Cemeteries Of London
Lyrics Coldplay

At night they would go walking
'Til the breaking of the day
The morning is for sleeping
Through the dark streets they go searching
To see God in their own way
Save the night time for your weeping
Your weeping
Singing lalalalalalalalaiy
And the night over London lay

So we rode down to the river
Where Victorian ghosts pray
For their curses to be broken
We go wandering 'neath the arches
Where the witches are and they say
There are ghost towns in the ocean
The ocean
Singing lalalalalalalalaiy
And the night over London lay

God is in the houses
And God is in my head
And all the cemeteries of London
I see God come in my garden
But I don't know what he said
For my heart it wasn't open
Not open
Singing lalalalalalalalaiy
And the night over London lay
Singing lalalalalalalalaiy
There's no light over London today

Song facts

"Cemeteries of London" is a song by English 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. The song is darker than Coldplay's previous recordings.

The song was inspired by ghost stories, the Medieval practice of burning witches, and graphic novels. The idea was to bring the feeling of the old London to the song, transforming it into the most visual song in the album along with Violet Hill. "Cemeteries of London" was influenced by other styles like folk and Spanish songs, in a interview for NG-Magazine Will Champion said: "For me it's a folk song...in its structure."

The song was written after Markus Dravs, deemed one of the band's songs as "good" but not yet "great". As Chris Martin said to Q magazine: "So I was, OK, fuck you, man! And the next day I came in and played Cemeteries Of London."

Bassist Guy Berryman said: "When I imagine the song in my head, I see London in 1850, a hell of a lot of rain and men in top hats"


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