When I first heard this Mumford and Sons song, I thought it was really beautiful. Here you go.
A particularly powerful part of the song is when Marcus Mumford sings, “A SWELLING RAGE! RAGE!” right as the music gets more dramatic. I don’t know much about songwriting, but that seems like a pretty good way to construct a song.
Then I listened to the song about a dozen more times, and I was like, “Wait, why the rage?” Here are the lyrics:
But tell me now where was my fault,
in loving you with my whole heart?
Oh, tell me now where was my fault, in loving you with my whole heart?
Her white blank page
and a swelling rage, rage
You did not think when you sent me to the brink, to the brink
You desired my attention, but denied my affections, my affections
And now I’m super creeped out. Where was your fault in loving someone with your whole heart? Well, this woman clearly seems to be NOT YOUR GIRLFRIEND, for one. Considering that she is a “blank page” and not interested in your affections, you probably came on WAY FUCKING STRONG.
Sure, sometimes you fall in love and the other person doesn’t love you back. That sucks. You could try to just get over it. Or you might want to protect yourself by not spending time around that person. You could even tell them, “I really like you as more than a friend. I understand if you’re not interested, but it hurts a little too much to spend a lot of time together. I hope you understand, and I wish you well.” That would be mature. But if that’s too much to ask, you could just do eat a lot of ice cream and bitch to your friends, or go out to a bar and try to find someone else. Any of those things. NONE OF WHICH INVOLVE RAGE.
Most people are not going to love you romantically. That’s normal. If you feel rage when someone you think you are in love with does not love you back, you should 1) not tell the person about your rage, and 2) see a therapist, because it is not good to be furious at people who don’t want to spend the rest of their lives loving you passionately, just as most people do not.
Also, some woman “desired your attention, but denied your affections”? You know what we call that in the human universe? BEING FRIENDS. The singer in this song is really bad at it. When this woman “desired your attention,” I’ll bet she figured that would be a totally cool way to act with a friend, since she would also repay you with — wait for it — her attention in return! Offering attention for attention actually seems very fair! And everyone keeps their pants on. (See: Nice Guys of OK Cupid).
The rest of the song is really pretty, but it’s hard to enjoy it now that I’m imagining a plaid-wearing British folk singer showing up at his friend’s door in the middle of the night armed with an old-timey weapon, like a cudgel or an anvil or a spiky wagon-wheel or a brass horseshoe.