Mumford & Sons: ‘I Will Wait’


Rarely — frankly never before, if my memory is correct — have I literally burst into tears upon hearing a song for the first time. But that is exactly what happened when I listened to Mumford & Sons‘ new single, “I Will Wait,” this morning.

This summer has been a difficult season for my family of origin. My parents are getting older and facing physical challenges that are testing all of our resolve and the core of our spirits. I’ve been away from my own family in California for a month — the longest I’ve ever been apart from my son. And it has been … the word “hard” doesn’t quite capture the feeling. Soul wrenching is closer.

In the midst of a roiling sea of emotions, I find myself clinging to faith like a life raft, while simultaneously wondering desperately what God’s up to in all of this tsouris, as my rabbi friend might say.

Perhaps that’s why “I Will Wait” put a lump in my throat and filled my still-sleepy eyes with hot tears. The author Frederick Buechner says that we should pay careful attention to the things that bring about such reactions, because they are signs that the holy is drawing nigh.

As listeners, we really can’t be sure what a songwriter’s intention was when he or she composed a song. While I don’t know whether it is what Mumford & Sons intended, I hear “I Will Wait” as a prayer — waiting for clarity and meaning, for grace and peace that surpasses all understanding. Waiting on God.

If the band’s debut album and the tidbits of their biography that fans have learned — for instance, lead vocalist Marcus Mumford‘s parents head the Vineyard Churches in the United Kingdom — are any indication of what their spiritual predliections might be, my interpretation of “I Will Wait” might not be too far off the mark.

Whatever the true story or intentions of the band may be, “I Will Wait” was my prayer this morning when I heard the song for the first time on the radio as I drove to a cafe in the Connecticut village where I was raised to get a strong cup of coffee and a bowl of steel cut oatmeal to start my day. All three fortified my weary, twitterpated body and soul.

Here is “I Will Wait,” the new single from Mumford & Sons’ forthcoming album, Babel, which is due to drop on Sept. 25 (my birthday, because God, apparently, has a sense of occasion).

And I came home

Like a stone

And I fell heavy into your arms

These days of dust

Which we’ve known

Will blow away with this new sun

And I’ll kneel down

Wait for now

And I’ll kneel down

Know my ground

And I will wait, I will wait for you

And I will wait, I will wait for you

So break my step

And relent

You forgave and I won’t forget

Know what we’ve seen

And him with less

Now in some way

Shake the excess

But I will wait, I will wait for you

And I will wait, I will wait for you

And I will wait, I will wait for you

And I will wait, I will wait for you

So I’ll be bold

As well as strong

And use my head alongside my heart

So take my flesh

And fix my eyes

That tethered mind free from the lies

But I’ll kneel down

Wait for now

I’ll kneel down

Know my ground

Raise my hands

Paint my spirit gold

And bow my head

Keep my heart slow

Cause I will wait, I will wait for you

And I will wait, I will wait for you

And I will wait, I will wait for you

And I will wait, I will wait for you

Can I get an Amen?

Cathleen Falsani is Web Editor and Director of New Media for Sojourners. Follow Cathleen on Twitter @GodGrrl.


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About Cathleen Falsani

Cathleen Falsani is an award-winning religion journalist and author of the critically acclaimed The God Factor: Inside the Spiritual Lives of Public People, Sin Boldly: A Field Guide for Grace, The Dude Abides: The Gospel According to the Coen Brothers, BELIEBER: Fame, Faith and the Heart of Justin Bieber, and the newly released Disquiet Time: A Devotional for Ordinary Skeptics (edited with co-author Jennifer Grant and published by Jericho Books, Oct. 2014.)

  • Jarrod Saul McKenna


  • Revelations in Writing

    Amen! :)

  • Meg Moseley

    Amen. Aging parents bring us to holy ground, and here we wait.

  • b.e. noll

    thank you. a co-worker turned me onto Mumford & sons. We’ve worn out the live disc & debut, playing it on repeat all day long @ work. We can’t wait for the new one. definitely Amen.

  • Laurie Cunningham

    Amen. My prayer is for our teenage sons to have their hearts sing this as well.

  • margaretfeinberg

    Amen and Amen!

  • mst1

    Great song! And you posted this on my birthday.


  • Bah

    Beautiful blog :)

  • Stan Faryna

    Who is doing the waiting?