[why don't you open me up]
candy cane girl
don't you know your name girl
[yeah]
twelve people gonna ask you just the same girl
what a world
christmas once a year girl
that's three hundred and sixty four tears girl
so when christmas finally comes
and nobody's got a gun
and you think it might be fun
to hang around
think again girl
[why don't you open me up, huh?]
candy cane boy
don't you know your name boy
nine people gonna tell you just the same boy
you're a lone son?
in the middle of a million
and nobody knows how to talk to children
oh, when christmas finally comes
and nobody's got a gun
and you think it might be fun
to get a new toy
think again boy
[oh]
oh when christmas finally comes
and noone's got a gun
and you think it might be fun
to make a stand
think again man


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    General CommentOh, the White Stripes.... good music. umm.... There modo .:if I spelt that right:. is candy canes, or peppermints, so I guess this would be more connected to there modo...
    somewhat_insane369on March 16, 2005   Link
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    General CommentJack has told that "Candy cane children" is a reference to the band fans and this song was like a kind of tribute to us(stripes fans) as a little extra the single contains a kick ass song called the singing of the silent night
    Zerovermarson December 19, 2005   Link
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    General Commentim a candy cane child!
    lol
    and its spelled motto
    and u didnt use it correcty in a sentence
    sry
    kind of a grammar freak
    neverheardofhimon March 25, 2006   Link
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    General CommentDid anyone else notice (in the lyrics above, anyway) that with the boy it's "tell you" but there's a question mark, whilst with the girl it's "ask you", but there isn't a question mark?
    Smackhead Pedoon May 17, 2006   Link
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    General Commentthe only part i understand is the first part of the verse when he says the stuff about the boy
    and i dont really understand that either

    --candy cane boy
    don't you know your name boy
    nine people gonna tell you just the same boy
    you're a lone son?
    in the middle of a million
    and nobody knows how to talk to children--

    jack is saying that the white stripes arent popular
    and then i guess the children part is their style of playing, as jack describes it
    how minimalistic and childish megs drumming is, it seems like shes a 4 year old little girl playing drums
    thats what i got out of it...
    neverheardofhimon October 08, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI know "Candy Cane Children" is how they refer to their fans but I always thought the lyrics referred to suicide. If you take into account all of the studies, etc. about how most suicides occur during that time of the year (though it's been disproven since, I believe) and listen to the lyrics:

    "christmas once a year girl
    that's three hundred and sixty four tears girl
    so when christmas finally comes

    and nobody's got a gun
    mastershake9688on April 07, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI always thought that what it was actually about was gun crime amongst young people, and how important socialisation is in leading to it or deterring it. Like, when it says "don't you know your name girl/boy", thats a very clichéd thing for adults to say to young children, the kind of thing you get at family parties (i.e christmas) when you're young and you hate it, thus, 'nobody knows how to talk to children'. If you take the "dont you know your name" line as representative of 'negative' socialisation/upbringing (which could be anything from not teaching your children right from wrong properly to not paying them enough attention), then this can be seen to lead to antisocial/criminal behaviour, and obviously included in that is gun crime. And you do hear alot about young, bored children finding their parents guns (obv in America, right to bear arms and all that) and accidentally using them, or using them without fully understanding the consequences. I am rambling quite alot here but hopefully you catch my drift!
    Nomdeplumeon September 28, 2008   Link
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    General CommentIt's about White Stripes fans.

    People always question WS fans about their musical taste (12 people gonna ask you just the same girl)
    I think the 'nobody knows how to talk to children' part is about how nobody understands the need to be childlike and innocent, and that they're always searching hard for something that isn't there, especially in the White Stripes' music, they're looking for a deeper meaning that doesn't exist, because it just is what it is.
    VortexOfLanguageon June 07, 2009   Link
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    General CommentJack and Meg White did not write this song..
    It was originally by the Laughing Hyenas, a really obscure band from Chicago, in the 70's or 80's. Think screamo-punk-ish.
    Btw, this site doesnt have the laughing hyenas, their version of the song is called Candy [*] and in my opinion is way better. Just google it and you'll find out.
    So, if the white stripes are claiming they wrote it, they're lying.
    hanainbeijingon July 14, 2009   Link
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    General Commenti always assumed that Jack wrote it. There is little info on the web. i couldn't find the original but found an article from SFweekly. Anyway it's a great tune and i'm sure all candy cane children are appreciative of Jack covering the tune.
    pmo1983on January 01, 2010   Link

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