I agree, riding high then falling low. The religious references might be part of trying to cope with failing, many people will turn to religion when things go bad.i think it is about how one minute you are riding high and the next you are the lowest of low...
Once i read that Chris comes from a religious family..Wiki doesn't say, but it does say that Chris studied Ancient Worlds, and Will studied Anthropology.
It doesn't exactly say "Viva la Vida" in the spanish meaning..how do you get to the name "Viva La Vida" from all these meanings?
sorry in advance for the lengthy response...Why would you not be able to explain non-admission to Heaven, after not speaking an honest word?
You are right, I don't think anymore about Jesus because of those 2 lines: Feel the fear...- and- revolutionaries.... maybe about power or yeah a dictatorsorry in advance for the lengthy response...
i read someone's interpretation somewhere on this forum that i think explains this issue.. something about dictators always believing that "history will prove them right". i agree with it. the persona in the song doesn't appear to me to be very remorseful for his sins. see the way he says "never honest work, but that was when i ruled the world" - suggests to me that he's justifying what he's done based on the socially accepted practices of the times. and he seems to not be able to get over the fact that he used to rule the world - that he doesn't anymore is of greater concern to him than any wrongdoing he did. when he says "the walls closed on me" and "my head on a silver plate", its full of self-pity, and he almost says "feel the fear in my enemies' eyes" with pride.
I agree it's probably about an ancient Roman leader falling from his throne.. while there is clearly a religious dimension to this persona, i doubt very much that it's about Jesus, for various reasons, but mainly due to the reference to "my enemies' eyes"... even those who crucified Him would never be referred to as "Jesus' enemies"... Christianity just doesn't work that way.
plus, i've noticed some people (not so much here, but elsewhere) surprised by CP's religious references in the new material... GPASUYF clearly indicates faith of some sort, so i don't know why...
feel free to disagree (not that you needed my permission...)
Nice first post. I agree, though Ive still only heard 30 secs of the song!I'll tell you the first thing that came to my mind when I heard this song: Napoleon Bonaparte. The lyrics seem to describe a ruler that gained power militarily and then fell from power. That's what happened with Napoleon. The words "I used to roll the dice/feel the fear in my enemies eyes" immediately bring up battle to my mind. The part about him not thinking St. Peter would call his name could work because Napoleon was (I think, correct me if I'm wrong) atheistic and only believed religion was good for structuring a society. And other stuff like that.
I realize there are problems with this interpretation. I just found out it's "Jerusalem bells a-ringin'", and Napoleon was never close to conquering Jerusalem. Egypt, but not Jerusalem. And the line "who would want to be king?" definitely doesn't sound like Napoleon, because he did and never gave up his desire. I'm still kinda sticking to the thought process that the song is about some European monarch, especially French giving the July Revolution cover art.
I am intrigued by the Jesus interpretation, being rather religious myself, but, as mentioned before here, I do think there are problems with it.
And question: is it "Roman Calvary choirs" or "Roman cavalry choirs"? I heard "cavalry" but the words sound a lot alike.
exactly my man i never figured coldplay to be religious but he does make alot of references to ancient timesBiblical References do not equal being deluded/religious (synonymous).
They are populist ways of getting across a point.
In 'Viva La Vida' the point is that power and control corrupts.