A Martyr for My Love for You
The White Stripes Lyrics


She was sixteen and six feet tall in a crowd of teenagers comin' out of the zoo
She stumbled, started to slip and fall, teeter-tottered on the top of patent leather shoes
I happened to catch her and said: "Maybe these ruby shoes are a little cumbersome for you."
Maybe for you, now

But not as shaky as I must have seemed talkin' junk through her giggle, little teenage dream
And on the phone I could not compete; my dumb-luck fake competence was getting weak
And for a sec' I thought I sounded sweet
But sure enough in a gruff, faint voice, I heard myself speak
[Chorus:]
I could stay a while
But sooner or later I'll break your smile
And I can tell a joke
But one of these days I'm bound to choke
And we could share a kiss
But I feel like I can't go through with this
And I bet we could build a home
But I know the right thing for me to do... is to leave you alone
Leave you alone, now

I'm beginning to like you, so you probably won't get what I'm going to do
I'm walkin' away from you; it probably don't make much sense to you
But I'm trying to save you from all of the things that I'll probably say or do
I'll probably do

[Chorus]

You'll probably call me a fool and say I'm doin' exactly what a coward would do
And I'm beginning to like you
It's a shame, what a lame way to live, but what can I do?
I hope you appreciate what I do

I'm a martyr for my love for you
A martyr for my love for you, now...
A martyr for my love for you...
A martyr for my love for you...

Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group
Written by: JACK WHITE

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Roiy Benkel

She was sixteen and six feet tall
In a crowd of teenagers comin' out of the zoo
She stumbled started to slip and fall
Teeter-tottered on the top of patent leather shoes
I happened to catch her and said,
"maybe these ruby shoes are a little cumbersome for you"

Maybe for you, now

But not as shaky as I must have seemed
Talkin' junk through her giggle, little teenage dream
And on the phone I could not compete
My dumb-love fake competence was getting weak
For a sec' I thought I sounded sweet
But sure 'nough in a gruff, faint voice
I heard myself speak

[Chorus:]
I could stay a while
But sooner or later I'll break your smile
And I can tell a joke
But one of these days I'm bound to choke
And we could share a kiss
But I feel like I can't go through with this
And I bet we could build a home
But I know the right thing for me to do
Is to leave you alone

Leave you alone, now

I'm beginning to like you
So you probably won't get what I'm going to do
I'm walkin' away from you
It probably don't make much sense to you
But I'm trying to save you
From all of the things that I'll probably say or do

I'll probably do

[Chorus:]
I could stay a while
But sooner or later I'll break your smile
And I can tell a joke
But one of these days I'm bound to choke
And we might share a kiss
But I feel like a can't go through with this
And I bet we could build a home
But I know the right thing for me to do
Is to leave you alone

Leave you alone, now

You'll probably call me a fool
And say I'm doin' exactly what a coward would do
And I'm beginning to like you
What a shame it's a lame way to live
But what can I do?
I hope you appreciate what I do

I'm a martyr for my love for you
A martyr for my love for you, now
A martyr for my love for you
A martyr for my love for you



b3nje989

"I'm beginning to like you
So you probably won't get what I'm going to do
I'm walkin' away from you
It probably don't make much sense to you
But I'm trying to save you
From all of the things that I'll probably say or do"

I was with someone once, just starting to know each other, and I broke it off, cause I thought like that above...
Now I miss her like you would never believe...

Greatest mistake of my life...



All comments from YouTube:

Alphonse van Worden

This song os so under-appreciated... I've listened to it hundreds of times, and I will listen to it hundreds more.

Davem

@Mike Manion well when you look at the lyrics you might find its actually nothing to do with perversion, age, or as you say "gross"ness

Mike Manion

Actually very perverted. Gross. Did you understand the lyrics at all Michal?

KrystalRunner88

until tonight, the only 2 songs from this album i had heard were "catch hell blues" (my fave WS song) and "Icky thump" . it is now after hearing the rest that my conclusion is - this album is pretty much flawless. My hat goes off to Meg & Jack for this masterpiece of human expression.

N.Y.E.

Not only one of my favorite White Stripes songs, but one of my favorite songs of all time.

TheRadi0clash

The acoustic version of this song is simply breathtaking...

Richie Thomason

this is truly a beautiful song

assmane999

What an amazing intro. Sets the perfect mood, and then I love how the mood changes up in the chorus to more upbeat and positive. Great balance.

Don Weatherwax

I hope Meg did the drums on this, because I really like the way the cymbal comes in.

Probably the most underrated White Stripes song out there, which is saying a lot really.

superbatwoma

Love this song, was obsessed for a while at the start of a relationship somehow thinking I was jack here but I should left her alone because it's my smile that broke not hers

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