Viva La Vida by Coldplay – Chords

Viva La Vida by Coldplay

Here are the chords and lyrics for Coldplay’s “Viva La Vida.” Check out our other easy guitar songs for beginners.

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Capo 1 (what’s a capo?)
Intro: C D G Em (2x)

(Em)       C        D
I used to rule the world
-           G                    Em
Seas would rise when I gave the word
-                    C       D
Now in the morning I sleep alone
-          G                 Em
Sweep the streets I used to own

C D G Em (2x)

(Em)       C        D
I used to roll the dice
-         G                 Em
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!"

(Em)          C       D
One minute I held the key
-         G                   Em
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
I hear Jerusalem bells are ringing
G              Em
Roman Cavalry choirs are singing
C                 D
Be my mirror, my sword, and shield
-  G                  Em
My missionaries in a foreign field
C                  D
For some reason I can't explain
G                      Em               C     D
Once you go there was never, never an honest word
-        Bm                Em
That was when I ruled the world

C D G Em (2x)

(Em)                   C     D
It was the wicked and wild wind
-              G               Em
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

(Em)      C      D
Revolutionaries wait
-       G                Em
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
I hear Jerusalem bells are ringing
G               Em
Roman Cavalry choirs are singing
C                  D
Be my mirror, my sword, and shield
-   G                   Em
My missionaries in a foreign field
C                   D
For some reason I can't explain
G                       Em             C      D
Once you go there was never, never an honest word
-         Bm               Em
That was when I ruled the world

C Em C Em C Em D

C D G Em (2x)
Ohhh Ohh Ohh

- C                D
I hear Jerusalem bells are ringing
G               Em
Roman Cavalry choirs are singing
C                  D
Be my mirror, my sword, and shield
-   G                   Em
My missionaries in a foreign field
C                   D
For some reason I can't explain
G                       Em             C      D
Once you go there was never, never an honest word
-         Bm               Em
That was when I ruled the world

C  D  Bm  Em
Ohhh Ohh Ohh