Reign of Love: Lyric Analysis


Mar 19, 2007
Figure I'd post this!

My girlfriend's dad was looking into the meaning of Reign of Love and although I'm far from qualifying as an expert lyrical analyst, I did it anyway!

Let me know what you think and where it could be improved! Thanks in advance.

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Reign of Love Lyrical Analysis masterkraig

Although I think Viva la Vida or Death and All of His Friends, as an album whole, could mean contrasting life vs. death, but I think it's really a reflection, a journey, showing every part of life from birth(Life in Technicolor) through death(The Escapist).

Lovers in Japan to me (put shortly) represents that exact feeling of finding a new love and just having so much fun together.

My best interpretation of Reign of Love is that the previous fun did not work out and it reflects and explains the emotion behind the break-up.

Reign of love
Addressing the previous lover, or love as a whole
I can't let go

Him/her finding it hard to let go of their previous love
To the sea I offer

The "sea" as in an endless expanse, or where memories of times past can drift away from him/her
This heavy load
The memories and love that he/she is trying to move on from

Locusts will
Lift me up

Nothing* can lift me up (but with a small belief that something could**)
I'm just a prisoner

I'm just stuck
In a Reign of Love

in this feeling of losing a previous love

Locusts will
Let us stop

Nothing* will allow him/her to stop thinking of the previous love (but with a small belief that something could**)
I wish I'd spoken
To the Reign of Love

He/she wishes they could go back and win their love back
Reign of Love
Previous love,
By the church, we're waiting

He/she will wait for them
Reign of love
Previous love,
My knees go praying
He/she prays/hopes their come back

How I wish
I'd spoken up

He/she wished they did more to not lose their love
Or we'd be carried
In the Reign of Love

Otherwise he/she would be still be in love.

*Locusts are defined in the bible as symbols of insignificance (Numbers 13:33; Ecclesiastes 12:5; Isaiah 40:22; 2 Esdras 4:24).
** Locusts are also known in the bible as one of the "four things which are little upon the earth, but .... are exceeding wise" (Proverbs 30:27), leading me to believe that he/she still knows that something will help things get better.Locust infos didn't come out my ass, it came from



New Coldplayer
Jun 11, 2009
Meaning of 2nd half of song --- Reign of love

Here's what I think of the lyrics:

Reign of love
I can’t let go
To the sea I offer
This heavy load

The person who's saying this can't let go of his past love and so to the sea of time, he offers his heavy load of grief (since he really doesn't know how to deal with his lost love)

Locusts will
Lift me up
I’m just a prisoner
In a reign of love

Locusts, in a figurative sense, were considered to be representative of god's wrath/punishment; in reality, they can ravage entire fields of crops, but interestingly, clouds of locusts can be selective and often, fields beside the ravaged fields are left completely untouched. I think the person in this song feels he's being punished and feels somewhat alone in his grief.

Locusts will
Let us stop
I wish I’d spoken
To the reign of love

This loneliness and grief over his past love might stop if he says something.

Reign of love
By the church, we’re waiting
Reign of love
My knees I go praying

The church is the traditional place to get married, so there the singer is waiting, while he prays.

How I wish I'd spoken up
Or we'd been carried
To the Reign of love

The singer wishes he had spoken up because if he had, he and his love would be together right now.