The White Stripes

From Wikiquote
Jump to: navigation, search
The White Stripes at the 2007 O2 Wireless festival in London

The White Stripes are a Grammy Award-winning American rock music duo from Detroit, composed of songwriter Jack White on guitar, piano, lead vocals, and Meg White on drums, percussion and vocals.

Song lyrics[edit]

  • The nurse should not be the one who puts salt in your wounds
    But it's always with trust that the poison is fed with a spoon
  • I blew it
    And if I knew what to do, then I'd do it
    But the point that I have, I'll get to it
    That forever for her is over for me
    Just the word that she said that means never
    To be with another together
    And with the weight of a feather it tore into me.
  • My friends are all dying, and death can't be lying
    It's the truth and it don't make a noise.
  • Well strip the bark right off a tree and just hand it this way
    Don't even need a drink of water to make the headache go away
    Give me a sugar pill and watch me just rattle down the street
    You see the medicine
    Oh girl, you have no faith in medicine.
  • Icky thump with the lump in my throat

Grabbed my coat and I was freaking, I was ready to go
Yeah, I swear, beside the hair she had one white eye
One blank stare, lookin' up, lyin' there

    • [From [icky thump]]

  • Listen master can I ask you a question
    Is it the fingers, or the brain
    that you're teaching this lesson?
  • Well I never said I wouldn't throw my jacket in the mud for you
    but my father gave it to me so maybe I should carry you
    Then you said "You almost dropped me" so then I did
    and I got mud on my shoes.
  • Come and tell me what you're thinking
    'Cause just when the boat is sinking
    A little light is blinking
    And I will come and rescue you.
  • Soft hair and a velvet tongue
    I wanna give you what you give to me
    And every breath that is in your lungs is a tiny little gift to me.
  • And I love my sister
    Lord knows how I've missed her
    She loves me
    And she knows I won't forget
    And sometimes I get jealous
    Of all her little pets
    And I get lonely, but I ain't that lonely yet


  • The White Stripes were part of a wave of retro-minded young bands who gave rock music a much-needed jolt in the first few years of the 21st century, but they're less nostalgic bashers than a brilliant conceptual creation: a divorced Detroit couple who masqueraded as brother and sister, named themselves after their band (or vice versa), wore alternating white-and-red outfits, and rewired the blues for the new generation.

Band quotes[edit]

  • Downtown Detroit has more vacant buildings over 10 storeys than any city in the world. Tons of skyscrapers with nothing in them. [The flag] is the idea of rooting for the underdog, because Detroit has such a bad reputation.
    • Meg White, on why they included a Detroit flag in their stage set
    • Cameron, Keith (March 28, 2003), "The sweetheart deal". The Guardian. Retrieved December 15, 2014.
  • That would break up the thing of vocals, guitar and drums. Somebody else there would bring this fourth component. If you're going to have four components, you might as well have 20, y'know?
    • Jack White, on why they never considered having a bass player
    • Cameron, Keith (March 28, 2003), "The sweetheart deal". The Guardian. Retrieved December 15, 2014.

External links[edit]

Wikipedia has an article about: