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Coldplay — Cemeteries Of London
Album: Viva la Vida
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6.9

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Total ratings: 291









Released: 2008
Length: 3:14
Plays (last 30 days): 0
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 underneath 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
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Its that one man band again with the crap singer
I'm always amazed at the time and energy Bill puts into these sets. I've always been fairly meh about Coldplay, but never really cared enough to ask myself why. Lots of people like 'em and they're fairly listenable, so what's the harm?

Coming behind Patty Griffin's gripping Long Ride Home and the artfully angsty but somewhat less sincere Little Bird by the Weepies, this song is revealed (to my ears) as a very commercial construction churned out for a calculated manipulation of an unsuspecting listener's emotional receptors. Having just enjoyed a filet mignon and a nice hamburger, this dried up piece of jerky just doesn't do anything for my palette.

Maybe that particular progression wasn't intended, but it sure worked in that fashion for me. Your results may vary. I'm going to wait for a different context before I commit to a rating.

Apologies to Coldplay aficionados, I'll keep listening to try to figure out what all the fuss is about.



No negative comment?? Come on you Coldplay haters!!  But by the way , i like coldplay but this song is not one of their Best ones!!


 Marley wrote:

Wow, you're just full of rude and immature comments, aren't you? And to think you're my age.....that's just sad.

 

{#Cry} 

So sad indeed.  Does this mean we're not friends?  

You sure do dish it out.  Maybe you should stay away from comment boards if you can't take a little comeback. 

Now now, you are indeed a sharp person.   Peace.

 rdo wrote:


You're not the sharpest knife in the drawer, are you.  It's called hyperbole.  I was kidding.  Relax!
 
Wow, you're just full of rude and immature comments, aren't you? And to think you're my age.....that's just sad.

 sqqqrly wrote:

How old are you?

 

Old enough to know what a tongue-in-cheek comment is!  Which is more than I can say for yourself!  {#Moon}
 Marley wrote:

Geezz dude, it's just an opinion. Don't get your panties in a wad. lol.

 

You're not the sharpest knife in the drawer, are you.  It's called hyperbole.  I was kidding.  Relax!
I consider Coldplay one of my favorite bands, but if all their music sounded like their singles, I would probably hate them too. 

I never need to hear Yellow, In My Place, The Scientist, or Fix You.  All very simple, commercial, mediocre songs.  What the world knows of Coldplay is the product of a brilliant A&R person who somehow picked songs that would become insanely popular, but in my opinion are their weakest stuff.

Another reason why I adore RP is that they play the "deep cuts" like Cemetaries of London, High Speed (!!!), Green Eyes (my wedding song) and the unreleased version of Talk, that is vastly superior to the album/single version.  Songs like these are why I love this band.  There are some additional B-Sides and EP tracks that I'm going to try to upload that will show that these guys really can rock, and have some serious song-writing chops.  These guys really do have tremenous talent, but their more creative stuff takes a back seat to radio-friendly music that appeals to both teens and the adult-alternative easy listening crowd.  

That all said, don't even get me started on their concerts.  If you like 85 minute shows with costumes, lighting, pre-recorded instruments, and hearing every single the band ever released, you will love Coldplay in concert.

 Marley wrote:
My apologies to Coldplay aficionados, but I have to say, I really, really hate this band. Don't know what it is exactly, but their music leaves me cold. I think this band is highly overrated. Their widespread popularity is one of those things I don't understand like why that Gnarls Barkely song is so damn popular and why everyone likes Radiohead. I just don't get it. {#Stupid}

 


 rdo wrote:

if you don't like Radiohead then you have no business breathing!

 
Geezz dude, it's just an opinion. Don't get your panties in a wad. lol.

Again?  Please throw on "Life in Technicolor" once in a while.  One of the best videos I've ever seen (and available in HD):
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fXSovfzyx28&feature=related
 rdo wrote:

if you don't like Radiohead then you have no business breathing!

 
How old are you?

 rdo wrote:

if you don't like Radiohead then you have no business breathing!
   
I think Radiohead are brilliant, but over the last few years I much prefer what Coldplay has actually produced, which is lots of really good songs. 
I can't help but wish whatever tripped in Thom's head that altered the Bends/OK Computer trajectory, hadn't, because I can't sing along to most of their new improved experimental noise-music.

cool!
 Marley wrote:
My apologies to Coldplay aficionados, but I have to say, I really, really hate this band. Don't know what it is exactly, but their music leaves me cold. I think this band is highly overrated. Their widespread popularity is one of those things I don't understand like why that Gnarls Barkely song is so damn popular and why everyone likes Radiohead. I just don't get it. {#Stupid}

 
if you don't like Radiohead then you have no business breathing!

 keller1 wrote:

I love Coldplay and I don't know anything about Gnarls Barkley.

