Viva la vida    (video)    (intro)

 

+ C - D - G - Em (2x)

 

                    C            D                         G                              Em

1. I used to rule the world, seas would rise when I gave the word,

                                           C      D

    now in the morning I sweep alone,

                          G                    Em

    sweep the streets I used to own.

 

+ C - D - G - Em (2x)

 

                    C         D                   G                           Em

2. I used to roll the dice, feel the fear in my enemy's eyes,

                           C                 D

    listen as the crowd would sing:

                     G                        Em

    "Now the old king is dead ! Long live the king !"

 

                            C           D                   G                            Em

3. One minute I held the key, next the walls were closed on me,

                                              C          D

    and I discovered that my castles stand

               G                         Em

    upon pillars of salt, and pillars of sand.

 

    C                        D                        G                       Em

I hear Jerusalem bells are ringing, Roman Cavalry choirs are singing,

 C                             D                              G                       Em

be my mirror, my sword and shield, my missionaries in a foreign field.

  C                           D                   G                                      Em

For some reason I can't explain, once you know there was never,

                 C          D                            Bm                   Em

never an honest word, but that was when I ruled the world.

 

+ C - D - G - Em (2x)

 

                                          C    D                               G                   Em

4. It was the wicked and wild wind, blew down the doors to let me in.

                                                   C            D

    shattered windows and the sound of drums,

                  G                            Em

    people couldn't believe what I'd become

 

 

 

 

 

 

                     C         D               G                      Em

5. Revolutionaries wait for my head on a silver plate,

                                  C           D

    just a puppet on a lonely string,

             G                                      Em

    oh, who would ever want to be king?

 

    C                       D                         G                       Em

I hear Jerusalem bells are ringing, Roman Cavalry choirs are singing,

 C                             D                              G                       Em

be my mirror, my sword and shield, my missionaries in a foreign field.

  C                           D                        G                           Em

For some reason I can't explain, I know St. Peter won’t call my name,

                 C          D                            Bm                   Em

never an honest word, but that was when I ruled the world.

 

+ C - Em (3x) - D         + C - D - G - Em (2x)     

                                         Ooh….

 

    C                       D                         G                       Em

I hear Jerusalem bells are ringing, Roman Cavalry choirs are singing,

 C                             D                              G                       Em

be my mirror, my sword and shield, my missionaries in a foreign field.

  C                           D                       G                        Em

For some reason I can't explain, I know St. Peter will call my name,

                 C          D                            Bm                   Em

never an honest word, but that was when I ruled the world.

 

+ C - D - Bm - Em (2x)          

   Ooh….                      …..

 

(orig. = capo 1st)    (Coldplay)