What The Trouble Was

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Introduction by Jimmy Flemion


The seventh song on The Frogs first LP is "What The Trouble Was". The original title was "What The Trouble Was With Your Mind". It was written on January 15, 1986. It is the autobiographical account ( here and there ) recalling the same girl in question from the song "C-R-Y". The only difference the question 'what do you want?' was posed to me in real life. The "always snows" lyric is a wild veiled reference to a white colored illicit drug this girl was on. Who knew his songs were so deep.

Original Lyrics


I asked you what you wanted<br&> You said you didn't know<br&> I asked you what you needed<br&> You said you didn't know<br&> I asked you what the trouble was with your mind<br&>

You said there was a boy<br&> Who treated you so badly<br&> Who mangled and strangled<br&> And beat you up so badly<br&> I said you had better seek a psychiatrist<br&>

And when you layed up on his couch<br&> He tried to undo your blouse<br&> Since then you've never been the same<br&>

I asked you what the weather was<br&> Like inside 4 walls<br&> You said it always snows<br&> And everything's the same<br&> I said it's a good thing you're not insane<br&>

You lost your balance head first you hit the floor<br&> (And when you dropped down to the floor)<br&> In that white straight jacket that you wore<br&> Since then you've never been the same<br&>

Album Lyrics


i asked you what you wanted, you said you didn't know<br&> i asked you what you needed, you said you didn't know<br&> i asked you what the trouble was with your mind<br&>

you said there was a boy who treated you so badly<br&> who mangled and strangled and beat you up so badly<br&> i thought you had better seek a psychiatrist<br&>

and when you laid down on his couch<br&> he tried to undo your blouse<br&> since then you've never been the same<br&>

i asked you what the weather was like inside your brain<br&> you said it always snows and everything's the same<br&> i said it's a good thing you're not insane<br&>

and when you laid down on his couch<br&> he tried to undo your blouse<br&> since then you've never been the same<br&>

i asked you what the trouble was<br&> i asked you what the trouble was<br&> i asked you what the trouble was<br&>

Notes


The chord progression for the verses of the song is E Major / G b bend bass note / E Major / G b bend bass note / E Major / G b bend bass note / A min / D b minor. The chord progression for the chorus is A b Major / A Major / A major 9 ( B in bass ) / E Major / G b Major / G b minor 7 / A 7 (B b in bass ) / B 7. Here are the original lyrics before they were changed in favor of the final LP versions lyrics.<br&>

The track "What The Trouble Was" contains a backing track that was cut live in the studio with bass guitar played by Jay Tiller - bass lines written by Dennis, drums played by Dennis and written by Dennis and acoustic guitar played by myself. Then we added double-tracked vocals by myself, backing vocals by Dennis and a cello played by Dennis.<br&>

It was the first song recorded for The Frogs first LP. It is one of four songs on the LP that Dennis played drums on. The other songs being "I'm A Jesus Child", the out-take "The Rapist" and the original alternate out-take of "Funhouse". It was thought that the LP would be recorded and finished as quickly as this song had been. But when Dennis' sweet sounding drums were not being captured on tape properly we opted to program a drum machine for the remainder of the LP.<br&>