However, I totally agree with your Radiohead comment.  Totally.
 
I get Radiohead and Gnarls Barkley and much (though not all) of Coldplay, though I can't stand a lot of bands that do similar things to those 3. 

But I don't get Santana or Stevie Ray Vaughn, even though I groove on most blues and album-oriented rock.  Go figure. 
This drivel begs for a 'Mute' rating.
This song is well written and produced but I dunno about the lyrics though....
 Marley wrote:
My apologies to Coldplay aficionados, but I have to say, I really, really hate this band. Don't know what it is exactly, but their music leaves me cold. I think this band is highly overrated. Their widespread popularity is one of those things I don't understand like why that Gnarls Barkely song is so damn popular and why everyone likes Radiohead. I just don't get it. {#Stupid}

 
I love Coldplay and I don't know anything about Gnarls Barkley.

However, I totally agree with your Radiohead comment.  Totally.

Awful.
I really want to like Coldplay, I do. But I can't if they keep churning out such drivel.
OVER RATED IN SO MANY WAYS!
Damn, can't stand Coldplay anymore! Boring voice. Their first album started out good but soon got boring. Since than I can't stand the music. Please skip next time!

This is my favorite album of year even if they did rip off Steve Vai. This album does not grow old on me. In fact, Coldplay is now in one of my top ten favorite bands. If you buy one CD for a friend or relative for Christmas, let it be this album.

Marley, I have the same issues with Elvis Costello.....

And it has taken me a looong time to warm up to Radiohead.

Funny, I find the earlier Coldplay material quite accessible and enjoyable, perhaps a tad boring after repeated play.


My apologies to Coldplay aficionados, but I have to say, I really, really hate this band. Don't know what it is exactly, but their music leaves me cold. I think this band is highly overrated. Their widespread popularity is one of those things I don't understand like why that Gnarls Barkely song is so damn popular and why everyone likes Radiohead. I just don't get it. {#Stupid}

 nigelr wrote:
Has someone been listening to PT?
 

I just picked up on the potential influence.  Good call.

Still like this and really don't think that overall it sounds anything like Steven Wilson's material.


Many haters below: Oh, it's Coldplay, I have to post a comment about how much they suck.

Me: Try actually listening to the song before you condemn it.

Fantastic arrangement.
 nigelr wrote:
Has someone been listening to PT?
 
Me thinks so, this is the best they have ever produced.  But they have
so far to go.....................

{#Guitarist}{#Yell}{#Exclaim}
Yes, Thanks! (A "Big" piece of CRAP) inindian wrote:

It's a kind of carp! Surely that's a mis-spelling of crap?! No? Hehehe!
 


There's something fishy about that last comment...
 pvcnote wrote:
Coldplay again? It's a kind of carp!
 
It's a kind of carp! Surely that's a mis-spelling of crap?! No? Hehehe!
 nigelr wrote:
Has someone been listening to PT?
 

ya i listen to porcupine tree a lot...love their music

Has someone been listening to PT?
not amazing and either not bad song{#Think}
 robco1 wrote:

You know, I hear this snark about Coldplay a lot: "they're just corporate pop" or words to that effect. Have you actually listened to corporate radio lately? Sorry, not even close. They may not be innovators or the most "chops-heavy" musicians on earth, but come on folks! Nickleback they are not either. Personally, I think that they are pretty good for a mainstream pop act, especially on a day when I hear that Backstreet boys are doing a reunion tour ({#Puke}).
 
The last time I listened to a ClearChannel Modern Rock station I heard Coldplay X&Y cuts every hour on the hour.  Is that "lately" enough?

And my complaint was more to their "formulaism" (if that's even a real word) than it was to their "corporatism" (which I don't think literally means the same thing as the idea I'm hoping to convey).

 holborne wrote:
Don't get Coldplay. They're like a more boring version of Radiohead.
 
I concur

that optimum when a band can have a proper identity; and, important too, to know to keep it….or, if not, its more better to close the door for workmanships..... -   4 / 5.



robco1 wrote:

You know, I hear this snark about Coldplay a lot: "they're just corporate pop" or words to that effect. Have you actually listened to corporate radio lately? Sorry, not even close. They may not be innovators or the most "chops-heavy" musicians on earth, but come on folks! Nickleback they are not either. Personally, I think that they are pretty good for a mainstream pop act, especially on a day when I hear that Backstreet boys are doing a reunion tour ({#Puke}).


The crackstreet boys are doing a reunion tour? 

