Song of the Day #3,844: ‘The Air Near My Fingers’ – The White Stripes

The Random iTunes Fairy has a thing for The White Stripes. Though I have only three of the band’s albums in my library, they have now shown up five times as Random Weekend selections, with four of those selections coming from the celebrated 2003 album Elephant.

None of those songs were ‘Seven Nation Army,’ the band’s most enduring classic, so I guess the Random iTunes Fairy has a thing for deep cuts, too.

I like pretty much everything on this album, and this song is no exception.

The commentary on Genius.com suggests the song is about Psycho‘s Norman Bates, though I couldn’t find confirmation of that anywhere else.

[Verse 1]
Life is so boring
It’s really got me snoring
I’m wearing out the flooring in a cheap motel
But I don’t have to work and
I might be sinning
But I’m never gonna have to hear the rings of school bells
Do-do do-do-do-do do-do do-do-do-do-do
Do-do do-do-do-do do-do do-do-do-do-do

[Verse 2]
Don’t you remember?
You told me in December
That a boy is not a man until he makes a stand
Well, I’m not a genius
But maybe you’ll remember this
I never said I ever wanted to be a man
Do-do do-do-do-do do-do do-do-do-do-do
Do-do do-do-do-do do-do do-do-do-do-do

[Chorus]
I get nervous when she comes around
When she comes around, when she comes around
I get nervous when she comes around
When she comes around, when she comes around
I get nervous when she comes around
When she comes around, when she comes around
I get nervous when she comes around
When she comes around, when she comes around
Hey

[Verse 3]
My mom is so caring
She’s really got me staring
At all the crazy little things she does for sure
And I can’t seem to think of
Another kind of love
That a boy could ever get from anyone but her
Do-do do-do-do-do do-do do-do-do-do-do
Do-do do-do-do-do do-do do-do-do-do-do

[Chorus]
I get nervous when she comes around
When she comes around, when she comes around
I get nervous when she comes around
When she comes around, when she comes around
I get nervous when she comes around
When she comes around, when she comes around
I get nervous when she comes around
When she comes around, when she comes around
All right

2 thoughts on “Song of the Day #3,844: ‘The Air Near My Fingers’ – The White Stripes

  1. Dana Gallup says:

    Probably another album and artist I should explore, though I don’t naturally gravitate to their sound. I guess it’s just a tad too rough/ guitar heavy for me in most of my listening moods.

  2. Peg Clifton says:

    Certainly sounds like Norman Bates 😜

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