Thursday, August 16, 2012

Songs that Capture a Mood: “Trusty Chords”

Hot Water Music’s song “Trusty Chords” has become a bit of a classic since it was released ten years ago on their album Caution.  The song has an incredible hook and sing-a-long chorus that dares you to not get it stuck in your head.  Had Hot Water Music been on a major label in ’02 and had this song been released as a single I think it would have been huge.


The song’s lyrics are the kind that touches a chord in the listener’s soul, but what chord that it touches exactly can depend on the person.  To me this is a song about overcoming adversity in life. 

"You'll get it right sometime. You will."
I tell myself that everyday.
"You don't need to latch on to anything.
You'll just end up back here
In your little limbo scene."
It's repetitious and exhausting.
I might need some therapy;
Anything to keep me in check through the day.

Don't think about your lover.
You're already steady shaking."
I might need a sedative,
But I hate the taste of medicine.
"You just need to let her go."
These pills shaking in my hand
Just make me feel defeated,
Like I'm not able to just let her go away.

I hate this place but I love these chords.
"An empty fate just means an even score."
And the pain this morning...
It filled my head.
It's Jameson.
It means that I'm not dead.

And I just can't seem to get away
There's no such thing as escape,
Even with the sedatives
You're always in the same state,
Clutching to a limbo scene.
You're never changing anything,
You just stop the shaking.
And it's constantly repeated through the days.

Throughout the song it talks about things that can hold you down but then comes back with the theme of never giving up, that even though life can suck at times and suck royally hard, there’s always a new day around the corner.  At least that is what I get out of “Trusty Chords.” 

The song has also been covered by some notable artists including Dave Hause (of The Loved Ones) and The Gaslight Anthem.  Below is Dave Hause performing “Trusty Chords” on the Revival Tour with Chuck Ragan (Hot Water Music) Dan Andriano (Alkaline Trio), Brian Fallon (The Gaslight Anthem, The Horrible Crowes) and Ian Perkins (The Horrible Crowes), Jon Gaunt, and Joe Ginsberg.

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