Ashtray Heart

you used me for an ashtray heart
right from the start
case of the punks
I feel like a glass shrimp
make invalids out of supermen
call in a shrink
And pick you up
in a girdle
you used me like an ashtray heart
right from the start
case of the punks
another day, another way
somebody's had too much to think
open up another case of the punks
you hid behind the curtain
waited for me to go out
a man on a porcupine fence
each pillow is touted like a rock
the mother / father figure
somebody's had too much to think
send your mother home your navel
case of the punks
you picked me out like an ashtray heart
hid behind the curtain
waited for me to go out
used me like an ashtray heart
a man on a porcupine fence
hit me where the lover hangs out
while they crushed me out
you used me for an ashtray heart
look behind the curtain
you looked in the window when I went out
you used me like an ashtray heart
brush me off
while I was burning out

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Candy Cane Children

[why don't you open me up]
candy cane girl
don't you know your name girl
[yeah]
twelve people gonna ask you just the same girl
what a world
christmas once a year girl
that's three hundred and sixty four tears girl
so when christmas finally comes
and nobody's got a gun
and you think it might be fun girl
to hang around
think again girl
[why don't you open me up
huh]
candy cane boy
don't you know your name boy
nine people gonna tell you just the same boy
you're [alone son / a lone sun?]
in the middle of a million
and nobody knows how to talk to children
oh, when christmas finally comes
and nobody's got a gun
and you think it might be fun
to get a new toy
think again boy
[oh]
oh when christmas finally comes
and noone's got a gun
and you think it might be fun
to make a stand
think again man

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China Pig

I don't wanna kill
my china pig
I don't wanna kill
my china pig
man's gotta live
man's gotta eat
(gotta have shoes) for walkin'
on his feet
I don't wanna kill
my china pig
used to go to school
with a little red box
I used to have a dog with me
we'd walk for blocks
I don't wanna kill
my china pig
I don't wanna kill
my china pig

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Hand Springs

I took my girl to go bowling downtown at the red door
after an argument I started
cause I thought she didn't like me anymore
I can't help it sometimes I feel pitiful
and of course she's so young and beautiful

I bought us two glasses of coke
that's her favorite and I wanted to make up for earlier
but I dropped her glass and it broke
so I just gave my glass to her

she laughed and so did I in our lane
and then she went to a vending machine
to buy a candy cane
but right next to that was a boy I knew
with a spring in his hand
playing a country pinball machine
called 'stand by your man'
I saw him talk to her
but I stayed in my lane
and played my game steady
and was thinking of a day
when I'd be too old to throw a ball this heavy

but I guess I'm young now
so it's easier to knock 'em all down
then I looked and saw her say to him
'you're really hittin' that ball around'
and he's lookin' at her the way I did
when I first met her
I could see in his face
white flowers
and cups of coffee
and love letters

I was sorry to interrupt their game
but I went and did it anyway
I dropped my red bowling ball
through the glass of his machine
I said 'are you quick enough to hit this ball, mr. clean?'
I was scared to lose her
so I couldn't help being mean

and that ended both of our games
I said I was sorry
but my girl left with him just the same
I thought how much I hate when love makes me act this way
I was bent over a broken pinball machine
in a bowling alley and I threw it all away

well isn't it all just a big game?


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I Just Don't Know What To Do With Myself

I just don't know what to do with myself
I don't know what to do with myself
planning everything for two
doing everything with you
and now that we're through
I just don't know what to do

I just don't know what to do with myself
I don't know what to do with myself
movies only make me sad
parties make me feel as bad
cause I'm not with you
I just don't know what to do

like a summer rose
needs the sun and rain
I need your sweet love
to beat love away

well I don't know what to do with myself
just don't know what to do with myself
planning everything for two
doing everything with you
and now that we're through
I just don't know what to do

like a summer rose
needs the sun and rain
I need your sweet love
to beat love away

I just don't know what to do with myself
just don't know what to do with myself
just don't know what to do with myself
I don't know what to do with myself



