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Treat Me Like Your Mother
The Dead Weather Lyrics


Don't act like you can't act
I always think you do it
You better learn to shake hands
Treat me like your mother

Don't act like you can't act
Stand up like a man
You better learn to shake hands
And treat me like your mother

You came up, too late
You came up, too late now
You came up, too late
To do a thing

Come on look me in the eye
You wanna try to tell a lie
I'll bet you can't and you know why?
I'm just like your mother

Look me in the eye now
You wanna try to tell a lie
You can't and you know why?
I'm just like your mother

You came up, too late
You came up, too late now
You came up, too late
Play dumb, play dead, play straight

Who's got it figured out?
(Play dumb, play dead, play straight)
Who's got it figured out? play straight
Time to manipulate

M-a-n-i-p-u-late
M-a-n-i-p-u-late
M-a-n-i-p-u-late
M-a-n-i-p-u-late
Am I too,
Am I late
Am I too
Am I late
Am I, am I, am I, am I,
Am I too
Late

Who's got it figured out
Left right, left right got it figured out
Who's got it figured out play straight

Stand up like a man
You better learn to shake hands
Look me in the eye now
And treat me like your mother

Come on, look me in the eye
You wanna try to tell a lie?
You can't and you know why?
I'm just like your mother

Play dumb, play dead
Tryin' to manipulate

You blink when you breathe and you breathe when you lie
You blink when you lie
You blink when you breathe and you breathe when you lie
You blink when you lie
You blink when you breathe and you breathe when you lie
You blink when you lie

Who's got it figured out
Left right, left right got it figured out
Who's got it figured out, play straight
Tryin' to manipulate
Who's got it figured out
(Left, left right) left right left right
Who's got it figured out, play straight
Tryin' to manipulate

You blink when you breathe and you breathe when you lie
You blink when you lie
Who's got it figured out, play straight

Lyrics © DOMINO PUBLISHING COMPANY, Universal Music Publishing Group, Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Kobalt Music Publishing Ltd.
Written by: DEAN FERTITA, JACK LAWRENCE, ALISON MOSSHART, JACK WHITE

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Most interesting comment from YouTube:

J.B. Burke

It's been 11 years since this happened to me, but I really want to share:

I was 14 when their second album came out. I was a huge White Stripes fan and spent half that summer learning a ton of White Stripes songs on guitar. The Dead Weather were coming to Milwaukee, WI at The Rave and I knew I had to see Jack White play. I didn't care what instrument he was playing. I just had to go see him. I had finally "understood" what The Dead Weather was. It was really different from his past projects so it took me a bit longer to understand what they were up to in this project.

Anyways, I get to the front row at the show. Only I was at the wayyyyyy right side of the stage. They had also put up these taxidermied animal heads on each side of the stage. I could see Dean perfectly. Alison would come up to each general side I'm assuming to make sure everyone got to experience the show. I saw LJ half of the time. The other half he was jamming behind the animal head. Jack White was directly behind the animal head and I couldn't see him. The only time I saw him pre-encore was when he came out and sang "You Just Can't Win" by Them.

They finish their set and I thought it was all over. I'd never been to a real show before so I had no idea bands come out for encores. Well they did and it was just as loud as it was before, and God... It just felt so intense. They really did put on a good show. I thought everything was going to explode in that venue. Again, I still couldn't see Jack, but the experience was still even more crazy than I thought it would be.

The band finish their encore with THIS SONG. Everyone is screaming at the top of their lungs. Blue and white strobe lights are circling around. Dean and LJ's amps were feeding back this low distorted drone. I see a drum stick fly into the crowd. And then, out from behind this god damn animal head... is Jack White.
Jack walks up, leans over to me and hands me his drum stick.
Nothing was the same after that.

I spent the rest of that summer learning drums from their first two albums, GodHead Silo's first two albums and Pentagram's "First Daze Here" and "Relentless" albums. Fast forward to now, I've got a full 16 track analog tape recording studio that I've built and I'm in two bands that I love to death. I honestly think having that experience with Jack handing me, this stupid 14 year old kid, his drumstick... I don't think I would've gone as far as I have with this passion for music, and analog recording as I have.

I got made fun of a lot for listening to Jack White's projects while I was at school. And I will admit it forced me out of being so attached to his music. Which is really sad I think. Especially when he came out with his second solo album. Everyone that made fun of me for liking his music all of a sudden loved his solo stuff and thought he was cool FINALLY. From going through being made fun of for liking his music previously, it was like I wasn't allowed to be excited for his new music anymore and was left out of the party.

