Viva la Vida!

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Every time Coldplay’s Viva la Vida begins to play, it feels as though a revolution is underway. A riveting blend of intelligent lyrics and sweeping orchestration, much like Frida Kahlo’s painting of the same title, the song shouts out to new awakenings. There has been much speculation about the theme of the song. I think it really is about perception. The song could be talking of the French or Russian Revolutions and due to the title, Mexican Revolution as well. However, given that the band is British, from a purely British perspective, it is Anne Boleyn who comes to mind. The most famous queen consort, a well read, far travelled person, the heroine of the English Reformation and mother of a trail blazing monarch, Anne Boleyn makes for the quintessential fallen yet glorified royal. The line, “For some reason I can’t explain …” is especially evocative of her plight before she was executed.

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