"Broken Boy Soldier" as written by and Jack White Brendan Benson....
I'm pulling my questions from my shelf
I'm asking forgiveness
I'm asking about it by myself
And I want you to know this
And I want you to know this

You're rifling through a bunch of toys
That were handed down to me
Just take all the ones you want and then
Give the rest to my family

I'm going back to school today
But I'm dropping myself off
I'm throwing the childhood scenes away
I'm through ripping myself off
I'm done ripping myself off

Well I'm child and man and child again
The toy broken boy soldier

I'm child and man and child again
The boy never gets older
The boy never gets older
The boy never gets older
The boy never gets older
The boy never gets older
Never gets older

The boy broken toy soldier
The boy
The boy...

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"Broken Boy Soldier" as written by Jack White Brendan Benson


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    General CommentI don't know about any of you guys, but it seems as if our dear Jack seems to have a bit of a fixation with not growing up (not unlike that Michael guy)... illustrated well in this song this Stripes song I love, "the Air Near My Fingers":

    Don't you remember?
    You told me in December
    That a boy is not a man
    Until he makes a stand
    Will, I'm not a genius
    But maybe you'll remember this
    I never said I wanted to be a man

    See? See? I love that song.

    My take on the Racs song is that it's a guy--or a person--who is contemplating their struggle with growing up and letting go of the past,

    I'm asking about it by myself...
    I'm through ripping myself off...
    I'm done ripping myself off...

    Then there is the issue with debating whether or not to stay the same or become a man (...Jack?)

    I'm child and man and child again...
    The toy broken boy soldier...
    The boy never gets older...

    And maybe finally making a decision to get over one's self and try again,

    I'm going back to school today...
    But I'm dropping myself off...

    Anyway, apparently I talk too much...I should go now.

    Twigs&Leaveson June 04, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General Commentimpetuosouls post i feel is a very good interpretation.

    jack white tells us how boys grow up and start thinking they will be a man someday. your soul is the same your whole life. the only thing that changes is your brain and it tries to tell you how to be a man.

    but you're just 'the same boy you've always known.'
    wilson18on January 03, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAmazing, a really amazing song. I... cant... stop... listening it!
    geleiaon April 09, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentjack white seems to be exorcising his demons, from the beginning of his career/his rise to fame, etc.

    "i'm done ripping myself off"

    a reaction, perhaps, to the criticism he's faced from alienated fans and those who have claimed he's "sold out".

    "the boy never gets older"
    a theme similar to the stripes' "same boy you've always known".
    HELICOPTERSon May 28, 2006   Link
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    General Comment"whatever you say, freakoid. actually I like it too. do you think the raconteurs are even close to being as good as the white stripes? I think jack needs TOTAL control. brendan benson needs to be ditched."

    No way, then it would be the stripes. Brendan benson is probably more important here then jack white is too. They made the band together cuz they didnt want total control they both had that already they wanted to split up ideas and try new stuff.

    Good Song, very Zeppelin like, he reminds me of robert plant in this song.
    dieloonyon June 02, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think this song is about growing up and fighting your way through life.
    SallyBowleson June 19, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song roolz, reminds me a lot of white stripes except the slightly different drumming style
    jilgiljongiljingon June 26, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentmy opinion is the same as twigs&leaves
    its in same boy youve always known too!
    yea jack has some sort of fixation on it
    but he sees children as innocence...and this song is about losing that innocence
    neverheardofhimon August 01, 2006   Link
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    General Commentmaybe he realizes that as we exist in time's illusion, we are tricked into believing we "grow up". we reach certain ages and think we know things we really don't.

    "Children wake up,
    hold your mistake up,
    before they turn the summer into dust.

    If the children don't grow up,
    our bodies get bigger but our hearts get torn up.
    We're just a million little god's causin rain storms turnin' every good thing to rust."- Arcade Fire, "Wake Up"

    maybe he's not fixated on it as much as he's trying to tell us something. By going back to school, he's re-educating himself outside the government mandated education we're all stuck with. a revolution for the mind.

    Wake up.
    The boy never gets older
    impetuosoulon August 04, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentgreat song but what instrument are they playing or effect at the begining of the track? never heard it before
    deadbolt1986on October 06, 2006   Link

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