"I Will Wait" (CD Single)

Common Sense Media says

Alt-country crooners sing clean track about a strong bond.





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Positive messages

A positive message about a solid relationship based on forgiving and forgetting.

Positive role models

Song is about letting bygones be bygones.

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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that "I Will Wait" is a slightly serious yet very clean song about two people who form a strong, mutually respectful bond that lasts through ups and downs. With no explicit language or mentions of substances, sex, or violence, the track is a great choice for younger kids who love alt-country music.

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What's the story?

Alt-country darlings Mumford & Sons are back with "I WILL WAIT," the first single from Babel, the full-length follow-up to their smash debut record, Sigh No More. The track details a healthy relationship between two people who haven't acted perfectly toward each other -- but who "you forgave, and I won't forget," nevertheless.

Is it any good?


Beautiful harmonies and a driving banjo form the central focus of this lovely track. It's no wonder American Idol winner Phillip Phillips looks to these guys as mentors: Their exceptional alt-country sound is dominating the genre. 

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about why it's important to forgive and forget when people behave in a hurtful or negative way.

  • How can harboring resentment affect you -- emotionally and even physically?

  • How would you describe the sound of this song? How does it sound different from most mainstream music?

Music details

Artist:Mumford & Sons
Release date:August 7, 2012
Parental advisory:No
Edited version available:No

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Kid, 11 years old May 26, 2013


I love this song :)
What other families should know
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Teen, 15 years old Written byopalescent April 10, 2015

This is NOT country; if it was, I wouldn't be giving it five stars.

Beautiful song. One of my favorites by the glorious Mumford & Sons. I light song -- the music, anyway. The lyrics, like all of their others, are serious. No swearing, no sexual references...it's wonderful. A very pretty song with a catchy tune. It deserves all praise. And it is NOT country; don't believe Common Sense Media. It is alternative, only with banjo. :) This goes for all their songs: usually I can't stand banjo, but Mumford & Sons's "Country" Winston Marshall turns it into a precious, golden instrument. I LOVE this song. It's uplifting (again, except for the lyrics) and gorgeous. What I love about this band is that they aren't famous for being good-looking (in my opinion, they aren't); it's their music that accumulates fans. :)
Adult Written bytolkien geek mi March 9, 2014

Clean and Uplifting

Unlike many of Mumford and Sons' songs I Will Wait is uplifting and generally positive. They skip the angst part and get right to the "it's all going to be okay" refrain. It pushes teens, in my opinion, in a positive direction..."I'll be bold, as well as strong, and use my head alongside my heart" is probably a good reminder in our very impulsive culture! That said, the style is distinctive. It's not country, but rather a very decided neo-folk sound with strong Irish overtones. I always feel compelled to add, I'm not a parent but an 18-year-old college student, so parents may feel differently!
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