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Icky Thump lyrics - The White Stripes

The White Stripes - Icky Thump Lyrics
The White Stripes were an alternative rock band, formed in 1997 in Detroit, Michigan, United States. They disbanded in 2011. The group consisted of songwriter Jack White (vocals, piano/keyboards, guitar) and Meg White (drums, vocals). After releasing several singles and three albums within the Detroit independent music underground, The White Stripes rose to prominence in 2002, as part of the garage rock revival scene. Their successful albums White Blood Cells and Elephant drew them attention from a large variety of media outlets in the United States and the United Kingdom. The White Stripes used a low-fidelity, do-it-yourself approach to writing and recording. Their music features a melding of punk and blues influences and a raw sim... more...
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1. "Icky Thump" lyrics

IIIIIIEEEEEEE
icky thump
who'da thunk?
sittin' drunk on a wagon to Mexico.

ahh well
what a chump
well my head got a bump
when I hit it on the radio.

redhead senorita
looking dead
came and said
"Need a bed?"
en Espa?ol.

I said
"Gimme a drink a water
I'm gonna 'sing around the collar
and I don't need a microphone."

icky thump
with a lump in my throat
grabbed my coat
and now it's reckon
I was ready to go!

and I swear
besides the head
she had one white eye,
one blank stare
lookin' up
lyin' there.

on the stand
near her hand
was a candy cane
black rum, sugar cane,
dry ice (and) something strange.

la la la la la la la
la la la la la la la

white Americans, what?
nothing better to do?
why don't you kick yourself out
you're an immigrant too.

who's using who? what should we do?
well, you can't be a pimp
and a prostitute too.

icky thump
handcuffed to a bunk
robbed blind
looked around
and there was nobody else.

left alone
i hit myself with a stone
went home and learned how
to clean up after myself.
 
2. "You Don't Know What Love Is (You Just Do As You're Told)" lyrics

In some respects
I suspect you've got a respectable side
When pushed and pulled and pressured
You seldom run and hide
But its for someone elses benefit
Not for what you wanna do
Until I realize that you've realized
I'm gonna say these words to you

You don't know what love is
You do as your told
Just as a child at ten might act
But you're far too old
You're not hopeless or helpless
and I hate to sound cold
But you dont know what love is...
You just do as your told

I can see you man
cant help but win
any problems that may arise
but in his mind there can be no sin
if you never criticize
you just keep on repeating
all those empty "I love you's"
until you say you deserve better
I'm gonna lay right into you

You don't know what love is
you just do as your told
just as a child of ten might act
but your far too old
your not hopeless or helpless
and i hate to sound cold
but you don't know what love is
no you don't know what love is
no you don't know what love is

you just do as your told
you do as your told
yeah
 
3. "300 MPH Torrential Outpour Blues" lyrics

I'm bringing back ghosts
that are no longer there
I'm gettin' hard on myself
sittin' in my easy chair
Well, there's three people in the mirror
and I'm wonderin' which one of them I should choose
Well, I can't keep from laughin'
spittin' out these 300 mile per hour outpour blues

I'm breakin' my teeth off
tryin' to bite my lip
There's all kinds of red-headed women
that I ain't supposed to kiss
And it's that color that never fails
to turn me blue
So I just swallow it and hold on to it
and use it to scare the hell out of you

I have a woman
'says come and watch me bleed
And I'm wonderin' just how I can do that
and still give her everything that she needs
Well, there's three people in my head that have the answer
and one of them's got to be you
But you're holding tight to it -- the answer
singin' these three hundred mile per hour outpour blues

Put on gloves, a tied scarf and wrap up warm
on this winter night
Everytime you get defensive
you're just looking for a fight
It's safe to sing somebody out there's got a problem
with almost anything you'll do
Well, next time they stab you don't fight back just play the victim
instead of playin' the fool
And the roads are covered with a million
little molecules
Of cigarette ashes and the school floors are covered
with pieces of pencil eraser too
Well sooner or later the ground's gonna be holdin' all
of my ashes too
But I can't help but wonder if after I'm gone will I still have these three hundred mile per hour, finger breaking, no answers makin', battered dirty hands, bee stung and busted up, empty cup torrential outpour blues

One thing's for sure: in that graveyard
I'm gonna have the shiniest pair of shoes
 
4. "Conquest" lyrics

conquest!

he was out to make a conquest
didn't care what harm was done
just as long as he won
the prize

conquest!

she was just another conquest
didn't care whose heart was broke
love to him was a joke
until he looked into her eyes

and then in the strange way things happen
their roles were reversed from that day
the hunted became the huntress
the hunter became the prey

conquest!

now you know who made the conquest
she, with all her female guile
led him helpless down the aisle
she had finally made a conquest

a-a-a-aaaaah!

and then in the strange way things happen
their roles were reversed from that day
the hunted became the huntress
the hunter became the prey

conquest!

now you know who made the conquest
she, with all her female guile
led him helpless down the aisle
she had finally made a conquest

conquest!
 
5. "Bone broke" lyrics

Look closer and you can see
How I been running it.
Got a dollar bill in the cockpit.
Surprised being white is a black hole?
I got another job at the liquor store.
Damn, I?m bone broke.

