VIDEO – Coldplay – "Violet Hill (Dancing Politicians)"

I’m all about this song right now. I just can’t get that catchy march beat out of my head. Unfortunately, the official (normal) version of the music video leaves something to be desired. Thankfully, we live in the age of digital web media, where two versions can find existence.

It’s quite brilliant on a viral marketing standpoint: create a provocative video with a bipartisan political message and let all the kiddies share it with their friends. The video sort of brought a tear to my eye, though I think it had slightly more to do with the superb production than with any of the underlying messages.

“Violet Hill”

Was a long and dark December
From the rooftops I remember
There was snow, white snow

Clearly I remember
From the windows they were watching
While we froze down below

When the future’s architectured
By a carnival of idiots on show
You’d better lie low

If you love me won’t you let me know?

Was a long and dark December
When the banks became cathedrals
And the fog became God

Priests clutched onto bibles
And went out to fit their rifles
And the Cross was held aloft

Bury me in honor
When I’m dead and hit the ground
A love back home unfolds

If you love me won’t you let me know?

(A brilliant example of a simple yet effective solo)

I don’t want to be a soldier
With the captain of some sinking ship
With snow, far below

So if you love me why’d you let me go?

I took my love down to Violet Hill
There we sat in snow
All that time she was silent still

So if you love me won’t you let me know?

Weird poses are a prerequisite for being in a rock band…