Just Smoke
Mumford & Sons Lyrics


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Tell my thoughts to resign
And lift you from my mind
I'm not ready I'm not strong enough
To cradle the weight of your love

Just take a minute take a breath
Lay down your head on my sunken chest
I saw a flicker then just smoke
But as you left I was calling your name at the night

Thought we were done
Young love would keep us young
I thought we were done
And young love would keep us young

I thought we fell to the ground
I see you whimper with no sound
Open my mouth to breath some words of peace
But the silence gives nothing back to me

So I'll be a shadow of the flame
I lent down to kiss you then erased my name
And I'll be a whisper on the wind
My hands are shaking from holding so tight for so long

The flame burnt out in our empty hands
But now I see it's got nothing to do
It's got nothing to do with

You thought we were done
Young love would keep us young
I thought we were done
And young love would keep us young

(Why do I keep falling) I thought we were done
(Why do I keep falling) And young love would keep us young




(Why do I keep falling) I thought we were done
(Why do I keep falling) And young love would keep us young

Overall Meaning

The lyrics to Mumford & Sons's song Just Smoke portray the struggle of letting go of a love that is no longer meant to be. The singer acknowledges that they are not ready and not strong enough to handle the weight of this love, and they plead with themselves to let go of their thoughts and remove this person from their mind. However, they still hold onto hope and try to breathe words of peace into the silence when they see their former lover whimper with no sound.


The chorus highlights the confusion and pain that the singer is experiencing, as they thought that they were done and that young love would keep them young, yet they still find themselves falling and unable to let go. The imagery of a flicker and then smoke conveys the idea that this love was once burning brightly but has now dissipated into nothingness, leaving the singer with a sense of emptiness and loss.


The final verse speaks to the idea of becoming a shadow of the flame, erasing one's name and becoming a whisper on the wind. This signifies the singer's acceptance that this love is over and their willingness to let go and move on, despite the pain and fear of being alone. Ultimately, the message of the song is one of hope in the face of heartbreak, reminding us that we can still find love and happiness, even when we thought we were done.


Line by Line Meaning

Tell my thoughts to resign
I want my thoughts to let go of you


And lift you from my mind
I want to forget about you completely


I'm not ready I'm not strong enough
I'm not emotionally prepared to deal with the intensity of your love


To cradle the weight of your love
To handle the burden of your love


Just take a minute take a breath
Let's slow down and take a moment to pause


Lay down your head on my sunken chest
Rest your head on my chest, as I'm feeling overwhelmed


I saw a flicker then just smoke
Our relationship had a moment of light, but then disappeared into nothingness


But as you left I was calling your name at the night
I was still yearning for you even after you left


Thought we were done
I believed our relationship was over


Young love would keep us young
I thought our youthful love would be enough to keep us together


I thought we fell to the ground
I thought our relationship was over and had failed completely


I see you whimper with no sound
I noticed your pain even though you didn't vocalize it


Open my mouth to breath some words of peace
I tried to offer some calming words to soothe the situation


But the silence gives nothing back to me
Your silence indicated that you didn't want to hear from me


So I'll be a shadow of the flame
I'll remain near, but with diminished intensity


I lent down to kiss you then erased my name
I kissed you goodbye and let myself disappear from your life


And I'll be a whisper on the wind
I'll let my presence be known, but with minimal disruption


My hands are shaking from holding so tight for so long
I was holding onto something that was slipping away


The flame burnt out in our empty hands
Our love faded away without us holding onto it


But now I see it's got nothing to do
I realize that our love was never going to last


It's got nothing to do with
Our failure wasn't because of any specific reason or fault


(Why do I keep falling) I thought we were done
I keep repeating the same pattern of losing you and thinking it's the end


(Why do I keep falling) And young love would keep us young
I continue to believe that youthful love will make things work out




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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