Welcome to our ‘The Truth Behind the Song’ feature. For this feature, we’ve asked a number of our favourite artists to give us in-depth piece about a song that has a special place in their heart. Today we feature the brilliant Stuart Landon, who gives us an insight into the meaning behind ‘I Sinned’.
‘I Sinned started out merely as an acoustic guitar riff that I had been playing around with for a few months. Gradually, the song slowly started to take shape when I saw the title in a magazine interview with a prisoner on death row who was talking about all his regrets.
I based the lyrics around myself. I have gotten older, I have started to think back on all the stupid decisions I have made, some that I wish I could go back and change and others I have learnt to live with.
In life, everybody makes mistakes and they play a part in shaping who we become, so I set these ideas out in a kind of musical confessional, hence the title I Sinned.
Even though I recorded, produced and mixed the track myself, I did have some help along the way with input from a couple of my band Angels with dirty faces. Neil Jacks played bass & sang backing vocals and added a little steel guitar whilst Chris Bucknall, who is the Angels keyboard player helped me to record the drums and has been my sounding board in the mixing process. I even managed to recruit the services of Sam Beeton who played drums on this track.
So this biographical song is a reflection of my thoughts built up over my life, my regrets at being selfish at times and thinking of myself before others and making bad calls in important times of my life. The track is a realisation of these facts, but also that you cannot turn the clock back and change what has happened, you merely have to accept what has gone and try and to not make the same mistakes in the future.
Everybody has sinned through their lives, it is just something as humans we all do, it just depends on the size of the sin. This song is my confessional.‘