Musical Autopsy

In this movella, I will strip a song down to its core and try to decipher its inner meaning, if it has one, and what is wrong with it. Song suggestions welcome. *Update - I only do songs that made one of the billboard charts at some point in time. Thanks!*

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9. Viva la VIda by Coldplay

Song: Viva la Vida
Artist: Coldplay

Songwriter(s): Christopher Anthony John Martin, Guy Rupert Berryman, William Champion, Jonathan Mark Buckland

Current Billboard Rating: 29

Billboard Peak: 1

Release Date: June 28, 2008

 

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
Listened 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 actually have grown to like this song. It is about the french revolution. That is what the previous stanza is about the stanzas above sound like their are told about the kind in his perspective.



I hear Jerusalem bells a-ringing
Roman cavalry choirs are singing

Be my mirror, my sword and shield
My missionaries in a foreign field

The lines above show more about the French Revolution


For some reason I can't explain
Once you'd gone there was never
Never an honest word

I am not sure who "you" is referring to here.


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 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 St 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 [x5]

This, the line above, is an example of that "oh" thing that I am seeing in songs a lot. It just seems to take up space.



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 St Peter won't call my name
Never an honest word
But that was when I ruled the world

 

As I said before, I really like the songs becuase it isn't too repetitive.

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