A Sad Song for The King (Viva LeBron?)

Reading Dan Wetzel’s article on LeBron’s disappearing act after the Eastern Conference Finals loss to the Orlando Magic conjured up Coldplay’s 2008 hit “Viva La Vida.”  For some reason, those two started to fuse together and suddenly a song emerged.

A King without a crown?

A King without a crown?

Cue the violins!!!!

[VERSE 1]

I used to rule the world
Crowds would raise when I gave the word
Now this morning I sleep alone
Dream of rings I should have owned

I used to throw dunks down
Average 40 points every round.
But, listen as the crowds sing
“Now the new king is dead! God save the king!”

One minute I held the key
See me holding O’Brien’s trophy
And I discovered that my titles stand
Upon pillars of salt and pillars of sand

[CHORUS 1]

I hear in Cleveland bells were ringing
Cavalier fans as one were singing
”Be our savior and bring home the trophy”
Feel pressure from Jordan’s legacy.

For some reason I can’t explain
The Cavs-Lakers final was never
Never an honest word
And that was when I ruled the world

[VERSE 2]

It was the Magic from the dirty South
Blew down the doors to keep me out
Shattered hopes and the sound of drums
People couldn’t believe what I’d become

ABC executives wait
For my head on a silver plate
Just a puppet on a lonely string
Oh who would ever want to be King?

[CHORUS 2]

I hear in Cleveland bells were ringing
Cavalier fans as one were singing
”Be our savior and bring home the trophy”
Feel pressure from Jordan’s legacy.

For some reason I can’t explain
I know David Stern won’t call my name
Never an honest word
But that was when I ruled the world

[INSTRUMENTAL BREAK]

LeBron does a little dance with Coldplay.  "Ohohoooooh Ohoh!"

LeBron does a little dance with Coldplay. "Ohohoooooh Ohoh!"

[HARMONIZING “OHs”]

I hear in Cleveland bells were ringing
Cavalier fans as one were singing
”Be our savior and bring home the trophy”
But my true title shot is with Jay-Z.

For some reason I can’t explain
I know that the Nets will call my name
Never an honest word
But that was when I ruled the world

Big ups to Coldplay.  It is, after all, based on their song “Viva la Vida” from the 2008 album of the same name, and I’d be remissed if I did not acknowledge that much.

This parody first appeared on The Bleacher Report on 31 May 2009.

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