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The Cave by Mumford & Sons

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Reviewed on 11th March 2010.

 
 

The Cave

By Mumford & Sons

Mumford and Sons continue to impress with the third single released from their debut album 'Sigh No More.' 'The Cave' is a song of passion and hope that showcases the band's musical sensitivity.

The opening verse "It's empty in the valley of your heart / The sun it rises slowly as you walk / Away from all the fears / And all the faults you've left behind" sets the mood for the song. Perhaps it's the story of a lover who has left and is running away from the faults of a relationship, which the singer believes can be saved. The chorus, "But I will hold on hope / And I won't let you choke / On the noose around your neck" suggests that it is the singer who believes the relationship can work and the "noose" could be the idea that the lover is too willing to let the relationship die.

'The Cave' starts very simply - a picked guitar solo in the introduction is joined by Marcus Mumford's gravelly vocals. The accompaniment slowly builds up throughout the song, adding a piano, percussion and harmonised vocals as the song and the story progress. The banjo is introduced after the first chorus and the speed of the playing, with the incessant drums, suggests impatience, perhaps reflecting the idea that the singer will not let this love die easily. 'The Cave' climaxes with the fast banjos, violent strumming of guitars and beating drums as Mumford growls the chorus for a final time.

 

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