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Viva la Vida Lyrics

How well do you know the lyrics to this song by Coldplay?
Quiz by AsianMangos
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Last updated: September 2, 2013
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First submittedOctober 15, 2012
Times taken29,220
Average score66.7%
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I used to rule the world
Seas would rise when I gave the word
Now in the morning I sleep alone
Sweep the streets I used to own
 
I used to roll the dice
Feel the fear in my enemy's 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
 
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
Once you go there was never
Never an honest word
And that was when I ruled the world
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
I'm 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 Saint Peter won't call my name
Never an honest word
And that was when I ruled the world
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Level 61
Oct 14, 2013
One of the best songs :)
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Level 63
Mar 21, 2014
2:15 left. Took me forever to figure out that it was "castles" not "castle".
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Level 29
Oct 20, 2015
same here
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Level 55
Mar 28, 2015
How do you do fill in the blank?
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Level 66
Oct 26, 2021
you type the answer
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Level 26
Apr 28, 2015
100 % :D
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Level 17
Nov 27, 2015
I would just like to say that the last line of the first chorus is incorrect, it says on here its "once you go" yet on every other lyrics site for this song its "Once you'd go". So could you please change this so its correct. Thank you.
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Level 17
Nov 27, 2015
Sorry "once you'd gone". Its supposed to be Once you'd gone.
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Level 43
Jan 31, 2017
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Level 61
Oct 1, 2017
I am not sure which lyric sites you are referring to. Several sites have the line just as it is on the quiz as, "once you go."
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Level 91
May 15, 2023
https://www.coldplay.com/song/viva-la-vida/ (ostensibly the official website of the band) says "once you'd gone"
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Level 44
Feb 18, 2024
exactly
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Level 22
Dec 8, 2015
I got them all right.. O_O
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Level 11
May 9, 2016
I got 26/30 and I only listened to the song once.
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Level 33
Jan 16, 2017
Can't be the only one singing this as I did it
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Level 85
Apr 15, 2017
Ha! Nope, not the only one.
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Level 17
Jul 19, 2017
Gone not go but other than that 👌🏻
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Level 48
Mar 15, 2019
I thought this was the lyrics to "Livin' La Vida Loca".

Leaving disappointed.

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Level 44
Nov 29, 2020
Not me thinking for all these years it was 'Caesar would rise when I gave the word' 🤦😂
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Level 60
Mar 19, 2022
Love the song, thanks for the quiz!
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Level 56
May 29, 2022
Great song. Got stuck cause I thought it's "once you'd gone" but I eventually figured it out
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Level 21
Aug 24, 2022
Dealthy Bro I did it for the whole song XD

People at the top.

HOW DOES IT MAKE SENSE FOR THE LYRICS TO SAY "Once you'd gone there was never' THAT DOES NOT MAKE SENSE AT ALL. So I agree with people who think it is once you go like in the real song!

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Level 66
Sep 4, 2022
was hoping to see a captainsparklez "Fallen Kingdom" comment. such a good song and a good memory
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Level 65
Feb 29, 2024
I was too, but I was successful thanks to you :)
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Level 25
Oct 4, 2023
Once you'd gone**