Trouble
Jon Brion Lyrics


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Here's the face of trouble
It's the face I wear
And it may invite you in
But I won't go there

Here's a working model
That generates despair
And this baby cranks it out
And it will take you out
And I won't care

It's a beauty

It's the mark of someone
Who's beyond repair
He'll refuse to help himself
Thinking only of himself
And though he isn't by himself
Well it's your job now

There's a conversation
We're about to have
And it's full of twists and turns
Half truths and vague concerns
From one who never learns
To one who never learns
And I never learn





Here's the face of trouble

Overall Meaning

The first stanza of the song “Trouble” by Jon Brion reveals the face of trouble, which is the face he wears. This line is most likely a metaphorical reference to the troubles in his life. This face may invite others in, but he refuses to go there. He is aware that he has a working model that generates despair. This working model may refer to the negative thought patterns or behaviors that he engages in, which cause him to feel hopeless. He acknowledges that this “baby” cranks it out, and it will take you out, but he won’t care. This line portrays his detachment from the world because of his troubles. The beauty of this situation is unknown, and it is depicted as a mark of someone who is beyond repair. This person, he says, will refuse to help himself, thinking only of himself, and it becomes clear that he is talking about himself.


The second stanza of the song is about awareness of one's situation. He acknowledges that there is a conversation that they are about to have, which is full of twists and turns, half-truths, and vague concerns. It’s a conversation between two people who never learn. The reference to not learning may suggest that they have been in a similar situation before, but no lessons were learned from it. Instead, both parties are still stuck in the same patterns of behavior, and the cycle repeats itself. The singer then insists that it is the responsibility of the other person to handle the issue, claiming that he never learns. This line is possibly a jab at his own self-destructive tendencies.


Line by Line Meaning

Here's the face of trouble
This is what trouble looks like


It's the face I wear
I am always wearing this face of trouble


And it may invite you in
You may be attracted to the trouble I carry


But I won't go there
I won't give into the temptation of trouble anymore


Here's a working model
Here's a prototype of something that works


That generates despair
This thing causes deep sadness and hopelessness


And this baby cranks it out
This thing produces despair quickly and efficiently


And it will take you out
It will completely destroy you


And I won't care
I won't show any concern for the damage it causes


It's a beauty
It's something impressive to behold


It's the mark of someone
It's a characteristic of a certain type of person


Who's beyond repair
This person can't be fixed, they're too damaged


He'll refuse to help himself
This person won't take steps to improve their situation


Thinking only of himself
This person is selfish and only cares about their own needs


And though he isn't by himself
He may not be alone, but he's still isolated emotionally


Well it's your job now
You're responsible for dealing with this person now


There's a conversation
There's a discussion that needs to happen


We're about to have
We're going to have this discussion soon


And it's full of twists and turns
The discussion will be complicated and unpredictable


Half truths and vague concerns
There will be lies mixed with pieces of information that are hard to understand


From one who never learns
The other person is someone who refuses to gain knowledge from past experiences


To one who never learns
And neither do I


And I never learn
I don't learn from my mistakes either




Lyrics © Kobalt Music Publishing Ltd.
Written by: JON BRION, JEFF MCGREGOR

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Most interesting comment from YouTube:

Nonexistanthuman

Here's the face of trouble 🙃
It's the face I wear
And it may invite you in
But I won't go there
Here's a working model
That generates despair
And this baby cranks it out
And it will take you out
And I won't care

It's a beauty

It's the mark of someone
Who's beyond repair
He'll refuse to help himself
Thinking only of himself
And though he isn't by himself
Well it's your job now
There's a conversation
We're about to have
And it's full of twists and turns
Half truths and vague concerns
From one who never learns
To one who never learns
And I never learn

Here's the face of trouble 🙃



All comments from YouTube:

klobb

Probably the most heart wrenching, well written song I'll ever come across. Thank you Jon - and big up to the poster.

Just Ali

@Sheesh Pew Damn.

Sheesh Pew

10 years later I agree

Mickael Jourdain

Cheers @nonesuchone

Nonexistanthuman

Here's the face of trouble 🙃
It's the face I wear
And it may invite you in
But I won't go there
Here's a working model
That generates despair
And this baby cranks it out
And it will take you out
And I won't care

It's a beauty

It's the mark of someone
Who's beyond repair
He'll refuse to help himself
Thinking only of himself
And though he isn't by himself
Well it's your job now
There's a conversation
We're about to have
And it's full of twists and turns
Half truths and vague concerns
From one who never learns
To one who never learns
And I never learn

Here's the face of trouble 🙃

Christopher Newton

One of the greatest composers of us Gen-X'ers time...

Megan O'Donnell

Reminds me so much of Aimee Mann and Elliott Smith, I could listen to this forever.

Prismo

https://youtu.be/PK4okHerWeI
Jon Brion Show feat Elliott Smith full set if you haven't seen already.

Megan O'Donnell

@DeeMX Yeah I just found that one too, it's gorgeous.

DeeMX

Have you heard the Elliott cover of this?

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