I'm Lonely
The White Stripes Lyrics


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Well I miss my mother
And I miss being her son
As crazy as I was I
Guess I wasn't much of one
Sometimes I miss her so much,
I want to hop on the next jet
And I get lonely, but I ain't that lonely yet
And I love my sister
Lord knows how I've missed her
She loves me
And she knows I won't forget
And sometimes I get jealous
Of all her little pets
And I get lonely, but I ain't that lonely yet

I roll over in bed
Looking for someone to touch
There's a girl that I know of
But don't ask for much
She's homely, and she's cranky
And her hair's in a net
And I'm lonely, but I ain't that lonely yet

I get my friend when I need one
I need someone to be one
I take anybody I can get
And sometimes I want to call you
And I feel like a pet
And I'm lonely, but I ain't that lonely yet

I go down to the river
Filled with regret
I go down and I wonder
If there was any reason left
I've just before my lungs could get wet
I'm lonely, but I ain't that lonely yet

And I love my sister
Lord knows how I've missed her
She loves me
And she knows I won't forget
And sometimes I get jealous
Of all her little pets




And I get lonely, but I ain't that lonely yet
Yeah I get lonely, but I ain't that lonely yet

Overall Meaning

The White Stripes’ “I’m Lonely (But I Ain’t That Lonely Yet)” is a song about a person’s quest for companionship and the longing for a sense of belonging. The lyrics delve into the artist’s longing for his mother and the connection that he shares with his sister, which prompts him to realize that he is not entirely alone in this world. The song also expresses the need for romantic intimacy and the sense of being loved.


The artist admits to being “crazy” in the past, but he laments having taken his mother for granted. He realizes now that he misses her and wishes he had been a better son to her. Similarly, he expresses his love for his sister, hoping that she will always know that he won’t forget about her. The artist reveals his envy of his sister’s pets, which only highlights his yearning for companionship. As the song progresses, the artist admits that he sometimes feels like a “pet” in his relationship with his friends, emphasizing his feelings of loneliness.


Line by Line Meaning

Well I miss my mother
I feel homesick for my mother who is no longer with me


And I miss being her son
I miss the relationship I shared with my mother as her son


As crazy as I was I
Despite the irrational behavior I showed


Guess I wasn't much of one
I wasn't really much of a son


Sometimes I miss her so much, I want to hop on the next jet
At times, I miss my mother so intensely that I wish to board the next flight and go meet her


And I get lonely, but I ain't that lonely yet
Even though I feel lonely, it's not to an unbearable extent


And I love my sister
I have a special love for my sister


Lord knows how I've missed her
I have a deep yearning to meet my sister


She loves me And she knows I won't forget
My sister loves me and she trusts that I won't forget her


And sometimes I get jealous Of all her little pets
At times, I feel envious of her pets who receive her love and affection


I roll over in bed Looking for someone to touch
I turn in bed, searching for physical contact with someone


There's a girl that I know of But don't ask for much
There's a girl I am familiar with, but I don't expect much from her


She's homely, andshe's cranky And her hair's in a net
She is plain-looking, irritable, and has her hair tied in a net


And I'm lonely, but I ain't that lonely yet
In spite of my loneliness, I'm not desperate yet


I get my friend when I need one I need someone to be one I take anybody I can get
When in need of a friend, I take whoever is available


And sometimes I want to call you And I feel like a pet
At times, I feel like reaching out to you, but I feel like a needy pet


I go down to the river Filled with regret
I go down to the river, feeling remorseful for something


I go down and I wonder If there was any reason left
I wonder if there is any purpose left in my life


I've just before my lungs could get wet
I've had thoughts of suicide but haven't attempted it yet


Yeah I get lonely, butI ain't that lonely yet
Although I feel lonely, I'm not at my lowest point yet




Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group
Written by: JACK WHITE

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Most interesting comment from YouTube:

Roiy Benkel

Well I miss my mother
And I miss being her son
As crazy as I was I
Guess I wasn't much of one
Sometimes I miss her so much,
I want to hop on the next jet
And I get lonely, but I ain't that lonely yet
And I love my sister
Lord knows how I've missed her
She loves me
And she knows I won't forget
And sometimes I get jealous
Of all her little pets
And I get lonely, but I ain't that lonely yet

I roll over in bed
Looking for someone to touch
There's a girl that I know of
But don't ask for much
She's homely, and she's cranky
And her hair's in a net
And I'm lonely, but I ain't that lonely yet

Are you my friend when I need one
I need someone to be one
I take anybody I can get
And sometimes I wanna call you
And I feel like a pet
And I'm lonely, but I ain't that lonely yet

I go down to the river
Filled with regret
I go down and I wonder
If there was any reason left
I left just before my lungs could get wet
I'm lonely, but I ain't that lonely yet

And I love my sister
Lord knows how I've missed her
She loves me
And she knows I won't forget
And sometimes I get jealous
Of all her little pets
And I get lonely, but I ain't that lonely yet
Yeah I get lonely, but I ain't that lonely yet



All comments from YouTube:

Kanin's Go

It's weird, but throughout the years I never before realized that this is literally just one voice and one piano. It sounds so full. That's the genius of this album.

Rayne Weber

Yeah. It's like Meg isn't even there. Spooky.

Nick Daniel

This song, and the sentiment behind it are really helping me feel better about my woman leaving me. We been sleeping next to each other every night for 5 years and now she acts like a stranger. This song is about loving yourself. Putting yourself first.

WillianWunWun

Damn that sucks ass, hope it gets better dude

customsongmaker

PCMESS - If putting yourself first is the answer, then your woman's already doing it right. It would be better if you both put each other first, but you can only control your own actions & not hers.

Boll Weevil

I'm so sorry for you man I have been married 20 years and it's just like being married to my best friend we sleep side by side but don't really do anything we don't even spend time together in the day time it's like being married to your buddy

Cheryl

I never get tired of the WS. They're sensational.

therollingjonicle

agree

Daniel Knapp

I love this song. Great piano work too.

Doom Cheese

Such a solid tune.  Good listening any time....

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