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Viva La Vida

Coldplay

from the album Viva La Vida Or Death And All His Friends released in 2008

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Lyrics

Intro

C ... D ... G ... Em ... (x2)

Verse

C D I used to rule the world G Em Seas would rise when I gave the word Now in the morning I sleep alone Sweep the streets I used to own (intro chords x2) I used to roll the dice Feel the fear in my enemies 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

Chorus

C D I hear Jerusalem bells are ringing G Em 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, it was never Never an honest work That was when I ruled the world (intro chords x2) It was the 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 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 I know St. Peter won't call my name Never an honest work That was when I ruled the world

Break

| C ... | Em ... | (x3) | D ... | D ... | (intro chords x2, with "ohhh....") 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 I know St. Peter won't call my name Never an honest work But that was when I ruled the world

Outro

| C ... | D ... | Bm ... | Em ... | (x2, with "Ooooh..." and fade)

Notes & Tabs

Capo 1st Fret

To play along with the album recording of this song, add a capo to the 1st fret (and play the chords above). You can play it without a capo and it will sound fine -- but will be one half step below the tuning of the album version.

Chords Used

Here are the chords used to play this song -- each chord is shown with a few variations. Since it is the same progression repeated over and over, you may want to find different ways to play these chords (open vs. bar chords) to spice things up -- especially during the intro, breaks, and heightened verses.

e-|----0----2----3----0-----2-----      ----3----5----3----7-----7-----
B-|----1----3----0----0-----3-----      ----5----7----3----8-----7-----
G-|----0----2----0----0-----4-----      ----5----7----4----9-----7-----
D-|----2----0----0----2-----4-----  or  ----5----7----5----9-----9-----
A-|----3---------2----2-----2-----      ----3----5----5----7-----9-----
E-|--------------3----0-----------      --------------3----------7-----
       C    D    G    Em    Bm              C    D    G    Em    Bm 

Chord Progressions

Intro

| C . . . | D . . . | G . . . | Em . . . | (x2)

Verse

"I used to rule the world..."
| C . . . | D . . . | G . . . | Em . . . | (repeat)

Chorus

"I hear Jerusalem bells are ringing..."
| C . . . | D . . . | G . . . | Em . . . | (repeat)

Break

| C ... | Em ... | (x3)
| D ... | D  ... |

Outro

"Oooooh..."
| C ... | D ... | Bm ... | Em ... | (x2)

Song Info

Song: Viva La Vida
Artist: Coldplay
Album: Viva La Vida Or Death And All His Friends
Year: 2008
Label: Parlophone

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My name is David Potsiadlo, and I created Songnotes to share my collection of guitar tabs, chords, and lyrics for my favorite songs.

Since I started playing guitar over 10 years ago, I've often been frustrated by the preponderance of mediocre and incomplete song tabs littered across the internet. To combat this, I started keeping my own collection of notes for each song I learn -- always taking the extra time to make sure accuracy and completeness are never compromised. Years later, my collection grew to the point where I knew I had to share it online with fellow aspiring musicians.

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