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The Cave
Mumford & Sons Lyrics


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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

The harvest left no food for you to eat
You cannibal, you meat-eater, you see
But I have seen the same
I know the shame in your defeat

But I will hold on hope
And I won't let you choke
On the noose around your neck

And I'll find strength in pain
And I will change my ways
I'll know my name as it's called again

'Cause I have other things to fill my time
You take what is yours and I'll take mine
Now let me at the truth
Which will refresh my broken mind

So tie me to a post and block my ears
I can see widows and orphans through my tears
I know my call despite my faults
And despite my growing fears

But I will hold on hope
And I won't let you choke
On the noose around your neck

And I'll find strength in pain
And I will change my ways
I'll know my name as it's called again

So come out of your cave walking on your hands
And see the world hanging upside down
You can understand dependence
When you know the maker's hand

So make your siren's call
And sing all you want
I will not hear what you have to say

'Cause I need freedom now
And I need to know how
To live my life as it's meant to be

And I will hold on hope
And I won't let you choke
On the noose around your neck

And I'll find strength in pain
And I will change my ways
I'll know my name as it's called again

Overall Meaning

Mumford & Sons's song "The Cave" is an anthem about perseverance and resilience in the face of adversity. The lyrics "It's empty in the valley of your heart, The sun, it rises slowly as you walk" paints a picture of desolation, loneliness and a sense of inner emptiness. But instead of giving up, the singer encourages the listener to hold on to hope and not to let their past mistakes or fears choke them.


The line "So come out of your cave walking on your hands, And see the world hanging upside down" suggests that the singer wants the listener to look at things from a different perspective, to challenge themselves, and to not be afraid to take risks. The theme of perseverance is further emphasized in the lyrics "And I'll find strength in pain, And I will change my ways, I'll know my name as it's called again." The singer acknowledges that there will be challenges and pain, but that they will overcome them and become a better version of themselves in the process.


Overall, "The Cave" is a powerful song that resonates with anyone who has gone through difficult times and is striving to come out stronger on the other side.


Line by Line Meaning

It's empty in the valley of your heart
You feel a sense of loneliness and emptiness in your heart.


The sun, it rises slowly as you walk
As you walk away from your fears and faults, there is a new dawn of hope rising for you slowly.


Away from all the fears
You're walking towards a place where your fears cannot haunt you anymore.


And all the faults you've left behind
As you leave your faults behind, they might not have completely disappeared, but you have made a choice to not to let them define you anymore.


The harvest left no food for you to eat
You've experienced a lack of opportunities or resources in your life, which have led you to a state of hopelessness.


You cannibal, you meat-eater, you see
You've had to survive in a world where people are ruthless and will do whatever it takes to get ahead.


But I have seen the same
The person singing this song has seen and experienced the same pain and struggles as you.


I know the shame in your defeat
The person singing this song understands how it feels to be defeated and ashamed, and wants you to know that you're not alone in this experience.


But I will hold on hope
Even though life has been difficult, the person singing this song chooses to hold onto hope and not give up.


And I won't let you choke
The person singing this song promises to support you and not let you be brought down by the struggles of life.


On the noose around your neck
The noose represents the hardships and obstacles in life that can hold you back and suffocate you.


And I'll find strength in pain
The person singing this song chooses to find strength in pain and use it as a source of power.


And I will change my ways
The person singing this song realizes that they need to change their ways in order to grow and move forward in life.


I'll know my name as it's called again
They want to rediscover their identity and be grounded in who they really are.


'Cause I have other things to fill my time
The person singing this song has other things in their life that they want to pursue and focus on besides their struggles and hardships.


You take what is yours and I'll take mine
The person singing this song is telling you that they'll focus on what's important to them and you can focus on what's important to you.


Now let me at the truth
They want to discover the truth about their life and overcome any lies or misconceptions they may have about themselves.


Which will refresh my broken mind
They believe that discovering the truth will heal their mind, which has been broken by life's struggles.


So tie me to a post and block my ears
The person singing this song is willing to go to extremes to block out all the negativity and distractions in their life.


I can see widows and orphans through my tears
They've come to a place where they can empathize with others who are struggling and feel their pain deeply.


I know my call despite my faults
They know that they have a purpose and a calling in life, despite their faults and mistakes.


And despite my growing fears
They're aware that fear can grow in their heart, but they won't let it deter them from pursuing their purpose.


So come out of your cave walking on your hands
The person singing this song is urging you to come out of your place of fear and sadness and try something new, even if it feels uncomfortable.


And see the world hanging upside down
By looking at the world from a different perspective, you might see things in a new light and gain a fresh outlook on life.


You can understand dependence
By changing your perspective, you might realize how much you depend on others in your life and how much they depend on you.


