Meg White: Round John Virgin
Jack White: Yeah, you’re right. It’s Round John Virgin. I was wrong.
Commentator Mort Crim: Ponder what’s there.
Jack White: Ponder what’s there. 1, 2, 3

Though I hear you calling, I will not answer
Though I hear you calling, I will not answer

And the sun may shine right through your tooth, dear
And the wind may blow right through my ear

Though I hear you calling, I will not answer
Oh, I hear you calling, no I will not answer

I broke your code
And I broke your code

Come on hit me…Yeah, yeah (6X)
…I will not answer, yeah
Though I hear you calling, no I will not answer

The sun may shine out to your mouth, dear
And the wind may blow right through my ear

Though I hear you calling, oh, I will not answer
Though I hear you calling, but I will not answer

Calling… and I broke your code
I will not answer (7X)

Though I hear you calling, I will not answer (echoing)
Though I hear you calling, but I will not answer (echoing)
And I will not answer and I broke your code
Uhmmm… Broke your code
Yeah… uhmmm
Though I hear you calling... And the sun is shining
I will not answer ...Right through your tooth, dear

Female announcer: …the way we plan it, it’s an extra because it’s extra convenient.
For just three dollars…



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    General CommentIt wasn't Round John Virgin. The part at the beginning is from when they did Silent Night, and he's guiding Meg, he says "ron yon virgin" and she said "round yon virgin"
    VortexOfLanguageon November 12, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General Commentwtf is this
    kamijamieon January 17, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is on the Blue Orchid CD1 single.
    artbeaton January 19, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentSomeone did a dream sequence on youtube to this song... If you want to hear it:
    youtube.com/…

    Round John Virgin is term used for commonly misheard lyrics: Examples: "There's a bathroom on the right" instead of "There's a bad moon on the rise" (CCR); or it's namesake "Round John Virgin" instead of "Round yon virgin" in Silent Night. Maybe, in this song, the lyrics are "and I broke your chord" instead of what I heard: "and I broke your code".

    Since the voice in the song believes he has figured out what the caller is all about (And I broke your code), there is nothing in the world that will make him react to the calling:
    The sun may shine right through your tooth, dear
    And the wind may blow right through my ear.
    The sun shining right through the caller's tooth reminds me of the saying, "He's lying through his teeth." The constant repetition of the lines adds to the voice's fixed stance. The sales pitch at the end threads together a theme: "I'm not buying what you're selling."

    However...
    Perhaps the purpose of the "Round John Virgin" discussion in the beginning of the song may speak to the disconnect between speaker and listener. Sometimes what you trying to convey is not what the other person perceives. This undermines the voice's conviction that he has the caller all figured out.
    artbeaton February 08, 2007   Link
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    General Commentwell, that first part between jack and meg is from the singing of silent night if anyone was wondering. jack keeps telling meg to sing 'ron yon virgin', then meg finally corrects him.
    awhitestripeon June 11, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThe start of it is actually the end of the recording of Meg singing Silent Night on the Merry Christmas from the White Stripes record. It is "round yon virgin". Jack told her the wrong lyrics which is why she says that at the end.
    VortexOfLanguageon June 23, 2012   Link
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    General CommentThe start of it is actually the end of the recording of Meg singing Silent Night on the Merry Christmas from the White Stripes record. It is "round yon virgin". Jack told her the wrong lyrics which is why she says that at the end.
    VortexOfLanguageon June 23, 2012   Link

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