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“Viva la Vida”
Viva la Vida cover
Information
Album

Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends

Released

May 25, 2008

Format

Digital download, CD

Recorded

2007–2008

Length

4:01 (Full album version)
3:45 (Radio edit)
4:04 (New edit)

Writers

Guy Berryman, Jonny Buckland, Will Champion, Chris Martin

Producer

Markus Dravs, Brian Eno, Jon Hopkins, Rik Simpson

Viva la Vida is a song by the British alternative rock band Coldplay from 2008. In 2010, One Direction performed the song on Week 1 of X Factor Series 7 Live Shows.

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 salt and 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
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 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

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

One Direction performance

One Direction sing Viva La Vida - The X Factor Live (Full Version)05:44

One Direction sing Viva La Vida - The X Factor Live (Full Version)

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