The Nurse

Album: Get Behind Me Satan (2005)

Songfacts®:

  • Jack White wrote this on Marimba. The concept of inserting random bits of noise actually started as an editing mishap - Jack insists on using the most primitive equipment and editing techniques. While cutting the eight-track tape, Jack accidentally sliced the tape prematurely, and the rest, as they say, is history. >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Ryan - Fullerton, CA
  • About the album title: it comes from the biblical book of Matthew, verse 16:23, which states, "Jesus turned and said to Peter, 'Get behind me, Satan! You are a stumbling block to me; you do not have in mind the concerns of God, but merely human concerns.'"
  • In 2007, Jack White told Mojo magazine that this song "is about somebody I was in love with, had been in love with for over a decade, but the way you explore all these characters compels you to know yourself better." >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Bertrand - Paris, France
  • Third Man Records co-founder Ben Blackwell recalled to Uncut: "What I love about 'The Nurse' is the kind of loud, unpredictable guitar crashes that come through. When I was around, it was just a drums and marimba song, then when I first heard the playback of these guitar parts it seemed like they were in completely random spots, disjointed and jarring."

    "I remember Brendan Benson being at the house, listening to a playback, and Jack maybe voicing some kind of uncertainty about it," he added. "Brandon went, 'Dude, no! That's like some Brian Wilson s-- t. You have to keep that in there! That was a completely different approach that I'd ever seen or heard from Jack on a production and songwriting level."

Comments: 5

  • Solo from Long Island, NyJack White clearly rip off the marimba parts from a song 'Female of the Species' by a band called Space. It is blantant plagiarism. If I were Space I would file a lawsuit already.
  • Nate from Pittsburgh, PaThis songs so good and well writen. One of my favorite White stripes songs ever. Jack White is insane.... wish i could see them live
  • Dan from New York, NyIts not a Xylophone, it is a Marimba. Almost the same, but like an octave lower. Just one of the many [NOT GUITAR :( ] instruments they use on the album. This song just further proves that Jack White is insane. Not to say insane is bad.
  • Danny from Sydney, AustraliaI saw them do this live. Jack actually played a xylophone on stage as he sung.
  • Anthony from St. Clair Shores, MiNot sure I like the random blasts of guitar.
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