Songfacts®: You can leave comments about the song at the bottom of the page.
This song is about a young boy who is rejected or ignored by his family because he did something bad to his baby brother. The lyrics can be seen as a statement on the inequality of attention in families that have more than one child, or about how a child is psychologically abused by his parents. (thanks, Jake - Colmar, France)
Jack White: "There's a button at the top of my navy peacoat, and it's the hardest button to button. I thought that was a great metaphor for the off man out in the family. It also comes from sayings of my father, like 'My uncle Harold had a 10 button vest but he could only fasten 8.'" (thanks, Bert - Pueblo, NM courtesy: White Stripes FAQ
In the video, Jack White's amp and Meg White's drum kit trail behind on every beat as they travel through a town. They had 32 amps and 32 drum kits for the shoot. The video was parodied on an episode of The Simpsons where Jack and Meg guest starred.
Beck makes a cameo in the video for this song. When Jack sings "and a box with somethin' in it" Beck presents him with a box. (thanks, Weslee - Hartsburg, IL)
Into the vaults for this talk with Bolton from the '80s when he was a focused on writing songs for other artists.
An original member of Depeche Mode, Vince went on to form Erasure and Yaz.
Annie Haslam of Renaissance
The 5-octave voice of the classical rock band Renaissance, Annie is big on creative expression. In this talk, she covers Roy Wood, the history of the band, and where all the money went in the '70s.