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Album: ElephantReleased: 2003Charted:
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)
According to the July 2007 issue of GQ magazine, Jack White once wanted to record a music video for this song based on a film of Thomas Edison killing an elephant using a Tesla coil (Jim Jarmusch was going to direct, Philip Seymour Hoffman was to star). (thanks, Bertrand - Paris, France)