Where You Invest Your Love, You Invest Your Life
Mumford & Sons formed in the December of 2007 with the purpose of creating and writing music that mattered and fans could relate to. The group is made up of four West Londoners, Marcus Mumford, Country Winston, Ben Lovett, and Ted Dwane, all in their early twenties. Mumford & Son’s sound is commonly classified as folk and bluegrass, blended with traces of country. Their distinctive sound has been referred to as a “gutsy, old-time sound that marries the magic of Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young with the might of Kings Of Leon,” (“Mumford & Sons: Biography” 1). The band is widely admired by fans and other leading musicians for not becoming just another over-produced, mainstream, talentless band that we are starting to see commonly in the music industry. I chose two very intimate, powerful and popular songs off of the band’s first record, “Sigh No More,” to compare and contrast. “Roll Away Your Stone,” and “White Blank Page,” are faith-based, powerful, and emotional songs, in which talented lyricist Marcus Mumford creates a theme for the audience of searching into the heart and truly seeing what is inside and returning to God to find the ultimate love and freedom from sin.
I believe the theme in “Roll Away Your Stone,” to be about what blocks us from seeing our most in-ward being, our “soul.” The “stone,” in the song is a metaphor for the sin in our lives that darkens and blocks our view to our soul. Mumford writes, “You told me that I would find a hole, within the fragile substance of my soul.” To me he is referring to sin and the “hole” it can create in the soul. He later goes on to describe how this person has “filled this void with things unreal,” I feel that this is his way of referring to earthly desires and possessions and how they are not eternal and have not brought the person he is writing about any true peace that is desperately be searched for. He writes lyrics referring to how sin is so...
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