Coldplay - Viva la Vida Lyrics

Coldplay Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends cover art
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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 go there was never, never a honest word
And that was when I ruled the world

It was a 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

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

Track Listing
Digital Media 1
  • 1 Life in Technicolor
  • 2 Cemeteries of London
  • 3 Lost!
  • 4 42
  • 5 Lovers in Japan / Reign of Love
  • 6 Yes
  • 7 Viva la Vida
  • 8 Violet Hill
  • 9 Strawberry Swing
  • 10 Death and All His Friends
  • 11 Lost?
    Digital Media 2
  • 1 Life in Technicolor II
  • 2 Postcards From Far Away
  • 3 Glass of Water
  • 4 Rainy Day
  • 5 Prospekt’s March / Poppyfields
  • 6 Lost+
  • 7 Lovers in Japan (Osaka Sun mix)
  • 8 Now My Feet Won’t Touch the Ground


  • Credits
    publisher: ©Universal Music Publishing Group
    writers: Christopher Anthony John Martin, Guy Rupert Berryman, Jonathan Mark Buckland, William Champion
    album: Track in album Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends
    release date: 2008-5-26
    popularity : 324 users have visited this page.
    genres: Rock Pop
    styles: Acoustic/Shoegaze/Pop Rock/Indie Rock
    length: 4:02
    producer: Rik Simpson, Jon Hopkins, Brian Eno and Markus Dravs
    drums: Will Champion
    piano: Chris Martin
    lead vocals: Chris Martin
    mixer: Andy Wallace, Michael H. Brauer, Rik Simpson and Markus Dravs
    bass: Guy Berryman
    background vocals: Guy Berryman, Will Champion, Jon Buckland and Brian Eno
    guitar: Jon Buckland
    percussion: Will Champion
    synthesizer: Brian Eno
    strings: Davide Rossi
    Album Information
    label: Parlophone
    country(area): Europe
    format: Digital Media
    barcode: 5099926650753
    script: Latin