Andy Crouch writes a great letter – Dear Mumford & Sons
Love your work. My 14-year-old son does too, but he was crestfallen at your use of the phrase “fucked it up” in every chorus of “Little Lion Man.” As he should be. Yet when you performed it on David Letterman and the BBC you somehow found it in your hearts to sing “messed it up” (which, by the way, works just fine—trust me, I’m a Professional Writer with Certified Aesthetic Judgment and can tell you that shocking words, like exclamation points, only work when they’re used once and only once).
So, since you already sacrificed your artistic integrity for a spot on David Letterman, would it be too much to ask you to release a clean version for us to sing along to?