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Jolene

jolene jolene jolene jolene
I'm begging of you, please don't take my man
jolene jolene jolene jolene
please don't take him even though you can
your beauty is beyond compare
with flaming locks of auburn hair
with ivory skin
and eyes of emerald green
your smile is like a breath of spring
and your voice is soft like a summer rain
and I cannot compete with you jolene
and he talks about you in his sleep
and there is nothing I can do to keep
from crying when he calls your name, jolene
jolene jolene jolene jolene
I'm begging of you please don't take my man
jolene jolene jolene jolene
please don't take him even though you can
well I could easily understand
how you could easily take my man
but you don't know what he means to me jolene
well you could have your choice of men
but I could never love again
he's the only one for me jolene
and I had to have this talk with you
my happiness depends on you
and whatever you decide to do jolene
jolene jolene jolene jolene
I'm begging of you please don't take my man
jolene jolene jolene jolene
please don't take him even though you can

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Lafayette Blues

1,2,3,4
[yeah]
Marantette,
Leverette,
Lannette,
Lafayette,
Livernois,
Labrosse,
Louis,
Metatal,
Rochelle,
Marcelle,
Riopelle,
Manistique,
and Armour,
[?]
ohh, ohh, hmmm
hey
Mercier,
Le May,
Tournier,
Salliote,
and Le Roy,
[?]
Montlieu,
Cadieux,
Neveaux Avenue En Detroit,
[?]
well i'm ready teddy
i'm ready, ready teddy
to rock n roll
go
ahh
Lamphere,
Belle Terre,
Marcelle,
Metetal,
Rouge,
Le Blanc

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Let's Shake Hands

yeah
oh
let's shake hands
oh
baby let's shake hands
well there's something here in the air
jump up and let me know when you're there
baby let's shake hands
oh
let's be friends
oh
baby let's be friends
I can't come up with a better plan
put your fingers in my hand
baby let's be friends
yeah

oh
say my name
oh
baby say my name
well you can do what you want to do
throw it in the garbage can
but just say my name
yeah
yeah

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Look Me Over Closely

look me over closely
tell me what you see
the lady likes to look her best
before she pours the tea
you said I'm [?]
that makes the evening sun go down
oh look me over closely
tell me what you find
but don't be over anxious
I'm not the marryin' kind
I'm a poor in a storm
you'll harbor where it's warm
in my arms you will hide
from the great big world outside
oh but when you come and see me
don't try to change my ways
you'll have a part within my heart
and there you'll always stay
there's room for all
not for all
but don't blame me
if you fall
so look me over closely
and then make up your mind
but darling please remember this
I'm holding you before we kiss
so look me over closely
because I may be the marryin' kind
oh well I may be the marryin' kind
oh well I may be the marryin' kind
oh

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Lord, Send Me An Angel

send me an angel down
can't spare no angel
will spare you a teasin' brown
well that new way of loving
swear to god it must be best
for these detroit women won't let mr. jack white rest
there's a crowd on the corner
wonder what could it be
one thing but the womens is trying to get to me
I went down to the station
suitcase in my hand
all the women run cryin'
Mr. Jack, won't you be my man?
well there was three women
yellow, brown and black
take the mayor of detroit to pick which one I like
one of 'em hamtramak yellow
one of 'em detroit brown
but that southwest dark skin sure to turn my damper down
why, ticket agent ticket agent
where did my baby go
tell me what she looks like
I'll tell you what road she's on
well she's a long tall mama
a mile and a half from the ground
she's a tailor-man mama
and she ain't no hand me down
well I used to say
married women
sweetest women never born
you better change that thing
you better leave married women alone
take my advice let married women
boy let 'em be
cause their husband will grab ya
beat your ragged ass to cedar street
I got two women
you can't tell 'em apart
I got one in my bosom
and the other is in my heart
well that one in my bosom
she live in tennessee
well that one in my heart
she don't give a darn for me
I'm gonna tell you pretty mama
exactly who I am
when I walk in that front door
and hear that back door slam

