A Song for Sunday: Ghosts That We Knew By Mumford and Sons

The lights turned blue. People started sitting down – perhaps tired from standing through the high-energy music that started the Mumford and Sons show at the Patriot Center in Fairfax on Wednesday night or maybe sensing what was coming next was different.

The first notes echoed of a song I had admittedly overlooked on the album, Babel.

Soon, I was leaning forward listening intently, drawn in by the powerful lyrics. To me, they are the very picture of what it means to come alongside someone in their brokenness and walk with them to restoration. Hope moves from something held onto for the sake of someone else to something to which we cling out of our own desire.

I couldn’t find a good video of that particular performance, but here’s Mumford and Sons performing “Ghosts That We Knew” on Letterman.

 

Lyrics:
You saw my pain, washed out in the rain
Broken glass, saw the blood run from my veins
But you saw no fault no cracks in my heart
And you knelt beside my hope torn apart
But the ghosts that we knew will flicker from view
And we’ll live a long life
So give me hope in the darkness that I will see the light
Cause oh they gave me such a fright
But I will hold as long as you like
Just promise me we’ll be alright

So lead me back
Turn south from that place
And close my eyes to my recent disgrace
Cause you know my call
And we’ll share my all
And our children come, they will hear me roar
So give me hope in the darkness that I will see the light
Cause oh they gave me such a fright
But I will hold as long as you like
Just promise me that we’ll be alright

But hold me still bury my heart on the cold
And hold me still bury my heart next to yours

So give me hope in the darkness that I will see the light
Cause oh they gave me such a fright
And I will hold on with all of my might
Just promise me that we’ll be alright

But the ghosts that we knew will flicker from view
And we’ll live a long life

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