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Sixteen Saltines
Jack White Lyrics


She's got stickers on her locker
And the boy's number's there in magic marker
I'm hungry and the hunger will linger
I eat sixteen saltine crackers then I lick my fingers

Well every morning I deliver the news
Black hat white shoes and I'm red all over
She's got a big mailbox, that she puts up front
Garbage in, garbage out, she's getting what she wants

Who's jealous who's jealous who's jealous who's jealous of who?
If I get busy then I couldn't care less what you do
But when I'm by myself I think of nothing else
Than if a boy just might be getting through and touching you

Spike heels make a hole in a lifeboat
Jumpin' and weaving, I'm talking and laughing as we float
I hear a whistle, that's how I know she's home
Lipstick, eyelash, broke mirror, broken home

Force fed, force mixed 'till I drop dead
You can't defeat her, when you meet her you'll be what I said
And Lord knows there's a method to her madness
Bustin' those jokes as I float in a sea of sadness

She doesn't know but when she's gonna sit and drink up a few
I'm sure she's drinkin too, but wondering what for and who
And I'm solo rollin'. I'm one side off the boat.
Looking out, throwing up, a lifesaver down my throat

Who's jealous who's jealous who's jealous who's jealous of who?
Who's jealous who's jealous who's jealous who's jealous of who?
Who's jealous who's jealous who's jealous who's jealous of who?

Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group
Written by: JOHN ANTHONY WHITE

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William Alexander

This is my #4 on fave Jack white songs. My top ten are

1-Steady as she goes-Raconteurs
2-Icky Thump-White Stripes
3-Blue Blood Blues-Dead Weather
4-This song
5-Lazaretto
6-Seven Nation Army-White Stripes
7-Broken Boy Soldier-The Raconteurs
8-That Black Bat Licorice
9-Just One Drink
10-You Don't Understand Me-The Raconteurs



King David

I'm sure plenty of people are trying to figure out what this music video means, or just want to know why it's so messed up and dark. Well, I was humming along the lyrics in my head and watching the video and I think I have it figured out. Of course, I could be completely wrong, but I think the interpretations of this being about his ex-wife make no sense and what's left to explain the video? Seriously, if anyone has any suggestions - backed up or not - let me know. Well here it goes:

So I remember reading somewhere that Jack White said he asked his daughter what she wanted to eat and she said, "sixteen saltines". There's the title right there. I think this is key to the entire song, his daughter. Maybe the "sixteen" triggered a thought of her growing up to that age, but for whatever reason it's about the fear of her growing up and her going through that phase and possibly drifting apart, but he'd still care and love her.

She's got stickers on her locker, and the boy's number's there in magic marker. She's attracted to boys, and his number is in "magic marker", secret. He can't control what happens in school.

Well every morning I deliver the news, black hat, white shoes and I'm red all over. Sounds like he's describing himself.

She's got a pink mailbox that she puts up front, garbage in, garbage out, she's getting what she wants. Promiscuous sex.

If I get busy then I couldn't care less what you do, but when I'm by myself, I think of nothing else than if a boy just might be getting through and touching you. He likes to think that he's more progressive and less hypocritical than previous generations of parents and knows that they'll have sex regardless, and it's probably best if he doesn't drive her away from himself and into a guy's arms.

Spike heels make a hole in a lifeboat, drifting away when I'm talking and laughing as we float. A (mostly teenage girl) shoe is destroying a "lifeboat", a failed attempt at preserving her innocence. They're drifting further apart and he can't really do anything but talk about it and try and laugh it off, but teenagers will rebel, even against "cool dads".

I hear her whistle, that's how I know she's home. Lipstick, eyelash, broke mirror, broken home. He only knows she's there indirectly, like they're out of touch. Now she dresses up like a woman (or what she thinks one is), and there's a broke mirror which is almost always used to symbolized a split personality, especially in old movies that Jack likes so much. Typical hormonal teenager stuff. But maybe she's like this because of the broken home he raised her in.

She doesn't know, but when she's gone I drink her perfume. I'm sure she's drinkin' too, but why, where and what and for who? He goes through her stuff to try and understand her. Why does she have to go out and drink for no reason?

Now finally for the video - a bunch of scary kids doing horrible things: smashing things, drinking Robitussin to get high (is there something stupid kids can't get high on?), tumultuous relationship with the "milkshake" couple, suicidal behavior, tattoos, premature death, and violence. Meanwhile, Jack is powerless to do anything. Truly a father's worst nightmare.



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She's got stickers on her locker
And the boy's number's there in magic marker
I'm hungry and the hunger will linger
I eat sixteen saltine crackers then I lick my fingers
Well every morning I deliver the news
Black hat white shoes and I'm red all over
She's got a big mailbox, that she puts up front
Garbage in, garbage out, she's getting what she wants
Who's jealous who's jealous who's jealous who's jealous of who?
If I get busy then I couldn't care less what you do
But when I'm by myself I think of nothing else
Than if a boy just might be getting through and touching you
Spike heels make a hole in a lifeboat
Jumpin' and weaving, I'm talking and laughing as we float
I hear a whistle, that's how I know she's home
Lipstick, eyelash, broke mirror, broken home
Force fed, force mixed 'till I drop dead
You can't defeat her, when you meet her you'll be what I said
And Lord knows there's a method to her madness
Bustin' those jokes as I float in a sea of sadness
She doesn't know but when she's gonna sit and drink up a few
I'm sure she's drinkin too, but wondering what for and who
And I'm solo rollin'. I'm one side off the boat.
Looking out, throwing up, a lifesaver down my throat
Who's jealous who's jealous who's jealous who's jealous of who?
Who's jealous who's jealous who's jealous who's jealous of who?
Who's jealous who's jealous who's jealous who's jealous of who?



All comments from YouTube:

Jennifer M

I cannot get enough of this song

Arvin Jeoff

It's about Ohio

ChefGiovanni

The talent here is overwhelming.

Neige

This album was such a masterpiece. I listened to it every day when I was 15..

Bryce Parascand

It is a masterpiece

MrSanitsuj

same :D

Diana

I just cannot get over this music video. It's the most immersive visual project I've ever stumbled upon and I just wish it lasted 10 hours

Noel Sheedy

Jack is one of the greats, right up there with the best of them, no matter what your taste.

Ana María Jaramillo

Esta canción es tan poderosa. Tan genial. La amo. ♥

anna j

I wish he would write more songs like this.

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