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The White Stripes — Ball And Biscuit
Album: Elephant
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7.3

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Total ratings: 2055









Released: 2003
Length: 7:15
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It's quite possible that I'm your third man, girl
But it's a fact that I'm the seventh son
It's quite possible that I'm your third man, girl
But it's a fact that I'm the seventh son

And right now you could care less about me
But soon enough you will care, by the time I'm done

Let's have a ball and a biscuit, sugar
And take our sweet little time about it
Let's have a ball, girl
And take our sweet little time about it

Tell everybody in the place to just get out
We'll get clean together
And I'll find me a soapbox where I can shout it
Yeah

Read it in the newspaper
Ask your girlfriends and see if they know
Read it in the newspaper
Ask your girlfriends and see if they know

That my strength is ten-fold, girl
I'll let you see it if you want to before you go

Let's have a ball and a biscuit, sugar
And take our sweet little time about it
Let's have a ball
And take our sweet little time about it

Tell everybody in the place to just get out
We'll get clean together
And I'll find me a soapbox where I can shout it
And I can think of one or two things to say about it
Now listen

D'you get the point now?

It's quite possible that I'm your third man
But it's a fact that I'm the seventh son
It was the other two which made me your third
But it's my mother who made me the seventh son
And right now you could care less about me
But soon enough you will care by the time I'm done

Yeah, you're just right
You stick around
You'll figure it out
Comments (283)add comment
ad4tise wrote:  THIS IS NOT MUSIC, IT IS NOISE POLLUTIOM. People who produce noise pollution should be arrested.  


LowPhreak wrote:

Sounds like my old man, circa 1970 or so:

"TURN THAT HIPPIE SHIT DOWN GOTDAMMIT!!1!!"  {#Roflol}


Y'all realize that this kind of fight has been going on since the advent of recorded music, right? I remember blowing up at a friend's mom about The Beatle's Sergeant Pepper Lonely Hearts Club Band. I was over at his house and she commented that it was so much noise.  

I was always very respectful to adults but I cooked off at that lady for that.   But now I'm the old cuss who thinks much of today's music is crap. 

I give this a 9 though. It fuzzes, rumbles, squeals and rocks. 
i love love love this one. may be my fav of theirs.
 LowPhreak wrote:

Sounds like my old man, circa 1970 or so:

"TURN THAT HIPPIE SHIT DOWN GOTDAMMIT!!1!!"  {#Roflol}


I don't agree to your critics,but do for your post. Very funny! B. W., the Hippie 
 Proclivities wrote:

"Derivative" is as pointless a criticism of music as saying it's "repetitive".  All music is derivative and repetition is a requirement of music.  You might as criticize the oceans for being wet.  Name a musical artist whose work was not somehow derivative of work which preceded it.

And besides the necessarily wet oceans, this track is subjectively quite happening and keen.  I thought I may have heard a few Hendrix-like notes in there.  Does that mean he's dis- or unqualified? 

 Proclivities wrote:

"Derivative" is as pointless a criticism of music as saying it's "repetitive".  All music is derivative and repetition is a requirement of music.  You might as criticize the oceans for being wet.  Name a musical artist whose work was not somehow derivative of work which preceded it.


The first one.
I remember when I got this CD at a music store in Shinjuku... I'd heard Seven Nation Army here on RP, but this song took things to the next level! I was lucky and blessed to see them rock Shibuya AX. It was an incredible, incendiary show, and we all had fun! Jack's such a wizard!
 SpencerAR wrote:

It's like George Thorogood and Jimi Hendrix decided to do a song together while on really bad acid.


Man, now I want to hear what they'd make on good acid.
Upping the volume is involuntary with this song.
 LowPhreak wrote:

Sounds like my old man, circa 1970 or so:

"TURN THAT HIPPIE SHIT DOWN GOTDAMMIT!!1!!"  {#Roflol}


Like we give a s**t
I remember jamming this so loud it pissed off all my new Tokyo neighbors...and then I had the good fortune of seeing Jack and Meg rock Shibuya Axe not long after. REAL RAW ROCK CELEBRATION!
Please, more from The White Stripes, The Raconteurs, The Dead Weather, and solo Jack White. 


