Holland Road
Mumford & Sons Lyrics


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So I was lost, go count the cost,
Before you go to the Holland Road,
With your heart like a stone you spared no time in lashing out,
And I knew your pain and the effect of my shame, but you cut me down,
You cut me down

And I will not tell the thoughts of hell
That carried me home from the Holland Road
With my heart like a stone and I put up no fight
To your callus mind, and from your corner you rose to cut me down,
You cut me down

So I hit my low, but little did I know that would not be the end,
From the Holland Road well I rose and I rose, and I paid less time,
To your callus mind, and I wished you well as you cut me down,
You cut me down

But I'll still believe though there's cracks you'll see,
When I'm on my knees I'll still believe,
And when I've hit the ground, neither lost nor found,
If you believe in me I'll still believe

And I'll still believe though there's cracks you'll see,
When I'm on my knees I'll still believe,




And when I've hit the ground, neither lost nor found,
If you believe in me I'll still believe

Overall Meaning

Mumford & Sons's song Holland Road is a song about a broken relationship and the struggles that come with the aftermath. The song begins with the singer confessing to being lost and asking the listener to count the cost before proceeding down Holland Road. This road serves as a metaphor for the difficult path ahead. The singer then acknowledges his own faults in the broken relationship and recognizes the hurt he caused. However, the other person responds with anger and cuts the singer down. The lyrics suggest that this was a turning point for the singer, but he rose up from hitting rock bottom and tried to move forward. The chorus is about the singer's unwavering belief in himself and his ability to carry on, even when faced with challenges.


The lyrics in the first verse reflect a sense of regret and a desire to make up for past mistakes. The use of the phrase "heart like a stone" suggests that the singer had put up a guard, and his behavior towards the other person was cold and unwelcoming. The other person responded in kind, causing further damage to the relationship. The line "I knew your pain and the effect of my shame, but you cut me down" implies that the singer had acknowledged his mistakes but was still met with resistance. This verse is a powerful exploration of the emotions and dynamics at play in a relationship, both before and after a breakup.


The chorus is a call to perseverance and faith in oneself, even in the face of adversity. The use of the phrase "cracks you'll see" suggests that the singer knows he is not perfect, but he still has the strength to carry on. The repetition of "I'll still believe" reinforces this sense of resilience and determination. Overall, the lyrics in Holland Road are a heartfelt exploration of the painful experiences that come with a broken relationship, and the struggle to move forward despite the hurt.


Line by Line Meaning

So I was lost, go count the cost, Before you go to the Holland Road,
I was lost and confused, please think about the consequences before going down a difficult path like the Holland Road.


With your heart like a stone you spared no time in lashing out, And I knew your pain and the effect of my shame, but you cut me down, You cut me down
You were so hurt and angry that you didn't hesitate to hurt me too, even though I knew I was at fault. Your words cut me deeply.


And I will not tell the thoughts of hell That carried me home from the Holland Road With my heart like a stone and I put up no fight To your callus mind, and from your corner you rose to cut me down, You cut me down
I won't describe the dark thoughts that plagued me as I returned from the difficult journey of the Holland Road. I was emotionally numb and didn't argue with your harsh words. You attacked me from a defensive position and hurt me again.


So I hit my low, but little did I know that would not be the end, From the Holland Road well I rose and I rose, and I paid less time, To your callus mind, and I wished you well as you cut me down, You cut me down
I reached my lowest point, but I didn't realize that it was just the beginning. I persevered and worked harder, ignoring your indifference. I hoped for the best for you even as you degraded me again.


But I'll still believe though there's cracks you'll see, When I'm on my knees I'll still believe, And when I've hit the ground, neither lost nor found, If you believe in me I'll still believe
Despite the flaws and imperfections, I will continue to have faith. Even when I am at my lowest, I will still hold onto my beliefs. Even if I'm not sure where I stand, I will still stand firm if you have faith in me.


And I'll still believe though there's cracks you'll see, When I'm on my knees I'll still believe, And when I've hit the ground, neither lost nor found, If you believe in me I'll still believe
Reinforcing the previous meaning, despite any signs of weakness or imperfection, I will still hold onto my beliefs. Even when I've hit rock bottom and don't know my place, I will still stand firm if I have the support of someone who believes in me.




