For some reason I can't explain

from Coldplay – Viva la Vida Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

This line refers both to the successive line (St Peter) and the preceding line (missionaries). It’s also another dual line, where the narrator is taking on aspects of a mortal king who turned his back on Christ, but also aspects of Christ.

Related to the St. Peter line: the king who fell due to his corrupt kingship might still hold the corrupt egotism that got him on the streets. Maybe it’s in the king’s nature and it’s something beyond his understanding to know that his egotism is what St. Peter denies him for.

Related to the missionary line: he is still be in shock of losing his missionaries to foreign power or “fields.” He can’t explain how he got so bad and how the title was taken from him. But as he becomes dethroned, and able to see from a non-bias perspective, he learns that it was the power that got in his head (hence why Peter won’t help him) and the people alongside him who “never [gave] an honest word” as a way of bringing him down.

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