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Mumford and Sons: the beauty and history behind Sigh No More

Today is a little bit of a random post and me sharing with you all, my favorite band in the world: Mumford and Sons.

Music is a HUGE part of my life, and there are a few bands/artist that will forever hold a special place in my heart. Mumford and Sons are one of those bands.

I was 16 years old when my obsession took over and look at me, almost ten years later still just as in love with them.

Although I love ALL of their albums, I am going to only talk about Sigh No More today. It is the album that introduced me to them and ultimately shaped who I am today.

The thing about Mumford and Sons is that they are so different than any other band out there. Have you stopped and actually listened to their lyrics?! You will find many historical undertones and religious influences in each of their songs. Most songs are inspired by literacy genius’ such as Shakespeare, Homer, Steinbeck, and more. They poetically take you on a journey through the whole album. In each song, you will find something relatable but see there is so much more than meets the eye.

What really draws me into them is the intense, raw emotion behind each and every song. Marcus’ voice takes over with a beautiful melody that evokes the listeners with such strong emotions. Ugh, I seriously love them so much.

Okay I am done rambling. I am going to take you on a journey of my all time FAVORITE lyrics from each track on the Sigh No More album.

Stay tuned because I will for sure be posting a Mumford and Sons reading list 😉

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  • Sigh No More

    Song Facts: “Marcus Mumford described to The Guardian this song’s lyrics as “a deliberately spiritual thing but deliberately not a religious thing. I think faith is something beautiful, and something real, and something universal, or it can be.” He added, “We all have our separate views on religion, but I think faith is something to be celebrated. I have my own personal views, they’re still real to me, and I want to write about them.”

 

Love; it will not betray you
Dismay or enslave you, it will set you free
Be more like the man you were made to be

There is a design, an alignment, a cry
Of my heart to see
The beauty of love as it was made to be

  • The Cave

Song Facts: “A number of reviewers have surmised that the title is a reference to Plato’s Allegory of the Cave in which the Greek philosopher argued that the invisible world is the most intelligible and that the visible world is the least knowable, and therefore the most incomprehensible. Plato believed that the soul exists in a realm apart from the body and the thinker is separate from the world he thinks about.”

And I’ll find strength in pain
And I will change my ways
I’ll know my name as it’s called again

I know my call despite my faults and despite my growing fears

I will not hear what you have to say
‘Cause I need freedom now and I need to know how
To live my life as it’s meant to be

  • Winter Winds

Song Facts: “The “Winter” in this song is a metaphor for loneliness as the narrator finds himself with a girl as he’s lonely. He wants to love her, but is unsure if he is with the girl as he has feelings for them, or because of a fear of being alone.”

Was it love or fear of the cold that led us through the night?
For every kiss your beauty trumped my doubt

And my head told my heart
Let love grow
But my heart told my head
This time no

We’ll be washed and buried one day my girl
And the time we were given will be left for the world
The flesh that lived and loved will be eaten by plague
So let the memories be good for those who stay

  • Roll Away Your Stone

Song Facts: “The song is influenced by Shakespeare’s Macbeth. One line – “stars hide your fires, these here are my desires” – is almost directly taken from the play. In an interview with London’s Evening Standard, Mumford said, “You can rip off Shakespeare all you like; no lawyer’s going to call you up on that one.”

You told me that I would find a home
Within the fragile substance of my soul
And I have filled this void with things unreal
And all the while my character it steals

And darkness is a harsh term don’t you think
And yet it dominates the things I see

For these here are my desires
And I won’t give them up to you this time around
And so I’ll be found
With my stake stuck in this ground
Marking the territory of this newly impassioned soul

 

  • White Blank Page

Song Facts: “During this song, a broken-hearted Mumford appears to be singing to his former lover: “Where was my fault / in loving you with all my heart?” and her new conqueror: “Can you lie next to her / and confess your love?” However, there is a more spiritual element to the track as well. In interviews Mumford has talked about how in many of the songs he’s singing about his reluctance at giving all of himself to God, even though he knows it’s what he needs to do. In this song he concludes, “Lead me to the truth and I will follow you with my whole life.”

Can you lie next to her
And give her your heart, your heart
As well as your body
And can you lie next to her
And confess your love, your love

Tell me now, where was my fault
In loving you with my whole heart

You desired my attention but denied my affections, my affections

 

 

  • I Gave You All

 

Song Facts: “This song is based on Shakespeare’s masterpiece King Lear. No divorce or cutting or religion. It is so brilliantly written that we can interpret this in every way possible but however the truth is that this song is about King Lear, who ripped his world (land) in two between his 3 daughters. Read the book and you will understand.”

