Die by the Drop
The Dead Weather Lyrics


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Let's dig a hole in the sand brother,
A little grave we can fill together,
I got myself a problem,
That I've been lookin' to sell,

Some people die just a little
Sometimes you die by the drop
Some people die in the middle
I live just fine on the top

I'm gonna take you for worse or better
I'm gonna make you for worse or better
I'm gonna take you for worse or better
To my little grave

I never said we was equal
I never wished to be saved
If I'm a problem then preacher
Let's dig a little grave

I'm gonna take you for worse or better
I'm gonna make you for worse or better
I'm gonna take you for worse or better
To my little grave

Let's dig a hole in the sand, brother
Starve off the land for worse or better
Get right down to the bottom
If one goes I'll do the other

Some people die just a little
Sometimes you die by the drop
Some people die in the middle
I live just fine on the top

I'm gonna take you for worse or better
I'm gonna make you for worse or better




I'm gonna take you for worse or better
To my little grave

Overall Meaning

The lyrics to "Die by the Drop" are cryptic and thought-provoking, and seem to explore the destructive nature of relationships. The opening lines invite the listener to "dig a hole in the sand" with the singer, suggesting a shared complicity in something dark and dangerous. The line "I got myself a problem / That I've been lookin' to sell" speaks to a desire to unburden oneself and perhaps seek some kind of escape.


The repetition of the lines "I'm gonna take you for worse or better / I'm gonna make you for worse or better" could be interpreted as a vow to control or manipulate the other person, regardless of the cost. The singer seems to be asserting their dominance, declaring that they never saw themselves as equal to the other person, and even suggesting that the preacher (who one might assume would be a source of moral guidance) can join them in digging this metaphorical grave.


The repeated lines about dying by the drop or just a little, as well as dying in the middle, could be interpreted as a reference to drug addiction or self-destructive behavior. The singer acknowledges that some people struggle with addiction and only die a little at a time, while others plummet to rock bottom all at once. However, the singer seems to suggest that they are above all of this, living "just fine on the top."


Overall, "Die by the Drop" is a bleak and unsettling exploration of the darker aspects of human relationships. Its haunting lyrics and driving rock beat create a sense of urgency and unease that linger long after the song ends.


Line by Line Meaning

Let's dig a hole in the sand brother,
Let's create a place together where we can dispose of something precious, and do it quickly and stealthily.


A little grave we can fill together,
Let's work together to bury something and leave no trace.


I got myself a problem,
I have something troubling me that I want to rid myself of.


That I've been lookin' to sell,
I'm searching for someone who will take this problem off my hands.


Some people die just a little
Some people suffer small losses or setbacks throughout their lives.


Sometimes you die by the drop
Other times, those losses build up slowly until they overwhelm and consume you completely.


Some people die in the middle
Some people don't suffer small losses but don't experience total destruction either.


I live just fine on the top
I'm doing well, despite the losses and issues that others face.


I'm gonna take you for worse or better
I'll take you as you are, come what may.


I'm gonna make you for worse or better
I'll help you for better or for worse.


To my little grave
I'll help you bury whatever troubles you in a safe and secret location.


I never said we was equal
I never claimed to be your equal.


I never wished to be saved
I don't want to be rescued or changed from who I am.


If I'm a problem then preacher
If I'm a burden or an issue, then come and take care of it.


Let's dig a little grave
Let's work together to find a resolution for my problem.


Starve off the land for worse or better
Let's survive on what we have and work through our problems together.


Get right down to the bottom
Let's get to the root of our issues and work through them completely.


If one goes I'll do the other
If you need help, I'll be there for you and won't abandon you in your time of need.




Lyrics © DOMINO PUBLISHING COMPANY, Kobalt Music Publishing Ltd.
Written by: JACK LAWRENCE

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Justine Pierson

If you haven't seen them live (yet!) and you like this energy then they will blow your mind in person!!! Jack is the ultimate and I can't get enough...!

Gaius Caligula

What I enjoy about this sound is that it takes me back to a revealing age I remember very well. There was I time when I was 8 or 9 and stumbled upon an old crate of my parents vinyls. The sounds I remember were similar to the sounds I hear from The Dead Weather. There's grit and dirt combined together to make beauty. No other group I have heard in this modern age is similar to the power of the music of the 60s and 70s. Jack White seems to have found the pulse and tapped the main vain. Bravo.

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LOVE the visuals in this!! There should be more music videos like this one

Mick

Anything Jack White touches turns to gold

Jess Elaine

+Mick Oneal Any time Jack White writes a song, an angel gets it's wings. :-D

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Sage Shwartz

@Mick Oneal Oh, yes.

Mick

@pigammon Agreed.

pigammon

@Mick Oneal but surely this would be gold anyway? haha, dead weather for life :)

celine

They need to release another album! love this band

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