The lyrics to “Viva la Vida” are narrated by a protagonist who says he “used to rule the world” but then he lost his kingdom. Why?
He doesn’t play chess, just roll the dice to frighten the enemy.
He does not work on the inner well being, but seize the moment for self gain.
His castles stand on pillars of sand.
He doesn’t seek truth but follow the wicked path. People see him become unhinged.
He is puppet on a lonely string, driven by flesh desire or some other gods.
He rules the world by lies and surrounded by lies.
He was overthrown and killed
He is forgotten by the saint.
The title of the song in Spanish means “ Live the life”，inspired by Mexican artist Frida Kahlo . The English title of the song is “death and his friends”. —— the acclaim of the righteous ones and the tragic lost of the ungodly ones.
Unfortunately, who become king like this and those who follow the wicked shall go to the same destiny.
Viva la Vida
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
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
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