Reign Of Love

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Reign Of Love is a track included on Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends.

Reign Of Love is a more contemplative ballad than Lovers In Japan, which it shares track #5 on the album with - a lovely layered composition of piano, bass and organ that backs fairytale lyrics. The band decided to squeeze in a number of extra songs to fit more in and force people to listen to the whole album in its entirety.

The Oracle on Reign Of Love

February 8, 2012 - submitted by Thomas, France
Q. It's not Reign of Love that has never been played live for the Viva la Vida Tour, but Yes.
Take care.
The Oracle replies:
We actually already established last week that Reign of Love was indeed played live but you're not quite right as it goes. Yes was also played live. Maybe only once or twice but if definitely was.

January 31, 2012 - submitted by Bowen, United Kingdom
Q. Hey-o Oracle,
I'm slightly confused, because in a question you said that they've never played Parachutes or Reign of Love? When I have a recording of Reign of Love from the Izod Center in New Jersey (10.27.2008) and I could have sworn that I saw a setlist over at coldplaying.com where Chris played Parachutes right after finishing Yellow?
The Oracle replies:
Well strictly speaking I didn't say "never" I said that I was pretty sure there was one song left off.
Anyway, you're right though.
You see, I have a vague recollection of Parachutes being played but couldn't picture it. It wouldn't surprise me if it was played on their first tour because they obviously had fewer songs to play back then.
I haven't seen Reign Of Love played live though. I have seen videos that say Lovers In Japan/Reign Of Love online but I suspect that was because that's how it's listed on the album. I honestly think you must have seen the one time they ever played it.

January 30, 2012 - submitted by Jean, Puerto Rico
Q. Dear Oracle, my question is: Why haven't the boys played U.F.O., Don't Let It Break Your Heart and Up With The Birds live? They are part of the album and I feel as if they've been left out, please answer, back to you now.
The Oracle replies:
They have never played all the songs from an album. I'm pretty sure there was one song from each of the first four albums left out (Parachutes from Parachutes, A Whisper from AROBTTH, Twisted Logic from X&Y and Reign of Love from Viva la Vida).
I guess being part of an album doesn't necessarily mean part of a tour is a given. Some songs just don't work live or don't fit into the setlist.
I think your question could be changed to why haven't the boys played those songs yet. They still may; they've got a lot of dates. U.F.O and Up With The Birds could easily be X stage additions at least. It's too early to say whether they'll make an appearance though.

March 25, 2009 - submitted by Katie, United States of America
Q. I am getting married in September, and I really want to walk down the aisle to Reign of Love just the piano version, do you know where I can buy that? And if I could get also Lovers in Japan just the piano version?
The Oracle replies:
I'm afraid there are no instrumental versions of those songs. Another option would be to get someone to play the music live on the day or pre-record it. As there's also no official songbook for the latest album that might be easier said than done. Unless you rely on the Internet for unofficial music scores, there's nothing else I can suggest. God luck for the big day!

Lyrics

Reign of love
I can't let go
To the sea I offer this heavy load 
Locust wind
Lift me up
I'm just a prisoner in a reign of love

Locust wind
Here I stop
How I wish I'd spoken up
To a reign of love

Reign of love by the church we're waiting
Reign of love on my knees go praying
How I wish I'd spoken up
Away get carried on a reign of love
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