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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@charlesmckenzie8872

So I was lost, go count the cost,
Before you go to the holland road,
With your heart like a stone you spared no time in lashing out,
And I knew your pain and the effect of my shame, but you cut me down, you cut me down,

And I will not tell the thoughts of hell
That carried me home from the Holland road
With my heart like a stone and I put up no fight
To your callous mind, and from your corner you rose to cut me down, you cut me down,

So I hit my low, but little did I know that would not be the end,
From the holland road well I rose and I rose, and I paid less time,
To your callous mind, and I wished you well as you cut me down, you cut me down,

But I'll still believe though there's cracks you'll see,
When I'm on my knees I'll still believe,
And when I've hit the ground, neither lost nor found,
If you'll believe in me I'll still believe

But I'll still believe though there's cracks you'll see,
When I'm on my knees I'll still believe,
And when I've hit the ground, neither lost nor found,
If you'll believe in me I'll still believe.



@Rawan-sl1ms

This song holds so much meaning to me. I know its real meaning all about Marcus' struggles when he first started out in the music industry, but... to me, it tells us about the effects and after effects of abuse. This hit close to home to me as a victim of emotional abuse. here's my interpretation of the lyrics:
Dear dad,
*So I was lost, go count the cost,
Before you go to the Holland Road,
*
See what you did to me, how much you messed up my childhood? Do you even understand what I felt when you told me I was a worthless little shit? Because you see, when you are told you are something over and over again, especially when you are a child, you start believing it.

*With your heart like a stone you spared no time in lashing out,
And I knew your pain and the effect of my shame, but you cut me down,
You cut me down*

I know why you did it, dad, but that's no excuse

*And I will not tell the thoughts of hell
That carried me home from the Holland Road*

I considered suicide SO MANY TIMES because of you, but I never told anyone. Wanna know why? Because I was a fucking coward, that's why

*With my heart like a stone and I put up no fight
To your callus mind, and from your corner you rose to cut me down,
You cut me down
*
I surrendered so easily and so early, but I was just a kid. You refused to see what you were doing to me and you fucked me up.

*So I hit my low, but little did I know that would not be the end,
From the Holland Road well I rose and I rose, and I paid less time,
To your callus mind, and I wished you well as you cut me down,
You cut me down
*
I began to think you were right. That I Was a worthless piece of trash that was lucky she wasn't in Care by now. I really did hit my low...

*But I'll still believe though there's cracks you'll see,
When I'm on my knees I'll still believe,
And when I've hit the ground, neither lost nor found,
If you believe in me I'll still believe
And I'll still believe though there's cracks you'll see,
When I'm on my knees I'll still believe,
And when I've hit the ground, neither lost nor found,
If you believe in me I'll still believe*

You know what helped me out. School. You people don't realise how important it is that children be educated about these things. unfortunately for me, I grew up in a crappy english town and didn't know about the magic of childline until I was 14 years old, whe we were finally tutored on abuse and the different types. I rang the number (0800 1111, but its only for Britain, I dont know what americans use) and hey arrested my dad by the end of that week and 6 months later, he got sentenced to 8 years jail time.

So, hey, that's my story. And remember if your parents or spouse or any other person in your life is mistreating you, just remember, you are not alone...



@abubardewa939

By Marcus Mumford:

I found this on web, here is the real meaning of the Lyrics:

Holland Road is a famous road in London. It is home to Universal Music. The music group that produced Queen, the Rolling Stones, and of course, Mumford & Sons. Freddy Mercury also lived on Holland Road while writing Bohemian Rhapsody.

So the song is obviously about all the people that kept shooting him down. It might have been people from the record label or other critics but they kept plugging away and "I rose and I rose and I paid less time
To your callous mind and I wished you well As you cut me down
You cut me down"

and no matter how much he got cut down he still believed and is obviously one of the most bad ass musicians in the world know.

And little story behind Marcus Mumford: In his early years, he was only known as a drummer of Laura Marling and he was usually left alone in the room while Laura had interviews in Radios and TV shows. Later on, Marcus and they were couples and they broke up. Most of M&S songs are about Marcus regretting his mistakes. Check out his similar song called home. It's amazing. Thank me later.



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