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Icky Thump Lyrics

Icky Thump: “..looking dead…She had one white eye / one black(nk) stare / lookin’ up / lyin’ there.” When the Megbot is powered off, she looks dead and her eyes are blank.

You Don’t Know What Love Is (You Just Do As You’re Told): The Megbot is a robot, and does not experience emotions such as love. It only does what it’s programmed to do.

300 M.P.H. Torrential Outpour Blues: “I’m calling out to ghosts / That are no longer there.” Jack is no longer haunted by Meg’s death.

Bone Broke: “Look closer you can see / How I been running it.” Through careful examination of the evidence, you can see that Jack replaced Meg with a robot.

St. Andrew (This Battle Is In the Air): “I’m not in my home / Where are the angels? The Children are crying” St. Andrew is the patron saint of singers and performers. Meg, deceased, asks him not to forsake her. Candy Cane Children mourn the loss of Meg.

Little Cream Soda: “Well every beautiful thing I come across / Tells me to stop moving and shake this riddle off.” Jack would like to give up the masquerade. “But now my mind is filled with … whether I’m a liar.” He is worried about the consequences of his actions.

Rag & Bone: “It’s just things that you don’t want. I can use it. Meg can use ’em. We’ll do something with ’em. We’ll make something out of them. (Meg whispers: This fits me perfect. Give it to me.)” Much of the materials used to create the Megbot were recycled. However, Jack does not like the band to be referred to as “green.”

Catch Hell Blues: “Guess what? Try and catch me. If you’re getting tricky / lying to yourself / You’re gonna catch hell. And if you’re testing God / And lying to his face / You’re gonna catch hell. I know it…” Jack mocks me.  But he also fears that by attempting to create life he has tested God.

Effect and Cause: “I guess you have to have a problem /If you want to invent a contraption.” Meg’s death was problematic for Jack, so he invented Megbot.


Get Behind Me Satan Lyrics

Blue Orchid: “We all need to do something /Try to keep the truth from showing up” Expresses Jack’s anxiety over trying to keep the Megbot a secret.

Little Ghost: “Though I try my best to keep it / There really was no secret” Meg is dead. She is a ghost.

Denial Twist: “The truth well you know there’s no stoppin’ it / And the boat well ya know she’s still rockin’ it” This song is about me.

White Moon: “Creature come, creature, creature / My own double feature” Megbot is Jack’s creature creation–like something out of a science fiction movie.
“My friends are all dying / And death can’t be lying / It’s the truth and it don’t make a noise” This lyric references their earlier song, “Truth Doesn’t Make a Noise.” See explanation below.

Instinct Blues: Meg can’t “get with it” because she’s a robot. She has no instincts.

Passive Manipulation: “Don’t just succumb to the wishes of your brothers” Another song written from the Megbot’s point of view. Megbot is encouraging non-robot women not to act like robots.

Red Rain: This song juxtaposes Jack and Meg as human and robot. While Jack is standing in the red rain (red = blood = life), Meg remains an unfeeling machine.

I’m Lonely (But I Ain’t That Lonely Yet): “And I love my sister / Lord knows how I’ve missed her”

Walking with a Ghost: Jack and Megbot have covered Teagan and Sara’s “Walking with a Ghost.” Lyrically this was a very predictable move for Jack: “no matter which way you go/ no matter which way you stay/ you’re out of my mind, out of my mind/ out of my mind, out of my mind/ I was walking with a ghost/ I said please, please don’t insist.” This is a clue: Megbot represents the ghost of Meg (because walking with a robot would have been too obvious.) Notable is Jack’s decision to change a few instances of the word “insist” to “exist.” Also, there is reverse speech in the instrumental break of the song. Early re-reversal suggests that Jack is saying “Out of my mind.” This can be interpreted as Jack admitting he was out of his mind when he created the Megbot and he wishes he could reverse his decision.


Elephant Lyrics

In The Cold, Cold, Night: “I need the fuel to make my fire bright” Robots need fuel. Meg is a robot.

