I really enjoyed listening to Mumford & Sons. This project made me realize how much more I really like the band. After learning about the band and interpreting some of their songs, I learned much more than I hoped to learn. The biggest reason that I think that people should really the band is because of their amazing lyrics. You can tell that they were influenced by some of the most influential writers like William Shakespeare and John Steinbeck. They can express something brilliantly in their lyrics, whether it’s about relationships or losing hoping.
I think the only reason that people wouldn’t like this band is because of the folk tunes. I personally like the catchy and the sad tunes, but people have a different taste is the type of beats they like. Even so, you can relax to their music. I personally dislike country music, but the use of banjo in the album was amazingly done. The tune was very different compared to the other bands that I currently listen to. You can listen to them when you are in any mood and you can easily sing along with the band.
I think the leader of the band Marcus Mumford deserves a lot of credit for this band. He is the main writer of the lyrics and he can play a lot of instruments and also have an amazing voice.
I love majority of the album. The song that is a miss to me would be Dust Bowl Dance it is a blues type of songs but I think it doesn’t belong in the album.
Their songs to me bring something new to the music world. Since I first listened to them a year ago, I still find news things in their songs. Their old-time folk music cheers you up and makes think about what the meanings behind the songs are. In attempting to find the songs meaning I felt like I was reading a story and learning something new about myself.
I would definitely recommend this album to everyone, even to those who like music that are very different to them. I really think that Mumford & Sons really have something to offer to everyone.
5 out of 5
One of my favorite things about this song is the use of the banjo. This song was created before Marcus created the band. He wrote this song after riding in a van with the window on top of the ceiling. He saw the light coming through it when he drove from New Mexico to Denver. It was also the day he brought his first guitar. Marcus said in his interviews that some aspects of religion are in the songs. This song is very dark in the lyrics but I love the tune with the lyrics because they make the perfect blend.
The beginning starts with both him and his loved one bring down their barrier so they can see what really is under their layers. He wants to discover himself with his loved one. He found a hole in his soul but fills it up faith and spirituality. He thinks that faith and spiritualty can only bring true happiness. His life is usually filled with darkness, but now his life takes a different turn. He didn’t think that he would be accepted by God after all the things he has done. He believes that God gives grace to all and that you don’t have to earn it.
“It’s not the long walk home that will change this heart,
But the welcome I receive with the restart”
relates to the Bible story The Prodigal Son, which is about a son taking all his father money and gambling it away, but the son deciding to come back home was a difficult thing to do. In the end the father welcomed his son back.
“Stars hide your fires,
These here are my desires”
Is based on Macbeth, where the play says, “”Stars, hide your fires; Let not light see my black and deep desires.” It means that he doesn’t want his shame to be seen, so he surrenders them to God.
He now has a new passion for the faith, which he didn’t believe in before. His old desires don’t have a place in his soul anymore and that it’s now replaced with God.
5 out of 5
In the video Winter Winds, Mumford & Sons are represented in a place that fits their music. Their type of music has folksy type of tunes that relates to farmers and crops of fields. The setting in the video takes place in the empty fields of land. The band uses winter as the metaphor for loneliness. The person in the song finds a girl during the time of his loneliness. He wants to love the girl but he is unsure if he has true feelings for her. He thinks he should stay with her because he is afraid to be alone.
Even though the concept of the song doesn’t relate to the video, I like how the instruments relate to the video. To me the use of banjo reminds me of the south, where there are open fields to farm. I think that all their songs can be applied to the video because their songs have kind of the same beat. Their song reminds me of when I lived in Bangladesh, where I lived in the farm and walked barefoot everywhere, which Marcus Mumford does in the video. He also brings a shovel like he is one of the farmers. That reminds me of one of his interview on MTV, where MTV asks what is another of his dream career would be and he replied that he would be a farmer.
The video implies a sad tone because of the cloudy sky and it looked like it is about to rain. When the band sings the lines
“Remember spring swaps snow for leaves
You’ll be happy and wholesome again
When the city clears and sun ascends”
the Fall leaves start pouring in and the scene lightens up a bit. Even though the song doesn’t relate to the lyrics, I love how they incorporate the countryside.
5 Out of 5
I like Little Lion Man because at least once in our life we didn’t have courage to do something. This song gives you the courage to push yourself to do what you fear. In the song the man seems to be the person who is at fault. He realized how thoughtlessly he behaved by pushing their loved one away. He didn’t have the courage to talk out the problems in their relationship.
In the lines
“Rate yourself and rake yourself
Take all the courage you have left
And waste it on fixing all the problems that you made in your own head”
suggests that he paranoia led to the breakup of his relationship with his partner. The person seems to be very critical of himself and blames himself for everything that led to the downfall of their relationship as described in the lines
“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?”
