Song Analysis: "The Cave" by Mumford & Sons Essay

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BACKGROUND West London-based Mumford & Sons is a folk/indie-rock band that favours atypical instrumentation, conjures up a unique sound, and appeals to a wide range of listeners. Emerging from what some in the media have labeled as the “West London Folk scene”, Mumford and Sons features four 20-something multi-instrumentalists and close friends: Marcus Mumford, Ben Lovett, Winston Marshall, and Ted Dwayne. The English foursome joined forces in December 2007, bonded over a mutual appreciation of folk, rock, country, and bluegrass, and adopted the stage name of Mumford & Sons to give the band a familial connotation. Four years and several live performances later, Mumford & Sons achieved widespread, multi-platinum success with their unique …show more content…
It was written by lead vocalist Marcus Mumford, produced by Markus Dravs (think Bjork and Arcade Fire), performed by the four Sons, and released in the US in March 2010.
ANALYSIS
Part One: The Lyrics. Though some of the lyrics are quite dark and depressing, “The Cave” ends on a positive note of hope and recovery. The track tells the tale of someone who has emotionally suffered the consequences of making some bad decisions in life. While searching for freedom and a positive outlook on life, he ultimately abandons his restraints and finds strength in his faults and weaknesses, living life “as it’s meant to be”. After repeatedly listening to “The Cave”, I realized that this song is enveloped in several layers of meaning, which are illuminated by the presence of metaphors and harsh allusions. Thanks to the Intro to Philosophy course I took a few years back, I was able to pinpoint the deeper philosophical and meanings not apparent upon first glance. I noticed many instances throughout the narrative that allude to Plato’s Allegory of the Cave (see Appendix 2). The song can be viewed as a dialogue between someone who has escaped the cave that is trying to help a prisoner escape. Plato speaks of escaping the ignorance and false reality in which they live (see Appendix 2). Verse 3 (see Appendix 1) speaks directly to this idea. Additionally, the end of Plato’s allegory describes

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