“Frida Khalo went through a lot of shit, of course, and then she started a big painting in her house that said ‘Viva la Vida. I just loved the boldness of it.” - Chris Martin
The lyrics "I know Saint Peter won't call my name." it's about… You're not on the list. I was a naughty boy. It's always fascinated me that idea of finishing your life and then being analyzed on it. And it's that runs through most religions.'' - Chris Martin
"It's a story about a king who's lost his kingdom, and all the album's artwork is based on the idea of revolutionaries and guerrillas. There's this slightly anti-authoritarian viewpoint that's crept into some of the lyrics and it's some of the payoff between being surrounded by governments on one side, but also we're human beings with emotions and we're all going to die and the stupidity of what we have to put up with every day. Hence the album title." - Guy Berryman
''THE STORY BEHIND THE SONG''
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