This was my first ablum by them and I still love lilstening to it. 
OK, but not their best tune. Maybe it will grow on me. I like a lot of their other stuff.
I think it’s just great!,,
 ad4tise wrote:

THIS IS NOT MUSIC, IT IS NOISE POLLUTIOM. People who produce noise pollution should be arrested.



What's the stance on spelling pollutiom?
I'm thinking the Black Keys might have listened to this. They do it low-fi, but this is even lower. Excellent!
simply great. This rocks, music reduced to its essence. Thanks RP!
Ass kicked, names taken.  Go Jack & Meg!
 cely wrote:

Powerful stuff.  Another recent classic.  The lyrics have something 19th century about them.  As does the music if there were hard core electric blues back then.  Of course it's all blues tradition from the 20th century, and I guess you can complain about a white couple appropriating it.  But personally I just love good and original sounding music like this.  My guess is that lots of black blues musicians would have agreed with me.  As long as it didn't copy or subvert their own songs.



Heh. "Recent."  This song is old enough to vote. 
 Jakethemuss wrote:

Really great dirty guitar work.



Filthy.
This is some sexy stuff
Found out last night that my 16 year old daughter is a Jack White fan.  Right on.  Love this stuff.
why is Jack White's solo stuff boring but the White Stripes are not?
Jack & Meg at their best. Love it.

To know Jack a bit better, The Big Interview with Dan Rather on AXS TV is a must see.
And take your sweet little time about it ...

The Big Interview with Dan Rather: Jack White - YouTube
I love these wining guitar solos 
 sfListener wrote:
could have easily ended a few minutes ago
 
Says the ADD contingent.
 thewiseking wrote:
The last of the Rock and Roll greats, right here
 

The "last" hasn't even been born yet.
 LowPhreak wrote:

Sounds like my old man, circa 1970 or so:

"TURN THAT HIPPIE SHIT DOWN GOTDAMMIT!!1!!"  {#Roflol}
 

GET OFF MY LAWN!  :D
I don't give 10's out very often...but when I do...

Really great dirty guitar work.
 BelowSeaLevel wrote:
 

Makes one speechless.  :)
Powerful stuff.  Another recent classic.  The lyrics have something 19th century about them.  As does the music if there were hard core electric blues back then.  Of course it's all blues tradition from the 20th century, and I guess you can complain about a white couple appropriating it.  But personally I just love good and original sounding music like this.  My guess is that lots of black blues musicians would have agreed with me.  As long as it didn't copy or subvert their own songs.
 LowPhreak wrote:

Sounds like my old man, circa 1970 or so:

"TURN THAT HIPPIE SHIT DOWN GOTDAMMIT!!1!!"  {#Roflol}
 

I thought Nixon is dead and i can see you are back Mr. President
 raga wrote:

Sorry you don't like it. For me this is outstanding MUSIC



 

this is American sound as America gets
Wow. That's pretty jarring. Kinda like fun, classy, manicured nails on a chalkboard.
 Proclivities wrote:

"Derivative" is as pointless a criticism of music as saying it's "repetitive".  All music is derivative and repetition is a requirement of music.  You might as criticize the oceans for being wet.  Name a musical artist whose work was not somehow derivative of work which preceded it.
 
Adam, with his backup band "Steve"
"And I'll find me a soapbox where I can shout it"
This is good stuff!
The last of the Rock and Roll greats, right here
That ain't "noise pollution", that's  rock n roll
For all those that dig this, you may want to investigate the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion. 
Garage Blue's Rock At It's Finest ! 
 ad4tise wrote:
THIS IS NOT MUSIC, IT IS NOISE POLLUTIOM. People who produce noise pollution should be arrested.
 
If there's a Rock 'N' Roll Prison you know they've got a hell of a band 
 Proclivities wrote:

"Derivative" is as pointless a criticism of music as saying it's "repetitive".  All music is derivative and repetition is a requirement of music.  You might as criticize the oceans for being wet.  Name a musical artist whose work was not somehow derivative of work which preceded it.
 
