Cemeteries Of London

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Cemeteries Of London is a track included on Coldplay's fourth album.

Entertainment Weekly printed an article on Coldplay and the new album with a new song slant on some of the songs - from the band's perspective. Here is the excerpt of Cemeteries Of London: Recorded in a Barcelona church, the album's echoey second track set Viva's somber tone and features the bandmates chanting in unison. "When I imagine the song in my head, I see London in 1850," says bassist Guy Berryman, 30. "A hell of a lot of rain and men in top hats." Adds Martin, "Or when they were drowning witches in the Thames."

The new Coldplay with Cemeteries Of London make a melodramatic entrance - this is musically darker with a barrage of eerie noise, while still managing to remain very melodic with handclaps. Martin has described it as their "ghost march" and he is clearly trying to tackle the big questions as he sings about a supernatural and religious quest. This, along with a few other tracks, brings to mind the resonant 1980s stadium rock of bands like U2, Genesis, Simple Minds and Marillion.

The Oracle on Cemeteries Of London

September 2, 2008 - submitted by Lore, Chile
Q. Hello Mr. Oracle, hope you're having a good time. Recently we heard that the band finally played Cemeteries Of London (and we're really happy about that). What was the thing that made them finally play it?, did they checked any fansite with song requests?. At coldplaying.com there was a lot of people asking for the song and I must say that we're all really excited now (we even started a petition, just in case).
The Oracle replies:
No, the band draw up a potential set list and have a list of reserves to drop in throughout the tour. They like to change a few of the songs. They rarely play anything that they haven't prepared the lights & visuals for in advance unless it's for an impromptu acoustic version.

Lyrics

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 la-la-la-la-la-la-lay
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 la-la-la-la-la-la-lay
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 la-la-la-la-la-la-lay
And the night over London lay
Singing la-la-la-la-la-la-lay
There’s no light over London today
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