Impossible Winner

Album: Dodge & Burn (2015)

Songfacts®:

  • This piano-and-chamber-accompaniment ballad finds Alison Mosshart pleading to be taken seriously. Mosshart told Uncut: "I wrote that song a while ago. I have an arsenal of these that I write all day long and that don't really have homes. I was in the studio first one morning and Dean (Fertita, guitar and keys) walked in and caught me playing it on an acoustic guitar and asked what it was. He then sat at the piano and played it with me, learning it in four seconds."

    "Then LJ (Little Jack, bass) walks in and says, 'Hey, what's that?', and starts playing, and 20 minutes later Jack (White) walks in and sits behind the drums and I'm like, OK we're doing this song, it's awesome,' and they loved it."
  • The strings were arranged by Brooke Waggoner. The Music City-based singer-songwriter won the Nashville Music Award for "NBN Emerging Artist" of the year in the fall of 2009 and her songs have been featured in TV shows such as Grey's Anatomy and Ghost Whisperer. She played on Jack White's Blunderbuss album, including some stand out piano playing on "Weep Themselves To Sleep."
  • Alison Mosshart's Kills bandmate Jamie Hince bumped this ballad off their last album only for it to be a stand out on the ensuring Dead Weather record.

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