BUZZ BEATS - "The Gold" by Manchester Orchestra


Illustrated by Isabella Balseiro

With this week's edition of "Buzz Beats," this song was recommended through our survey by Ms. Caturano. "The Gold" is the second track off of Manchester Orchestra's album, "A Black Mile to the Surface," released in 2017. This song is a well-written track with a beautiful story, full of metaphors and imagery that all relate to mine shafts and gold. In this song, the singer is portraying the wife of a miner, whose relationship is failing, and caving in like a mine shaft after it's abandoned. This song also discusses topics of rocky relationships with family, specifically the singer's father who's suffering from a heart attack. 

As someone who primarily listens to music that is very light, fun, and pop-central, this song was something that took me for a run. The messages in this song drew me in so close though, I cannot even describe how hard it HIT as soon as I finished my first listen.

I have to give this song the credit that it deserves, especially since this genre is not something I regularly listen to. I was so shocked by how much I loved this song, and will DEFINITELY be checking out more of their stuff!

If you're looking for an Alternative/Indie Rock song full of beautiful metaphors and imagery, you should check this song out. 

Some of my favorite lyrics of this track are:

  • "You don't have to hold me anymore/Our cave's collapsing"
  • "My old man told me/"You don't open your eyes for a while/You just breathe that moment down."
  • "I believed you were crazy/You believe that you love me"
  • "You and me, we're a day drink/So lose your faith in me"

Ms. Caturano discusses how much she loves this song when she says,

"[This] song is pretty perfect for rolling down your car windows and blasting the angsty, folksy melodies into the wind. The cave and gold metaphor feel like a perfect summation of how it feels when you’ve outgrown someone. The lyrics do a great job of sharing that as well... Particularly the repeated chorus: “I believed you were crazy. You believed you loved me.”"

After giving the song a few more listens, I agree with everything. It's also a beautiful song to SOBBBBBBBB over. I genuinely found myself getting emotional listening to the song, especially over the messages hidden within the lyrics. 

This song has admittedly been added to my playlist of songs I'm obsessed with, and I would recommend this to someone who wants to explore a new sound.

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Find "The Gold" by Manchester Orchestra on most streaming platforms!