"The Cave" (CD single)

Music review by
Stephanie Bruzzese, Common Sense Media
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Brooding alt-rock single has mature themes.

Parents say

age 12+
Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 11+
Based on 8 reviews

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this music.

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 & Representations

Encourages perseverance in the face of adversity.


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

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What 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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written bytolkien geek mi March 9, 2014

Obscure yet likeable

The Cave is clean on the surface. There's a few stray strange references to violence ("You cannibal you meat eater" what are they trying to say... Continue reading
Parent of a 12-year-old Written by301TheAmazingSo... April 1, 2011

I don't see the big deal.

Why are people saying emotional teens could find the images troubling. This song could be a great thing for depressed teens as it's about hope and courage.... Continue reading
Teen, 15 years old Written byopalescent April 10, 2015

I've listened to it millions of times and it hasn't gotten old.

I love this song. I don't know why, but I do. Mumford & Sons is my favorite band (along with Of Monsters and Men -- another great band) and this so... Continue reading
Teen, 15 years old Written byCalcabrina June 28, 2012

Plato's allegory of the cave

My school loves this song because it can be APPLIED TO PLATO'S ALLEGORY OF THE CAVE! We are nerds. But anyway, this song is amazing. Look up the allegory... Continue reading

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.

Talk to your kids 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?

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