Interesting Interpretations on the meaning of VIVA LA VIDA

 “I think this song has something to do with Jesus Christ. Jesus was referred to as the “King of the Jews” and they mention the word “king” several times in this song.

“Long live the king!” is what the soldiers said when they were whipping Jesus Christ (remember when he got crucified, he got beaten with nasty whips, a crown of thorns placed on his head, and he has to carry the cross?). from Song Meanings.

“I know Saint Peter won’t call my name.” refers to when Jesus said to Peter that Peter would deny him three times before the cock would crow twice, and this happened, because Peter denied Jesus three times before the cock crew twice.

“Revolutionaries wait for my head on a silver plate.” refers to when John the Baptist got decapitated.
Jerusalem is where the temple Jesus was in and is present in the
Bible many times.” 

From Viva la Vida,

“pillars of sand” is a reference to the biblical parable given by Jesus about the fool who built his house on sand, and the wise man who built it on solid rock, while “pillars of salt” is a reference to Lot’s wife, who was turned into a pillar of salt.

“I know Saint Peter won’t call my name” refers to the popular tradition of St. Peter guarding the gates of Heaven. He is often depicted in art as holding the keys to the Kingdom of Heaven per the Petrine doctrine and the Biblical reference in Matthew 16:19. He is also commonly depicted with the book of life reading off the names of those individuals who had believed in Jesus Christ as per Revelation 20. The term “… my head upon a silver plate” refers to the beheading of St. John the Baptist when Salome demanded his head delivered to her upon a platter. from

Our own beloved crooner Chris Martin explained what this song meant and it was his way of tying the band’s music to sanctification. “Chris Martin told The London Times November 28, 2008, he saw this song about a deposed dictator reduced to “sweep[ing] the streets I used to own” as being “really positive.” He explained that he saw it as “more like a turning-over-a-new-leaf kind of song.” Martin added that its like I’ve messed up, “and I don’t mind being punished, but I can get redemption.” from Song Facts.

REDEMPTION VIA VIVA LA VIDA. Proof to all the world that what we here at The Church of Chris Martin have been proselytizing for years is indeed true: Viva la Vida is a spiritual invitation to the masses to turn over a new leaf. Repent your past misdeeds & and Receive the Coldplay Redemption, which is an earthly invitation to accept your heavenly reward. Amen. More Lyrical Analysis to follow.shawshank-redemption-rain


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