Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Page 2 of 365: Song Review-Viva La Vida

One of Coldplay's greatest hits, Viva La Vida, somehow told the story of the
Israelites when they were conquered by Babylon.
In the second day of my daily reflection series, I decided to take a glimpse around what was the center of the topic: Viva La Vida by Coldplay. The song, officially released in the middle of 2008, is about someone who was once living the king's life but all of a sudden lost everything.

I find it strange that instead of making it a slow emo-ish track, the entire band went upbeat with some accompaniment from the opera. I guess this was done to make it interesting to the ears of the listeners. I also think the song was inspired by the book of Lamentations in the Bible. Lamentations is a collection of five poems made by Jeremiah depicting the picture of Judah during his time. Reading the first chapter would make you realize that the lines are somewhat similar to the lyrics of Viva La Vida. I agree as well with the ODJ article writer about the ironic sense of having Viva La Vida, long live life in English, as the title of a track which talks about someone who has a wasted life.

The meaning of the song is that you have one life to live and you should not waste it. Also, you should stay in the direction God has made and not swerve to other directions as depicted in a context of the song.

Read Lamentations 1 and Isaiah 42:8-13.

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