After weeks of urging & various forms of communication with the NYPD Foundation Organization, Nariko Wright of Luz’s Daughter Cares gets CRIMESTOPPERS to post reward for information for Islan Nettles!!!
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 Viva La Vida is an important song to me because of its Christian and historical references.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.
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?
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:
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
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?
There has been much speculation recently on the “hidden” meaning in the lyrics of Coldplay’s hit new song, Viva La Vida. Penned by Chris Martin, lead singer, pianist and husband to actress Gwyneth Paltrow, the song has become Coldplay’s biggest hit.
Although some people listen to a song without actually thinking or caring about what the lyrics mean, others like myself, tend to appreciate good lyrics as one does good poetry, and we also wonder what the artist means by his words. I tend to believe that all songwriters write with great meaning, often hidden, which makes music all the more interesting. According to Wikipedia, the title Viva la Vida translates from Spanish into “long live life.”
When asked by Q magazine about what he meant by the line “I know Saint Peter won’t call my name” Chris Martin replied: “It’s about… You’re not on the list. I was a naughty…
The Anti Violence Project and other community groups is holding a Community Safety Afternoon TODAY, March 26th 2014 from 3-5pm around the vicinity of ATLAH World Missionary Church. The ATLAH World Missionary Church in Harlem located 36 W. 123rd Street has recently posted a sign that reads “Jesus Would Stone Homos Matthew 5:17-19 Leviticus 20:13 Deuteronomy 17:5-7 John 8:1-11 stoning is still the law.”
We do not wish to disenfranchise any groups’ right to free speech, they are deeply concerned that speech like this can create a hostile environment for LGBTQ individuals within the surrounding neighborhood. The LGBT members of the community also deserve they are safe walking thru the streets of their neighborhood.
Luz’s Daughter Cares seeks to pursue justice for the beating death of beloved Transgender woman Islan Nettles by raising reward money for information leading to the arrest and indictment of her killer.
Nearly 7 months after Islan’s gruesome death, no one has been arrested and the case has gone cold. To that end, NYPD has failed to initiate their Crimestoppers Program that offers monetary awards for anonymous information that could help solve the case.
We seek to initiate this process because Islan Nettles life mattered. Trans Lives Matter.
While investigators are stumped over the fate of missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370, the lack of evidence as to what happened hasn’t stopped wild – and I mean WILD – speculation as to the fate of the missing jet and its 239 passengers and crew members.
It’s not unusual for mysterious or dramatic aviation accidents to catch the imaginations of the conspiratorially inclined – the Korean Air Lines Flight 007, Pan Am Flight 103, and TWA Flight 800 tragedies spurred all kinds of claims of conspiracy, and last week’s apparent tragedy in the Gulf of Thailand is no different.
Conspiracy theorists took to social media this week to contribute their own ideas as to why Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 disappeared.