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"The Cave" (CD single)
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The parents' guide to what's in this music.
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.
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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.
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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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