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Fell In Love With A Girl

by

The White Stripes



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This song discusses the distinction between real love and lust. Jack White sings about how these feeling are out of our control. (thanks, Bertrand - Paris, France)
The video for this is considered one of the most innovative of all time as it was made entirely out of Legos. Directed by Michel Gondry using no digital effects, it won 3 MTV video music awards.
The White Stripes couldn't strike a deal with Lego, so they had to buy many boxes of Legos for the video.
British Soul singer Joss Stone covered this for her debut album, renaming it "Fell In Love With A Boy." (thanks, Tom - Trowbridge, England, for above 2)
Joss Stone said in the April 2007 Q Magazine that Jack White liked her cover, "He told me he loved it and that when he plays it live, he plays my version rather than his own! How's that for approval! Cool bloke, Jack White!" (thanks, Edward Pearce - Ashford, Kent, England)
The part of the song that Jack and Meg White sing along to is identical to the opening notes of the guitar solo in Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers' "Mary Jane's Last Dance." (thanks, Adrian - Gettysburg, PA)
A re-recorded version of this song was used on the "Grab Some Air" advert for the United States Air Force Reserve, which was aired during the 2010 Super Bowl. The White Stripes duo saw red over the alleged unauthorized borrowing of their tune and posted a message on their Web site that read, "We believe our song was re-recorded and used without permission of the White Stripes, our publishers, label or management. The White Stripes take strong insult and objection to the Air Force Reserve's presenting this advertisement with the implication that we licensed one of our songs to encourage recruitment during a war that we do not support."
The musician who wrote the music for the Air Force Reserve commercial, Kem Kraft, told The New York Times that the similarity is entirely unintentional. He said: "I'm sorry it sounds the same. It wasn't my intention, truly, truly, truly. [If they] want to call me and talk to me, as far as I'm concerned, I'm responsible for this. Just me. I'm pretty much a one-man band here. It doesn't have anything to do with the Air Force. They didn't know anything, and I didn't know anything either."
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Comments (20):

I like the band a lot, I do wish they'd let the live show breath a little. They play an aggressive show for sure in hyper over drive. Either the music could use a little more room, or I'm missing something. Just a thought there-I do admire and appreciate the work.
- mark, worcester, MI
I've learned that I shouldn't listen the Joss Stone version. But anyway, this is the most innovative, and possibly best music video ever.
- /Alix\, Pinkerton, MI
The line "Red hair with a curl" refers to Jack White's love for redheads.
- Eva, Cologne, Germany
This is an awesome song, one of the band's best, but I also saw a slowed down, extremely bluesy version performed by Kristen 'n the Noise, one of the local bands where I went to college. That version just totally rocked and I'd give anything to hear it again or capture it on tape.
- Adrian, Brookings, SD
they dont imitate joss stones version at all because joss stone is a crap musician, jack just plays and sings it on piano live and it is such a cool change, it was my favourite of the set I saw them play, but it doesnt sound like stone's massicare at all.
- Alex, Perth, Australia
I saw the White Stripes perform a slower version of this song. That rocked too.
- Clay, Fredericksburg, VA
Favorite White Stripes song not on the Elephant album. Video is crazy!
- Duane, Wheatfield, IN
jack white needs to do guitar solo's
- zach, philly, KS
The Joss Stone version is ok, it's just different. It's very much different compared to the original version and covering isn't the smartest thing to do, but I still don't hate the song. I didn't hear anything about White Stripes boycotting the song or something like that. By the way, White Stripes rock! The concept, the band, it's just perfect.
- Herman, Ridderkerk, Netherlands
Just a correction, The White Stripes do still play this song live, I've seen them do it 2 or 3 times since the Joss Stone cover came out. They now always do it in a slow rock style similar to her version because they liked her take on it so much. Although I still agree that she ruined it.
- Danny, London, England
I love the video. it's amazing. If you haven't seen it, check it out sometime. it's sweet.
- Guy, Beverly Hills, CA
I remember hearing the song then forgetting about it
and then joss stone did it
and i hated it
and i remebered the song again
now its one of my favorite
- Amy, Lawrence, KS
this is the song that made me like the white stripes
- lexie, sydney, Australia
I remember watching the MTV music awards in 2002 i believe and seeing The White Stripes perform this song.. I had never heard of them or seen them before...i was blown away..what a great concept and band..
- Matt, Monroe, LA
I hate most modern music, but this song I actually like. Any Jack White fan should check out his collaboration with Beck on the song Go It Alone. Believe it or not he plays bass.
- Nathan, Defiance, OH
They should preform it. Joss Stone? Forget her. Just don't play it in Europe.
- Jake, Houston, TX
Ha Ha guess i shouldnt listen to Joss Stone version from what i hear
- Ville, Chicago, IL
Joss Stone singing it ruined it for everybody. The Stripes will no longer play it live for that exact reason.
- Christyn Randon, New Orleans, LA
grrrr! joss stone seriously ruined this song for me!!!
- Anastasia, anaheim, CA
i have heard this nicknamed "fell in love with a girl who fell in love with a girl" as it can be interpreted about wanting a girl who turns out to be a lesbian, or becomes one...personally, i don't see it
- Marvin, East Brady, PA
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