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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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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.



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



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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.

Bingo Namo

Here is the explanation here and apart from the 16 saltines part, it's not about his daughter. Like a lot of his songs, it's about something from his teenage years (a complicated relationship with a girl). Then the director decided to do the video about something else (the world is ruled by kids and he's the last adult left in the world). https://www.songfacts.com/facts/jack-white/sixteen-saltines

the foggy tv

Thanks for this info man 🙏

Cory Man

Bro why did you type this much words it's a good song just say that

Heather Nissa Ragonese

​@Olly Eatough Also read all over in the sense that he is judged by many based on what is written. "Who's jealous of who?" could imply that she wants to be an adult and he wants the freedom of youth. King David could have been spot on about Jack referring to his daughter's future self if his worst fears were to happen. When I went to school to study film my first project was to express my biggest fear in a short film and to add a comedic twist to it. Regardless, art is anything that is altered with passion and conveniently takes new forms based on the perspective of those interacting with it so there is no right or wrong.

Slim08

@Melih Vural I, I like this comment.

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kasey grogan

"Who's jealous, who's jealous, who's jealous of who?" Is a valid question that examines the relationships between people and a motivating factor in how we treat one another.

rinjhfsd

little known fact - Jack White actually died in the making of this clip at the end. He ressurected three days later

Bingo Namo

That makes him a zombie then. No wonder he is so pale.

Victor Digai

tru 3 |||

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