White Stripes Week Continues: Your First Listen of “Icky Thump” and New Tour Dates

The other night XFM Radio played the White Stripes’ new single, “Icky Thump”, and someone was clever enough to record it. (Thanks for the link, J.) I tried to find a streaming version off the XFM site, but no luck…

DOWNLOAD: “Icky Thump” by the White Stripes (Radio edit) (removed by request)

BUY the single legally.

It actually reminds me a little of “I’m Shipping Up To Boston” by the Dropkick Murphys–I think it’s the faux bagpipe sound.

The probable lyrics after the jump…Please suggest corrections!!

Y’all hear icky thump who’d’ve thunk, sittin’ drunk on a wagon to Mexico

Oh yeah what a chump well my head got a bump when I hit it on the radio

Redhead señorita lookin dead came and said, I need a bed in espanol

Said gimme drink of water gonna sing around the collar and I don’t need a microphone

Icky thump with my lump hit my thump grabbed my coat and I reckon I was ready to go

Yeah swam beside her hair she had one wide eye one blank stare, lookin up lyin there

When I stared in her hair was a candy cane, black room sugarcane, shouting out something strange

lalalalalaLaaalaalaaa

Well 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

Icky thump handcuffed to a bunk robbed blind looked around and there was nobody else

Left alone I hit myself with a stone and went home and learned how to clean up after myself

And today they also announced the North American tour dates:

Burnaby, BC Deer Lake Park (June 24)
Whitehorse, YU Yukon Arts Centre (25)
Yellowknife, NT Shortly Brown Multiplex Arena (26)
Iqaluit, NU Arctic Winter Games Arena (27)
Calgary, AB Pengrowth Saddledome (29)
Saskatoon, SK TCU Place (July 1)
Winnipeg, MB MTS Centre (2)
Thunder Bay, ON Community Auditorium (3)
Toronto, ON Molson Amphitheatre (5)
Montreal, QC Bell Centre (6)
London, ON John Labatt Centre (7)
Ottawa, ON Bluesfest (8)
Moncton, NB Coliseum Arena (10)
Charlottetown, PE Civic Centre (11)
Halifax, NS Cunard Centre (13)
Glace Bay, NS Savoy Theatre (14)
St John’s NF Mile One Centre (16)
Portland, ME Cumberland Civic Centre (22)
Boston, MA Agganis Arena (23)
New York, NY Madison Square Garden (24)
Wallingford, CT Chevrolet Theatre (25)
Wilmington, DE Grand Opera House (27)
Fairfax, VA Patriot Centre (28)
North Myrtle Beach, SC House of Blues (29)
Birmingham, AL Sloss Furnaces (30)
Southaven, MS Snowden Grove Park Amphitheatre (31)

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35 thoughts on “White Stripes Week Continues: Your First Listen of “Icky Thump” and New Tour Dates”

  1. These are the lyrics according to Ben Blackwell:

    IIIIIIIIEEEEEEE
    Icky thump
    Who’da thunk?
    Sittin drunk on a wagon to Mexico?

    Ahh well
    What a chump
    Well my head got a bump
    When I hit it on the radio

    Redhead senorita
    Looking dead
    Came and said
    “Need a bed?”
    En Espanol

    I said
    “Gimme a drink a water,
    I’m gonna ‘sing around the collar’
    And I don’t need a microphone.”

    Icky Thump
    With a lump in my throat
    Grabbed my coat
    And I was freaking
    I was ready to go!

    And I swear
    Besides the hair
    She had: one white eye,
    One black (nk) stare
    Lookin’ up
    Lyin’ there.

    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 prostitue too.

    Icky thump
    Handcuffed to a bunk
    Robbed blind
    Looked around
    And there was nobody else

    Left alone
    I hit myself with a stone
    Went home and learned how
    To clean up after myself.
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  2. That’s my favoritie line in the song:

    “Back to top
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    Jack White can be so profound.

  3. It’s different enough to be interesting, but similar enough to sound like typical, White Stripes, kick-ass fare. If the whole album sounds like this, I think we’re in for a treat. And that line is awesome. Jack going political on us? Did you see the stanza before?

    White Americans, what?
    Nothing better to do?
    Why don’t you kick yourself out
    You’re an immigrant too?

  4. Yikes, this is awful. He’s trying so hard to be ‘heavy’ … when it used to come so easily.

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  6. a tune! Sounds really Hip-Hop in that phase :

    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 prostitue too.

    I can ear a slight Rage Against The Machine style in there too, don’t ya ?

  7. Wow. I have listened to it twice and it is already painfully annoying. I do not get the fascination with this band.

  8. presale starts monday 😀
    so excited.
    ridiculously excited

    and i really did not like the electric bagpipes or whatever that awful thing was throughout the song. its.. icky

  9. Eh sorry how can people not WORSHIP this song already? I know I do! I’ll be “Icky Thumping” all summer long, that’s for certain, and thank God(Jack White) that music is finally good again!

  10. Love the track, it reminds me of The Big Three Killed My Baby, but better and also some De Stijl. It also sounds like Jack’s been listening to space rock, which couldn’t be more amazing

  11. OKay I like it so far but I gotta listen to it to get a better idea I guess and I liked the sintisizer(cant spell)

  12. The White Stripes ROCCCKKKKKK
    Jack and Meg sound great, I wish they would announce some more US dates.

    PLEASE COME TO ARIZONA!!!!!

  13. they’re just not evolving enough. what happened to him singing songs? his voice sounds awful. I do like the fast organ in it. I think the lyrics are stale and unimaginative. Where are the chills I used to get from listening to their songs? I think all good things come to an end eventually, and they’ve made a good run of it.

  14. Maybe they’re changing too much for you. I’m not a huge fan of this track, or of the first singles off any of their last three albums, but the lyrics and vocals are good.

  15. no, I actually think they’re NOT evolving enough mr. anonymous. If you’re going to write a political song, make it good, and write direct lyrics. Jack is being to vague. I also feel that he’s not using his voice enough- literally (maybe he needs to stop smoking cigarettes or drinking whiskey because his voice is…strained. basically not singing at all) and figuratively (come on Jackie, elaborate a little won’t you? Jesus I’m not asking you to write a novel, but a few words chosen without much thinking isn’t very impressive, no) and in that preview clip..with the skeleton dancing…my God, when did his voice get so whiney? again, stop smoking.

  16. Unless he started smoking again, he said he quit smoking when he was working with Loretta Lynn. He said he was embarressed in front of her to not be able to hit the high notes so he quit smoking. Meg smokes. Maybe he is breathing in second hand smoke:)

  17. haha, good story about him quitting, that’s good to know, I’m glad he quit.

    Maybe the damage has been done, because his voice still is real…worn.

  18. wow this song is very Rage Against the Machine like.. coulda swore from the guitar playing.. voice is semi-similar

  19. White Americans, what?
    Nothing better to do?
    Why don’t you kick yourself out
    You’re an immigrant too?

    -I love that stanza!-

  20. White Americans, what?
    Nothing better to do?
    Why don’t you kick yourself out
    You’re an immigrant too?

    -I love that stanza!-

    why? you dont see a difference in legal immigration into this country and Illegal immigration? ‘White Americans’ immigrated into this country through Ellis Island LEGALLY.

  21. how so, anon?
    and you don’t seem to be thinking far back enough

    it would be Plymouth where the White Americans came and decided that these were their lands….

    ever heard of NATIVE Americans? does the word NATIVE mean anything to you?

    so, unless you know your history, stop with this “‘White Americans’ immigrated into this country through Ellis Island LEGALLY” crap

    And i agree with you Josy!

    🙂

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