"The Cave" (CD single)

Common Sense Media says

Brooding alt-rock single has mature themes.





What parents need to know

Positive messages

Though some of these lyrics are bleak, they ultimately describe a person who strives to regain a positive outlook on life.

Positive role models

Encourages perseverance in the face of adversity.


Some harsh allusions, such as "I won't let you choke on the noose around your neck."

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Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that "The Cave" is a somewhat dark single that describes emotional pain and suffering. That said, it doesn't contain graphic language or references to adult topics like sex and substance use, and it ends on a positive note of resilience and hopefulness. It's an acceptable choice for mature teens.

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Kids say

What's the story?

"THE CAVE" is the third single from the debut album Sigh No More by Mumford & Sons, a British quartet taking the alt-rock world by storm. Like other songs on the album, this tune is deeply pensive, describing a person who attempts to rise above past defeats while encouraging a friend to do the same. Though the track avoids iffy language and adult content, it does include a couple of lines with a violent overtone (for instance, "a noose around your neck"). Emotional teens may find some of the images troubling.

Is it any good?


Contagious, folksy harmonies characterize much of Mumford & Sons' music, including "The Cave." With a rapid-fire, banjo-backed hook -- another element of their signature sound -- this tune is bound to be another hit entry in the band's ever growing songbook.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the meaning behind the lyrics "So come out of your cave walking on your hands / And see the world hanging upside down."

  • How would you describe this song's musical style? Is it typical alt-rock?

  • Do songs with dark lyrics ever make you feel depressed? How can music affect your mood?

Music details

Artist:Mumford & Sons
Release date:February 16, 2011
Genre:Alternative Rock
Parental advisory:No
Edited version available:No

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Teen, 14 years old Written bymnsymphony March 3, 2011

Might be appreciated more by mature listeners, but younger listeners will enjoy it as well.

What other families should know
Great messages
Parent of a 11 and 13 year old Written byolderwiser March 4, 2011

e.g. Dark Poetic Lyrics

This song is a kind of folksy (has a banjo) and rather dark poetry. It can appeal to old and young alike, as my husband and 13yr old both like this. The songs hints of suicide but then redeems itself with believing in hope. No language but beware that ALL of their songs are not so clean. The Cave single is fine but the album it is on is explicit, example "Little Lion Man" drops the F bomb as part of the refrain.

What other families should know
Great messages
Teen, 15 years old Written byAgentBartowski May 14, 2011

A moody, thoughtful song about perseverance through dark times

This is a moody single by an alternative Brit band called Mumford and Sons. The Cave is very catchy with a toe-tapping hook and folksy melodies sure to satisfy fans of most genres. It describes someone who has made many mistakes in life and is trying to get back to a normal life. Though the song is violent once ("won't let you choke on the noose around your neck"), the song ends up as an anthem for hope and recovery in dark times. The Cave is a fine choice that is much better musically than any number of auto-tuned rubbish tracks on the radio right now (hey there Ke$ha).

What other families should know
Too much violence
Great messages


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