White Blood Cells Album

Artist(s): The White Stripes

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Tracklist

Dead Leaves and the Dirty Ground

length: 3:05
writer: Meg White, Jack White

dead leaves and the dirty ground
when I know you're not around
shiny tops and soda pops
when I hear your lips make a sound
when I hear your lips make a sound

Thirty notes in the mailbox
will tell ya that I'm coming home
and I think I'm gonna stick around
for a while so you're not alone
for a while so you're not alone

if you can hear a piano fall
you can hear me coming down the hall
if I can just hear your pretty voice
I don't think I need to see at all
don't think I need to see at all

soft hair and a velvet tongue
I wanna give ya what you give to me
and every breath that is in your lungs
is a tiny little gift to me
is a tiny little gift to me

I didn't feel so bad 'til the sun went down
then I come home
no one to wrap my arms around
wrap my arms around

well any man with a microphone
can tell you what he loves the most
and you know why you love at all
if you're thinking of the holy ghost
if you're thinking of the holy ghost


Thanks to CLINTON for the correction

Hotel Yorba

length: 2:11
producer: Jack White
vocal: Jack White
mixer: Jack White
background vocals: Meg White
acoustic guitar: Jack White
percussion: Meg White
writer: Meg White, Jack White
I was watching
with one eye on the other side
I had fifteen people telling me to move
I got moving on my mind
I found shelter
In some thoughts turning wheels around
I said 39 times that I love you
to the beauty I had found

Well its 1 2 3 4
take the elevator
at the hotel yorba
I'll be glad to see you later
all they got inside is vacancy

I been thinking
of a little place down by the lake
they got a dirty little road leading up to the house
I wonder how long it will take till we're alone
sitting on the front porch of that home
stomping our feet on the wooden boards
never gonna worry about locking the door

Well its 1 2 3 4
take the elevator
at the hotel yorba
I'll be glad to see you later
all they got inside is vacancy

You'll prob'ly say I'm silly
think childish thoughts like these
but I'm so tired of acting tough
and i'm gonna do as i please
Let's get married
in a big cathedral by a priest
coz if i'm the man you love the most
you can say i do at least

And its 4 5 6 7
grab your umbrella
grab hold of me
cause I'm your favorite fella
all they got inside is vacancy

I'm Finding It Harder to Be a Gentleman

length: 2:55
writer: Jack White, Meg White
Well I'm finding it harder
to be a gentleman every day
all the manners that I've been taught
have slowly died away
but if I held the door open for you
It wouldn't make your day

You think that I care
about me and only me
when every single girl needs help
climbing up a tree
well I know it don't take much
to satisfy me

Maybe it's whatever's in my head
that's distracting me
but if i could find emotion
to stimulate devotion
well then you'd see

Well I'm finding it hard to say
that I need you twenty times a day
I feel comfortable so baby why
don't you feel the same?
have a doctor come and visit us
and tell us which one is sane

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

Fell in Love With a Girl

length: 1:51
composer: Jack White
lyricist: Jack White
Fell in love with a girl
I fell in love once and almost completely
she's in love with the world
but sometimes these feelings
can be so misleading
she turns and says "are you alright?"
I said "I must be fine cause my heart's still beating"
come and kiss me by the riverside,
bobby says it's fine he don't consider it cheating now

Red hair with a curl
mellow roll for the flavor
and the eyes for peeping
can't keep away from the girl
these two sides of my brain
need to have a meeting
can't think of anything to do
my left brain knows that
all love is fleeting
she's just looking for something new
and I said it once before
but it bears repeating now

Expecting

length: 2:04
writer: Meg White, Jack White
Your mouth said this never
but your fingers have shown me
that your head is so clever
you claim that you own me
forever

You have the right to conduct me
in whatever fashion
your attempt construct me
in the interest of passion
you sent me
to toledo

I came back with handfulls
I did what you asked me
but after the thank yous
that you quickly got passed me
I'm expected
you're expecting
I'm expected
expected

Little Room

length: 0:51
writer: Jack White, Meg White
Well you're in your little room
And you're working on something good
But if it's really good
You're gonna need a bigger room

And when you're in the bigger room
You might not know what to do
You might have to think of
How you got started sitting in your little room

Da da da
Da da da...

The Union Forever

length: 3:27
writer: Pepe GuĂ­zar, Meg White, Jack White
It can't be love
for there is no true love
It can't be love
for there is no true love

Sure I'm C.F.K. [Charles Foster Kane-Citizen Kane]
but you gotta love me
the cost no man can say
but you gotta love me

Well I'm sorry but I'm not
interested in gold mines, oil wells, shipping or real estate
what would I liked to have been?
everything you hate

cause It can't be love
for there is no true love
It can't be love
for there is no true love

There is a man
a certain man
and for the poor you may be sure
that he'll do all he can
who is this one?
who's favourite son?
just by his action has the traction
magnates on the run
who likes to smoke
enjoys a joke
and wouldn't get a bit
upset if he were really broke
with wealth and fame
he's still the same
I'll bet you five you're not alive
If you don't know his name

You said the union forever
You said the union forever
You cried the union forever
but that was untrue girl

cause It can't be love
for there is no true love
It can't be love
for there is no true love

The Same Boy You've Always Known

length: 3:10
writer: Meg White, Jack White
You fell down of course
and then you got up of course
and you started over
forgot my name of course
then you started to remember
pretty tough to think about
the beginning of december
pretty tough to think about