Any song that I'm playing at a low volume level at work that makes me reach down, turn up the volume, and then look to see who it's by is a pretty good song. While it's not earthshatteringly groundbreaking, I like it and was surprised to find that it is by Coldplay. 

Saw them in Budapest earlier this week - fantastic.
Stunning lyrics and arrangement.
Don't get Coldplay. They're like a more boring version of Radiohead.
Only a couple of decent songs off this new CD. This is one of them...... The other one is kind of obvious.....
If corporate pop is this good - keep it coming!
Never heard the beginning till now.

7 ——> 8


Good, good.
 sutcliff wrote:
i am indifferent.
 
Not that indifferent or you couldn't be arsed to post a comment ;-)

i am indifferent.
 robco1 wrote:

You know, I hear this snark about Coldplay a lot: "they're just corporate pop" or words to that effect. Have you actually listened to corporate radio lately? Sorry, not even close. They may not be innovators or the most "chops-heavy" musicians on earth, but come on folks! Nickleback they are not either. Personally, I think that they are pretty good for a mainstream pop act, especially on a day when I hear that Backstreet boys are doing a reunion tour ({#Puke}).
 
Here, here!

vi aspettiamo in italia il 29 settembre!!!{#Bananajam}
 pvcnote wrote:
Coldplay again? It's a kind of carp!
  I swear it's breeding at an alarming rate...  {#Stop}


Coldplay again? It's a kind of carp!
ziggytrix wrote:


i hear it too. gotta admit - their formula is a time tested, focus approved, marketable success. {#Rolleyes}

You know, I hear this snark about Coldplay a lot: "they're just corporate pop" or words to that effect. Have you actually listened to corporate radio lately? Sorry, not even close. They may not be innovators or the most "chops-heavy" musicians on earth, but come on folks! Nickleback they are not either. Personally, I think that they are pretty good for a mainstream pop act, especially on a day when I hear that Backstreet boys are doing a reunion tour ({#Puke}).
I'll give it a 5, just for not being one of the other tracks on this album.
Nice little tune. Lots of U2 influence.
Every band sounds like every other in every era.
spunkyboy62 wrote:
There is...a house...in New Orleans...



i hear it too.  gotta admit - their formula is a time tested, focus approved, marketable success. {#Rolleyes}
 angrypanda wrote:
. . . it sounds an awful lot like U2? The guitar is especially reminiscent of the Edge. And the background "la la la la" smacks of the Dublin quartet too. . . .

 
I hadn't thought of it that way, but now that you mention it . . . yeah, I can hear the resemblance.

There is...a house...in New Orleans...
WW II? For a first play, I like it.
Probably the best tune on the album. I'll probably get "Coldplay burnout" at some point too, but right now I'm diggin this.
Best song on on the album. Nice play, Bill. Sounds great right after Durutti Column's "Nina" too.
stonesmaster wrote:
Might be that they have the same producer, Brian Eno.
Yeah, I think people often forget how influential the non-band-members like the producer can be on "the sound".
No wonder I thought this had sort of a U2esque vibe--it's Coldplay. And that's not a critism.
snowcat wrote:
HITF is everyone getting U2 from this band??
Um ... 'cause it sounds an awful lot like U2? The guitar is especially reminiscent of the Edge. And the background "la la la la" smacks of the Dublin quartet too. The more I listen to VlVoDaAHF, the more it sounds like the closest a band can come to making a U2 album without actually being U2.
I got the album for Father's Day, and this piece jumped out and really grabbed me by the ears. The arrangement is positively goose-pimply, and the lyrics sound like they could be 300 years old—and written yesterday, all at the same time:
God is in the houses and God is in my head…
And all the cemeteries in 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 la lalalalala la lé…
And the night over London lay…
Singing la lalalalala la lé…
There's no light over London today…


I am suffering from Coldplay burnout. Small doses please. Every radio station in the world is jamming this album down my throat.
I've been a bit on the fence about this album before this song... but I actually enjoyed this one. 7
I know little coldplay, but what I do I have really enjoyed. This is new to me, but I like it!
goldberry wrote:
Actually thought this was U2. Follow your dreams, Coldplay. Follow your dreams.
Might be that they have the same producer, Brian Eno.
snowcat wrote:
HITF is everyone getting U2 from this band?? Enough already!!! You can say every band sounds like every other in every era, it's called INFLUENCE.
I really actually thought this was U2. Thats all I'm sayin, friend.
HITF is everyone getting U2 from this band?? Enough already!!! You can say every band sounds like every other in every era, it's called INFLUENCE.
Actually thought this was U2. Follow your dreams, Coldplay. Follow your dreams. First post, sweet!