Candy Cane Children
The White Stripes Lyrics


Why don't you open me up?
Candy cane girl, don't you know your name, girl?
Yeah, 12 people are gonna ask you just the same, girl.
What a world, Christmas once a year, girl.
That's 364 tears, girl.
So when Christmas finally comes, and nobody's got a gun,
And you think it might be fun to hang around, think again, girl.

Why don't you open me up, huh?
Candy cane boy, don't you know your name, boy?
Nine people gonna tell you just the same, boy.
You're lonesome in the middle of a million,
And nobody knows how to talk to children.
Oh, when Christmas finally comes, and nobody's got a gun,
And you think it might be fun to get a new toy, think again, boy.

Oh, when Christmas finally comes, and no one's got a gun,
And you think it might be fun to make a stand, think again, man.

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Robyn

The meaning of this song is basically saying the older you get, the less fun Christmas becomes usually do to adulthood. The lines "don't you know your name?...", probably refers to the adults telling kids to grow up as if they're saying "Do you know how old you are? You're getting too old for this stuff." Probably why he put the lines "nobody knows how to talk to children". Also, he puts the lines "think again" after a thought of one of the kids thinking of wishing to participate in Christmas activities. As if they're thinking "Yeah I probably AM too old for this.." "364 more tears girl" the sadness of getting older. Not participating feels like a missed opportunity and causes even more sadness..

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