Song of the Day #1,751: ‘I Want to Be the Boy to Warm Your Mother’s Heart’ – The White Stripes

white_stripes_elephantI don’t love everything Jack White does — he sometimes gets a bit too loud for my taste — but I nevertheless consider myself a fan.

He so clearly loves and respects musical tradition, from the blues rock that is his greatest influence to country, bluegrass and folk. He reminds me of Elvis Costello in that way. You have to dig a guy who names both Led Zeppelin and Bob Dylan as inspirations and covers Burt Bacharach.

Today’s random SOTD is a standout from The White Stripes’ breakthrough album, 2003’s Elephant. White aches to earn the approval of his girlfriend’s mother over a Stones-like piano-guitar-and-drums track later accented with a gorgeous slide guitar.

I wanna to be the boy that warms your mother’s heart
I’m so scared to take you away
I tried to win her over right from the start
But something always got in the way

We’ve been sitting in your backyard for hours
But she won’t even come out and say hi
While my mother baked a little cake for you
And even dreaded when you said goodbye

What kind of cartwheels do I have to pull?
What kind of joke should I lay on her now?
I’m inclined to go finish high school
Just to make her notice that I’m around

Well nothing I come up with seems to work
It feels like everything I say is a lie
And never have a felt like such a jerk
I’m afraid to even open my eyes

Because I really don’t want her to judge me
I want to her really know who I am
And then, and only then she will love me
Well at least that was the plan

If ever a boy needed a holiday
If ever a girl needed someone to hold
I just hope I don’t act the same way
By the time that I get that old

What kind of cartwheels do I have to pull?
What kind of joke should I lay on her now?
I’m inclined to go finish high school
Just to make her notice that I’m around

I never said I was the heir to a fortune
I never claimed to have any looks
But these kind of things must be important
Because somebody ripped out my page
In your telephone book
I want to warm her heart

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One thought on “Song of the Day #1,751: ‘I Want to Be the Boy to Warm Your Mother’s Heart’ – The White Stripes

  1. Dana says:

    I’m intrigued by Jack White. He’s clearly both odd and talented. I haven’t really heard much of his work, but I suspect I would like at least some of it.

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