"Death and All His Friends" as written by Christopher Anthony John Martin, Guy Rupert Berryman, Jonathan Mark Buckland and William Champion....
All winter we got carried away
Over on the rooftops, let's get married
All summer we just hurried
So come over, just be patient, and don't worry
So come over, just be patient, and don't worry

So come over, just be patient, and don't worry
And don't worry

Try
Try
Try
Try

No I don't want to battle from beginning to end
I don't want a cycle of recycled revenge
I don't want to follow Death and all of his friends

No I don't want to battle from beginning to end
I don't want a cycle of recycled revenge
I don't want to follow Death and all of his friends.

And, in the end, we lie awake, and we dream of making our escape.
And, in the end, we lie awake, and we dream of making our escape.


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"Death and All His Friends" as written by Christopher Anthony John Martin, Guy Rupert Berryman, Jonathan Mark Buckland, William Champion

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  • +8
    General Commentbest song on the new album. period.
    noyeson June 10, 2008   Link
  • +6
    General CommentThis is my favourite track on Viva la Vida, the end where he's yelling is so awesome. Very uplifting i think. Johnny's guitar work is excellent.

    Also i think the lyrics are:

    "No I don't wanna battle from beginning to end"

    instead of "end to end"
    captain amazoon June 05, 2008   Link
  • +3
    General CommentIt was September when i proposed to my girlfriend of 5 1/2 years, all winter we were excited, "over rooftops". Spring turned to summer as "we just hurried"... life began to get very stressful for her planning a wedding and dealing with other serious personal issues in her life. I would go over to her house and tell her to "just be patient and dont worry" things will work themselves out. Feeling overwhelmed I didnt know how to help the situation.

    The tempo changed in our lives as we both started to lash out at one another more frequently blaming eachother for rediculous things, which literally brought us into a "cycle of recycled revenge". Both coming from broken families we always felt that we would only get married once in our lives... and thus the metaphor for divorce that we didnt want to follow... "death and all his frineds" (this line has many other meanings to me as well). My fiance and true love left the situation and her lifes stresses, and ran away to a city an hour away.

    Fast-forward one month to present time. Our families and us are still trying to make sence of it, picking up the pieces. I have for the first time in 26 years felt true pain and sadness. We both still love eachother so much and talk when we feel we are strong enough to do so.

    Tempo change "and in the end We lie awake, and we dream of making our escape"... I know that no matter what our future holds i will always lie awake and dream of our escape together ..... im know she is doing the same.

    I miss her ... this song is amazing ... thanks Chris.
    dj_whut_ivcon June 23, 2008   Link
  • +2
    General Commentawesome begining to the song
    it just kind of gets lost from the middle to the end
    but still good.....
    Its meaning is pretty simple I guess...
    It's about enjoying life, leting go of your regrets
    and stupid revenges...
    It could also be against this ridiculous ' emo movement' that's been going on... hahaha
    just my take on it
    waks85on June 06, 2008   Link
  • +2
    My InterpretationOk, it occurs to me that "Death and all of his friends" might be refering to strife, war, and famine, the horsemen of the apocalyps. I don't think that the song has religious meaning though, considering the negative symbolism used in "Violet Hill". I think that the first part of the song is talking about being in love. The rush of a new romance in the winter and a busy summer, while the rest of the song seems to be a statement about the conditions of the world. So much of the conflict that we go through as humans is based on revenge, getting back at someone who hurt us. I don't want to battle, I don't want to fight The cycle of revenge makes fighting infiinate. I don't want to go with death and all of his friends seems to say that he sees all of this strife, war, famine, and death in the world and doesn't want us to continue in that direction. So if you take the song as a whole it seems to be about being in love while the world has taken a turn for the worst. Song writers don't always make a song about one thing. To them every line might hold a specific meaning on its own. A lot of people will make a series of contrasting statements in a single song on purpose.
    mrbuhuon December 09, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis is a very uplifting track. My favorite on VLV. I'm not sure what its about yet so anyone please chime in.
    raidzon June 06, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentChris Martin:
    "Well, this is supposed to be the theme of the album, really. We're aware of all the bad stuff in life, you know — i.e. Death and all his friends — but that doesn't mean you should ever give in to it, you know? So we all sing that bit together really loudly, as kind of a message to ourselves: never giving up and never focusing on the bad stuff too much."
    noyeson June 09, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI definitely agree that the beginning is about rushing into a relationship... "All winter, we got carried / All way over, on the rooftops, lets get married" These two people are so deeply in love that they're rushing through everything, and finally one of them has realized they need to slow down. "So come over, just be patient, and don't worry." The second part makes me think that rushing through the relationship has caused a battle between them... and now he's realized that it's silly to fight and they should mend their relationship: "No I don't wanna battle from beginning to end, I don't wan't a cycle of recycled revenge, I don't wanna follow death and all of his friends"

    This is such a lovely song, I really love it. Has a lot of meaning to me.
    nikooruon June 12, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General Comment"...we lie awake, and we dream of making our escape."

    i think this is also about lovers who can not be near each other all the time and wish they could escape together. That's how I feel.
    SaraSebastianon September 13, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentChris Martin revealed to Rolling Stone magazine that it was producer Brian Eno who came up with the line "I don't want a cycle of recycled revenge." The Coldplay frontman explained: "I had this blank spot in the lyrics: 'I don't want to battle from beginning to end. Something, something, something. I don't want to follow death and all of his friends.' So we were all having a sandwich, and it's like, 'I don't want to watch too many episodes of Friends? No, that won't do. I don't want to listen to Radiohead's The Bends? No. I don't want to eat any Jerry and Ben's? No.' And then Brian came out with the line, and he was like, 'I quite like that. You should use that.'"

    Chris Martin told MTV News: "Well, this is supposed to be the theme of the album, really. We're aware of all the bad stuff in life, you know - i.e. Death and all his friends - but that doesn't mean you should ever give in to it, you know? So we all sing that bit together really loudly, as kind of a message to ourselves: never giving up and never focusing on the bad stuff too much."
    FloridaGuyon October 10, 2011   Link

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