lifeblood: songs: background: trouble


emily saliers quote from 1999-09-30: trouble - it's alright, southern voice:

"a song like 'trouble' is probably the rockiest song i've ever written," she says. "i love rock music, i've just never been able to express myself as easily in a rock format as i have in ballad format, unless i'm playing electric guitar. so 'trouble' is a good release for me."

emily saliers quote from 1999-12-17: transciption, yahoo chat:

question: emily, in the song 'trouble,' what does 'grow a peaceful crop' refer to?

"it has to do with genetically engineered crops, things that are unhealthy for people, it has to do with nafta and when nations like mexico end up having to import corn. rather than subsist on their own food production. the inequity of that. and how food will once again, hopefully, be equitable and peaceful ultimately. and it's also a general reference to sowing the seeds and creating peace. it's a metaphor as well. and ultimately producing peace. and i use the crop, obviously, to complete the metaphor."

emily saliers quote from 2000-10-03: retrospective liner notes:

"this song is simple, written on the electric guitar, out in back. why do so many terrible things happen? i can't stand the injustice. a change will come, but when?"


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