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The Union Forever by The White Stripes

Album: White Blood CellsReleased: 2001
  • The Lyrics are based on the movie Citizen Kane. The film is a favorite of Jack White. >>
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    james - Lansing, MI
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I honestly thought it was about divorce, or conflict with a rock start musician type marrying or trying to marry into a family that's really conservative and old money, until i read it was about the movie (which i haven't seen). So maybe he purposely assembled the lyrics to be in a way to be interpreted with a relevant message and not just as a tribute. Jack's lyrics are much more complex than I think people give him credit for. This is easily my favorite white stripes song. Little Room maybe ties it.Harry M - Raleigh, Nc
Anyone else notice that the spoken part bears a very heavy resemblance to The Hardest Button to Button?Ice - Your Mom, Ct
I love all the different countries being represented by our commenters for this song. Awesome song by the way, hehe. Awesome band!!Adrian - Brookings, Sd
Man, the White Stripes can sound so raw, it's a great contrast to the polished sound of much of the music being made these days. It's fantastic and I'm a big fan of the White Stripes.Dragonkillernz - Christchurch, New Zealand
This song strings together lots of different parts from Citizen Kane:

"It can't be love, for there is no true love"
(The jazz singer at the picnic/barbecue sings this)

"Sure, I'm C.F.K, but you gotta love me"
(C.F.K.'s (Charles Foster Kane's) wife Susan says this to him in an argument)

"The price, no man can say"
(Described in the newsreel as the cost of Xanadu, his mansion)

"There is a man, a certain man, who for the poor you may be sure that he'll do all he can...I bet you five you're not alive if you don't know his name"
(A song sung to him in celebration of Kane's newspaper.)

"The union forever!"
(Kane says this as a little kid.)


Oh, the things you learn in Film Study! Anyway, I love this song, and I think it's awesome that they made such a great song dedicated to such a great movie.
Caroline - Jingletown, United States
This is a cool song and it's my favourite White Stripes song.Ashley - Moncton, Canada
this is coolDingleberry Bob - Detroit, Mi
Presumably (although I have no basis for this apart from the lyrics) a reaction to divorce in a family close to Jack's, possibly even his own.Andy - Halifax, England
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