Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Viva La Vida

Viva La Vida

I just found myself walking in the mall singing this song aloud… but even if so I realize that I was singing quite a bit loud. I just couldn’t care less… For Singing a Cold Play song is nothing to be ashamed of!

Viva La Vida literally means Long Live Life

The song's Spanish title, "Viva la Vida", is taken from a painting by 20th century Mexican artist Frida Kahlo. It translates into English as "long live life"

The lyrics to "Viva la Vida" contain many religious references. For example, "pillars of salt" is a clear reference to the Biblical story of Lot, whose wife was turned into a pillar of salt. "I know Saint Peter won't call my name" refers to the common Catholic belief that St. Peter guards the gates of heaven. Other likely (but not unambiguous) Biblical references are "Seas would rise when I gave the word" (Moses parting the Red Sea), "... castles stand / Upon ... pillars of sand" (the parable of the man who built his house on sand in chapter 7 of Matthew), and "... my head upon a silver plate" (the beheading of St. John the Baptist: Salome asked to have his head delivered to her upon a platter).

Source: Wikipedia


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