Trouble’s Lament

Friday 2 May 2014, by Cécile Desbrun

"Having been born in North Carolina, the South walks with me wherever I am in the world. I can’t get it out of my DNA. I don’t know if it’s a genetic thing, ’cause my mother’s side, so far back, is from the Eastern Cherokee nation. So it’s really in the blood. It’s almost like you listen to the land speaking to you. And wherever I am I can hear the South calling me." (Mercury Classics Press Release, March 2014)

« I’ve been listening to southern music and all Johnny Cash storytelling. And I really liked the idea that Trouble was a young woman. I see her on my travels a lot and maybe I knew her many years ago when I was in my twenties. But now I’m the narrator telling her story, that she’s running from Satan, maybe she knows something and she needs a home. And so I’m asking the young women out there if they’ve given Trouble home. And I think some of them can give Trouble home in a good way. » (Unrepentant Geraldines interview DVD)

"This song has been something that really has driven itself because of the story. And that Trouble’s been through some fight, being chased by Satan, whatever he looks like to some people. I found him to be quite elusive in some ways, that we didn’t want to really meet him.Vocally, character-wise, we wanted to have a feeling of him chasing her. So we wanted him there. But there was something quite sexy about it, that we thought the track had to encapsulate as well as we needed this whimsy that was happening between the narrator, who was my character and Trouble. And Trouble can be anybody. I guess I’ve been Trouble in my life. Most women feel like they’ve been that. So I was holding two positions: that understanding and what goes with that as well as the narrator that seems to have a relationship with Danger. And therefore we were trying to make sure that the instrumentation was representing all those different detailed relationships." (Spotify’s Unrepentant Geraldines track-by-track audio commentary)