If only I had an enemy bigger than my apathy I could have won

And you rip it from my hands
And you swear it’s all gone
And you rip out all I had
Just to say that you’ve won

 

  • Little Lion Man

 

Song Facts: Marcus on Little Lion Man: “It’s a very personal story, so I won’t elaborate upon too much. Suffice to say, it was a situation in my life I wasn’t very happy with or proud of… and sometimes when you can’t describe a feeling with your own words, it’s almost easier to express in a song. And then, when you get asked about the songs, it’s quite difficult to explain. It’s a conundrum – you don’t want to seem self-indulgent explaining yourself; it’s always awkward. Which is weird again, because it’s never awkward actually singing them. I suppose the song should stand on its own and people draw their own interpretation from the words. But for me, personally, it’s the lyrics that I listen to again and again in a song. I place specific importance on them. I can’t write lyrics unless I really feel them and mean them, which can sometimes be quite frustrating – because if you’re not feeling much at the time, you’re stuck. I guess the sound of it grabs you a little bit by the balls – it’s quite an aggressive song, a bit more of a punch in the face. Or at least, for our stuff, anyway – a lot of our stuff isn’t quite as hard-hitting as that. It felt like the right song to be the single because it represented the harder, darker side of what we do, and at the same time, the more folksy and punchy side.”

 

 

Take all the courage you have left
Wasted on fixing all the problems that you made in your own head

But it was not your fault but mine
And it was your heart on the line
I really fucked it up this time
Didn’t I, my dear?

 

  • Timshel

 

Song Facts: The song was directly inspired by John Steinbeck’s novel East of Eden, which parallels the Cain and Abel story in Genesis. The title is a Hebrew word which translates as “thou mayest” and the discovery in the book by a group of Chinese scholars of Timshel’s proper meaning in connection with the Cain and Abel account is an important symbol in East Of Eden’s storyline. Steinbeck points out this free will to make choices, which God has given mankind means that though we will not be able to overcome original sin, we may decide to ask for forgiveness for our sins.”

And death is at your doorstep
And it will steal your innocence
But it will not steal your substance

 

  • Thistle & Weeds

 

Plant your hope with good seeds
Don’t cover yourself with thistle and weeds

Spare me your judgments and spare me your dreams
‘Cause recently mine have been tearing my seams
I sit alone in this winter clarity which clouds my mind

Corrupted by the simple sniff of riches blown
I know you have felt much more love than you’ve shown

 

  • Awake My Soul

 

The Odyssey: “In the Rolling Stones interview, the author mentions that, “[Marcus Mumford’s] spiritual journey is a ‘work in progress,’ but he’s clear on one thing: He’s never doubted the existence of God.” Marcus’s background with Christianity has been a little strained because he has struggled with “sin being preached louder than love.” Both of his parents being involved in an evangelical Christian movement in the UK led him to distance himself from the faith. Marcus’s struggle also reveals how it isn’t always easy to be faithful, yet we have to keep trying.”

 

 

Lend me your eyes I can change what you see
But your soul you must keep, totally free

Where you invest your love, you invest your life

 

  • Dust Bowl Dance

 

Song Facts: “This song, for instance draws heavily from the John Steinbeck novel Grapes of Wrath. Frontman Marcus Mumford explained the influence of the Great Depression set classic on the song’s chorus in an interview with American Songwriter: Said Mumford: “One conversation that I remember is when Ben (Lovett keyboards) and I were sitting with a piano and guitar and we were working at the skeletal verse and chorus for ‘Dust Bowl Dance.’ We were sitting and I remember he came with these chords and I said ‘Alright, let’s try to write something around that. Those are great chords.’ And I’d just finished Grapes of Wrath and was feeling pretty ‘wrathful’ (laughs). And I remember we talked about what the chorus should be about.”

 

Align my heart, my body, my mind
To face what I’ve done and do my time

So one man has and another has not
How can you love what it is you have got
When you took it all from the weak hands of the poor?

There will come a time I will look in your eye
You will pray to the God that you always denied

  • After The Storm

But there will come a time, you’ll see, with no more tears.
And love will not break your heart, but dismiss your fears.

Get over your hill and see what you find there,
With grace in your heart and flowers in your hair.

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