"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"