"Tompkins Square Park" as written by Winston Aubrey Aladar Marshall, Edward James Milton Dwane, Benjamin Walter David Lovett and Marcus Oliver Johnstone Mumford....
Oh babe, meet me in Tompkins Square Park
I wanna hold you in the dark
One last time
Just one last time

And oh babe, can you tell what's on my tongue?
Can you guess that I'll be gone?
With the twilight
With the twilight

But no flame burns forever, oh no
You and I both know this all too well
And most don't even last the night
No they don't, they say they don't

Oh babe, I've never been so lost
I wanna hear you lie
One last time
Just one last time

But oh babe, I really wish you would not cry
I only ever told you one lie
When it could have been a thousand
It might as well have been a thousand

But no flame burns forever, oh no
You and I both know this all too well
And most don't even last the night
No they don't, they say they don't

And we can talk it round again girl
Round and round, round and round again
Or we could leave it out to die
Leave it out just leave it out

I never tried to trick you babe
I just tried to work it out
But I was swallowed up by doubt
If only things were black and white
'Cause I just want to hold you tight
Without holding back my mind
Without holding back my mind

But no flame burns forever, oh no
You and I both know this all too well
And most don't even last the night


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"Tompkins Square Park" as written by Edward James Milton Dwane Benjamin Walter David Lovett

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  • +5
    My InterpretationIn my opinion this song is about a relationship or an almost-relationship that could have worked out but something was stopping it at the time, something difficult. They may have been able to work through it and he wishes he could see it that way but he can't ignore the facts.

    When he says "I never tried to trick you babe, I just tried to work it out, but I was swallowed up by doubt" I believe he is trying to say that he meant everything he said and felt, and he wasn't toying with their emotions, he was trying hard to see the light at the end of the tunnel...but the doubt of the difficultness of it consumed his heart. He couldn't see past it.

    "if only things were black and white, cause I just wanna hold you tight without holding back my mind"
    This line shows us that he did truly wish things could work out between them, and if the situation wasn't so complicated it would be perfect, but its not.

    He see's things in negative lights whether he wants to or not, he says nothing lasts forever anyway, its a surprise we made it as far as we did ("and most don't even last the night")

    When he discusses lying, I believe he may be getting at the fact there was a time he could see this working (but deep down he knew that wasn't true), but that lie he told gave enough hope to bring someone completely down, making them feel like everything was a possible lie, but that isn't true. When he says "it might as well been a thousand", it shows guilt is getting at him.

    So the singer is showing his love may not be active anymore for this person, but general love for them is still there. He will always hold them dear. He still wishes he could see past whatever is causing the doubt of their future (possibly trust issues, just for an example) but he just can't. He knows how it is, is how it needs to be, but he still misses what they had.

    Mumford and Sons songs usually have a way deeper meaning, so mine could be wrong, but either way.. very sad but beautiful song.
    amandaisapandaon June 19, 2015   Link
  • +3
    My InterpretationIn my opinion this song is about a couple that has broken up. A man reflecting on what he wants to say to his EX.

    Overall, the song is about closure and that desire to speak your mind to that person after the relationship is over. Reflecting on a lot of what you know about the other person, the lies, what went wrong and why it never worked.

    Yet the song conveys all this but projects a bigger desire. Despite him knowing everything that was wrong, the lies and the he still misses her greatly.

    I think everyone who's loved someone goes through this after some time. You know how that person is and you accepted that perhaps they were awful to you. Yet you still have this desire to see them and tell them how you feel... even though they probably already know what's on your tongue.
    Darrowon May 25, 2015   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationFor me, the song is about a failed relationship that wrecked the singer, and eventually led him to the point where he doesn't want to live anymore.
    "And oh babe, can you tell what's on my tongue?
    Can you guess that I'll be gone?
    With the twilight"

    I kind of think of this song as a last phone call between the singer and whoever he was in a relationship with, reminiscing about what could've been and how he tried his best to save the relationship. Just my interpretation though.
    tusharsimkhadaon April 23, 2016   Link

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