Did the group Coldplay really originally have the words "Roman Catholic priests are singing" in their song "Viva la Vida", and later replace it with "Roman Cavalry choirs are singing"?

  • Where did you find a reference to the version "Roman Catholic priests are singing"?
    – PiedPiper
    Nov 8, 2019 at 15:15
  • my personal recollection. that's how I initially heard it. Nov 8, 2019 at 16:06

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This is a classic example of a misheard lyric (sometimes known as a "mongdegreen"). If you read the lyrics on Coldplay's own website and compare it with the original song you can hear the original text is "Roman cavalry choirs are singing". This is a fairly obscure reference (made a bit clearer by the reference to missionaries two lines later) and it's easy to understand why a lot of people mishear this as "Roman Catholic choirs are singing".

For a similar discussion see this question.

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    thank you for the answer. I'm aware of the official lyrics now. can we be sure though? websites can be changed. youTube songs can be re-uploaded. if it was a 1990s song, I'd asked whether you have an original CD... I would like to be as sure as possible. :) Nov 8, 2019 at 16:10
  • actually, now I think this is exactly what it was - I just misheard. thanks for the links! Nov 8, 2019 at 16:17

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