Mumford and Sons “Dust Bowl Dance”

October 5, 2010


Kate and I have been listening to a lot of Mumford and Sons‘ album Sigh No More recently.  Reflecting on what resonates with me from the song “Dust Bowl Dance” today.  Here are the lyrics:

The young man stands on the edge of his porch,
The days were short and the father was gone,
There was no one in the town and no one in the field,
This dusty barren land had given all it could yield.

I’ve been kicked off my land at the age of sixteen,
And I have no idea where else my heart could have been,
I placed all my trust at the foot of this hill,
And now I am sure my heart can never be still,
So collect your courage and collect your horse,
And pray you never feel this same kind of remorse.

Seal my heart and break my pride,
I’ve nowhere to stand and now nowhere to hide,
Align my heart, my body, my mind,
To face what I’ve done and do my time.

Well you are my accuser, now look in my face,
Your oppression reeks of your greed and disgrace,
So one man has and another has not,
How can you love what it is you have got,
When you took it all from the weak hands of the poor?
Liars and thieves you know not what is in store.

There will come a time I will look in your eye,
You will pray to the God that you always denied,
The I’ll go out back and I’ll get my gun,
I’ll say, “You haven’t met me, I am the only son”.

Seal my heart and break my pride,
I’ve nowhere to stand and now nowhere to hide,
Align my heart, my body, my mind,
To face what I’ve done and do my time.

Seal my heart and break my pride,
I’ve nowhere to stand and now nowhere to hide,
Align my heart, my body, my mind,
To face what I’ve done and do my time.

Well yes sir, yes sir, yes it was me,
I know what I’ve done, cause I know what I’ve seen,
I went out back and I got my gun,
I said, “You haven’t met me, I am the only son”.

Though the son in this song is facing judgement, it causes me to think and yearn for the day when the Son will one day come in wrath to bring justice to those “liars and thieves” who’ve kicked him off his father’s land.  One day he will come to perpetrate justice fitly and finally.

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