This song pops up on my YouTube recommended sometimes. Every time I listen to it I swear I get to relive that memory over again. Reminds me of where I came from and it's seriously a great feeling. Fucking bashing the shit out of the drums after school trying to figure out these weird fucking fills he does throughout these Dead Weather albums. Getting my first job and saving for a Tascam 38 8 track reel to reel just to record my own music with that fucking sound.

I don't know what I expect out of all this music stuff, but I do know that it's a lot of fucking fun. And I know if I ever get to meet Jack again, I have nothing else planned other than to thank him for sending me off on this path.

Thanks, Jack.



All comments from YouTube:

J.B. Burke

It's been 11 years since this happened to me, but I really want to share:

I was 14 when their second album came out. I was a huge White Stripes fan and spent half that summer learning a ton of White Stripes songs on guitar. The Dead Weather were coming to Milwaukee, WI at The Rave and I knew I had to see Jack White play. I didn't care what instrument he was playing. I just had to go see him. I had finally "understood" what The Dead Weather was. It was really different from his past projects so it took me a bit longer to understand what they were up to in this project.

Anyways, I get to the front row at the show. Only I was at the wayyyyyy right side of the stage. They had also put up these taxidermied animal heads on each side of the stage. I could see Dean perfectly. Alison would come up to each general side I'm assuming to make sure everyone got to experience the show. I saw LJ half of the time. The other half he was jamming behind the animal head. Jack White was directly behind the animal head and I couldn't see him. The only time I saw him pre-encore was when he came out and sang "You Just Can't Win" by Them.

They finish their set and I thought it was all over. I'd never been to a real show before so I had no idea bands come out for encores. Well they did and it was just as loud as it was before, and God... It just felt so intense. They really did put on a good show. I thought everything was going to explode in that venue. Again, I still couldn't see Jack, but the experience was still even more crazy than I thought it would be.

The band finish their encore with THIS SONG. Everyone is screaming at the top of their lungs. Blue and white strobe lights are circling around. Dean and LJ's amps were feeding back this low distorted drone. I see a drum stick fly into the crowd. And then, out from behind this god damn animal head... is Jack White.
Jack walks up, leans over to me and hands me his drum stick.
Nothing was the same after that.

I spent the rest of that summer learning drums from their first two albums, GodHead Silo's first two albums and Pentagram's "First Daze Here" and "Relentless" albums. Fast forward to now, I've got a full 16 track analog tape recording studio that I've built and I'm in two bands that I love to death. I honestly think having that experience with Jack handing me, this stupid 14 year old kid, his drumstick... I don't think I would've gone as far as I have with this passion for music, and analog recording as I have.

I got made fun of a lot for listening to Jack White's projects while I was at school. And I will admit it forced me out of being so attached to his music. Which is really sad I think. Especially when he came out with his second solo album. Everyone that made fun of me for liking his music all of a sudden loved his solo stuff and thought he was cool FINALLY. From going through being made fun of for liking his music previously, it was like I wasn't allowed to be excited for his new music anymore and was left out of the party.

This song pops up on my YouTube recommended sometimes. Every time I listen to it I swear I get to relive that memory over again. Reminds me of where I came from and it's seriously a great feeling. Fucking bashing the shit out of the drums after school trying to figure out these weird fucking fills he does throughout these Dead Weather albums. Getting my first job and saving for a Tascam 38 8 track reel to reel just to record my own music with that fucking sound.

I don't know what I expect out of all this music stuff, but I do know that it's a lot of fucking fun. And I know if I ever get to meet Jack again, I have nothing else planned other than to thank him for sending me off on this path.

Thanks, Jack.

noanswers

This literally made me tear up,

E Rs

Awesome 👌

Myrna Mina

great read & story! now lets all that liked it have a big party with that song in the background and rocking it away ! XD

Harvey Hill

Great story man I hope you keep becoming more and more successful thank you this comment made my day!

Misty Smith

I love this story so much!!!!!! Thank you for sharing! What an awesome experience! I hope you continue to follow your dreams!

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NerpcoTV

This song never gets old...

Becki Kain

TRUTH!

Julesthefool.66

Listening to this with headphones is so dope because in the first few seconds (when the bomb is spinning before the song starts up), the sparking sound from the fuse comes in on each ear separately with each spin

karen walker

Omg I just got new headphones a few days ago and can't stop "testing" them. This songs is so good I want to buy more speakers and listen to it with my bf he is a big fan too

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