This song is directed towards Suzanne's divorce
from Mitchell Froom. [Ed.]
"I tried to put the truth of what I had been
experiencing into a song, but not make it too sentimental. I
wanted the ideas to be clear in it, you know, the idea of the
woman washing things and setting things in order, and kind of
cleaning up what had gone before."
"Yeah, I was thinking of Ruby, and she noticed that. She
was listening to the song one day and she looked at me and said,
"Am I your little kite in the song?" And I told her, yes she
was. And she was fine about it. She didn't seem to think it
was so terribly sad. And I was glad about that. I think she
thought it was interesting."
Interview with Steve Rosenfeld, Playback,
February, March 2002 (http://www.ascap.com/playback/2002/march/radar-vega.html)
"In "Soap And Water," "Daddy's a dark riddle"
is describing a situation. It's not saying, "I hate you,"
or "You're an idiot," or anything like that. It's
just saying that Daddy's a dark riddle, which he is, and I think
he would probably agree if he heard the song."
Interview in The Onion Av Club, November
21, 2001, Volume 37, Issue 42 (http://www.theonionavclub.com/avclub3742/avfeature_3742.html)