The Crazy Meanings Behind Your Favorite Top 40 Songs

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“Viva la Vida,” Coldplay

Crazy Song Meanings


“Viva la Vida” is pretty clearly inspired by the French Revolution, but its title was drawn from an entirely different historical source. Coldplay lead singer Chris Martin told Rolling Stone that the phrase, which means “long live life,” was taken from a painting by Frida Kahlo. Chris said he was inspired by the boldness of the work, which was a giant painting of the phrase to spite the “sh*t” Frida went through in her life, which included polio, a broken spine, and decades of chronic pain. The title also had nothing to do with Ricky Martin, BTW.

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