"The Switch and the Spur" as written by and Brendan Benson John Anthony White....
(One, two)

In the heat of the desert sun,
On the blistering trail
An appaloosa and,
A wanted man sprung from jail

Slow in motion and shadow-less
The switch and the spurs
Every living thing, with a fatal sting
Bark and rattle this curse

The rider hallucinates
The snapping hooves on the sand
Spits a venom dream, recalls a stranger scream
And a broken hand

The saddle spotted with sweat and blood
The poison pumps through his veins
There's no stopping this, and now he's powerless
Still holding the reigns

Any pour souls who trespass against us
Whether it be beast or man
Will suffer the bite or be stung dead on sight
By those who inhabit this land

For there's is the power and this is the kingdom
As sure as the sun does burn
So enter this path, but heed these four words
You shall never return

Any pour souls who trespass against us
Whether it be beast or man
Will suffer the bite or be stung dead on sight
By those who inhabit this land

For there's is the power and this is the kingdom
As sure as the sun does burn
So enter this path, but heed these four words
You shall never return


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"The Switch and the Spur" as written by Jack White Brendan Benson

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    General CommentNote: An appaloosa is a breed of horse.

    Scorpions and snakes roaming the desert...
    attacking anyone who comes.
    JustFetuson March 23, 2008   Link
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    General CommentAndrew Lloyd Weber move over...
    artbeaton March 26, 2008   Link
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    General Comment"Any pour souls who trespass against us
    Whether it be beast or man
    Will suffer the bite or be stung dead on sight
    By those who inhabit this land

    For there's is the power and this is the kingdom
    As sure as the sun does burn
    So enter this path, but heed these four words,
    You shall never return..."

    Lyrical genius.
    theraconteurs123on March 28, 2008   Link
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    General Commentthis song is awesome. dunno if it really means anything but its def. a cool story. especially the ending. gotta love jack white.
    b182chicon March 29, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI think this is just the story of someone escaping from jail in the west thinking he can escape through the desert. His arrogance gets the best of him and he is bitten by a snake and dies. Great song, one of my favorites on the album
    pusummasteron April 02, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI belive that it has two distinct halves in it.

    The first depicts the scene of a desperado freshly escaped from jail. He's managed to ride out into the baking desert, but on his way he was bittne by a snake and is slowly dying from the poison.

    The second half is the permanent ultimatum for the desert itself, warning that it can never be conquered anyone, "whether it be man or beast."

    Perhaps one of my favorites, this is a uniquely well-rounded song.
    SKelly89on May 09, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI dislike these lyrics. It's moving far too much into metal clichés. At least it's about an actual desert and not demons or some stupid shit. But the whole song's a bit self-indulgent.
    hastalavictoriaon May 29, 2008   Link
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    General Commentlawl to JustFetus and artbeat.

    i love this Western tone this song has! i think its like a victory song of the environment against mankind. its like the snakes and scorpions are a gang, and the escapees are on their turf, and the snakes and scorpions are like "aw hell nah, bitch!" and the bite em and the escapees die and its like, "HA!" from the scorpions and snakes.

    lol.
    THe_Atomic_Punkon June 03, 2008   Link
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    General CommentIts pretty obvious.....

    Its about the messiah (current life of Gods son) sprung back to life in this place (the dessert or other realm) to save mankind (Gods ambassador on earth) but strung out on dope and helpless to the procsess.... Or is he?.... If your in this reality do your best not to believe the HyPe!
    Christ on a krutchon August 24, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI like how everyone is pointing out the obvious that the lyrics depict a guy in the desert. But this is The Raconteurs, their lyrics are never that simple. Whatever the true meaning is its still an amazing song.
    Moonlight772on July 30, 2010   Link

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