What's wrong dear brother, have you lost your faith
Don't you remember a better place
Needles and things have done you in

Like the setting sun
Oh, dear brother, trouble weighs a ton

What's wrong dear sister, did your world fall down
Did men misuse you and push you around
It's the same story dear, year after year

Pathetic men run
Oh, dear sister, trouble weighs a ton

Trouble in the air, trouble's all I see
Does anybody care, trouble's killing me
Oh, it's killing me...

What's wrong dear mother, has your child disobeyed
And left you hurting in so many ways
What once was sweet, is sorrow and grief

That cannot be undone
Oh, dear mother, trouble weighs a ton


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    General CommentThis song mostly deals with problems in general and how everybody has them. I love how in this track you get to fully hear Dan Auerbach's fantastic vocals.
    EmmaGBon February 08, 2009   Link
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    General Comment"What's wrong dear brother, have you lost your faith
    Don't you remember a better place
    Needles and things have done you in

    Like the setting sun
    Oh, dear brother, trouble weighs a ton

    What's wrong dear sister, did your world fall down
    Did men misuse you and push you around
    It's the same story dear, year after year

    Pathetic men run
    Oh, dear sister, trouble weighs a ton

    Trouble in the air, trouble's all I see
    Does anybody care, trouble's killing me
    Oh, it's killing me...

    What's wrong dear mother, has your child disobeyed
    And left you hurting in so many ways
    What once was sweet, is sorrow and grief

    That cannot be undone
    Oh, dear mother, trouble weighs a ton"


    (from the CD)

    ScruffMcGruffon February 11, 2009   Link
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    My InterpretationI see this song as Dan trying to reach out to see that he is not alone in his trouble. So he looks through the lens of his family to connect his troubles with theres.

    The lines that start with 'Oh, dear..., trouble weighs a ton' is there to sort of agree and say yeah, trouble does weigh a ton and I see it in you as it is there in me.

    For me this song is structurally amazing because I think the song is about Dan and yet he uses other people to hide and at the same time expose this point by connecting their emotions with his emotions.
    lakhany07on March 21, 2013   Link
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    My InterpretationI think this song is about someone who always helps other people with their problems despite nobody helping him.
    And the section "Trouble all I see..." is this person finally letting their own problems escape, but nobody is there to hear, so he goes back to helping.
    Benji47on March 29, 2014   Link

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