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Snake Eyes
Mumford & Sons Lyrics


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You hold it, in your hands
And let it flow, this cruelty
Of youth as you fall again
Alone, In the compromise of truth

It's in the eyes
I can tell, you will always be danger
We had it tonight, why do you leave it open?

And the stakes remain too high
For this silent mind
And the shake, the lonely itch
That courses down my spine
To leave a love divine
Don't leave a love divine
It's a water tight excuse

It's in the eyes
I can tell, you will always be danger
We had it tonight, why do we always seek absolution?
It's in the eyes
I can tell you will always be danger

How does the earth around your feet
Just slip away?
And abandon, that greets you in the night
With snake eyes, the most precious kind

It's in the eyes!
I can tell, you will always be danger!
We had it tonight! Why do we always seek absolution?
It's in the eyes!
I can tell you will always be danger!

Overall Meaning

The lyrics of Mumford & Sons’s song “Snake Eyes” seem to be about a feeling of danger and betrayal resulting from a failed relationship. The first stanza introduces the idea of holding something, presumably a relationship, in one’s hands, only to have it slip away due to the cruelty of youth and the compromise of truth. The second stanza refers to the idea that danger can be seen in a person’s eyes, and even though there was something between the couple that night, it was left open to the possibility of betrayal. The chorus repeats the line “It’s in the eyes. I can tell you will always be danger” twice, emphasizing the singer’s feeling of unease.


The third stanza speaks to the pain of loss, as the earth around the singer’s feet slips away, abandoning them in the dark night, represented by snake eyes, which are often associated with deception or duplicitousness. The chorus is repeated twice more, with the final line of the song emphasizing the idea of leaving behind a “love divine,” which is a poignant reminder of the emptiness resulting from a relationship that could have been but was ultimately sabotaged.


Line by Line Meaning

You hold it, in your hands
You have control over this situation or circumstance.


And let it flow, this cruelty
You allow the harshness of life to take its course.


Of youth as you fall again
You repeatedly make the same mistakes, like a young person learning through experience.


Alone, In the compromise of truth
You end up isolated as you compromise your values or beliefs to fit into a particular situation.


It's in the eyes
One's true intentions or nature can be seen by looking into their eyes.


I can tell, you will always be danger
I can sense that you will always be a risky or harmful presence.


We had it tonight, why do you leave it open?
We had a good thing going, so why would you let it slip away?


And the stakes remain too high
The risks or consequences of a certain action or decision are too great.


For this silent mind
For someone who keeps their thoughts and feelings to themselves.


And the shake, the lonely itch
The feeling of uncertainty or unease that comes with being alone.


That courses down my spine
That sends shivers down my back or makes me feel anxious.


To leave a love divine
To abandon something that was once considered sacred or special.


Don't leave a love divine
Don't ruin something that was once cherished or valuable.


It's a water tight excuse
It's an excuse that cannot be refuted or argued against.


How does the earth around your feet
How do you manage to stay grounded or stable despite everything happening around you?


Just slip away?
Disappear or leave without warning or explanation?


And abandon, that greets you in the night
The feeling of loneliness or abandonment that comes with being alone at night.


With snake eyes, the most precious kind
With eyes that are dangerous or deceitful, but also attractive and alluring.


We had it tonight! Why do we always seek absolution?
We had a good thing going, so why do we feel the need to be forgiven or pardoned?


I can tell you will always be danger!
I can sense that you will always pose a threat or potential harm.




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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Annemijn Doude Van Troostwijk

Lyrics:

You hold it, in your hands
And let it flow, this cruelty
Of youth as you fall again
Alone, In the compromise of truth


It's in the eyes
I can tell, you will always be danger
We had it tonight, why do you leave it open?


And the stakes remain too high
For this silent mind
And the shake, the lonely itch
That courses down my spine
To leave a love divine
Don't leave a love divine
It's a water tight excuse


It's in the eyes
I can tell, you will always be danger
We had it tonight, why do we always seek absolution?
It's in the eyes
I can tell you will always be danger


How does the earth around your feet
Just slip away?
And abandon, that greets you in the night
With snake eyes, the most precious kind


It's in the eyes!
I can tell, you will always be danger!
We had it tonight! Why do we always seek absolution?
It's in the eyes!
I can tell you will always be danger!



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Greg Poblete

I love when Mumford songs start out soft then go super hard.

Michael Kapfhamer

Fuck yeah!

seauf

haha

Mark G

It's heavenly

Cleiton Erik Sifuentes

Thanks for the spoilers kkk, I'm jokin'.. Its a great song!!!

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Ge Ge

It's in the eyes,
I can tell that you'll always be danger
Soulful lyrics!!

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One of the best ever...... timeless music for appreciative fans

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