Song of the Day: Broken Crown by Mumford & Sons

Broken Crown is a song by British folk rock band Mumford & Sons. The track is from the band’s second studio album, Babel (2012). As with Sigh No More, the album was produced by Markus Dravs. It was released on 21 September 2012 in Ireland, Germany, Belgium, the Netherlands, Luxembourg, Norway, Australia and New Zealand. It was released on 24 September 2012 in the United Kingdom, Scandinavia, Spain, Italy, Eastern Europe, South America, and on 25 September 2012 in the United States and Canada.

Lyrics:

Touch my mouth and hold my tongue
I’ll never be your chosen one
I’ll be home, safe and tucked away
You can’t tempt me if I don’t see the day

The pull on my flesh was just too strong
It stifled the choice and the air in my lungs
Better not to breathe than to breathe a lie
‘Cause when I open my body I breathe a lie

I will not speak of your sin
There was a way out for him
The mirror shows not
Your values are all shot

But oh, my heart was flawed
I knew my weakness
So hold my hand
Consign me not to darkness

So crawl on my belly ’til the sun goes down
I’ll never wear your broken crown
I took the road and I fucked it all away
Now in this twilight how dare you speak of grace

So crawl on my belly ’til the sun goes down
I’ll never wear your broken crown
I took the road and I fucked it all away
Now in this twilight how dare you speak of grace

So crawl on my belly ’til the sun goes down
I’ll never wear your broken crown
I can take the road and I can fuck it all away
But in this twilight our choices seal our fate

……

In late 2010, Mumford & Sons had already begun road-testing new material that they had been working on. Most of these songs, including “Broken Crown” and “Below My Feet”, had already been played live on numerous occasions before the album’s release. Mumford & Sons decided not to change their sound on Babel, which is the follow-up to 2009’s highly successful Sigh No More, which elevated them to international fame. They did, however, admit that they purposely took their time in order to perfect the sound that they had already developed. After a year of speculation, it was finally announced via their official website on Monday, 16 July 2012 that their new album Babel would be released in the UK on 24 September, and the following day in the US. A final track list and album art were also revealed, as well as a 30-second promo. Babel was made available for preorder on the band’s official website on Monday, 23 July, when it was announced that the album would also be released as a vinyl LP and a deluxe edition with additional tracks.

Mumford & Sons

Origin London, England
Genres Folk rock, indie folk, bluegrass
Years active 2007–2013 (On hiatus)
Labels Gentlemen of the Road, Island(UK), Universal Music (Canada),Universal Music Australia (AUS),Glassnote (US).
Associated acts Old Crow Medicine Show Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros Laura Marling The Wedding Band
Website mumfordandsons.com
Members Marcus Mumford Winston Marshall Ben Lovett Ted Dwane

image by Piktus

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2 Responses to Song of the Day: Broken Crown by Mumford & Sons

  1. oolung says:

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