Viva La Vida

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"Viva la Vida"
Viva la Vida cover
Album track by Weezer
Album Hurley (Deluxe Edition)
Released September 14, 2010
Length 4:06
Label Epitaph Records
Writer(s) Guy Berryman, Jonny Buckland, Will Champion, Chris Martin
Status Officially released
Live debut October 28, 2009
Stream Play on spotify.png Spotify
Play on Apple Music.png Apple Music
Hurley (Deluxe Edition) track listing
"All My Friends Are Insects"
(11)
"Viva a Vida"
(12)
"I Want To Be Something
(13)
Alternate cover
Single cover of Coldplay's original recording.
Single cover of Coldplay's original recording.

"Viva la Vida" is the twelfth track on the deluxe edition of Hurley.

Appearances

Overview

"Viva la Vida" is a cover of a song originally performed by the English alternative rock band Coldplay. It was written by all members of the band for their fourth album, Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends. "Viva la Vida" means "Long live life" in Spanish. Weezer lead singer Rivers Cuomo performed the song live on October 28, 2009 for I Heart Radio's "Stripped" performance in New York, but, at that point, it probably wasn't being considered for release on an album. See the performance below:


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
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 hear Jerusalem bells a-ringing
Roman cavalry choirs are singing
Be my mirror, my sword and shield
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 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, my 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

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

See also