"Where Are You Now?" as written by Marcus Oliver Johnstone Mumford, Edward James Milton Dwane, Benjamin Walter David Lovett and Winston Aubrey Aladar Marshall....
It came to the end it seems you had heard.
As we walked the city streets,
You never said a word.

When we finally sat down
Your eyes were full of spite.
I was desperate, I was weak
I could not put up a fight.

But where are you now?
Where are you now?
Do you ever think of me
In the quiet, in the crowd?

You were strangely less in pain
Than you were cold.
Triumphant in your mind
Of the logic that you hold.

You said no one would ever know
The love that we had shared.
As I took my leave to go
It was clear you didn’t care.

And where are you now?
Where are you now?
Do you ever think of me
In the quiet, in the crowd?

But where are you now?
Where are you now?
Do you ever think of me
In the quiet, in the crowd?

And I hear of your coming
And your going in the town.
I hear stories of your smile,
I hear stories of your frown.

And the darkness can descend,
We can relish all the pain.
But I know that’s what you love,
'Cause you know I love the same.

But where are you now?
Where are you now?
Do you ever think of me
In the quiet, in the crowd?

But where are you now?
Where are you now?
Do you ever think of me
In the quiet, in the crowd?

But where are you now?
Where are you now?
Do you ever think of me
In the quiet, in the crowd?


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"Where Are You Now" as written by Edward James Milton Dwane Benjamin Walter David Lovett

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  • +7
    General CommentYou were strangely less than pained
    Then you were cold
    Triumphant in your mind
    Of the logic that you hold

    ... how well expressed, that sinking feeling. That moment in which no matter what you might say to the partner or friend, or the intensity with which you'd express the sentiment, you know full well that you're not likely to be heard.
    Lazulineon December 08, 2012   Link
  • +6
    General Commentwhen I broke up with my last boyfriend I didn't want to. It was a horrible break up but I just couldn't be in a long distance relationship and I wasn't willing to make the changes to be in the same place he was.

    It came to the end
    It seems you had heard
    As we walked the city streets
    You never said a word

    He knew the break up was coming I had stopped talking to him as much as I usually did. I came to visit him one last time but I couldn't make myself say the words.

    When we finally sat down
    Your eyes were full of spite
    I was desperate, I was weak
    I could not put up a fight

    He started to cry and I got mad honestly. I was annoyed he didn't understand why I was so unhappy. But it was so horrible to see how upset he was so I began to cry too.

    Where are you now?
    Where are you now?
    Do you ever think of me
    In the quiet, in the crowd?

    I think about him everyday, I miss him everyday. He was so silly and so cute and so full of life. So many things remind me of him, I wonder is the same is true for him

    You were strangely less than pained
    Then you were cold
    Triumphant in your mind
    Of the logic that you hold

    When I finally got up the nerve to end it his face was just blank. He was mad at me and assumed there was someone else he couldn't understand my reasoning

    You said no one would ever know
    The love that we had shared
    As I took my leave to go
    It was clear that you didn't care

    Our relationship was rocky to begin with my friends didn't think I should be with him. In fact I broke up with a boy for him and no one understood what I saw in him. No one understood why we loved each other so much it wasn't meant to be but it happened. When I left he turned his back and didn't talk to me for a long time.

    Where are you now?
    Where are you now?
    Do you ever think of me
    In the quiet, in the crowd?

    I always wonder what he's doing and if he misses me

    Where are you now?
    Where are you now?
    Do you ever think of me
    In the quiet, in the crowd?

    And I hear of your coming
    And your going in the town
    I hear stories of your smile
    I hear stories of your frown

    Whenever I talk to my friends from that town I always ask if anyone has heard about him. Whenever they actually have information it makes me sad, I miss him

    And the darkness can descend
    We can relish all the pain
    But I know that's what you love
    'Cause you know I love the same

    when he finally began talking to me again he still loved me, and still missed me but we know that we can't be together. It just wouldn't work

    Where are you now?
    Where are you now?
    Do you ever think of me
    In the quiet, in the crowd?

    Where are you now?
    Where are you now?
    Do you ever think of me
    In the quiet, in the crowd?

    Where are you now?
    Where are you now?
    Do you ever think of me
    In the quiet, in the crowd?

    Where are you now?
    Where are you now?
    Do you ever think of me
    In the quiet, in the crowd?
    caa2320on January 01, 2013   Link
  • +4
    My InterpretationI think this track might be about Laura Marling. Marcus toured with her before Mumford and Sons actually formed, and he and Laura dated for a while. They broke up in '10, but apparently are still friends... which might explain why this song isn't particularly downcast like another breakup song -- he's just wondering what she's up to now.

    "And the darkness can descend" could be a reference to a track off of Laura's I Speak Because I Can, too. I just love it when musicians reference their friends' work in their own songs. ((:
    fishcustardon September 21, 2012   Link
  • +1
    Lyric CorrectionInstead of " I was desperate, I was sweet", it should be "I was desperate, I was weak"
    Beautiful song and amazing lyrics, as has come to be expected from Mumford & Sons.
    concresenceon March 11, 2012   Link
  • +1
    TranslationAnd the darkness can descend
    We can relish all the pain
    But I know that's what you love
    'Cause you know I love the same

    Could anyone explain exactly what he means by this? Having trouble figuring it out, thanks :)
    Darrowon November 25, 2014   Link
  • 0
    Lyric CorrectionInstead of, "You were strangely less THAN pain/ THAN you were cold," I hear "You were strangely less IN pain / THEN you were cold" implying time order, though I could see the lyrics being a comparison too. Either way, "in pain" seems to make more sense to me than "than pain"
    niki7877on March 25, 2012   Link
  • 0
    My InterpretationI think this track might be about Laura Marling. Marcus toured with her before Mumford
    fishcustardon September 21, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis reminds me of when I broke up with my boyfriend. I had made my mind up about ending it and he was beyond baffled. The line "triumphant in your mind of the logic that you hold" in particular speaks to me, makes me feel a little silly as we're back together now. Mumford have always been our band. Their lyrics are so beautiful and so many can relate to their songs. Babel is a great follow up album, really impressed.
    claireelouiseon September 30, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI absolutely love this song. I like that it is about a break up, yet its not bitter. Its more curious about what became of her.
    popper93on October 14, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI made the mistake of not buying the deluxe edition of Babel and missed out on this song. Heard it at the concert and fell in love with it.
    Probably one of my favourites from the new album!

    I think everyone can relate to that feeling of not having someone in your life anymore and wondering if they ever think about you.
    booyamoonon October 30, 2012   Link

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