Viva La Vida
Coldplay/Musicfire.in Lyrics


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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 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't explain
Once you'd gone, there was never, never an honest word
And 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 are ringing
Roman Calvary 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

Oh-oh-oh, oh-oh, oh
Oh-oh-oh, oh-oh, oh
Oh-oh-oh, oh-oh, oh
Oh-oh-oh, oh-oh, oh
Oh-oh-oh, oh-oh, oh

Hear Jerusalem bells are ringing
Roman Calvary 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

Overall Meaning

Viva La Vida by Coldplay is a song that paints a picture of a once-powerful leader who has now fallen out of favor. The song opens with the line "I used to rule the world," which sets the tone for the rest of the piece. The first verse describes how the singer used to be in control and could command the seas to rise. But now they are alone, sweeping streets that were once theirs.


The second verse continues to describe the fall from grace, with the singer saying that they used to roll the dice and feel the fear in their enemy's eyes. The crowd used to sing their praises, but now the old king is dead, and a new one has taken their place. The bridge of the song adds a layer of religious imagery, with mentions of Jerusalem bells and Roman cavalry choirs singing. The singer is asking for help and guidance, perhaps hoping that these religious icons will show them the way.


The song ends with a repeat of the bridge and a final lament that Saint Peter will never call their name. This final line implies that the singer has perhaps not been living an honest life and won't be accepted into heaven. Overall, Viva La Vida is a song about power, the fall from power, and the struggle to find meaning and purpose in life.


Line by Line Meaning

I used to rule the world
There was a time in the past when I had complete control and power over people and things.


Seas would rise when I gave the word
I had so much influence and authority that things would happen just by me speaking about them.


Now in the morning, I sleep alone
But now, I am alone and nobody is around me to share my life with.


Sweep the streets I used to own
I am now forced to do menial tasks like sweeping the streets, which I used to own and control once.


I used to roll the dice
I used to take risks and gamble with my power and influence.


Feel the fear in my enemy's eyes
I could easily intimidate my opponents and make them afraid of me.


Listen as the crowd would sing
People used to talk about me and sing my praises, showing how much power I had over them.


Now the old king is dead, long live the king
My reign has come to an end and somebody else has taken my place as the new king or ruler.


One minute I held the key
I had access to everything I needed and could control everything around me.


Next the walls were closed on me
But suddenly everything changed, and I found myself trapped and helpless.


And I discovered that my castles stand
I realized that my empire was built on weak and fragile foundations.


Upon pillars of salt and pillars of sand
My foundations were weak and crumbling like pillars of salt and sand.


I hear Jerusalem bells are ringing
I hear the sound of bells and choirs singing, invoking a sense of ancient power and influence.


Roman Cavalry choirs are singing
The sounds of choirs singing and Roman cavalry conjure up images of ancient battles and victory.


Be my mirror, my sword and shield
I need somebody else to mirror my power and be my sword and shield for protection.


My missionaries in a foreign field
My followers and supporters are my 'missionaries' in different lands, spreading my power and influence.


For some reason I can't explain
I cannot yet understand why I have lost everything and why everything changed so suddenly.


Once you'd gone, there was never, never an honest word
After the people left me or turned away from me, nobody ever spoke honestly to me anymore.


And that was when I ruled the world
My power and control over everything only lasted while people were still loyal and supportive of me.


It was the wicked and wild wind
Something unexpected and uncontrollable caused my downfall.


Blew down the doors to let me in
But that same force also opened the doors to let me in and rise to the top in the first place.


Shattered windows and the sound of drums
The sound of broken glass and drums creates a sense of chaos and destruction.


People couldn't believe what I'd become
People were surprised and shocked by how much power and control I had gained.


Revolutionaries wait
There are people who are waiting for me to fail and for a revolution to happen.


For my head on a silver plate
There are people who want to see me dead or dethroned so badly that they would present my head on a silver plate as a reward.


Just a puppet on a lonely string
I am now nothing more than a puppet, controlled by others and alone in my powerlessness.


Oh, who would ever want to be king?
After everything that has happened, I wonder why anybody would want to be in power or become a king.


I know Saint Peter won't call my name
I know that I am not worthy of heaven or any kind of divine forgiveness.


Oh-oh-oh, oh-oh, oh
Repetition of this phrase creates a sense of urgency and desperation.


Hear Jerusalem bells are ringing
The sound of Jerusalem bells ringing is a symbol of ancient power and religious significance.


Roman Calvary choirs are singing
The sound of Roman cavalry choirs is a symbol of ancient military power and might.


Be my mirror, my sword and shield
I am asking somebody to be my reflection of power, weapon and protection.