You're looking down again
and then you look me over
we're laying down again
on a blanket in the clover
the same boy you've always known
well I guess I haven't grown
the same boy you've always known

Think of what the past did
it could 've lasted
so put it in your basket
I hope you know a strong man
who can lend you a hand
lowering my casket

I thought this is just today
and soon you'd been returning
the coldest blue ocean water
cannot stop my heart and mind
from burning
everyone who's in the know says
that's exactly how it goes
and if there's anything good about me
I'm the only one who knows

We're Going to Be Friends

length: 2:23
producer: Jack White
vocal: Jack White
acoustic guitar: Jack White
composer: Jack White
lyricist: Jack White
Fall is here, hear the yell
Back to school, ring the bell
Brand new shoes, walking blues
Climb the fence, books and pens
I can tell that we are gonna be friends
I can tell that we are gonna be friends

Walk with me, Suzy Lee
Through the park and by the tree
We will rest upon the ground
And look at all the bugs we've found
Safely walk to school without a sound
Safely walk to school without a sound

Here we are, no one else
We walk to school all by ourselves
There's dirt on our uniforms
From chasing all the ants and worms
We clean up and now it's time to learn
We clean up and now it's time to learn

Numbers, letters, learn to spell
Nouns and books and show and tell
At playtime we will throw the ball
Back to class, through the hall
Teacher marks our height against the wall
Teacher marks our height against the wall

We don't notice any time pass
We don't notice anything
We sit side-by-side in every class
Teacher thinks that I sound funny
But she likes the way you sing

Tonight I'll dream while I'm in bed
When silly thoughts go through my head
'Bout the bugs and alphabet
And when I wake tomorrow, I'll bet
That you and I will walk together again
I can tell that we are gonna be friends
Yes, I can tell that we are gonna be friends

Offend in Every Way

length: 3:07
writer: Meg White, Jack White
I'm patient of this plan
as humble as I can
I'll wait another day
before I turn away
but know this much is true
no matter what I do
offend in every way
I don't know what to say

I'm coming through the door
but they're expecting more
of an interesting man
sometimes I think I can
but how much can I fake
I'll speak until I break
with every word I say
offend in every way

You tell me to relax
and listen to these facts
that everyone's my friend
and will be till the end
but know this much is true
no matter what I do
no matter what I say
offend in every way

I Think I Smell a Rat

length: 2:05
writer: Meg White, Jack White
Oh I think I smell a rat
oh I think I smell a rat
all you little kids
seem to think you know
just where it's at
oh I think I smell a rat
walking down the street
carrying a baseball bat
oh I think I smell a rat

Oh I think I smell a rat
oh I think I smell a rat
all you little kids
seem to think you know
just where it's at
oh I think I smell a rat
using your mother and father
for a welcome mat
oh I think I smell a rat

Aluminum

length: 2:20
composer: Meg White, Jack White
Instrumental

I Can't Wait

length: 3:39
writer: Jack White, Meg White
I can't wait till you try to come back girl
When things they don't work out for you
Who do you think you're messing with girl
What do you think you're trying to do?

Who do you think you're messing with girl
What do you think you're trying to do?
Do you really think I want be laughed at girl
Who do you think you're trying to fool

First you said I was blind
And it's gonna be different this time
I thought you made up your mind
I thought you made up your mind, yeah
I thought you made up
I thought you made up
I thought you made up your mind

So many times I've gotten used to this
This old idea of being all alone
Tell me how I'm supposed to get through with this?
I wish this house felt like a home

Who do you think you 're messing with girl
What do you think you're trying to do?
Do you really think I want be laughed at girl
Who do you think you're trying to fool

First you said I was blind
You certainly took your time
I thought you made up your mind
I thought you made up your mind, yeah
I thought you made up
I thought you made up
I thought you made up your mind

Now Mary

length: 1:48
writer: Meg White, Jack White
Now Mary
can't you find a way
to bring me down?

I'm so sorry
that I had to go
and let you down

Knowing you I'll think things are gonna be fine
but then again you'll probably change your mind

I'm sorry mary but being your mate
means trying to find something that you aren't going to hate

What a season
to be beautiful
without a reason

Knowing you I'll think things are gonna be fine
but then again you'll probably change your mind
Mary
can't you find a way to bring me down?

I Can Learn

length: 3:32
writer: Meg White, Jack White
I wish we
were stuck up a tree
then we'd know
it's nicer below

I don't know any lullabys
I don't know how
to make you mine
but I can learn
in lonely days long ago
I saw lovers put on a show
well now it's my turn

Drive you home
then wait by the phone
for that call
and a walk in the fall

no harm will come of this
one little midnight kiss
it will not burn
so many lonely days
I feel like a throw away
well now it's my turn

Falling down
is nolonger around
feeling sun
I'm no longer one
well isn't this fun?

This Protector

length: 2:13
writer: Meg White, Jack White
I never knew that I had to be this protector
so many thoughts inside my head a strange collector

But now
but now
but now
now, now, now, now, now

You thought you heard a sound
there's no one else around
looking at the door
it's coming through the floor

300 people living out in west virginia
have no idea of all these thoughts that lie within ya
but now
but now
but now
now, now, now, now, now

You thought you heard a sound
there's no one else around
looking at the door
it's coming through the floor