Music Monday: “Apprehension” by Manchester Orchestra


Music Monday is a meme, created by Drew at The Tattooed Book Geek, where I focus on a song I absolutely love and feel needs to be shared.

Song: “Apprehension”
Artist: Manchester Orchestra
Album: Simple Math (2011)

Lyrics taken from

Finding out that you had lost the little one inside you
Not a sound, but chalk that you had dropped on the floor
And I could tell that when you fell the future never planned on getting easier
God has never been afraid to fill our cups with more than they could hold
Til they overflow and we drown once and for all

How could I misconceive I was owed something radically radiant
The doctor came through and asked if you’d like to give it name
How can you misconceive our ideals and growing our futures
Some impressive prize I find for placing all the blame
My apprehension got the best of me

Better now than when I found I used to have the gift of amusement
Funny how without a doubt the family’s far more calmer than me
And I will cause a lovers’ court
And you, you don’t, you keep on tapping
Sour-mouthed, a coward clout, the dormant gospel’s nativity

My apprehension got the best of me
Walking dead my heart was moldering
Yeah it got the best of me
The best of me

Pushing it out I heard the healthiest move is to abandon all of my blemish
That’s what the hospital staff and the pair of our parents will say
Here I am again directly back to the place where Adam ruined family
Running in a marathon of mental til God shows up again

My apprehension got me nowhere
Swimming in my own filth
Yeah got me nowhere

Bounding in with kick drum and snare, “Apprehension” is a lyrically heavy track with sliding guitar and percussive rhythm. From Manchester Orchestra’s third album, Simple Math, the song describes a miscarriage and how those affected by it try to understand the tragedy that has taken place. Andy Hull’s vocals crescendo with vigor as he brings the passion and pain of the confusing situation alive. This is one of my favorite songs because of its structure built around dynamic guitars and a strong rhythm section. There are other elements added in that include tambourine and stereo guitar parts that switch between the left and right speakers (or headphones). The song isn’t built in the traditional verse-chorus-verse format, though it does have repeating elements that are slightly changed each time they reappear. The lyricism and catchy melodies make this a favorite song that I never skip when it comes along.

My vinyl copy of Simple Math; released in 2011. This white version was from a limited second pressing.

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