Now lookie here momma, let me explain ya dis
You wanna get crooked I'll even give you my fist
You might read from Revelation, back to Genisis
You keep forgettin' your southern can belongs to me

So there ain't no use in bringin' no jive to me
Your southern can is mine
In the mornin'
Your southern can belongs to me

You might go uptown, have me arrested put in jail
Some hotshots got money gonna pull my bail
Soon as I get out, hit the ground
Your southern can is worth a doller a half a pound

So there aint no use in bringin no jive to me
Your southern can is mine
Talkin' about it
Your southern can belongs to me

You might take it from the south baby, hide it up north
Understand you can't rule me and be my boss
Take from the east, hide it in the west
But when I get you momma your can'll see no rest

So there ain't no use in bringin no jive to me
Your southern can is mine
I'm screamin'
Your southern can belongs to me

Now baby ashes to ashes, sand to sand
When I hit you momma then you'll feel my hand
Give you a punch through that barbed wire fence
When I hit you baby, you know I make no sense

There aint no use in bringin no jive to me
Your southern can is mine
I know it
Your southern can belongs to me

Well then look here woman, don't get hot
I'm gettin' me a brick outta my backyard

There aint no use in bringin no jive to me
Your southern can is mine
I'm talkin' about it
Your southern can belongs to me

Well if I catch you momma down in the heart of town
Gonna grab me a brick and tear your can on down

There aint no use in bringin no jive to me
Your southern can is mine
I know it
Your southern can belongs to me

You may get bed sick cuz baby you're graveyard bound
Gonna make you moan like a graveyard hound
Now baby

There aint no use in bringin no jive to me
Your southern can is mine
I'm screamin'
Your southern can belongs to me


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  • +3
    General CommentThis is one of my favorite songs, first done by Blind Willie McTell in
    1927. At that time, at the height of the segregation system, singing any kind of open protest song would likely mean that you would wind up dead by sundown. If someone dared to protest, it would have to be done in a coded way coded so white people could not understand it. A common form of coding back then was to sing about WOMEN when what they really meant was WHITE PEOPLE.

    People often deride blues as a bunch of songs about bein' mistreated by bad women. That's absolutely, absolutely true. And if McTell is singing about someone's southern can -- (i.e. southern ass) -- belonging to someone else, well, that may very well be social commentary. The references to violence make an awful lot more sense this way.

    Of course, I may be totally wrong. Yet, it's certainly worth re-listening
    to a lot of your old blues records and thinking about what they might be trying to say.
    hisebon November 06, 2004   Link
  • +3
    General CommentIn the early 20th century, black bluesmen often used "woman" and other feminine terms to secretly describe white men. picture a black bluesman singing about killing or beating a white man back then...he'd be strung from a tree before he finished the 2nd verse.

    that said, read these lyrics again and you'll get a better idea of what blind willie was REALLY talking about.
    zerocharismaon April 18, 2007   Link
  • +2
    General CommentJesus you guys are wrong, the song is about the strength of Jacks Pimphand
    HolyDiveron April 25, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentYou all do realize this is a cover of a Blinde Willie McTell song don't you? Not that the White Stripes do a bad job. I love the fact that they love all the great blues artists.
    bigyellowduckieon October 13, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI can't believe nobody put these lyrics in yet! This song is so fun to sing. Had to add them. The White Stripes are definately my favorite band and prove that simple CAN be beautiful. As to the song meaning, I think it means, well.... her southern can is his.
    JerrySizzleron September 04, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI don't understand this song!!! Am I the only one in the world who doesn't have a clue what a southern can is??? I like how it sounds, though. And of course I love the White Stripes and they are my favorite band ever!! That's why I wanted to know what this meant.. Urgh.
    lildrummergrl247on September 04, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentCan is another word for backside.....southern can....And he doesn't mean it in a sexual way...see now?
    JerrySizzleron September 05, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentits a nice song but if ya kinda tilt your head it's about beating up a woman (possibly prostitute?) if she tries to get away from you.

    Or it might be written from the position of the owner of a black slave woman who he assaults. either way its pretty dark.
    muchthanmoreon May 14, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentYes, this is a Blind Willie McTell song, and its misogynistic lyrics are not what Jack really believes in. I think they just covered it because both Jack and Meg have a passion for old folk and blues artists like Blind Willie McTell, and perhaps they were trying to make a statement on how women are treated today.
    velloceton July 05, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentJack is totally about that 'old fashioned' kinda love--call it misogynistic, violent, or whatever.

    I'm just kidding, geez!
    Mad Apeon October 13, 2004   Link

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