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Party Of Special Things To Do
when the stiff wind blows
the flag don't wiggle
in the party of special things to do
I met the ace of love
she took me to her plantation
for the love without separation
in the party of special things to do
it could happen to me
it could happen to you
I met the ace of love
she said I want you to go
to the party of special things to do
and when you're through
I'll be right here waiting for you
here take these sparks
so my distant cousins can get along with you
watch out for the mirror man
and elixir sue
when I got to the party of special things to do
it wasn't hard to find Elixir Sue
I met all the cards
the wild cards
the one-eye jill
the red queen
she turned her head
you know what I mean
she turned it back and said
"I got a brand new game I want to lay on you"
I met them all
at the party of special things to do
when I was done
I was far from through
I returned to the ace of love
now wouldn't you?
I met them all
the camel wore a nightie
the camel wore a nightie
at the party of special things to do
...elixir sue
it wasn't hard to find liquor at the do
I met all the cards
the wild cards
you know what I mean
then she turned it back and said
"I got a brand new game I think I want to lay on
you"
I met elixir sue
at the party of special things to do
it's so special

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Rated X

well if you've been a married woman
and things didn't seem to work out
divorce is the key to being loose and free
but you're gonna be talked about
everybody knows that you loved once
they think you'll love again
you can't have a male friend
when you're a has been
or a woman, you're rated x
[yeah]
and if you're rated x
you're some kinda goal
that every man might try to make
but I think it's wrong
to judge every picture
if a cheap camera makes a mistake
so if your best friend's husband
says to you
that you started lookin' good
you should've known he would
and he would if he could
and he will if you're rated x
well nobody knows where you're going
but they sure know where you been
all they're thinking of
is your experience in love
well their minds fill up with sin
the women all look at you like you're bad
the men all hope you are
but if you go too far
you're gonna wear the scar
of a women, rated x
[yeah]
and if you're rated x
you're some kinda goal
that every man might try to make
but I think it's wrong
to judge every picture
if a cheap camera makes a mistake
so if your best friend's husband
says to you
that you started lookin' good
you should've known he would
and he would if he could
and he will if you're rated x
yeah us women don't have a chance
cause if you've been married
you can't have any fun at all
you're rated x
no matter what they do
they're gonna talk about ya
don't know what to think about it
just let 'em talk
just let 'em talk meg

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The Reading Of The Story Of Magi

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Red Bowling Ball Ruth

Well pay attention
attention to my words
I love you
I don't know what you heard
and this fire
has got to go for sure
red bowling ball
red bowling ball ruth
well that's something
then I shall know the truth
I said you roll it
and then it breaks your tooth
[?]
[?] the wrong town
I love this girl
so hell shall come around
and you leavin'
will be the only sound

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16. Red Death At 6:14

[I'll buy it out there
got a cop down at
6:14, 6:14?]

la la la la la la la la la la la la
la la la la la la
whoo!
what's that she said
what's that she said
what's that she said
with her fingers turning blue
and her face was turning red
whoo!
was that her dad
was that her dad
was that her dad
with the magic marker
writing little angel on her head

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

whoo!
she must be dead
well she must be dead
she must be dead
if the only sound I hear
are the devils by her bed

oh
oh well
[cough
cough]
whoo!
what's that she said
what's that she said
what's that she said
with her fingers turning blue
and her face was turning red
la la la la la la

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Your're Pretty Good Looking
(trendy American remix)

oh yeah you're pretty good looking
for a girl
but your back is so broken
and this feeling's still gonna
linger on
until the year 2525 now
yeah you're pretty good looking
for a girl
your eyes are wide open
and your thoughts have been stolen
by the boys
who took you out and bought you everything you
want now
yeah you're pretty good looking
oh yeah
you're pretty good looking
yes you're pretty good looking
oh yeah
for a girl
lots of people in this world
but I wanna be your boy
to me that thought is sounding so absurd
and I don't wanna be your toy
'cause you're pretty good looking
for a girl
my future's wide open
but this feeling's still gonna linger on
until I know everything I need to know now
yeah you're pretty good looking
oh yeah
you're pretty good looking
yes you're pretty good looking
oh yeah
for a girl

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18. Black Jack Davey

Black Jack Davey come a - ridin' on back
A whistlin' loud and merry
Made the woods around him ring
And he charmed the heart of a lady
Charmed the heart of a lady.

