Cemeteries of London

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"Cemeteries of London"
Coldplay - Cemeteries Of London.JPG
The graphic image for "Cemeteries of London"
Song by Coldplay
from the album Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends
Recorded 2007-2008
Genre Alternative rock
Length 3:21
Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends track listing
  1. "Life in Technicolor"
  2. "Cemeteries of London"
  3. "Lost!"
  4. "42"
  5. "Lovers in Japan / Reign of Love"
  6. "Yes"
  7. "Viva la Vida"
  8. "Violet Hill"
  9. "Strawberry Swing"
  10. "Death and All His Friends"

"Cemeteries of London" is a song by British 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.

Writing and composition[edit]

The song was inspired by ghost stories, like the Medieval practice of burning witches. "Cemeteries of London" was influenced by other styles like folk and Spanish songs, in an interview for NG-Magazine Will Champion said: "For me it's a folk song...in its structure."[1]

Entertainment Weekly printed an article on Coldplay and the new album with a new song slant on some of the songs, on that interview the band's 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".[2] The song is musically darker than most of Coldplay's work, with a barrage of eerie noises. Martin has described it as a "ghost march", it has lyrical references of supernatural issues and religious quest.


Chart (2008) Peak
UK Singles Chart[3] 134
Belgian Chart[4] 37


  1. ^ "Coldplay Promo Interview on Viva La Vida, Part Three (2008)". YouTube. 2008-06-19. Retrieved 2013-10-31. 
  2. ^ "Summer Music Preview: 14 Hot CDs". Entertainment Weekly. 26 May 2008. Retrieved 26 July 2010. 
  3. ^ "Chart Log UK 1994–2008". Zobbel. Retrieved 2009-09-24. 
  4. ^ "Coldplay - Cemeteries Of London". ultratop.be. Retrieved 2013-10-31. 

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