This, exactly

 FilmSurgeon wrote:
American white guys ripping off British white guys ripping off American black guys... The derivation of derivitive is...
 
"Derivative" is as pointless a criticism of music as saying it's "repetitive".  All music is derivative and repetition is a requirement of music.  You might as criticize the oceans for being wet.  Name a musical artist whose work was not somehow derivative of work which preceded it.
It's like George Thorogood and Jimi Hendrix decided to do a song together while on really bad acid.

Please note: I'm not changing the song.  :-)
I dig it. This might just be the White Stripes finest recording.
Gotta give it a 9 just for the negative comment.
That's what rock and roll is for!
 LowPhreak wrote:

Sounds like my old man, circa 1970 or so:

"TURN THAT HIPPIE SHIT DOWN GOTDAMMIT!!1!!"  {#Roflol}

 



Flushed man in horror, grabbing his head




Yer dear dad, on Father's Dad, coming to horrified grips with his terrible, sure awful mistake. 


This is a pretty great song. Jack White can be a pretentious show-off but I love the way this grinds and squeals. 
Wow.  Turned it up loud enough to feel Meg's bass drum kicks like punches to the chest.  This is a really good tune.
This is stripped down heavy bucket lifting with some fireworks thrown in
i love love love this! 
 ad4tise wrote:
THIS IS NOT MUSIC, IT IS NOISE POLLUTIOM. People who produce noise pollution should be arrested.
 
Sounds like my old man, circa 1970 or so:

"TURN THAT HIPPIE SHIT DOWN GOTDAMMIT!!1!!"  {#Roflol}
Jack White:  32 Grammy nominations and 12 wins.  I'd give him even more...
Crunchier than a sack of walnuts. They make a big noise for just the two of them.
Dang. This is some wicked, nasty ass, foot-stomping blues.

These guys are channeling, what, 1969?

(PSD to the rescue....)
wicked tune  (you 3 didn't see the comment from 2009  : )
 ScottN wrote:
PSD gets me to this wonderful song....last played in 2008!

 
ditto
still says 2008 
 ScottN wrote:
PSD gets me to this wonderful song....last played in 2008!

 
Same.  PSD just saved me and here I am happy again.
PSD gets me to this wonderful song....last played in 2008!
 raga wrote:

Sorry you don't like it. For me this is outstanding MUSIC



 

agreed
 ad4tise wrote:
THIS IS NOT MUSIC, IT IS NOISE POLLUTIOM. People who produce noise pollution should be arrested.
 

Sorry you don't like it. For me this is outstanding MUSIC



One of my favs.
Total madness.
Way Far Cool. 9
 lmic wrote:
I always thought of this song as a marriage of Led Zeppelin and The Blues Brothers
whaddya want... a ball and buscuit?

 

hahahahahaha!
I always thought of this song as a marriage of Led Zeppelin and The Blues Brothers
whaddya want... a ball and biiiiiiiscuit?


{#Bananajam}
Dig it.
could have easily ended a few minutes ago
That squeaky little solo guitar is about as unimaginative as it gets. Pwah.
OH, YEAH, RIP US SOME MORE OF THAT TASTY JUICY BLUESY FEEDBACK, JACK!
Is that a real guitar, or a Sears guitar?  Don't matter — Mad Jack be gettin' it done, and then some!

Pretty funky. Really heavy for a blues based riff.
Playing this quietly in the office is obviously not ideal ... but it's a lot better than not playing it.

