Album: A Deeper Understanding (2017)

Songfacts®:

  • Frontman Adam Granduciel told Q Magazine this anxiety-ridden tale of physical agony was inspired by an operation on his ruptured disc. It is one of several A Deeper Understanding tracks where he touches on the excruciating experience. "I couldn't sit to work and I couldn't stand up to play guitar," he said. "The idea of chronic pain and what it does to the mind is scattered throughout the songs."
  • The song gave The War on Drugs their first #1 on any Billboard chart, when this rose 2-1 on the Adult Alternative Songs airplay tally dated January 20, 2018. The Philadelphia-based band's previously best had been the #3 that "Holding On" peaked at on the same listing in August 2017.

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