"How old are you, my pretty little miss
How old are you, my honey ?"
She answered to him with a lovin' smile
"I'll be sixteen come Sunday
Be sixteen come Sunday".

"Come and go with me, my pretty little miss
Come and go with me, my honey
Take you where the grass grows green
You never will want for money
You never will want for money.

"Pull off, pull off them high - heeled shoes
All made of Spanish leather
Get behind me on my horse
And we'll ride off together
We'll both go off together".

Well she pulled off them high - heeled shoes
Made of Spanish Leather
Got behind him on his horse
And they rode off together
They both rode off together.

At night the boss came home
Inquirring about his lady
The servant spoke before she thought
"She's been with Black Jack Davey
Rode off with Black Jack Davey".

"Well, saddle for me my coal - black stud
He's speedier than the gray
I rode all day and I'll ride all night
And I'll overtake my lady
I'll bring back my lady".
Well, he rode all night till the broad daylight
Till he came to a river ragin'
And there he spied his darlin' bride
In the arms of Black Jack Davey
Wrapped up with Black Jack Davey.

"Pull off, pull off them long blue gloves
All made of the finest leather
Give to me your lily - white hand
And we'll go home together
We'll both go home together".

Well, she pulled off them long blue gloves
All made of the finest leather
Gave to him her lily - white hand
And said goodbye forever
Bid farewell forever.

"Would you forsake your house and home
Would you forsake your baby ?
Would you forsake your husband too
To go with Black Jack Davey
Ride off with Black Jack Davey ?".

"Well, I'll forsake my house and home
And I'll forsake my baby
I'll forsake my husband too
For the love of Black Jack Davey
Love my Black Jack Davey.

Last night I slept in a feather bed
Between my husband and baby
Tonight I lay on the river banks
In the arms of Black Jack Davey
Love my Black Jack Davey".

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Good To Me

Ive got a 1984 Volvo
I get in start it up and I go
It not a vintage Cadillac
But it always gets me
there and back

And it'll always be good to me
Always be good to me
Always be good to me

I got a beat up Silvertone amp
I plug in and it sound
like a champ
It's not a fender tweek deluxe
It cost me a couple a bucks

I got a girlfriend she's so true
and no other kinda girl will do
Cause I've known a lot of girls in the past
and I knew none of their love wouldn't last

But this one will always be true to me
always be true to me
always be true to me
always be true to me
always be true to me
always be good to me
always be good to me
always be good to me
always be.. good to me
good to me.. good to me
good to me...hey!

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St. Ides of March

Ain't she lookin' good
Ain't she lookin' fine
Ain't she lookin' fine
And she takes her time
Don't you walk away

Sweet potato pie
Sweet sugar plum
Sweet sugar plum
But look what you done
Don't you walk away

Ain't she lookin' good
Ain't she lookin' fine
Ain't she lookin' fine
And she takes her time
Don't you walk away

Sweet potato pie
Sweet sugar plum
Sweet sugar plum
But look what you done
Don't you walk away

Oh, no, oh

Ain't she lookin' good
Ain't she lookin' fine
Ain't she lookin' fine
And she takes her time
Don't you walk away

Sweet potato pie
Sweet sugar plum
Sweet sugar plum
But look what you done
Don't you walk away

Yeah! Yeah!

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ALBUMS:
THE WHITE STRIPES Lyrics

Singles/Various
Love Sick

I'm walkin' through streets
that are dead
walkin' with you in my head
my feet are so tired
and my brain is so wired
and the clouds are weepin'
did I hear someone tell a lie
did I hear some long distant
cry
I spoke like a child
and it struck me with a smile
but I was sleepin'
well I'm sick of love
but I'm in the thick of it
I'm sick of love
well I'm lovesick
I see
I see lovers in the meadow
I see
I see silhouettes in the
window
I watched where they're goin'
but they keep me hangin' on
to their shadow
well I'm sick of love
I wish I never met you
this kind of love
oh, I'm trying to forget you
just don't know what to do
I'd give anything to
be with you

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