PRETTY FUNKY, BUMPING TO A 3.
That's what I'm talkin' 'bout!
FilmSurgeon wrote:
American white guys ripping off British white guys ripping off American black guys... The derivation of derivitive is...Posted 16 years ago by DD gypsyman    [ Reply ]
Jamunca wrote:
Me, I think this is pretty ok. I mean, I won't sign up with a new long-distance carrier over it. But I won't just discard it either.
I LOVE your standard. I actually love this song so much that I would sign up for a new CELL PHONE PLAN over it.
I think Jack White would take a guard of middle and off, judging by the way he holds the cricket bat. (Maybe off stump, based upon his guitar solo)
Highway 61?
American white guys ripping off British white guys ripping off American black guys... The derivation of derivitive is...
Jack and Meg throw down!
THIS IS NOT MUSIC, IT IS NOISE POLLUTIOM. People who produce noise pollution should be arrested.
It is a fact that I'm the seventh son. Bless you, Jack White.
Atombender wrote:
This blows my face off my skull. Hell yeah. I like Jacks style...
Some of it reminds me of George Thorogood
Atombender wrote:
This blows my face off my skull.
Hate it when that happens. :/
Hannio wrote:
The guitar in this reminds me of why I dread going to the dentist.
you know, I'm gonna have to agree with you on that...
dmax wrote:
Pretty much a contemporary Voodoo Chile (Slight Return)
bronorb wrote:
If that's true then I feel really bad for younger music fans.
I tend to agree, but I've encountered some perceptive young 'uns (they're out there!) who have awareness of progenitors like Hendrix, and are quite able to put latter day disposables like the WS in proper perspective. They can enjoy both. There's hope yet!
This blows my face off my skull. Hell yeah. I like Jacks style...
dmax wrote:
Pretty much a contemporary Voodoo Chile (Slight Return)
If that's true then I feel really bad for younger music fans.
Jeeze Louise .. is he down on the 30th fret with a slide or what????
The guitar in this reminds me of why I dread going to the dentist.
DoctorHooey wrote:
Kickass!!
Raw guitar and drums...it's what it's all about
This is paradigm rock and roll. Take your sweet little time, too and let's have a ball ....
White Stripes/Jack RAWK!!! Ya got love their stuff. Real R&R
Yes. I liketh. Can't say that for whole-lotta their stuff.
Kickass!!
most excellent
I think this rocks.
Don\'t think I\'ve ever seen so many negative comments about a song rated higher than a 6. I think a lot of White Stripes fans are remaining silent. Me, I think this is pretty ok. I mean, I won\'t sign up with a new long-distance carrier over it. But I won\'t just discard it either.
YEAH, find you a soapbox and shout it! The White Stripes know how to bust some rocks. Most excellent bass too .... Love \'em!
Alpine wrote:
Teenager music. puke
Interesting. We share a birthday a year apart, we both locate ourselves with geo coords yet you could care less for this and I can barely like it more than I do. One of my favorite albums ever. Astrology sucks.
Alpine wrote:
Teenager music. puke
Hey, Mozart was "teenager music" at one time. I'm so happy to be referred to as a teenager that I'm giddy. Hope Johnny takes me out for a soda tonight.
Yup, my favorite, too. My son always chuckles when I crank it up. He gets kinda annoyed when he's in the car, though...
could anybody with an axe do that?
It ROCKS
awwww - my favorite white stripes song - sure do hope they play this when I go see them TONIGHT!!! Love their new album too!
LOVE this song
EXCELENTE! What a nice guitar/drums! Oscar
This annoys me near the end when it becomes completely derivative of Johnny Rivers.
I dont get the Dogpile below. This is pretty good. Raw like Sugar.
I think I have Acid Reflux Disease. Oh, wait, it's just White Stripes.
Teenager music. puke
I think the White Stripes are raw and cool. Very cool.
lixy wrote:
I always wondered why the guy would be in the top 10 of the best guitarists of all times according to Rolling Stones magazine. Others may deserves the place better IMHO. Still, this song rocks! 8/10
that list is utter bs; kurt cobain and johnny ramone beat mark knopfler, les paul, dickey betts, eddie van halen and a lot of other very good players.
Yuk.
FreedomEngine wrote:
This is brutal. Everytime I hear the White Stripes, I dislike them even more. The first time I saw them on TV their was only 2 of them. Thats when I understood half the reason the are soooo bad. Get a band!!
I wonder where the others were? lol
guiguy wrote:
this song rocks with attitude!
"word"
Gets a "no."