My missionaries in a foreign field
My followers and supporters are like missionaries, fulfilling my orders and spreading my influence in different parts of the world.


For some reason I can't explain
I cannot yet understand the reason behind my fall from power and the loss of everything I had.


I know Saint Peter won't call my name
I am not worthy to be called by Saint Peter, denoting a religious significance and meaning.


Never an honest word
After becoming so powerful, nobody ever spoke the truth to me anymore.


But that was when I ruled the world
All my influence and power over people and things only existed in the past, because now nobody follows me anymore.




Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group, Cloud9
Written by: Christopher A. J. Martin, Guy Rupert Berryman, Jonathan Mark Buckland, William Champion

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Most interesting comments from YouTube:

@kennethadam13

[Verse 1: Chris Martin]
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

[Interlude]

[Verse 2: Chris Martin]
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

[Chorus: Chris Martin]
I hear Jerusalem bells a-ringin'
Roman cavalry choirs are singin'
Be my mirror, my sword and shield
My missionaries in a foreign field
For some reason I can't explain
Once you'd gone, there was never
Never an honest word
And that was when I ruled the world

[Interlude]

[Verse 3: Chris Martin]
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
And revolutionaries wait
For my head on a silver plate
Just a puppet on a lonely string (Mmm, mmm)
Aw, who would ever wanna be king?

[Chorus: Chris Martin]
I hear Jerusalem bells a-ringin'
Roman cavalry choirs are singin'
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

[Bridge: Brian Eno, Guy Berryman, Jonny Buckland & Will Champion]
Oh-oh-oh, oh-oh, oh
Oh-oh-oh, oh-oh, oh
Oh-oh-oh, oh-oh, oh
Oh-oh-oh, oh-oh, oh

[Chorus: Chris Martin, Brian Eno, Guy Berryman, Jonny Buckland & Will Champion]
(Oh-oh-oh, oh-oh, oh)
Hear Jerusalem bells a-ringin'
(Oh-oh-oh, oh-oh, oh)
Roman cavalry choirs are singin'
(Oh-oh-oh, oh-oh, oh)
Be my mirror, my sword and shield
(Oh-oh-oh, oh-oh, oh)
My missionaries in a foreign field
(Oh-oh-oh, oh-oh, oh)
For some reason I can't explain
(Oh-oh-oh, oh-oh, oh)
I know Saint Peter won't call my name
Never an honest word
But that was when I ruled the world

[Outro]
Mmm, mmm, mmm, mmm
Mmm, mmm, mmm, mmm
Mmm, mmm



@Min.jov_

Verse 1:
As I walk down this lonely street
I can't help but i feel incomplete
My heart is heavy, my mind is weak
But I know that I'll find I seek


Verse 2:
I've been searching this far and wide
For someone be by my side
But every time I think I've found
The one who'll turn my life around
I feel that is hard to find
But I am Condident that I won't give up,
I'll keep searching till the end of time
Until I find the one who's mine

I know that I can't do this alone
i need someone to help me find my
home
To guide me through the darkest night
And show me that everything will be alright

Outro:
Im convinced that I'll keep searching,I believe
that someday I'll win
And when I find the one who's right
The best is I'll hold on tight with all my might.

INRODUCTORY WORDS

•I BELIEVE
•I AM CONFIDENT THAT
•I THINK
•I FEEL



@cesar5.0horizon58

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 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't explain
Once you'd gone, there was never, never an honest word
And 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 are ringing
Roman Calvary 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
Oh-oh-oh, oh-oh, oh
Oh-oh-oh, oh-oh, oh
Oh-oh-oh, oh-oh, oh
Oh-oh-oh, oh-oh, oh
Oh-oh-oh, oh-oh, oh
Hear Jerusalem bells are ringing
Roman Calvary 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



All comments from YouTube:

@KDragoness

This used to be one of my favorite songs as a kid. I had memorized all of the lyrics at one point and would sing them alone in my room at night. It is amazing how you understand the lyrics as you get older and the meaning and relevance of the song completely changes for you.

@meganmongare8577

Its like your listening to a different song at least that's how it feels for me <3

@vanessapatel6202

Coolest thing I’ve ever Read Michael read

@vanessapatel6202

Red

@vanessapatel6202

I’ve ever red It AutoCorrect

@vanessapatel6202

It’s AutoCorrect

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@WillowDalliHowlett

Coldplay makes up 90% of my childhood songs

@alfardhan1

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@BlackOilyMenKissing

Mine is imagine dragons, coldplay, maroon 5, etc

@KazukoNamura

exactly their songs are stuck in my head like 30% of the time lol

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