Macbeth Act II English Project - Paul & Scott
Macbeth Act II - "Viva la Vida" by Coldplay

 

Explanation: Viva La Viva can be compared to a duet between Duncan and Macbeth based on the events of Act 2. Each stanza of the song alternates the singer, starting with Duncan and becoming Macbeth in the next stanza.

Key: Green Text is Duncan. Red Text is Macbeth.

 

Lyrics & Explanation:
(Hover over the line for the explanation)

1 I used to rule the world
2 Seas would rise when I gave the word

3 Now in the morning I sleep alone
4 Sweep the streets I used to own


5 I used to roll the dice
6 Feel the fear in my enemy's eyes

7 Listen as the crowd would sing:
8 "Now the old king is dead! Long live the king!"


9 One minute I held the key
10 Next the walls were closed on me

11 And I discovered that my castles stand
12 Upon pillars of salt and pillars of sand


13 I hear Jerusalem bells a ringing
14 Roman Cavalry choirs are singing

15 Be my mirror my sword and shield
16 My missionaries in a foreign field

17 For some reason I can't explain
18 Once you go there was never, never an honest word
19 That was when I ruled the world


20 It was the wicked and wild wind
21 Blew down the doors to let me in

22 Shattered windows and the sound of drums
23 People couldn't believe what I'd become

24 Revolutionaries wait
25 For my head on a silver plate

26 Just a puppet on a lonely string
27 Oh who would ever want to be king?


28 I hear Jerusalem bells a ringing
29 Roman Cavalry choirs are singing
30 Be my mirror my sword and shield
31 My missionaries in a foreign field
32 For some reason I can't explain
33 I know Saint Peter won’t call my name
34 Never an honest word
35 But that was when I ruled the world


36 I hear Jerusalem bells a ringing
37 Roman Cavalry choirs are singing
38 Be my mirror my sword and shield
39 My missionaries in a foreign field
40 For some reason I can't explain
41 I know Saint Peter won’t call my name
42 Never an honest word
43 But that was when I ruled the world