Because we should. Because this blog is about to take a steep dive from attempted appeal to academia to sheer fan-girl craziness. If you don’t have a soft spot in your heart for the indie/folk/rock awesomeness that is Mumford & Sons, you’re lying to yourself. I could Babel (ha, see how I did that?) on and on, but I won’t.
Instead, I’ll just suggest that you listen to this song called “The Boxer”
“The Boxer” was originally performed by Simon and Garfunkel. Their version is of course spectacular, but not nearly as spectacular as the one recently put out by Mumford & Sons. I am coming from a VERY biased point of view. Don’t get me wrong, Simon and Garfunkel are classic, talented musicians with a great sounds, but this doesn’t make me swoon
quite like this does.
For me, the best part of the song lyrically is the final stanza.
(I truly hope you’re listening to the song at this point, but even if you aren’t you can still appreciate the depth of this verse).
In the clearing stands a boxer and a fighter by his trade
And he carries the reminder of every glove that laid him down
And cut him till he cried out in his anger and his shame
I am leaving, I am leaving but the fighter still remains
Can I get an Amen?!?
I love the structure of this song. It’s not just lyrical – it tells a little mini story (thank you Simon and Garfunkel). The beauty of a really good story is that it might be telling one person’s experiences, but it contains a universal and accessible message and that’s exactly what this song does. And who better to tell me a story than Marcus Mumford and his band? Nobody.