What is your favorite folk-rock song?

Mumford & Sons – Babel


In addition to its wonderful musicalcomposition, the lyrics are probably the main reason for my choice as “my favorite folk-rock song“.

He is about a man of our modern meritocracywho, after a long time, becomes aware of himself.

He comments on society in such a way that it builds its own “Tower of Babel”, seeing that their progressive attitude is causing their communities to collapse one byone.

But I’ll ride home laughing, look at me now,
For the walls of my tower they come crumbling down
And my ears hear the call of my unborn sons,
And I know the choices color all I’ve done

This man realizesthat he has followed this progressive mentality in a senseless way.

I know the time has numbered my days,
And I’ll go along with everything you say

His whole life his greed and pride were fed by this society

Like the city that nurtured my greed and my pride,

and promisesthat he will succeed have made him celebrate this mentality.

I stretched my arms into the sky

You ask where will we stand in the winds that will howl
Is all we see we’ll slipping to the cloud?

His soul, however, seems to have understood early on that one can never reach the “heaven”, the tip of success and life without “grace”, i.e. the “right” consciousness of oneself.

‘Cause I know my weakness, know my voice
And I’ll believe in grace and choice

He has seen the human abysses, and how deeply someone can fall from above,

So come down from your mountain and stand where we’ve been
You know our breath is weak and our body thin

therefore he fervently wishes to be born without a “mask”.The truth is what he seeksthat does not need obfuscation to be graceful.

And I know maybe my heart is almost
But I’ll be born without a mask

He finds his answer, what to do, as he embarks on his journey to a new mentality and perspective:

Press my nose up to the glass around your heart
I should’ve known I was weaker from the start

He realizes, when he approaches another person emotionally,that he lacks the “grace” he needs to live a real, good life.

His new task is to convince people to live their own lives, to gain consciousness and, in the core essence, to contribute to changing society.

You’ll build your walls, and I will play my bloody part
To tear, tear them down
Well I’m gonna tear, tear them down

From that moment on, “the walls of his own tower of Babel fall.”

For the walls of my tower they come crumbling down

The text is, of course, interpreted.

I have (unfortunately) no idea what the author of the lyrics wants to express with his words, so mistakes are of course reserved.

Thank you for reading.

You can really do the band, even if you’re not the type for the music genre, it’s much more than a “radio hit” miracle.


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