Ray LaMontagne, “Trouble”

Sometimes it can be difficult to figure out what the actual title of a song is, especially if the title never even appears in the lyrics. For example, the words to songs like “A Day in the Life” by the Beatles or Jack White’s “Ice Station Zebra” don’t include the title. Conversely, there are songs that leave no doubt at all about what the title is because it’s front and center, even opens the song, like Amy Grant’s “Baby Baby” or “Desperado” by the Eagles. Then there’s “Trouble,” the title track of Ray LaMontagne’s 2004 debut album. There can be little doubt about what the song is called, as LaMontagne not only opens with the one-word title, but sings it over and over: Trouble Trouble, trouble, trouble, trouble Trouble been doggin’ my soul since the day I was born Some calculating artists or writers might do this on purpose to immediately make sure the listener knows what the title is (not that there’s anything wrong with that). But that doesn’t sound like something the unconventional LaMontagne would do, with this song or with any other song he’s ever written. During a Reddit “Ask Me Anything” session in 2014, LaMontagne was…

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