Music Friday: Mumford & Sons’ Frontman Paints His Spirit Gold in 2012’s ‘I Will Wait’

January 24, 2020

Welcome to Music Friday when we bring you blockbuster songs with jewelry, gemstones or precious metals in the title or lyrics. Today, Mumford & Sons’ frontman Marcus Mumford paints his spirit gold in the Grammy-nominated 2012 hit, “I Will Wait.”

Mumford told MTV News that the song was written on the road and inspired by the band’s hectic touring schedule. Life away from home can take a toll on relationships, and this song serves as a solemn reminder of why it’s so important to cherish the ones you love.

He sings, “Raise my hands / Paint my spirit gold / And bow my head / Keep my heart slow.”

While the repeated chorus, “And I will wait, I will wait for you,” is directed to Mumford’s significant other, fans have shared their own heartfelt interpretations of the song. Some have recounted how they waited patiently for years and then finally married the girl of their dreams. Others reflected how they hope to be united one day with loved ones who passed away.

Released as the first sing from Mumford & Sons’ second album Babel, “I Will Wait” became the group’s biggest hit, selling more than five million copies and charting in 17 countries. Babel was named “Album of the Year” at the 2013 Grammy Awards.

After listening to this rousing Bluegrass tune, one would assume that Mumford & Sons have their roots in Nashville. But that couldn’t be farther from the truth. The band was actually formed in West London in December 2007.

Frontman Marcus Mumford had been playing for various acts in London, where he met the other three founding members of Mumford & Sons — Ben Lovett, Winston Marshall and Ted Dwane. The men bonded over their passion for bluegrass and folk music.

Please check out the video of Mumford & Sons’ live performance of “I Will Wait.” The concert took place in August 2012 at the Red Rocks Amphitheatre near Denver, Colo., and the video has been viewed 164 million times. The lyrics are below if you’d like to sing along…

“I Will Wait”
Written by Ted Dwane, Ben Lovett, Marcus Mumford and Winston Marshall. Performed by Mumford & Sons.

Well 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

But 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

‘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

Now I’ll be bold
As well as strong
And use my head alongside my heart
So take my flesh
And fix my eyes
A tethered mind free from the lies

And 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

Credit: Image by Rob D [CC BY]

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