When you know the maker's hand
By recognizing the hand of a higher power in your life, you might be able to see how everything fits together and understand your purpose more deeply.


So make your siren's call
The person singing this song is telling you to follow your desires and pursue what you love.


And sing all you want
They're encouraging you to express yourself fully and not hold back.


I will not hear what you have to say
The person singing this song won't let others' opinions or criticisms silence their voice and dreams.


'Cause I need freedom now
The person singing this song desires freedom from the pain and struggles that hold them back.


And I need to know how
They want to know how to break free from their current circumstances and live a fulfilling life.


To live my life as it's meant to be
The person singing this song wants to live their life according to their purpose and destiny.


And I'll find strength in pain
They believe that pain can be used as a source of strength and power.


And I will change my ways
They're open to change and growth in order to live their life to the fullest.


I'll know my name as it's called again
They want to rediscover their identity and be grounded in who they really are.




Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group
Written by: Benjamin Walter David Lovett, Edward James Milton Dwane, Marcus Oliver Johnstone Mumford, Winston Aubrey Aladar Marshall

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Most interesting comment from YouTube:

@mcm6807

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

The harvest left no food for you to eat
You cannibal, you meat-eater, you see
But I have seen the same
I know the shame in your defeat

But I will hold on hope
And I won't let you choke
On the noose around your neck

And I'll find strength in pain
And I will change my ways
I'll know my name as it's called again

‘Cause I have other things to fill my time
You take what is yours and I'll take mine
Now let me at the truth
Which will refresh my broken mind

So tie me to a post and block my ears
I can see widows and orphans through my tears
I know my call despite my faults
And despite my growing fears

But I will hold on hope
And I won't let you choke
On the noose around your neck

And I'll find strength in pain
And I will change my ways
I'll know my name as it's called again

So come out of your cave walking on your hands
And see the world hanging upside down
You can understand dependence
When you know the maker's land

So make your siren's call
And sing all you want
I will not hear what you have to say

‘Cause I need freedom now
And I need to know how
To live my life as it's meant to be

And I will hold on hope
And I won't let you choke
On the noose around your neck

And I'll find strength in pain
And I will change my ways
I'll know my name as it's called again



All comments from YouTube:

@amandadube156

When this song was on the radio I was living alone with my alcoholic mother. When we finally got evicted she lied to me and told me we had to move in with her boyfriend (who I barely knew) because she had a stalker, and that we'd have to empty my bank account to do it. I was working for barely more than minimum wage at the time. I knew she was lying because that's just what she did. I packed my stuff into my car, ignored her screaming the whole time, and drove off and that was the last time I saw her for 2 years. This song came on just as I was getting on the highway.

Today I'm doing very well: I have a good job and a nice apartment and I'm learning how to cultivate healthy relationships. And to this day I still can't hear this song without breaking down in tears: for me it commemorates the single biggest turning point in my life.

@c.constantino

Amanda Dube you are so strong. i’m so happy that this amazing song is such an inspiration to you :’)

@metton581

Amanda Dube Wish you all the best.

@yucatansuckaman5726

My friend used to go through similar crap and I always picked him up and let him stay at my place. We laugh now on those old, tough times. Still such a good song. We love this song.

@sennadesillva

My ex-wife was an alcoholic as well, Amanda. She made me feel so worthless that I basically felt like I HAD to stay with her or I'd forever be alone because no one else would could possibly care about me. This song always reminds me of her BS and I completely understand you on the "turning point" in life. Just over 3 years apart now and feeling much better. I truly wish you good luck on patching things up with your mom. A marriage can eventually be gotten over and forgotten about, a mother-daughter bond can not.

@ellal0vesyouu

:) im actually happy for you..

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@user-fr3gx9lz1m

This song saved me from the worst suicidal depression of my life. 13 years later, it's a reminder of my resiliance, what i can overcome, and power of the right music at the right time. I did hold on to hope and i did change my ways, and i know the woman i am today has the strength to make it through anything.

@cowculating

glad you made it and that you're still here today! keep going c:

@michaelperry6371

Mumford n sons is what keeps me grounded and stops me from the stupid decisions I might make

@JN-vv6wt

I'm happy for you, this band made me got into music and wanting to be an artist since 2015 when I was 10 and 2 years ago I was 17 making very stupid decisions like drugs and alcoholism getting drunk almost everyday until the point I thought this is it until I was listening to Little Lion Man and that changed me and I was like what am I doing and since then I have been trying to clean myself, I'm doing ok, I am more responsible with alcohol , not on drugs anymore. And I'm glad people relate to me and who has similar experience. and thank you for sharing your story so I wanna share mine ❤❤❤❤

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