"Steady, As She Goes" as written by and Jack White Brendan Benson....
Find yourself a girl and settle down
Live a simple life in a quiet town

Steady as she goes (steady as she goes)
Steady as she goes (steady as she goes)

So steady as she goes

Your friends have shown a kink in the single life
You've had too much to think, now you need a wife

Steady as she goes (steady as she goes)
So steady as she goes (steady as she goes)

Well here we go again
You've found yourself a friend that knows you well
But no matter what you do
You'll always feel as though you tripped and fell

So steady as she goes

When you have completed what you thought you had to do
And your blood's depleted to the point of stable glue

Then you'll get along
Then you'll get along

Steady as she goes (steady as she goes)
So steady as she goes (steady as she goes)

Well here we go again
You've found yourself a friend that knows you well
But no matter what you do
You'll always feel as though you tripped and fell

So steady as she goes
Steady as she goes

Settle for a world (settle for the world), neither up or down (neither up or down)
Sell it to the crowd (sell it to the crowd) that is gathered round (that is gathered round)

Settle for a girl (settle for the girl), neither up or down (neither up or down)
Sell it to the crowd (sell it to the crowd) that is gathered round (that is gathered round)

So steady as she goes (steady as she goes)
Steady as she goes (steady as she goes)

Steady as she goes (steady as she goes)
So steady as she goes (steady as she goes)

Steady as she goes, are you steady now?
Steady as she goes, are you steady now?

Steady as she goes, are you steady now?
Steady as she goes, are you steady now?

Steady as she goes


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"Steady, As She Goes" as written by John Anthony White Brendan Benson

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  • +3
    General CommentWhatever Jack does is amazing...all I have to say
    Zerovermarson March 02, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI agree with those who have talked about this being about giving in to social pressure. It strikes me that the point is that, like in "You Don't Know What Love Is (You Just Do As You're Told)," going steady can't be real love. Not because of long term commitment being incompatible with love (it is indispensible, in fact), but because this is a fundamentally selfish thing that the man has done in the song. He has been drawn to (false) love because he's finally found the limits of single life via his friends (who have presumably settled down themselves). Problem is, he is trying to have all the self-indulgence of single life with all the benefits of going steady. And he has done it all at society's prodding. Thus, he will always "feel as though [he] tripped and fell" because he has desires that cannot be fulfilled, but he makes it his only purpose to fulfill them, even when his very "blood is depleted to the point of stable glue" (great imagery!).

    In the end, the "protagonist" is not such a bad guy: he is just as selfish as anyone else. He has tried to do his agreed upon part in society (which is justice, if anything), but has made the mistake of not examining the hollowness of what society is trying to sell him. He is not, and will not, be happy, but he deceives himself into thinking he is and ends by "send[ing] it to the crowd that's gathered round." That is, he is passing on the same lie that society first told him, and which has by now eaten away at his very life.
    siberiantiger28on September 21, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThis song advises you to settle down, because a single life is flawed, and a married life is necessary.
    It also warns you that you will feel that you've lost something by giving into this. You lose your freedom and your potential.
    To me, 'When you have completed what you thought you had to do' means all your pre-marital feats: study, travelling, career, wild parties... Once you feel you've done enough you can settle down (losing the ability to do these) and once you've been happily married a while you will lose the will to rebel, you will get stuck. This way you will also be at peace.
    Obviously in life it makes a big difference whether or not you find the right person, but in this song I think it takes it as read that the girl that he finds is the best possible one.
    NigellusNTon January 13, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General Commentabout a guy who can't settle down and stick with a girl, and if he tries it doesnt feel right anyways?
    go_pete_goon March 11, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General Commentjust a thought here but...jack white used to date renee zellweger, and they broke up and got back together a few times. then he married a model only a couple of months after he met her (she was in the WS video for Blue Orchid). Now they live in a small town in Tennessee and have a baby (and are having another one). Maybe he's writing literally about his own single/married life, and about what led him to settle down so suddenly.
    jperkinon May 05, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentLove this song. Love playing the drums for it on Guitar Hero 5! I use it as my warm-up because it's so enjoyable. Never heard the song before GH5.
    gusti2on February 06, 2010   Link
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    General CommentI think that this song is way more complex than people are giving it credit for. What if the "steady as she goes" was about the girl herself as well as the relationship? What if, having all of these ideal expectations, he meets this "perfect girl" and tries not to rush it and doesn't want to screw it up, but he's not her 'perfect guy' so it never ends up working out and he never reaches the ultimate goal of marriage. And the "steady as she goes, are you steady now?" is representing that his "perfect girl" got away and he will never be truly happy with anyone else (in the lines you found yourself a friend... and no matter what you do...)
    I think if you look at it this way, there's definitely a deeper meaning that's more specific and a general meaning that relates to everyone (which is the meaning that everyone else is getting). The parallel is actually kind of brilliant.
    tulipsareblueon April 18, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWell I agree with go_pete_go with this one. I really love this song, i first heard it on POP77 mix043. It's the first song on it! And I fell in love.... lolz.
    Sweet_Amityon March 12, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentYeah I agree too
    Zerovermarson March 13, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentYeh i also agree, going to see these guys on Tuesday, can't wait! Great song!
    pegzon March 18, 2006   Link

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