Blue Orchid

Album: Get Behind Me Satan (2005)
Charted: 9 43
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  • This song draws from the Bible story about Eve taking the apple from the tree in the Garden of Eden.
  • Blue Orchid was the name of the website of a group of Russians involved in a worldwide child pornography ring. The line, "You took a white orchid and turned it blue" indicates that the children are pure and these people abused them, leaving them "blue" for the rest of their lives.
  • Some fans mistakenly believed this song was about Jack White's fight with Von Bondies lead singer Jason Stollsteimer at a Detroit nightclub. White was charged with aggravated assault, had to pay a fine and was ordered to attend anger management classes. >>
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    Bertrand - Paris, France, for all above
  • The girl in the video is Karen Elson, a famous British model who once shaved off her eyebrows for an appearance in Vogue. This was the first time she and Jack White met, but they were married weeks later during The White Stripes tour of South America. In the video, she takes a bite of a white apple, and as she does so, black liquid stains her body. >>
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    fungus - Scotland
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Comments: 13

  • Johnny from Bergen County, NjI heard this explanation but can't remember the source, and can't find it on the internet, but it makes the most sense to me. This is about a temptress who frustrates him and leads him on to then drop him. "Orchid" comes from the word "orchis" which means "testicle" in Greek. She took a white (innocent/pure/fresh/unused) "orchid" and turned it blue (sadness/unhappiness/also reference to "blue balls"). So, she led him on and frustrated him. She played games ("how old are you now anyway?"). He's expressing his anger and frustration with her and then trying to put her behind him (get behind me). She is a "satan" to him; an adversary, one to be put behind him. She "got a reaction" - she tempted/seduced him; she got a reaction from him - his interest. She was given a flower, his innocent, honest attraction to her, and she used it for her own pleasure.
  • Dan from Minneapolis, MnAmy,Honalulu,Hi
    You hit it right on the head.Good to see somone else pays attention to the lyrics.
  • Amy from Honolulu, HiI feel that the whole Jason Stollsteimer interpretation is ignoring some key lyrical elements. I'm not saying its wrong, that's the beauty of music, it has different meaning to us all.....I think Jack's way to clever to go down that path anyway. Here's my take: First off: The song is about the temptation of a man by a young woman. The song is full of references to temptation and makes a Biblical reference in the line "get behind me" as in "get behind me Satan" (the album title also). This has two significant biblical references and was the reply that Jesus made when Satan offered him all the kingdoms of the world if Jesus would worship him. This is a clear rebuke of evil and temptation. Second, Jesus spoke these words on another occasion. He told his disciples that he would have to be killed and then raised from the dead, and Peter objected that this should not happen. Jesus saw Peter as a tempter, trying to talk him out of doing what he was put on Earth to do. He then spoke the same words, ?Get thee behind me, Satan,? to Peter. This establishes the whole "temptation" thing. The song begins as a reflection upon something bad or regretful that has already happened with "You got a reaction. You got a reaction, didn't you?" This is pointing toward some provocative action of a young girl.....(may she was dressed to entice or spoke in a provocative way.....we don't know for sure and this is really incidental) .How do we know he's singing about a young girl? Well, the lines "How dare you? How old are you now anyway? explane how the guy feels duped and conned into being seduced buy this beautiful young girl.....I think that after his sexual encounter with her, he see's the situation with greater clarity and realizes what has really happened. Up untill then he ignored the consequences of taking her virginity......the White Orchid reference is to purity and her virginity and the fact that she gave it away too easily to this older man......she "took a white orchid and turned it blue"......she essentially cast a new color on this once pure flower.....a point further punctuated by the fact that "Blue Orchid" is the title of the song. There's one line in the lyrics on this site that should actually read "Try keep the truth from showing up" which is explaning the guy's denial of the situation before he has sex with her......he's basically aware of her young age ar atleast suspicious of it but doesn't want to know or face the truth until it's too late and they've had their sexual encounter. The lines: "You were given a flower. But I guess there was just no pleasing you. Your lips taste sour But you think that it's me just teasing you".....this is talking about the "flower" she was given at birth...again her virginity is seen as a flower (common litirary metaphor) ...but she treated this gift with disregard......"Your lips taste sour"...this is explaning the guilt he feels when he kisses her....he's pulled in by her beauty but then recoils because he knows he shouldn't be kissing her.....she's naive and inexperienced so she take's this the wrong way and thinks he's just teasing her..."But you think that it's me just teasing you".

    Once he realizes the gravity of the situation and what he's done, he's hit by the guilt of their actions and exclames "Get behind me!
    Get behind me now anyway!" pulling in the Biblical references to Satan and temptation.....the things that pulled him into this situation with the young girl.

    The song underscores the song's title repeatedly and the guy put's the blame on temptation and Satan for influencing both his decisions and the girls. He's basically scolding her for her actions and her careless regard for her own virginity as well as his own weekness for giving into her beauty.

    This take on the song also resonantes with other general interpretations about virginity and temptation. The whole "get behind me" thing is an unavoidable litirary reference that really takes things in a fairly specific direction. Hope this helps :)
  • Dylan from New Britain, CtGet Behind me Satan is an awesome album. I love every Stripes album for what it is and not what it isnt. So what if GBMS isnt Elephant? I dont care what you guys think but I love every album. Icky Thump should please you guys who like the early stuff. Anyone hear it yet? Its awesome.
  • Andrew from Indianapolis, InYou know i hate to say it because i love the white stripes so much, but i wish all of get behind me satan were as hard as this song, i mean the albums not bad, it's mediocre, and i would never say that about any of the four previous white stripes albums. I read online that Icky Thump their new album due out in June was recorded in the vein of their self titled debut, i hope so, because when it comes to the white stripes who are based in minimilism and striped down music the first album is the best.
  • Fungus from Here, ScotlandThe effect used is that of a Electro Harmonix Poly Octave Generator (POG)
  • Shaun from Not Telling, TxHe uses a special guitar effect on the song.
  • Galina from New London, CtThis song is very fun to dance to. My friends and I love to sing this song and walk around like drunk chickens... heh heh...
  • Dan from Lee, Nhnever looked at it that way, but now that I think about that could be it
  • Jer from London, Canadadose annyone else think this song is about some one losing ther virginity I mean the refferance to an orchid turning from white to blue
  • James from Jackson, MiWell, you can't say always. It didn't happen that last time.
  • Niall from Toulouse, FranceWhoops, I sent it twice. That always happens.
  • Niall from Toulouse, FranceThis song's riff rocks, I can play it on the guitar, but not as Jack White can.
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