“Viva la Vida” (/ˈviːvə lə ˈviːdə/) is a song by the British alternative rock band Coldplay. It was written by all members of the band for their fourth album, Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends (2008), and was released as the second single from the album. On the album, this song segues directly into the next track, “Violet Hill”. Viva la Vida is Spanish for “Live The Life” .
The lyrics to the song contain historical and Christian references, and the track is built around a repeating string section in unison with a digital processed piano with a timpani background.