Viva La Vida by Coldplay – A Ghetto Girl’s Interpretation & Why

Viva-La-Vida_picturisedViva La Vida by Coldplay

Interesting how minds can process information differently. I am a Coldplay fan who purchases as opposed to downloads their music. In other words, Coldplay gets my hard-earned cash. Viva La Vida is an important song to me because of its Christian and historical references.  I am more likely to play Viva la Vida on Sunday instead of traditional gospel. I’m “weird” like that. From the very first time I heard it, I processed this song as a lesson in humility. How one can be at the top of their “game” in whatever capacity they believe, then fall back on their knees. Gone is all the glory.

Anyone religious or spiritual could relate to the lyrics even if you are not a fan of the alternative rock genre. Anyone who has tasted abundance or wealth, power, adoration, has been or is, highly favored, worshiped, could draw people to them or into action for them for whatever reason.

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This could be any of us. I’ve witnessed activists, politicians, reverends and teachers misuse their “power”. Someone with one bag of rice more than his/her neighbor can be adored, worshiped or considered favored and misuse that blessing. Lets not just think of kings, queens, Gods or presidents. Any of us means all of us. Are you following me?

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Viva La Vida either humbles me or encourages that I be more grateful for my blessings. I remember where I came from and how much work I’ve put into distancing myself from that place. I remember how many times I’ve fallen back on my knees, stood up and said to myself, “Thank God for the humble beginnings I was birthed into! Because of it, I can survive dirt in my mouth when just a few months or years ago, it was fine wine and great eats to no end!” Something as common as being unemployed makes me feel like, “I have fallen back on my knees.”  Yet, my spiritual state is not downcast. Instead I increase whatever time I have, (in between job hunting) to help others. Thank God I do not value my life based on monetary pillars of sand, but on faith. “This too shall pass”. Having it good or doing “bad” isn’t a monetary thing. It’s a spiritual thing both requiring humility.

“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”

Viva La Vida is a testimony of how we should ALWAYS be humble, kind to others less fortunate, to use our influence for good and not evil or greed. Viva La Vida says to me, “Keep in mind, what goes up will come down”. If you misused the blessings when you had it, you will fall harder. “St. Peter won’t call my name”.  That’s what I believed this song was all about.

“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”

Guess what I learned a few days ago? Viva la Vida is an Anti-Christ song! It’s about the masses realizing Jesus Christ is nothing more than a fabrication and so they abandon the doctrine of Christianity! Christ now “sweeps the streets he once owned”.

I wonder if anyone else positively mistook the lyrics instead of the atheist stand Coldplay intended? You tell me.

Here are the Lyrics & Music:

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in plain words:

VIDA LA VIVA

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
Listen 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 are 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
Once you go there was never, never an honest word
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?

[Chorus]
I hear Jerusalem bells are ringing
Roman Calvary 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 Saint Peter won’t call my name
Never rule this world
But that was when I ruled the world

Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh

[Chorus]

Incredible. My interpretation was a complete opposite of what Coldplay was trying to convey. What is your interpretation? Can there be more than one based on your beliefs?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

THOUGHT OF THE DAY

“Control oil and you control nations, control food and you control the people”
-Kissinger

Reflect on these words as we go to war time and time again with nations rich in oil under the perception of fighting terrorism.

Consider the purpose as American companies such as Monsanto, integrate Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO) as the world’s main food source, eliminating nature and eliminating options.
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THOUGHT OF THE DAY

It’s better to be hot or cold than lukewarm. For even the Lord your God despises this!

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Revelation 3:15-16

“‘I know your works: you are neither cold nor hot. Would that you were either cold or hot! So, because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth.

Why is being cold better than Lukewarm?

At least those who are cold cannot pretend that they are in the right. But those who are lukewarm may have just enough pretense to cause them to think they are okay. God desires wholehearted, sincere responses. Anything less suggests that other things have a higher priority…

Are you lukewarm in your fight for justice, equality and humanity? 

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Source: The Quest Study Bible NIV – page 1714