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January 12, 2011 / John Sieger

I Trusted You

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Unrelated drawing, Sieger has a cold.

Sometimes what a song doesn’t say is just as important as what it does. This one repeats the phrase “I trusted you” about a zillion times. What you don’t hear is whether the person the singer trusted came through or let him down. It’s hard to read the mood in this one, it could have turned out either way. Written in the late ’80s as Semi-Twang awaited a verdict on record #2, there was an air of light paranoia and depression to some of my material. This song could easily have been about a record company—maybe it was! Demoed in our gloomy loft on a four track cassette, it still sounds good to this biased critic. The first three chords are similar (OK, the same!) as the ones used in Right Down The Line by Gerry Rafferty, who just passed away. They change in the next part of the verse and the melody goes nowhere near his, so I feel I could defend myself in a court of music law—I’m innocent! Besides, I wasn’t thinking of his song at all when I wrote it. Those three chords again do a little trick called regression (which I talked about in The State Of Mind I’m In), falling by thirds and feeling like a musical game of Jenga. Remove one note at a time from a chord and wait for the tower to collapse. Great fun!

© John Sieger

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