"Rich Kid Blues" as written by and Terry Reid....
Been having bad times
And I've been paying dues
Got shoes and money
And good friends too

Always play to win
But always seem to lose
That's why I think I got
A rich kid's blues

That's why I think I got a rich kid's blues

And I know what is going on
And I know, but I'll wait til dawn
And I know just exactly what is on your mind
Jumping back, I know if I'm still gonna lose you

But I'm wondering why, girl
Did I ask your name?
And all the people standing by
Oh, they're in my game

Love's just a story
A story without words
Words are almost never seen
And never even heard

I know what is going on
And I know that I'll wait til dawn
And I know just exactly what is on your mind
Jumping back, I know it's all a rut, you want me to prove it to you

Though my good times
Are just paying dues
I've got shoes and money
And good friends too

Though I always play to win
I always seem to lose
That's why I think I got
A rich kid's blues

That's why I think I got a rich kid's blues

I know what's going on
I know what's going on
What's going on
What's going on
What's going on


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"Rich Kid Blues" as written by Terry Reid

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    General CommentWhat another amazing song. Jack's rips at the ending are fantastic, really fits with the lyrics. Props, Jack!
    xwhitestripedon March 30, 2008   Link
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    General Commentohh man.. jack is exquisite in this song.. one of my favorite songs on the album.
    dosedxbyyouon April 22, 2008   Link
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    General CommentIs love just a game to those with everything? (Oh they're in my game) A player that can manipulate women? (I know what's going on .. And I know just exactly what is on your mind.) He thinks he's playing to win true love, but he can't seem to get it? (Always play to win, But always seem to lose)

    Might it be a 'be careful what you wish for' messages?
    jryageron April 22, 2008   Link
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    General CommentJack's vocals in the chorus give me chills every time. Wow.

    leakeg, have you heard this song? annoying?! I assume you meant "...whining about nothing..."? (not sure how you can 'wing' about something)

    Either way you are mistaken. He's not whining, he's admitting/discovering. Listen to the MUSIC! What does it tell you?! This song is triumphant, not woe-is-me. LISTEN to the chorus.

    This is a kind of expression of self awareness through the example of a fling with a girl.

    First thing I noted is that he's juxtaposing SHOES, MONEY, and FRIENDS (the essentials of shelter, food and emotional stability) with both "good times" in one stanza and "bad times" in another. So these 'essentials' are a constant, regardless of success. This establishes a basis from which the song fluctuates.

    (Also, it should be noted that 'money' is implying 'enough money,' not a shitload of money. This is evidenced by its attachment to 'shoes' in the same line)

    In this song Jack is admitting (realizing?) that many of his 'troubles' today are banal by comparison to these 'essentials' that are taken for granted.

    Also, note the way in which he refers to his 'blues':

    "I *THINK* I've got *A RICH KID'S* blues." Like a foreign ailment that he has acquired. And the use of "think" here is what gives me the impression that this is a song of self discovery.

    "A Rich Kid's Blues" seems to be the problem of people wanting you for your money/success and not for who you really are. Or more universally: they are drawn to you for superficial reasons rather than by a truly intimate connection.

    But I'm wondering why, girl
    Did I ask your name?
    And all the people standing by
    Oh, they're in my game

    He's asking himself 'What did I see in you?' The "people" around may be an entourage of the entertainment biz ("they're in my game") and are probably an afterthought ("Oh,.."), not anyone of true importance to him - and certainly not his "good friends." Maybe he attributes his meeting her, in part, to their influence, hence their inclusion in this stanza. But he can't justify (in an honorable sense) letting her 'in' in the first place. He is recognizing that he's guilty of the ephemeral lifestyle that befits celebrity. He's playing (the "game") to win, but always seems to lose (out on true intimacy).

    And I know what is going on
    And I know, but I'll wait til dawn

    He knows her real agenda, but screw it, he's gonna do her anyway and give her the boot in the morning. Note the crescendo at this chorus. He's declaring above all that he recognizes the situation and is in CONTROL of it. He's not forsaking the lifestyle, he's just keeping perspective on it.



    I think this song is partially about the very disgust you are misinterpreting from it leakeg. I think Jack share's your disgust, but in this case it's a self disgust.
    jamasmon July 03, 2008   Link
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    General Commenti hope all you guys know that this song is a Marianne Faithful cover...so it's not Jack's song. just an fyi.
    ilovepelicans1on August 04, 2008   Link
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    General CommentIt's a song written and sang originally by Terry Reid 1969...FYI....also covered by Marianne Faithful and now The Raconteurs. Its about being rich...you got the money in the world... you got friends...but...you cant buy... LOVE!
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    djderickon August 04, 2008   Link
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    General CommentTerry Reid has one of the greatest voices of all-time. It would have been a mistake for Jack and Brendan to try and emulate Terry. I think they do a great job.

    I do not however think that the song works on the album. It could have made an awesome B-side for die-hard fans. Instead i think it stops the momentum of a marvelous record.

    pmo1983on January 01, 2010   Link
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    General Commentdjderick is right.
    this is a terry reid song--great musician. too bad it seems like nobody knows about him anymore.

    anyhow, this is a fantastic and respectful cover of the song; makes me love jack white and the rest of the raconteurs even more.
    abra18on September 17, 2009   Link
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    General CommentI think someone is rich in monetary terms, but they still have something missing from their lives.
    VortexOfLanguageon November 08, 2010   Link
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    General Commentwhat a damned annoying song! its enough to ruin the whole album for me.
    sounds like a couple of massively rich guys winging about nothing... ugh so annoying.
    leakegon June 09, 2008   Link

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