Icky Thump Lyrics - The White Stripes
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sittin' drunk on a wagon to Mexico.
what a chump
well my head got a bump
when I hit it on the radio.
came and said
"Need a bed?"
"Gimme a drink a water
I'm gonna 'sing around the collar
sponsored linksand I don't need a microphone."
with a lump in my throat
grabbed my coat
and now it's reckon
I was ready to go!
and I swear
besides the head
she had one white eye,
one blank stare
on the stand
near her hand
was a candy cane
black rum, sugar cane,
dry ice (and) something strange.
la la la la la la la
la la la la la la la
white Americans, what?
nothing better to do?
why don't you kick yourself out
you're an immigrant too.
who's using who? what should we do?
well, you can't be a pimp
and a prostitute too.
handcuffed to a bunk
and there was nobody else.
i hit myself with a stone
went home and learned how
to clean up after myself.
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LOVE this song! | Reviewer: Jonnie Love | 6/12/14
If you don't like what's going on with immigration go tell your congressman it will do about as much as you guys complaining on a song lyric site! My Dad is an awesome guitar player, my Mother too- but when I showed these comments my Dad said all these whiners are lazy, they have time to bit** on this site but won't take time to e-mail congress or their senator. This is an awesome song. PERIOD! Quit overthinking it.
The song | Reviewer: mystery boy | 10/30/10
this song is about telling peoople to stop moaning and get on with life. There is no nationality just people, and if it means so much about being an immigrant, put a pillow case on your head and f*** off!
Yikes... | Reviewer: Anonymous | 6/9/10
I had a good laugh at the comment that stated Aboriginal (that's right, not 'Indian') people were from India thousands of years ago.
Since most of our ancestors are gone, I think we can finally acknowledge that the Aboriginal people were the original race of this country and that European settlers used them, stole their land, and essentially murdered and destroyed a large part of the human species (and destroyed original North American culture). I'm sure most of them didn't mean to do it... but how many of us have done something we regret later... ?
And yeah, the rest us are immigrants, so nice lyrics Icky Thump... I turn up the radio every time this song plays...
Silly people. :P | Reviewer: Anonymoose | 6/5/10
I haven't read all the comments, but I have read some. I can't believe you're all arguing over who has a right to be here and what the song's saying about it. I think that the song is really just telling everyone to just shut up about other people--point one finger, then look at your hand--there are three pointed back at you. And if you use all five fingers to point, you're doing the heil hitler. Good job, people. You've probably just taught the next generation how to hate people different from them. Everyone has a right to be where they are. Who are mankind to say where a person may or may not go? What if you tried to leave your state (If you're an american) and you got kicked out for leaving your home state and trying to live somewhere else? Sorry for preaching morals or whatever, it's just that I hate war and this is one of the primary building blocks, believe it or not. (hopefully I'm not the only one thinking like this)
Come on!! | Reviewer: Kayla | 4/29/10
Great band great song!i think its funny how people some to this sight to argue about immigration :) hahaha it amazes me that people would rather talk about immigrants than, about the actual lyrics and song
honestly. . . | Reviewer: lex | 4/13/10
this is just sad, everyone fighting over what lyrics to a song are about. wow. the human population has again amazed me. instead of sitting online reading lyrics and arguing their meaning, arguing about immigrants, and other pointless bullshit to debate online; how about you go out and do something productive.
and a RATIONAL working white american, like myself, only get upset that illegal immigrants come into this country and avoid taxes, get paid under the table, and mostly end up homeless, etc. i understand that most of time they are trying to work towards a better life in the US for themselves and their family (whether back home or illegaly here too) and other push/pull factors but, seriously have some responsibility for yourself and get your damn papers.
wow | Reviewer: Aaron | 3/10/10
i just thought of something okay if you think about it everyone on the planet is an immigrant except if you like live in africa or the middle east
and guess what white americans are Illegal immigrants too!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
dont believe me think about it
when the idians came no one was here so they were legal.
but when white people came over
idians already were set up and didnt say we could come here
so we came illegally against the idians!!!!!!!
ahhh its such a shocker hahahahah
coolness:)) | Reviewer: haha123 | 2/13/10
haha i swear you people are all so lame!! like seriously, my parents are mexican immigrants and like yeahh...NOO offense taken at all! people like to make things such a big deal and in the end, its just a song, a freakin' awesome song!! so like stop trying to find the hidden message behind the song, stop getting all butt-hurt about it, and just sing the song at the top of your lungs...
you got it all wrong. | Reviewer: Anonymous | 11/10/09
the reason people are prejudiced to immigrants is because we cannot fit new people in our country. and although this is correct, that they should be allowed, prejudice is pointed to immigrants who shouldn't be here(ie illegal aliens) because they come over illegally and steal our jobs, create racial tension(just by being here, which sucks for them, but we just can't have more right now), bring diseases, and piss people off in general.
period | Reviewer: reena | 5/13/09
one of the most genius bands ever. period. regardless of whether or not the tone deaf morons out there "like" the band, they're fantastic. make your own out of the lyrics, get them stuck in your head, and smile. it's all good my friend.
You're arguing too | Reviewer: ben | 2/9/09
Or rather, you are complaining about the comments made on these song lyrics.
You want other people to "shut the fuck up", and yet you think it's fine that you're typing down your thoughts as well.
The best thing you can do is ignore the comments made on this site if they piss you off that much.
I really don't mind them (I might not agree with all of them), I'm just trying to be informative to future viewers who are thinking of posting uncivil and perhaps hurtful comments to those who most likely won't end up returning to this page.
just to say... | Reviewer: Joe | 12/26/08
absolutely every person in america, is an immigrant!
even the native americans came from india, thousands of yers ago.
But they were the first inhabitants of america.
Every white person in the USA is a descendant of an invader.
So, absolutely anyone who is prejudice about immigrants in the US, is a hypocrite!
kharma | Reviewer: Anonymous | 8/29/08
I have one thing to say, Kharma.
How can you sit there and say no one else has a right to be here?
The only reason white america exists is because Indians showed European ancestors' the ropes on how to survive on this American continent.
Clearly, the writer of the song is pointing out how hypocritical you ignorant ones can be.
How can you think that after all the killing or "Manifest Destiny" as one calls it, after ripping one from their home and territory, and after broken promises, how can you think that it will not came back yo you? Maybe not violently like the way of the Europeans, but clearly you cannot stop illegal immigration -it is natural Law your white ancestors did it and so now it's all coming back to you.
Politics killed it for me! | Reviewer: Anonymous | 8/10/08
I agree, the song sounds great. It even used to be in my Favs playlist. But every time I hear it, the political part grates me. I'm a part of "white America", does he mean me, too? 'cause I'm part Cherokee, what does he mean I'm an immigrant, too? I'm one of the people that was FROM here. Also, most people don't have a problem with immigrants, they(we) have a problem with the undocumented one! They're breaking the law! With that said, congress needs to change the laws/policies to make legal entry and citizenship easier. Making somebody who wants to be an american wait 2+ years to become one for being born 1 inch south of an imaginary line is insane... Agh, just heard it again. Damn you, white stripes, damn you!
wtf | Reviewer: dogface | 6/28/08
Ok first if you read the lyrics to the whole song you can clearly see it makes a short one verse segment on the subject of immigration who cares. the rest of the song deals with going to mexico grabbing a street walker hooking up and getting robbed has nothing to do with the US at all really and the so called verse that makes all the hype is from the point of view of the people of mexico telling the white drunken john to go home.
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