In the he continues to take the blame himself. That makes me think of how when we do something terrible and how we want to take everything back but we can’t. Being the person at fault in breakups or in arguments make you think about all the things that went wrong.
Before analyzing the song I thought of the song as a happy tune and I never would taught that it would be such a sad song. The song reminded me of the lion from Wizard of Oz, who didn’t have any courage but in the end he had courage.
In the lyrics “Rate yourself and rake yourself,” people thought it was “Rate yourself and rape yourself,” which I thought the same when I first heard it but then I looked it up. It refers to the idiom “rake someone over the coals” meaning to scold someone.
5 Out of 5
My favorite song in the album is The Cave, it was the song the made me want to listen to their other songs. I like everything about the song from the beat to the lyrics. I think the song is about starting new after a bad relationship. The person he was with was heartless and she was just playing with his heart. Yet he still looks out for her because she is harmful to herself. He finds the strength to finally leave her and her controlling and lying ways. Even though she is a liar, he wants to know one truth from her. The part that says:
“So tie me to a post and block my ears
I can see widows and orphans through my tears”
supposedly refers to the Odyssey, when Odysseus told his sailors to tie him to a post on his ship so he can listen to the Sirens sing and he wanted to be tied so he doesn’t jump off the ship to go to them. His sailors put beeswax on their ears so they don’t hear the alluring music. In Greek mythology the Sirens are the widows and orphans so that’s why their music is so beautiful that it makes the listen go crazy. In the song the Sirens is the girl with her lies. Despite his fears, her lies signaled him to leave her.
“So come out of your cave walking on your hands
And see the world hanging upside down”
That refers to Plato’s allegory to the cave. After coming out of the cave he is not sure what he sees.
“So make your siren’s call
And sing all you want
I will not hear what you have to say”
This refers back to the Odyssey, where is refuses to listen to the Sirens. He won’t listen to the girls lies.
“Cause I need freedom now
And I need to know how
To live my life as it’s meant to be”
He breaks free from the girl and now he needs to learn how to live his life without her.
5 Out of 5
Mumford & Sons is a UK band, they play folk rock music. The band is named after the lead of the band Marcus Mumford. They added the sons part to make it sound like a small town band. The cover of the band also makes the album look like a small town band because it shows a local shop, where the band is on the display case. The first song I heard by them was Sign No More, which I didn’t love when I heard it at first because I thought it was a religious band. Their album Sign No More is more about being spiritual and having faith. The album was influenced by William Shakespeare and John Steinbeck. Some of the lyrics were from Shakespeare’s plays and Steinbeck’s novels. The song Sign No More was based on Sign No More Ladies from Much Ado About Nothing. You can get that the feel of the album relates to Steinbeck because the beat of some of the songs is kind of country. I like how the album contains some upbeat songs and some slow songs. The slow songs itself becomes faster as the songs gets to the middle, which I think makes the songs much better. All of the songs contain very good lyrics that don’t slack in any of the songs. The songs can really relate of the listener in situations in relationships and how you shouldn’t lost hope. Their most popular son is Little Lion Man, which I think is one of my favorites.
The order of my favorite to least favorite songs would be:
Little Lion Man
After the Storm
Roll Away Your Stone
Awake my soul
White Blank Page
Sign No More
Thistle & Weeds
I Gave You All
Dust Bowl Dance
5 Out of 5
In the documentary Shouting Fire, the last clip questions about the right to protest. The constitution clearly states in the first amendment that gives “the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.” The protest that took place in in New York during the Republican Convention in 2004 was not harming to anyone. I think the NY police force took it too far because they worsened the situation by arresting the protests, who were protesting peacefully. 1801 protestors were arrested for expressing their freedom of speech. The documentary make an important point that in midst of war people’s rights tend to shrink.
After watching the entire documentary, what surprises me is how people allow the government to get away with this. We should understand by now that in order to have complete freedom of speech we would have to allow people to express their freedom any way they want as long as it doesn’t break any laws. This could mean that we would have to tolerate people like Chase Harper to express their opinion, even if their opinion wrong. Taking away rights from people like Ward Churchill, Martin Garbus, Debbie Almontaser, and Daniel Ellsburg was very wrong because the government fired them for expressing what they believe in. When the government takes such a drastic measure, it puts fear in people that they can’t chose to believe in something that goes against what the government believes in.
I agree with Garbus when he says in the end of the documentary that if you don’t fight for your freedom every day that you’re going to lose it. It is the citizens’ job to stand up against the unfair treatments the people in the documentary faced. The documentary really changed the way I look at our freedom of speech and how we might actually not be able to say anything we want. Before we make accusations we should know about the entire situation first. Everyone treated Churchill and the other like they committed a huge crime, when they were simply just expressing their belief.