Heroin Addict Sister

Album: Welder (2010)
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  • In this song Cook, who is the youngest of 11 half brothers and sister and says she comes from a "crazy, somewhat dysfunctional family," tells the story of a very troubled girl who struggles with her addiction and the toll it takes on her family. While Cook won't reveal personal details about the song, she talked about the songwriting process to Dan MacIntosh. Said Cook: "The writing of the song, and processing the emotion of the song, is two different compartments. Process that emotion and the sentiment is difficult, but when I'm writing the song, that's not what I'm doing. I'm writing the song. I'm sort of recognizing something that I've already been through; maybe I'm going through it at the moment. But the writing part is a different part of the process. So the writing was not hard. I probably wrote pretty manically about six pages of lyrics, front and back. The most challenging part about making it into a song was probably the arranging and combing through what I had and making a song out of it. It started to form as I was writing it, but then I had a lot more lyrics than I could put in a song, so that was the most work involved in doing it."

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