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Death Will Never Conquer song meanings
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    General CommentI just downloaded this earlier this morning; it is absolutely amazing! My friend said it sounded churchy, but to me, it sounds like something soldiers would have sung back in World War II. For whatever reason, the scene in Band of Brothers, where a company of Army soldiers were singing as they drove down a dusty path in Europe, came to mind. I love it. Is this an original song? I wonder what the motivation behind it was? I wish it was on Viva La Vida, but I'm content regardless. =]
    okidoki098on July 15, 2008   Link
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    General CommentIt definitely has a gospel-y (if not churchy) feel to it. Especially the lines

    One day death is gonna conquer me
    I'll be down where the waters flow
    I hope sweet heaven is the place for me

    It sounds like something right out of a bluegrass or gospel song. Maybe even a slave spiritual. That sets up an interesting metaphor- slave to slave hunter and human to Death. I don't know if it is an original or not but it is good as always.

    Coldplay, from time to time has used a sort of American southern sound, like in Til Kingdom Come, or Green Eyes (a little bit), but this is very evident of that style.

    Great song!
    lguard73on July 15, 2008   Link
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    General CommentIt does sound very gospely to me, also very reminiscent of Ray Charles or Van Morrison. Perhaps a tribute to one of the them, like Til Kingdom Come was for Johnny Cash?
    mitsukai_zeroon September 17, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI downloaded this song from their site.Awesome song kept ringing in my head for days.
    vivalavidaon September 28, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI find this is VERY similar to Now My Feet Won't Touch The Ground, lyrics-wise. Anyone else think this could have been an earlier/alternative version of it?
    Splisheeon June 18, 2009   Link
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    General CommentIt's a great song, I love Will Champion singing it.
    Obviously, it's all about death and the fact that the singer doesn't want to die, and is asking his friends not to let him die should the time come. However, he also seems to be saying that at some point death is inevitable, that he doesn't wnat his friends to be unhappy at his death, and he just wants to be placidly happy in death.
    JotaPepeon July 08, 2009   Link
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    General CommentI can just imagine a British soldier singing this to himself in a WWI trench, just before the Germans start attacking.
    YanYan108on August 14, 2009   Link
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    General CommentKay, the version I have has Chris singing on it ??
    thirsty_thursdayon December 04, 2009   Link
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    General Comment@thirsty_thursday: the studio version is sung by chris and played on the piano, but the live arrangement consists of will on vocals and guitar, guy on guitar, chris on harmonica, and jonny on tambourine
    matts05on February 28, 2010   Link
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    General CommentA great B side to Viva La Vida. Even if it is just on a promo cd.
    MaoMao27on June 29, 2010   Link

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