"Trouble" as written by and Yusuf / Islam....
Trouble
Oh trouble set me free
I have seen your face
And it's too much too much for me

Trouble
Oh trouble can't you see
You're eating my heart away
And there's nothing much left of me

I've drunk your wine
You have made your world mine
So won't you be fair
So won't you be fair

I don't want no more of you
So won't you be kind to me
Just let me go where
I'll have to go there

Trouble
Oh trouble move away
I have seen your face
And it's too much for me today

Trouble
Oh trouble can't you see
You have made me a wreck
Now won't you leave me in my misery

I've seen your eyes
And I can see death's disguise
Hangin' on me
Hangin' on me

I'm beat, I'm torn
Shattered and tossed and worn
Too shocking to see
Too shocking to see

Trouble
Oh trouble move from me
I have paid my debt
Now won't you leave me in my misery

Trouble
Oh trouble please be kind
I don't want no fight
And I haven't got a lot of time


Lyrics submitted by H-bomb

"Trouble" as written by Yusuf Islam

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  • +2
    General CommentWhen he sings,
    "I've seen your eyes
    and I can see death's disguise
    Hangin' on me
    Hangin' on me"
    It literally makes my stomach hurt with the emotion that he sings it with
    DeadHazzyon August 14, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentBoth Cat Stevens and Elliott Smith are genius. To me though, Elliott has that little extra hurt and past in his voice that makes his cover so beautiful. I do prefer his cover. Despondent How can you hate Elliott Smith? I thank god that he lived and graced us with his music. Please do respect the dead.
    wellwhiskeyon October 03, 2006   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationThis song reminds me of a friend of mine who I eventually ditched after 15 years of knowing. The reason being he was always bringing me down and giving me a negative perspective on things both people & the world and I'd finally had enough of it.

    I'm sure the song literally means something different (someone mentioned Tuberculosis) but as it's quite lyrically general I hope you can see that it could be open to many interpretations. As it is the words fit almost line for line for what I was feeling and so that's what it means to me.
    sivagishon March 18, 2010   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationTrouble was written by Cat Stevens when he was on what thought was going to be his deathbed so no one is ever going to top his performance of this song. But as we are allowed to listen to music no matter what condition we are in this song can be for not just for the dying, but also for the abused, depressed, melancholy or suicidal. This song is about all forms of trouble which is why it speaks to so many. (Loves to Harold & Maud!)
    Triskellionon February 12, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti love this song so much, and i don't even know why. it's just amazing.
    emma.leeon July 02, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthe meaning is pretty evident.. and it's amazing...
    plays at the most poignant part of 'harold and maude'..
    cat stevens used to be so great.
    louderthanbombson April 17, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentLove this song. Oh my god, soo soothing, perfect song to fall asleep to on repeat.
    ldsbounceon June 23, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI like the RHCP cover
    MardyAsson October 30, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentbut this one kicks ass as well
    MardyAsson November 14, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentEddie Vedder does a great cover of this song. If you can find it somewhere, listen to it. By the way Eddie Vedder is the lead singer of pearl jam for those of you that don't know.
    vedson November 30, 2004   Link

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