"Feel the Tide" as written by Marcus Oliver Johnstone Mumford, Edward James Milton Dwane, Benjamin Walter David Lovett and Winston Aubrey Aladar Marshall....
She sits him down in a stiff chair
Rubs his back and strokes his hair
Telling him it's okay to cry
But he just sits and stares
The merciless moon outside
Has nothing now he's come to realize
Only the desolation he feels
The cold distance inside

But you and I now
We can be alright
Just hold on to what we know is true
You and I now
Though it's cold inside
Feel the tide turning

While the priest just sits and weeps
Lamenting the fact that he can see
Darkness and light in so much detail
He has given himself over
Refusing what he knows to be real
He turns away from every meal
Starving himself of goodness
He doesn't think he can heal

But you and I now
We can be alright
Just hold on to what we know is true
You and I now
Though it's cold inside
Feel the tide turning

"What if I lost all I had?"
Said the stranger to his dad
And the witness was confused
He can't tell what is bad
Instead he runs up to the nearest girl
And he comments on her glorious curls
Says, "Darling come with me
I'll show you a whole new world"

But you and I now
We can be alright
Just hold on to what we know is true
You and I now
Though it's cold inside
Feel the tide turning


Lyrics submitted by Nobody-special, edited by Mellow_Harsher

"Feel the Tide" as written by Marcus Oliver Johnstone Mumford, Edward James Milton Dwane, Benjamin Walter David Lovett, Winston Aubrey Aladar Marshall

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  • +2
    General CommentThe chorus gives me shivers.
    Dylanologyon October 01, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI LOVE THIS SONG! TOTALLY LOVE THAT MUMFORD AND SONS ARE JUST AN ALL AROUND GREAT BAND! THESE GUYS ARE AMAZING!
    megallion October 20, 2011   Link
  • +1
    Song MeaningIn my opinion, the song describes a couple that is in a crisis in their relationship. They know that they love each other ('what we know is right'), but in that specific moment they have problems. Although, she tells him (that's what I think, could also be the other way around?) that they have to stay together and there will be better times ('we can be alright'). When you're in a relationship, that is the point to decide whether to stay together or to separate. And in that song the couple probably stays together :)
    marlenkajaon November 27, 2011   Link
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    My Interpretationi think the story is about the end of a relationship , the title comes from the mans complete reversal of circumstances , we has once in love but now he is lonely, the desolation (i believe refering to misery/lonliness) he feels makes him feel cold inside.

    i think the chorus is what the woman tells the man as she is comforting him.

    the story of the priest describes what we should't do , the preist is lamenting (vocally expressing grief). seeing darkness and light in detail could mean that he can see both lonliness & love, but he has been overpowered by lonelyness (given himself over) and is refusing love (even though he knows it is real), whenever the chances of love comes along he turns it down (turning away from every meal, starving himself of goodness)


    in the end, the man(the witness) has overheard a boy say to his farther "what if i lost all that i had" , this has confused the man, he was in love but has now experienced loneliness (he's now seen them both in detail as the priest did) instead of being overpowered by the grief and giving up on love like the priest, he holds on to what he knows to be real (love) represented by walking up to the nearest girl, maybe she was lonely and he wanted to show her love (a whole new world) .

    if we look at the chorus the woman is telling the man that even thought they've broke up, if they don't give up on love then they will be alright even if breaking up makes them lonely for a while (though it's cold inside - refer to desolation in the first verse)

    i think the overall story tells us that if we have fell in love before then we know that it is real, if we don't turn our backs on it then we will be ok. otherwise we will be overcome by lonliness and starve ourselves of goodness in our lives.
    mattskillson February 21, 2012   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationA man and a woman have gone through some sort of loss, and a story it told...

    It's about people that have stopped seeing/feeling the light in their lives (the things they know are true), and have subsequently given into the darkness and stopped living (they don't think they can recover after losing so much); The man feels only the emptiness he has inside and stared into the night sky, despite the fact that his wife is there stroking his hair, and the priest gives into the darkness (evil), despite the fact that he also saw a lot of light when he had his faith.

    The little boy asks "what if I lost all I had?" and the stranger, who's "confused", shows us that if you keep seeing the beauty around you (such as a beautiful girl with "glorious curls"), then life can go on despite everything else.

    "But you and I now
    We can be alright
    Just hold on to what we know is true
    You and I now
    Though it's cold inside
    Feel the tide turning"

    If you hold on to the wonderful things in life, then the tide will turn; the coldness you feel inside will fade away and you'll be alright!
    TopCat86on July 21, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI have no idea why, but this song reminds me of 'The Road' by Cormac McCarthy
    oldstoneon May 05, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI'm really the first to comment on this song?

    I love it. I believe it's about being confused of what is real and what isn't.
    I keep thinking it's about religion, though I'm not sure.
    Whose to really know?
    But it seems that way for me.
    It's about losing who you are and what causes you to be that way.
    AMillionThingsToBeon July 25, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentTo me this is a true story,
    Of a preist who lost his way unsure of the world and everything in it,
    He turns his back on his faith and runs away with something beautiful.
    keephercloseon January 25, 2011   Link
  • 0
    My InterpretationTo me, this song is saying "hold onto what you believe" even when situations are bad and other people have trouble keeping the faith. I think it also stresses the importance of fellowship because its easier to hold on to something when you have someone there to help you out and get you through the hard times.
    ShinhoDynastyon February 23, 2011   Link
  • 0
    Song MeaningAs soon as I heard this, it struck me that it was about a couple grieving, possibly for a lost child - maybe a miscarriage or stillbirth.

    The idea of a woman trying to help her partner grieve, the desolation of the priest at having to lead a ceremony for one so small, reflecting on the waste of life in seeing 'the darkness and light in so much detail'.

    A man - the grieving father or someone who's witnessed the fallout of the death - turns to his dad, and says 'what if I lost all I had'? Bounding up to the nearest girl is an attempt to forget his pain, embrace the fullness of life. It could be seen as a classic grief reaction.

    The chorus says to me it's a couple trying to come to terms with their loss - they feel cold inside, but one day the tide will turn, and things will feel better...

    It's a beautiful song of grief, and the prospect of hope, despite the hole left behind.
    ClearIcion July 18, 2012   Link

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