Song of the Week: Viva La Vida by Coldplay


For this week’s song of the week, I’m taking a departure from the ordinary and using a secular song.  This song, “Viva La Vida” by Coldplay, has been a favorite of mine since I first heard it.  The music is absolutely gorgeous, and the lyrics have a poetic and almost haunting feel to them.  It reminds me a lot of Ecclesiastes, telling the story of a man who had it all and, in the end, realized he couldn’t keep it.  Hope you enjoy it, and if you did, check out the second link to the instrumental version – it’s simply stunning.

Here is the link to the original: Viva La Vida. Here’s the instrumental: Viva La Vida (Instrumental)

And here are the 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 that 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 go there was never, never an honest word
That was when I ruled the world
(Ohhh)

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 won’t call my name
Never an honest word
But that was when I ruled the world
Oooooh Oooooh Oooooh

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