Wordsmith Wednesday: Manchester Orchestra’s “Cope”


This week’s Wordsmith Wednesday comes from the song “Cope” off of Manchester Orchestra’s 2014 album Cope.

“Now I hope if there is one thing that we know
From the way that you and I will wander on
And we won’t become a lifeless lope that wanders round and hopes for sorrow”

In these few lines, Andy Hull touches on the hope that after everything that have learned, everything we have gone through, we will not go back to our old habits. Instead of searching for reasons to wallow in our own misery, he extends the possibility to learn a new way to cope with what is thrown at us from all directions. Be it the existential crisis of our twenties or the constant filling of listlessness during the winter months, Hull pushes towards a new way of viewing the situation you’re in. In turn, Hull creates Hope, Cope’s counterpart.

– KK



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