September 30, 2012

i’d swim the seas for to ease your pain

Townes Van Zandt’s song “If I Needed You” is one of the most quietly sad laments I know of, an asking for help, even while not quite asking. In a session posted on World Cafe on Friday, the Mumford kids take a shot at this song and wring out all the latent desperation that underlies the words. On the last verse, when Marcus cranks it up to a wail, it no longer becomes a polite request, but more of an exhortation yelled into the unresponsive silence of an empty room.

If I Needed You (Townes Van Zandt) – Mumford & Sons

[my Mumford pics from Telluride 2011]


  • Thank you, as always, for writing, posting, sharing, and expressing the beauty of music.

    Krista — September 30, 2012 @ 4:27 pm

  • This song I played just Friday – as in the original…and just today….was telling my friend about Mumford – coincidence???

    SteveA — September 30, 2012 @ 7:17 pm

  • dam this is really deep

    jrdubstep — October 1, 2012 @ 8:19 pm

  • Personally, I like Andrew Birds version better.

    Bryan — November 19, 2012 @ 6:12 pm

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