Mumford & Sons – Roll Away Your Stone Analysis

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.

The lines

“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.

The lines

“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

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One thought on “Mumford & Sons – Roll Away Your Stone Analysis

  1. Nice. Good to see the Macbeth connection.

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