There's a cold war coming
On the radio, I heard

from Coldplay – Life in Technicolor ii Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

Since Viva La Vida or Death and All His Friends is a protest album, they are talking about media and political power in the modern world. It alludes to the Cold War to give a reference to the battle for influential power between different politicians, celebrities, and business men in the modern world. They use the Cold War reference to show that all though no shots are fired, it is definitely still a war.

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