Louis XVI met is death at the Guillotine.
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