Seven Nation Army: “And I’m talking to myself at night Because I can’t forget/ …And the message coming from my eyes says leave it alone” Jack is still haunted by the loss of Meg, but something inside is telling him it’s time to move on.

There’s No Home For You Here: “There’s no home for you here girl / go away” Jack is trying to free himself from the grief that binds him to Meg.

The Hardest Button to Button: “But there’s just something wrong with you /Just feel like you’re the hardest button to button” Sometimes Megbot can be a real pain to program.

I Just Don’t Know What to Do With Myself: “I just don’t know what to do with myself / …planning everything for two / doing everything with you / and now that we’re through / I just don’t know what to do” This Dusty Springfield cover expresses Jack’s anguish adjusting to life without Meg.


White Blood Cells Lyrics

Same Boy You’ve Always Known: “I hope you know a strong man / who can lend you a hand / lowering my casket” A clue: Meg is dead.

Dead Leaves and the Dirty Ground: ” I didn’t feel so bad till the sun went down / then I come home / no one to wrap my arms around” Meg’s sun went down. Jack is alone.

Hotel Yorba: “I was watching with one eye on the other side” Meg has gone to the other side. “grab your umbrella” Robots can’t get wet or they will short circuit.

I’m Finding it Harder to Be a Gentleman:“but if I could find emotion to stimulate devotion” The original lyrics probably read “simulate,” and express Jack’s frustration over creating a robot that seemed human.

Expecting:“you claim that you own me / forever” & “You have the right to conduct me / in whatever fashion / your attempt construct me / in the interest of passion” From Megbot’s point of view.

Offend in Every Way: “and sometimes I think I can / but how much can I fake” Jack built a fake Robot Meg.

Aluminum: The sound Robots make.

We’re Going to Be Friends: For those of you who bought the vinyl, play this song backwards and you can clearly hear Jack say: “Meg is dead, I replaced her with a robot.” Although, some swear that he really says “Cranberry Sauce.”


De Stijl Lyrics

Death Letter: Jack didn’t write this, but it was included as a clue.

Truth Doesn’t Make a Noise: My baby’s got a heart of stone” & ” The motion of her tiny hands / and the quiver of her bones below / are the signs of a girl alone / and tell you everything you need to know” Meg is dead, she is below the earth, she is buried by herself. “You try to tell her what to do / and all she does is stare at you /her stare is louder than your voice /because truth doesn’t make a noise.” The truth is that Meg was replaced by a robot, and it doesn’t interact without being programmed first.

A Boy’s Best Friend: Words that are spoke alone / Phrases you will never hear” Meg is no longer with us.

Hello Operator: The drum solo in this song is actually morse code for “Meg is dead and I created a robot to replace her – Jack.”

Let’s Build a Home: Towards the end, if you listen really carefully, you can hear Jack say: Meg is dead and I replaced her with a robot.


White Stripes Lyrics

Big Three Killed my Baby: The Big Three are Ford, General Motors, and Chrysler. Meg was killed in a car accident.

rosie the robot

Astro: Astro was the Jetson’s Dog. Jack’s Chihuahua is named Elroy. Elroy was George Jetson’s son. The Jetson’s had a ROBOT too; it’s name was Rosie.

I Fought Piranhas: “there was no one with me / I was all alone” Meg was not there.

Lafayette Blues: Street Names in French. Possible location of Meg’s tragic demise.

Stop Breaking Down: “Every time I’m walkin’, down the streets, some pretty mama she starts breakin’ down / Stop breakin’ down, yes stop breakin’ down” Voices Jacks frustration over keeping the Megbot functional; that is keep it from breaking down.

Meg White is a ROBOT!

Is Meg really Jack's Sister?
Is Meg really Jack's Ex-Wife?

NO, these are just cleverly devised white lies released through the media to distract us from THE TRUTH. Regardless of her actual relationship to Jack, the real Meg died in a car crash sometime during the mid-nineties and Jack replaced her with A ROBOT. The key to secretly replacing your band mate with a robot, as in magic, is MISDIRECTION. But through careful examination of the EVIDENCE, we can see it all quite clearly.


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