My Favorite Song from Mumford & Sons’ Grammy-winning “Babel”

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This song, “Ghosts That We Knew,” is from the Grammy-award winning Mumford & Sons. In case you haven’t heard about this group, it’s led by the son of a charismatic British pastor. Marcus Mumford, the band’s leader, frequently sings about faith, heartbreak, and pain.

I don’t know where Marcus stands with the Lord, but I do know that the songs he sings capture something of the fleeting hope and desperation of a life lived in awareness of–and perhaps separation from–God.

Here are some of the lyrics from “Ghosts,” a haunting and beautiful song:

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

So give me hope in the darkness that I will see the light
‘Cause oh that 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 and they will hear me roar

So give me hope in the darkness that I will see the light
‘Cause oh that gave me such a fright
But I will hold as long as you like
Just promise me we’ll be alright


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