The song's Spanish title, "Viva la Vida", is taken from a painting by 20th century Mexican artist Frida Kahlo. It translates into English as "long live life". When asked about the album's name Chris Martin referred to Frida Kahlo's strength, she endured polio, a broken spine, and a decade of chronic pain. She went through a lot of [things], of course, and then she started a big painting in her house that said Viva la Vida, I just loved the boldness of it, More information: http://thecatalist.org/2010/03/coldplay-frida-kahlo-and-viva-la-vida/ During the album's production, "Viva la Vida" was one of the songs that had polarized each member's opinion over which version they should choose. In an interview, vocalist Chris Martin recalls, "We did quite a few different versions and went round the houses a bit and eventually settled on those treatments for it." "I know St. Peter won't call my name," The song mentions St. Peter, a religious figure in both Christianity and Judaism who guards the Pearly Gates and calls the name of those going to Heaven.