Scarecrow – This is a song of Robbie's that I have always liked and have played live for many years before recording it. Obviously the song is personal to Robbie but I love the idea of it. Robbie was nice enough to come and play guitar on it too and coincidentally we recorded it in the same studio that the original version was recorded in. I wanted to add my own influence to it and I think it has a slightly rockier feel to the original. I didn’t want to just make a carbon copy of Robbie's original version because we'd never have been able to recreate that.
Trouble - The title track is really about putting all your faith into someone and being let down but standing up and not letting someone walk all over you. It’s about just shutting the door and moving on, which isn't always an easy thing to do. It's something I've felt I have had to do a lot over the last few years. Musically I feel it sets the tone for the album, I like the idea of writing actual songs not just 12 bars. Something that has a pop sensibility but doesn't not include all the factors of the blues songs that I love.
So Much More - I wrote this song around September 2007, at a time when I felt like I hadn't been able to achieve what I wanted in life and knew I had to grow as a person and a musician. Which in a way is inspiring place to be in, because you can only go up from there. The main riff was something I'd been messing with a long time before I wrote the song; there was a full band version I'd recorded of the song too but for the album it just felt right keeping it mellow and acoustic. Robbie McIntosh laid down a really nice rhythm part to the song, which really added to the atmosphere for the song as did Bill who played Fender Rhodes on it, kinda gave it a Zero 7 type of feel.
All That We Were - We recorded this in one take. It started off as a complete song that over time became this version. Originally the song was called 'Walk Away' but as we were recording it, it unfolded and developed into All That We Were. Lyrically it's about looking back on being with you someone you love and them being taken away from you. My father passed away when I was quite young and I've never really written about that experience directly, I think this song touches on some of those feelings I have about it. Knowing that someone you love can't be with you but you know they live on through what they instilled in you and gaining strength from a situation that is ultimately a terrible thing.
Talk To Me - I have been a big fan of this song, originally written and recorded by Babyface, for years. I thought it would be a good one to cover as it kinda has a bluesy edge but is also somewhat more in the RnB vein. I'm a big fan of soul / RnB stuff and having David Ryan Harris sing on it was just incredible even though we didn’t actually get to meet up to do it. He was writing somewhere at the time and I believe he recorded the vocals in a kitchen. He totally nailed the feel of the song and it really is an honour to have him on there.