Artist Coldplay
Album Viva La Vida single
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Intro - x2 -: Bb - C - F - Dm

- Dm  -     Bb        C
I used to rule the world 
           F                    Dm
Seas would rise when I gave the word 
                     Bb     C
Now in the morning I sleep alone 
          F                 Dm
Sweep the streets I used to own

Bb - C - F - Dm    x2

- Dm  -     Bb         C
I used to roll the dice 
          F                 Dm
Feel the fear in my enemy's eyes 
              Bb            C
Listen as the crowd would sing: 
          F                 Dm
"Now the old king is dead! Long live the king!"


- Dm  -        Bb        C
One minute I held the key 
         F                    Dm
Next the walls were closed on me 
                          Bb        C
And I discovered that my castles stand 
     F                    Dm
Upon pillars of salt and pillars of sand 

  Bb              C
I hear Jerusalem bells are ringing 
F             Dm
Roman Cavalry choirs are singing 
Bb                C
Be my mirror, my sword, and shield 
   F                 Dm
My missionaries in a foreign field 
Bb                 C
For some reason I can't explain 
F                     Dm              Bb      C
Once you go there was never, never an honest word
         Em               Dm 
That was when I ruled the world 

Bb - C - F - Dm    x2

- Dm  -                 Bb     C
It was the wicked and wild wind 
              F               Dm
Blew down the doors to let me in. 
                          Bb        C
Shattered windows and the sound of drums 
       F                    Dm
People couldn't believe what I'd become

- Dm  -    Bb      C
Revolutionaries wait 
        F               Dm
For my head on a silver plate 
                   Bb      C
Just a puppet on a lonely string
   F                         Dm
Oh who would ever want to be king? 


  Bb              C
I hear Jerusalem bells are ringing 
F             Dm
Roman Cavalry choirs are singing 
Bb                C
Be my mirror, my sword, and shield 
   F                 Dm
My missionaries in a foreign field 
Bb                 C
For some reason I can't explain 
  F                     Dm              
I know Saint Peter will call my name ,
   Bb            C 
never an honest word
              Em               Dm 
But that was when I ruled the world  

Bb - Dm x3
G x2


Bb - C - F - Dm    x2
- Ohhhhh Ohhh Ohhh -

  Bb              C
I hear Jerusalem bells are ringing 
F             Dm
Roman Cavalry choirs are singing 
Bb                C
Be my mirror, my sword, and shield 
   F                 Dm
My missionaries in a foreign field 
Bb                 C
For some reason I can't explain 
  F                     Dm              
I know Saint Peter will call my name ,
   Bb            C 
never an honest word
             F                Dm 
But that was when I ruled the world  

Bb - C - F - Dm              and fading...
Oooooh Oooooh Oooooh    
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rinkagamine

I request the Minecraft lyrics.

idk

[Verse 1]
I used to rule the world
Chunks would load when I gave the word
Now every night I go stow away
Hide from the mobs I used to slay
They once were terrified
Every time I looked into their eyes
Villagers would cheer my way
For a hero I was, that’s what they’d say
One minute we had it all
Next our world began to fall
Away from all that it had once become
They all cried for my help, but I stood there numb

[Chorus]
I gaze off into the boundless skyline
Note block choirs playing in the sunshine
Turn around, pick up my sword and wield
The blade that once forced evil mobs to yield
And hope one day that this chaos and
Destruction turns for the better
Never a bow in hand
That was when I ruled the land

[Verse 2]
It was the creepers and the skeletons
Blew down the doors and boxed us in
Arrows whizzing by like streaks of light
I tried all that I could to stay and fight
As the undead roamed the street
Families broken at my feet
Life itself suspended by a thread
Oh, why was it that I wasn’t dead?

[Chorus]
I gaze off into the boundless skyline
Note block choirs playing in the sunshine
Turn around, pick up my sword and wield
The blade that once forced evil mobs to yield
If this battle should leave me slain
I know Herobrine will call my name
Better to take a stand
That was when I ruled the land

[Instrumental Bridge]

[Chorus]
I gazed off into the boundless skyline
Note block choirs playing in the sunshine
Turn around, pick up my sword and wield
The blade that once forced evil mobs to yield
If this battle should leave me slain
I know Herobrine will call my name
Better to take a stand
And that was when I ruled the land

The King

you, my dear sir, are a national hero.

Sabrina

I use C (like in the beginning of the chorus and in the verses). I have played it with Bm and it just sounds weird to me.

Evan Wiles

its supposed to be Em

diane

I play a CM7 instead of C throughout the course of the song and it works better in the chorus than Bm in my opinion

Caroline

I also used C

A Person

I thought it sounded weird too, thanks!

Erin - エリン

For strumming, I went DDDU DDDUD

Brian

-4 for original key

rain

strumming pattern
think of two chords as one strumming pattern
first chord – DDDD switch to next chord – UUUDU
repeat for the rest of the song

Josnah

I just use DDUUUD this is very easy

BigBoiBrain

when I watched the video up top am i the only one who sang “Interlude”?😂

Donyelle

The original key of the song is -4

Grace

I literally just spent like 20 minutes trying to write out the strumming pattern and then I read the green box underneath. ??

Angelo Labella

what green box? help! :)

Julius

Its not allowed to add strummingpadders course the copyright :/

b.j.queen.of.scribbles

and yet nobody listens lol

AudreyLeeeez

I’d suggest changing the Bm to an Em in the original key

Stephanieeeee

I agree, it’s easier to play and it sounds a lot better!

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