In 2008, Coldplay’s album Viva La Vida (Death & All His Friends) was basically my summer playlist. There were a lot of things going on at the time and many of the songs on the album described exactly what I was feeling. In fact, it stayed pretty close to me the whole year after.
Violet Hill was the band’s first single from the album and it debuted at number 40 on Billboard’s Hot 100. It eventually made #9 on Hot Modern Rock Tracks. According to Chris Martin and Will Champion, Coldplay’s lead singer & drummer, it was the band’s first protest song and Violet Hill is a street in West London.
The video above is a live performance at the BBC studios in London. It skips a little in the beginning but the rest is fine. I included this performance because I’ve actually been to that studio and stood exactly where the stage was set up. I also went on a tour of the studio when I was in London for about 2 weeks in the beginning of 2007.
My favorite lines from Violet Hill have the be the last ones said at the end of the song: I took my love down to Violet Hill, there we sat in snow. All that time she was silent still. ..said if you love me, won’t you let me know? If you love me, won’t you let me know?