They got a white pony in a stable
and ride him when the doggie isn't able.
But he don't really care, ?cause they pay him.
But still a black suit
Is gonna shake him down.
Oh well
I?m bone broke
Broke as I'll ever be.

looking another way girl, I'm telling ya
God gave 7 minutes right to ya.
And your mother put her money into platinum
So that you wouldn?t have to pay
Attention.
Right?

I?m leaning on a brick with my nails,
I?m telling ?em the money?s in the mail.
Keep showing that my bones
Never fake it
But the brick bank is gonna break it down.
Oh well
I'm bone broke

Look another way girl I?m telling ya
God gave seven minutes right to ya.
Your mother put her money into platinum
And now you never have to pay
Attention.
Do you?
 
6. "Prickly thorn bur sweetly worn" lyrics

Singing
Li De Li De Li Oh Oh
Well A Li De Li De Li Oh Oh
Li De Li De Li Oh Oh
Well A Li De Li De Li Oh Oh

Well the hills are pretty and rollin'
But the thorn is sharp and swollen
And the man plays a beautiful whistle
But he wears a prickly thistle

Singing
Li De Li De Li Oh Oh
Well A Li De Li De Li Oh Oh
Li De Li De Li Oh Oh
Well A Li De Li De Li Oh Oh

The silver birches pierce through an icy fog
Which covers the ground most daily
And the angels which carry St. Andrew high
Are singing a tune most gaily

One sound can hold back a thousand hands
When the pipe plays a tune forlorn
And the thistle is a prickly flower
Aye, But how it is sweetly worn

Singing
Li De Li De Li Oh Oh
Well A Li De Li De Li Oh Oh
Li De Li De Li Oh Oh
Well A Li De Li De Li Oh Oh
 
7. "St. Andrew this battle is in the air" lyrics

This battle is in the air
I'm looking upwards
Where are the angels?
I'm not in my home

St. Andrew don't forsake me
St. Andrew
Don't forsake me

Who is here to greet me?
The children are kind
I'm not in my home
I travel backwards in ecstasy
Where are the angels?
Don't forget me

St. Andrew
I've been true
What do I need to say?
What do I need to say?
 
8. "Little cream soda" lyrics

Well every highway that I go down
Seems to be longer than the last one that i knew about
Oh Well

And every girl that I walk around
Seems to be more of an illusion than the last one that I found
Oh Well

And this old man in front of me
Wearing canes and ruby rings
Is like containing an explosion when he sings
But with every chance to set himself on fire
He just ends up doing the same thing

Well every beautiful thing i come across
Tells me to stop moving and shake this riddle off
Oh Well

And there was a time when all I wanted was my
Ice cream colder, and a little cream soda
Oh Well, Oh Well

And a wooden box, and an alley full of rocks
was all i had to care about
Oh Well, Oh Well, Oh Well

But now my mind is filled with rubber tires
and forest fires
an whether i'm a liar
and lots of other situations where I don't know
what to do at which time god screams to me
?there's nothing left for me to tell you?

Oh Well, Oh Well, Oh Well
 
9. "Rag and bone" lyrics

(Jack & Meg)
Rag & Bone!
Rag & Bone!
Rag & Bone!
Rag & Bone!

(Jack)
Meg, look at this place
This place looks like a mansion!
It's like a mansion, look at all this stuff!
Look, I see something over there.

Well, can't you hear me yellin' rag and bone
Bring out your junk and we'll give it a home
A broken trumpet or a telephone
Ah, come on, come on, come on
Come and give it to me

Yeah!

Come on, come on, come on
Come on and give it to me

Rag & Bone!
Rag & B one!

Ah, come on, come on, come on
Come on and give it to me

All of your pretty,
Your pretty little Rags & Bones

(Jack)
Well, look at all this, you don't want it?

(Meg)
What is that?

(Jack)
You sure you don't want it? Take it.
They're just things you don't want.
I can use ?em.
Meg can use ?em
We can do something with ?em
We'll make something out of ?em
Make some money out of ?em at least.

Hey if you ain't gonna use it, just give it to us
We'll give it a home

Well, I have you got something shiny for me
Anybody got a Christmas tree
Can you part with a toilet seat
Ah, jump up, jump up, jump up
Come on and give it to me

Rag & Bone!

We wanna get it Granny, while it's hot
You think its trash Granny, but it's not
Oh, we'll be taking whatever you got
Ah, give up, give up, give up
Come on and give it to me

Woo!

All of your pretty
Your pretty little Rags & Bones

(Meg) I saw some stuff in your yard, are you gonna give it to us?

(Jack)
Ah, Meg, don't be rude

(Meg)
Or not?

(Jack)
They might need it.
And if you don't want it, we'll take it
And if you don't wanna give it to us,
We'll keep walking by
We'll keep going we're not tired
But, got plenty of places to go
Lots of homes we ain't been to yet
The west side
The south-west side
Middle east
Rich house
Dog house
Outhouse
Old folks' house
House for unwed mothers
Halfway homes
Catacombs
Twilight Zones
Looking for techniques, turntables to gramophones
So take a last lick of your ice-cream cones
And lock up what you still wanna own
But please be kind
And don't rewind

Oh looking pretty
Your pretty little Rags & Bones
Your pretty little Rags & Bones

Ah, jump up, jump up, jump up
Come on and give it to me

Your pretty little Rags & Bones

(Jack & Meg)
Ah, come on, come on, come on
Come on and give it to us!

