Tompkins Square Park
Mumford & Sons Lyrics


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Oh babe, meet me in Tompkins Square Park
I wanna hold you in the dark
One last time
Just one last time

And oh babe, can you tell what's on my tongue?
Can you guess that I'll be gone?
With the twilight
With the twilight

But no flame burns forever, oh no
You and I both know this all too well
And most don't even last the night
No they don't, they say they don't

Oh babe, I've never been so lost
I wanna hear you lie
One last time
Just one last time

But oh babe, I really wish you would not cry
I only ever told you one lie
When it could have been a thousand
It might as well have been a thousand

But no flame burns forever, oh no
You and I both know this all too well
And most don't even last the night
No they don't, they say they don't

And we can talk it round again girl
Round and round, round and round again
Or we could leave it out to die
Leave it out just leave it out

I never tried to trick you babe
I just tried to work it out
But I was swallowed up by doubt
If only things were black and white
'Cause I just want to hold you tight
Without holding back my mind
Without holding back my mind

But no flame burns forever, oh no




You and I both know this all too well
And most don't even last the night

Overall Meaning

Mumford & Sons' song "Tompkins Square Park" is a heart-wrenching ballad about letting go of a love that cannot last. The song begins with a plea to meet in Tompkins Square Park, a peaceful haven in East Village, Manhattan. The singer wants to hold their lover in the dark one last time before they disappear from their life. He is aware of the transience of love and acknowledges that no flame burns forever, which resonates with his decision to leave his lover. As the song progresses, the singer admits to feeling lost and wants to hear his lover lie one last time. He wishes she would not cry and reveals that he'd only told her one lie, even though it could have been a thousand. He emphasizes that he never tried to trick her but tried to work things out with her. However, he was swallowed up by doubt, leading him to his decision to leave. In the end, the singer concludes that he just wants to hold her tight without holding back his true feelings.


Line by Line Meaning

Oh babe, meet me in Tompkins Square Park
Meet me in Tompkins Square Park


I wanna hold you in the dark
I want to hold you in the dark


One last time
Let's do it one last time


Just one last time
This is the last time


And oh babe, can you tell what's on my tongue?
Can you tell what's on my mind?


Can you guess that I'll be gone?
Do you think I'm leaving?


With the twilight
When the day fades away


But no flame burns forever, oh no
Things eventually come to an end


You and I both know this all too well
We're familiar with this concept


And most don't even last the night
Most relationships don't last long


No they don't, they say they don't
People often say this


Oh babe, I've never been so lost
I'm very confused right now


I wanna hear you lie
I want to be deceived


But oh babe, I really wish you would not cry
I don't want you to cry


I only ever told you one lie
I only lied to you once


When it could have been a thousand
I could have lied many times


It might as well have been a thousand
It felt like I lied many times


And we can talk it round again girl
We can discuss this again


Round and round, round and round again
We keep talking about the same things


Or we could leave it out to die
Or we could let it end


Leave it out just leave it out
Let it end


I never tried to trick you babe
I didn't purposely deceive you


I just tried to work it out
I was trying to figure things out


But I was swallowed up by doubt
But I became consumed by uncertainty


If only things were black and white
If things were simpler


'Cause I just want to hold you tight
I just want to hold you tightly


Without holding back my mind
Without reservation


But no flame burns forever, oh no
But nothing lasts forever


You and I both know this all too well
We're aware of this fact


And most don't even last the night
And most relationships don't last long




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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Oh babe, meet me in Tompkins Square Park
I wanna hold you in the dark
One last time
Just one last time
And oh babe, can you tell what's on my tongue?
Can you guess that I'll be gone?
With the twilight
With the twilight
But no flame burns forever, oh no
You and I both know this all too well
And most don't even last the night
No they don't, they say they don't
Oh babe, I've never been so lost
I wanna hear you lie
One last time
Just one last time
But oh babe, I really wish you would not cry
I only ever told you one lie
When it could have been a thousand
It might as well have been a thousand
But no flame burns forever, oh no
You and I both know this all too well
And most don't even last the night
No they don't, they say they don't
And we can talk it round again girl
Round and round, round and round again
Or we could leave it out to die
Leave it out just leave it out
I never tried to trick you babe
I just tried to work it out
But I was swallowed up by doubt
If only things were black and white
'Cause I just want to hold you tight
Without holding back my mind
Without holding back my mind
But no flame burns forever, oh no
You and I both know this all too well
And most don't even last the night
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All comments from YouTube:

Adam U

I've noticed that in society, people love to follow the crowd, but I like when a band evolves, it shows their true talent. The fact they can transition from a banjo to a violin/electric guitar, and still be Mumford and Sons is fantastic.

Kelly Baker

entertainment

Some YouTube Traveler

As a longtime fan of Weird Al Yankovic, I can attest that hearing the same artist you love in multiple genres is not a bad thing.

Matthew Hall

I love how there’s a rock band hiding inside the banjos. I like some of their earlier stuff, but as a mainly rock music fan, the one where they really cut loose are my favorites. The Cave, The Delta, Believe, Little Lion Man, and The Wolf are just awesome.

Reece

How pretentious

Andrew Xu

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Mystique

One of the most under rated group ...so much talent and diversity ,

Kordel Davis

I love this song so much that I went to Tompkins Square Park in NYC to find the inspiration behind this song. I was shocked. It was a basic park, not with much green or trees. I felt like I walked into a time machine and was in the 90s. It was darker and there were stones everywhere. Nothing like Central Park, beautiful and elegant. I wondered how this song could be based off of this park.

I just listened to this song for the millionth time last night and I realized the importance of the line “I want to hold you in the dark one last time.” He wants to be alone with her. He doesn’t want this to be crowded Central Park where he can’t actually be alone with her, surrounded by so many people. This song is about a sad goodbye, an intimate one however. And that would be perfect in Tompkins Square Park, a dark park.

Roo _S

Kordel Davis luv this

Kelly Taylor

L8

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