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"You fell down of course/And then you got up of course/And started over./Forgot my name of course/And then you started to remember."

White Blood Cells is the third album by Detroit Alternative Indie duo The White Stripes, released in 2001. Driven by the singles "Fell in Love with a Girl" and "Dead Leaves and the Dirty Ground", the album was their popular breakthrough, taking them from local prominence in the Upper Midwest to international celebrity. It also helped fuel the Turn of the Millennium trend toward back-to-basics "garage punk" rock.

It was listed at #497 in Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.



  1. "Dead Leaves and the Dirty Ground" - 3:04
  2. "Hotel Yorba" - 2:10
  3. "I'm Finding It Harder to Be a Gentleman" - 2:54
  4. "Fell in Love with a Girl" - 1:50
  5. "Expecting" - 2:03
  6. "Little Room" - 0:50
  7. "The Union Forever" - 3:26
  8. "Same Boy You've Always Known" - 3:09
  9. "We're Going to Be Friends" - 2:22
  10. "Offend in Every Way" - 3:06
  11. "I Think I Smell a Rat" - 2:04
  12. "Aluminum" - 2:19
  13. "I Can't Wait" - 3:38
  14. "Now Mary" - 1:47
  15. "I Can Learn" - 3:31
  16. "This Protector" - 2:12



  • Jack White: Lead vocals, guitar, piano, organ
  • Meg White: Drums, percussion, backing vocals

Fell in love with a trope:

  • A Cappella: A section of "The Union Forever" is just vocals and handclaps.
  • Break-Up Song: "I Can't Wait"
    I can't wait till you try to come back girl
    When things they don't work out for you
    Who do you think you're messing with girl
    What do you think you're trying to do?
  • Brickfilm: The video for "Fell In Love With a Girl" is a Michel Gondry-directed stop-motion affair done entirely in LEGO.
  • Face on the Cover: Jack and Meg surrounded by menacing figures in black.
  • Friendship Song: "We're Going to Be Friends" is a song about friendship starting on the first day of school.
  • Hero with Bad Publicity: The last verse of "Same Boy You've Always Known":
    Everyone who's in the know, says
    That's exactly how it goes
    And if there's anything good about me
    I'm the only one who knows.
  • Let's Duet: Jack and Meg sing together at the piano in "This Protector".
  • Miniscule Rocking: "Fell in Love with a Girl" and "Now Mary" are both under two minutes, the former very short for a single. "Little Room" lasts less than one minute.
  • One-Woman Song: "Now Mary"
  • One-Word Title: "Expecting", "Aluminum"
  • Paparazzi: The figures surrounding Jack and Meg on the cover carry cameras and video equipment.
  • Puddle-Covering Chivalry: Raised and just averted in the last verse of "I'm Finding It Harder to Be a Gentleman":
    I never said I wouldn't
    Throw my jacket in the mud for you
    But my father gave it to me so
    Maybe I should carry you
    Then you said
    "You almost dropped me"
    So then I did
    And I got mud on my shoes.
  • Shout-Out: Nearly all the lyrics of "The Union Forever" come from Citizen Kane. As Jack White would later learn, this is the kind of shout-out that can land you in legal hot water.
  • Teens Are Monsters: "I Think I Smell a Rat":
    All you little kids
    Seem to think you know
    Just where it's at
    Oh I think I smell a rat.


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