(Jack)
Yeah!
Yeah, yeah!
Oh yeah!
Yeah!

(Meg)
Yeah!

(Jack & Meg)
Yeah! (x13)
 
10. "I'm slowly turning into you" lyrics

i'm slowly turning into you
but you don't know this
to be true
you say i'm lying and I never really
tell you the truth
but your face is getting older
so put your head on my shoulder
yeh put your head on my shoulder

yesterday it hit me that i do
all the little things
that you do
except those same little things
that you do
are annoying
they're annoying as hell in fact
it kind of struck a little bell in fact
i like to keep my little shell intact

and i'm slowly turning into you
and i'm slowly turning into you
and i'm slowly turning into you

then something else came to mind
and that was the mirror
it made everything clearer
that you are more beautiful
compelling and stronger
it didn't take much longer
just for me to realize
i love all the little things
and the beauty that they're gonna bring

i dig your little laugh
and im loving your quick wit
i even love it when you're faking it!
and it might sound a little strange
for me to say to you
but i'm proud to be you

and im slowly turning into you
and im slowly turning into you
and im slowly turning into you
and im slowly turning into you
and im slowly turning into you
 
11. "A martyr for my love for you" lyrics

She was sixteen
And six feet tall
In a crowd of teenagers
Coming out of the zoo.

She stumbled
Started to slip and fall
Teeter tottered on the top
Of patent leather shoes.

I happen to catch her and said
"maybe these ruby shoes are
A little cumbersome for you."

Maybe for you, now.

But not as shaky
As I must've seemed
Talking junk through her
Giggle little teenage dream.

And on the phone I could not compete
My dumb luck
Fake confidence
Was getting weak.

And for a sec
I thought I sounded sweet
But sure enough In a gruff voice I heard myself speak...

I could stay awhile
But sooner or later
I'll break your smile
And I can tell a joke
But one of these days
I'm bound to choke
And we might share a kiss
But I feel like I can't go
Through with this
And I bet we could build a home
But I know the right thing
For me to do
Is to leave you alone

I'm beginning to like you
So you probably won't get
What I'm going to do.

I'm walking away from you
It probably don't make
No sense to you.

But I'm trying to save you
From all of the things that
I'll probably say or do.

I'll probably do, now.

I could stay awhile
But sooner or later
I'll break your smile
And I can tell a joke
But one of these days
I'm bound to choke
And we might share a kiss
But I feel like I can't go
Through with this
And I bet we could build a home
But I know the right thing
For me to do
Is to leave you alone

You'll probably call me a fool
And say I'm doing exactly
What a coward would do.

And I'm beginning to like you
It's a shame
What a lame way to live
But what can i do?

Well I hope you appreciate
What I do...

I'm a martyr for my love for you.
 
12. "Catch hell blues" lyrics

(If you go looking for hot water
Don't act shocked when you get
Burned a little bit)

If you really want some hot water
I can help you find it

Oh
Oh
Ah yeah

Well if they catch me around
You're playing rock the boat
I'm gonna catch hell

And if you're throwing your voice
In bed singing a note
I'm gonna catch hell
I know it

Yes, alright
Try and catch me

Oh yeah

Tricky, tricky
Yeah

Oh
Oh

If you're giving cheek
Lying to yourself
You're gonna catch hell

And if you're testing God
Lying to his face
You're gonna catch hell
C'mon

Hey
That's it
They're gonna catch you
Ha, they're gonna catch you

(Easy)
 
13. "Effect and cause" lyrics

I guess you have to have a probelm
if you want to invent a contraption
first you cause a trainwreck
then they put me in traction
well first came an action
and then a reaction
but you can't switch'em around
for your own satisfaction
well you burnt my house down
then got mad at my reaction

well in every complicated situation
called the human relation
making sense of it all
takes a whole lot of concentration
well you can't blame a baby
for her pregnant ma
and that there's one of these
unavoidable laws
that you just can't take the effect
and make it the cause


well you can't take the effect
and make it the cause
i didn't rob a bank
because you made up the law
blame me for robbing peter
but don't you blame paul
can't take the effect
and make it the cause

i aint the reason that you gave me
no reason to return your call
you built a house of cards
and got shocked when you saw them fall
well i aint saying i'm innocent
in fact the reverse
but if your headed to the grave
you don't blame the hearse
you're like a little girl yelling at her brother
'cause you lost his ball

well you keep blaming me for what you did
but that aint all
the way you clean up a wreck
is enough to give one pause
you seem to forget just how this all started
i'm reacting to you
because you left me broken hearted

see you just can't takt the effect
and make it the cause

well you can't take the effect
and make it the cause
i didn't rob a bank
because you made up the law
blame me for robbing peter
but don't you blame paul
can't take the effect
and make it the cause
 
 
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