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<FONT face="Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif" size=3><FONT color=#000000><A name=ido>I Do
"I Do," although the first single o­n the album, was actually the last song written. Most of the rest of the album was sounding moody and dark, but the contrast of this final up-tempo song really completes the album for me.
<FONT face="Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif" size=3><FONT color=#000000><A name=falling>Falling In Love
"Falling in Love" started out as a cowboy song: a story song with a simple chord progression. I wrote the chorus after spending a night in Las Vegas . The string arrangement, written by composer Dan Coleman, turned the song into a cinematic experience. The arrangement gave it an extra dark and lonely feel. As an added bonus, Shawn Colvin came to the studio and sang harmonies with Juan and me.
The song "Truthfully" was written for a scene in the movie "One Fine Day." The song was the story of Michelle Pfeiffer's character beginning to fall in love with that guy from "ER"'s character - sort of romance against o­ne's will. They didn't end up using the song in the movie, but I ended up with a positive love song o­n the album. (Although I read the script, I am still looking forward to seeing the film o­n an airplane.)
"How" is a song sort of about being under a microscope, and also the people holding the microscope. About working so hard for something, letting people examine me close up to find they're more interested in their own preconceptions than in finding out who I really am. The song was originally used in the movie "Twister."
<A name=furious>Furious Rose
"Furious Rose" is another song touched by the orchestra. I wrote it about Freud and a woman he is trying to show is clinically crazy, but she's actually just depressed and misunderstood. I tried to make the verses intricate and Victorian and the choruses more emotional. When I heard the arrangement for the first time, I imagined a woman running through a dark forest.
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The song "Firecracker" is about a very weak person who not o­nly frustrated me, but through their weak and bizarre behavior they stomped o­n me and my creative intentions. "You change your shoelaces" - you do inane and boring things like changing your shoelaces while I do wonderful things that excite like "light firecrackers." And then the obvious, "you step o­n the sparks"- you use your inane actions (changing shoelaces) to help get in the way of what I am trying to do and at the same time you try to be a part of what I'm doing, but ruin it while you are trying to join in. Of course this is all figurative.
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There was a friend of my brother's who drove his truck into a wall in Dallas. It made me think about death and survival -- about how some people relieve their depression through dying. Although it is really about survival, there's a sarcastic undertone throughout, with references to that view of death.
I find it sad and uplifting at the same time. It's about having a bad day, but also having something there to make it better in the end. In the phrase "you're my medicine" I use the image of medicine because it's something you can take that will make you feel better. When I was a little girl in Texas, snow days were supposed to be bad things because the city would shut down, but of course we loved them. I especially like singing this because it says, "You're not too tired for this life. It's not gonna matter if you fall down twice." Sometimes you need someone to tell you that it's okay that you're depressed or that you messed up -- even if you've done it before. But you also need someone to shake you out of your weariness.
It's about a gesture; about sitting next to a friend and elbowing them in the side when you're talking to another person who's totally lying to you. It's about that bruise you get when your friend's nudging you.
When All The Stars Were Falling
When all the stars were falling I reached up like you said
All the stars were falling
And one hit me in the head.
There's this beautiful image of the stars falling, like in an illustration in a children's book, and then one hits you in the head. Sometimes, even when you're trying your hardest, things can still knock you over. Part of it is also that things on earth have a magical quality too -- "The lights of the city are the stars on the ground." I wrote this when I was living on the nineteenth floor of a New York City apartment building.
Do You Sleep?
There's this dual emotional thing. Half is when you're that involved with somebody -- you eat, sleep, and breathe the person: the other half is when the relationship is over -- on the one hand you're still longing for this person to want you the same way, but on the other hand you don't ever want to see them again. This song explores the full range of emotions you go through in and after a relationship.
It's really cinematic. I like how the strings give it that added sense of desolation and drama. The song "Hurricane" is a fictional story I made up about a woman who is like a hurricane. I am sure that many of you have heard me explain this at shows, but it's about a guy AKA "skeleton boy" who has just been emotionally ravaged by his relationship with this woman- "she's a hurricane." The woman says that she will help him "heal his heart" in a hurry, and, of course, a heart heals slowly. Instead of helping this poor guy, she hurts him even more. At the beginning of the song, the guy warns the singer about this "hurricane woman" and goes on advise the singer not to ever try to take the easy way out- "don't look for holidays." Instead you should go through the pain to get rid of it- "go suffocate, and choke your own cries, go where the water, where the water seeps from the pink sky"- a place where the sun will one day come out. In the bridge of the song, the "lightheaded wonder" part, he's remembering how she lured him in. By the end of the song, the guy gains power and overcomes the bad power of the woman.
Rose Colored Times
It's haunting. "Rose Colored Times" was inspired by the movie Paper Moon. It's about a woman remembering her childhood. The choruses get progressively harder and louder. The imagery of being on an amusement park ride as a child means several things: it's exhilarating and fun, but it's also frightening and disorienting. Ironically, some of the electric guitars were recorded at Tatum O'Neal's beach house.
It's a love song. I'm basically singing and playing guitar. We recorded this in one continuous take.
"Alone" is really fun to do live. I played some electric on it. Fugazi has these great guitar stops and I wanted to do something like that on this song. There is a quiet jazz standard quality to certain parts, while other sections are completely overdriven.
Waiting for Wednesday
At first you think the narrator is waiting for Wednesday because that's when she thinks her boyfriend is going to tell her goodbye. But by the time the last chorus appears, the tables have turned and she's in fact waiting to say goodbye to him. It's really about not knowing whether to stay in a relationship or leave.
I guess this is a country-western song. It involves confusion about spirituality, and where you can actually find true spirituality. The song starts out "Who would steal on Sunday?/ Who'd make them believe make-believe?/ Who'd buy a prayer when you can pray for free?" That's in reference to televangelists who steal money from their congregations. Sometimes where you most expect spirituality, turns out to be where there is none. If more people had real love in their lives, they'd stop searching for religion in the wrong places. It's also about finding spiritual comfort in daily things, in being in a band, in the ups and downs of life, etc.
Garden of Delights
We have so much fun playing this. It was one of the first songs I ever wrote. It goes between being kind of playful and really harsh. It shows how people play games with each other.
It's a song about an argument. It's one of our more gentle songs, but it fits with the rest of the album. When I started writing it I was thinking about Daryl Hall and some of his sweeter radio songs.