Song of the Day #2,319: ‘Violet Hill’ – Coldplay

coldplayI haven’t listened to Coldplay’s Viva La Vida since I first bought it six years ago.

I had enjoyed their first two albums, 2000’s Parachutes and especially 2002’s A Rush of Blood to the Head, but 2005’s X&Y was a mixed bag.

Viva La Vida was met with critical raves for the most part, so I had high hopes. But my first listen was quite underwhelming and I never gave it a second.

Nor did I buy their two follow-up albums, 2011’s Mylo Xyloto or this year’s Ghost Stories.

But I find myself enjoying a lot of what I hear from Coldplay these days, on TV shows or randomly played selections like this one. It might be time to dust this album off and give it another try.

It was a long and dark December
From the rooftops I remember
There was snow, white snow
Clearly I remember
From the windows they were watching
While we froze down below
When the future’s architectured
By a carnival of idiots on show
You’d better lie low
If you love me, won’t you let me know?

Was a long and dark December
When the banks became cathedrals
And a fox became God
Priests clutched onto bibles
Hollowed out to fit their rifles
And a cross held aloft
Bury me in armour
When I’m dead and hit the ground
My nerves are poles that unfroze
And if you love me, won’t you let me know?

I don’t want to be a soldier
Who the captain of some sinking ship
Would stow, far below.
So if you love me, why d’you let me go?

I took my love down to violet hill
There we sat in snow
All that time she was silent still
Said if you love me, won’t you let me know?
If you love me, won’t you let me know?

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One thought on “Song of the Day #2,319: ‘Violet Hill’ – Coldplay

  1. Dana says:

    As I mentioned the last time you posted a Coldplay song, I was initially disinclined to like them, but, like you, I found myself enjoying various songs I heard on TV or radio. I doubt, however, that will ever translate to a desire to hear entire albums, but who knows?

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