passive manipulation

i love this little white stripes ditty. it’s sung by meg, written by jack and the words are:

Women, listen to your mothers
don’t just succumb to the wishes of your brothers
take a step back, take a look at one another
you need to know the difference, between a father and a lover


Women, listen to your mothers
don’t just succumb to the wishes of your brothers
take a step back, take a look at one another
you need to know the difference, between a father and a lover

Women, listen to your mothers
don’t just succumb to the wishes of your brothers
take a step back, take a look at one another
you need to know the difference

i found a site where people surmise song meanings. i agree with both of these comments. right on:

all you people rippin on megs voice suck. who cares if its “out of tune”. one of the things that make the stripes a great band is their simplicity and imperfection. if meg sounded like Mariah Carey then they wouldnt be the stripes. anyways… about the meaning, i used to think that the part “you need to know the difference between a father and a lover” was refering to girls that have a father who is a dickhead but they love hime and he is what their idea of a father should be, so they find “a lover” thats exactly like their “father”, if that makes any sense. but if that were the case then the rest of the song wouldnt really make sense. so now i think i agree with Tommyjazz. I cant believe i hadnt thought of that

here’s what Tommyjazz said:

it’s like telling women to remember that they’re women in a male dominated world i think. the ‘difference between a father and a lover’ could be telling a woman that not all men are as sincere and generally frightening as her father. at first i thought it said ‘a father and a mother’ and i was like ‘..work it out?’, but no it is clever. and i think meg’s voice is gorgeous in this song 🙂 a pretty voice to match a pretty face.

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