"These Stones Will Shout" as written by and Brendan Benson John Anthony White....
Well you impress me so completely
I start obsessing to hear from you
Whatever you do, you do sweetly
It takes a lot to not take from you

You're not secure enough to tell me
Your first impression of all these clowns
So you'll be tricky enough to compel me
To take the lead and to speak out loud, yeah

[Chorus]
Speak to me and don't speak softly
Talk to me and let me know
Grab hold of my shoulder and tell me
Grab hold and do not let go

Grab hold and do not let go

And if you find yourself repeating
Some of those incoherent sounds
Just talking to yourself is cheating
You might as well stick your head in the ground, yeah

[Chorus]

Grab hold and do not let go

I feel compelled to just yell out for you
To say the words that you can't bring out
But I cannot do everything for you
And if I don't then these stones will shout
Yeah, if I don't then these stones will shout
Well, if I don't then these stones will shout

So if I were to just lay here silent
And see if you would take control
The stones below me and may be compiling
And they would wrestle me, pester me, mess with me, just trying to free your soul

[Chorus: x2]

Grab hold and do not let go
Grab hold and do not let go
Grab hold and do not let go


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"These Stones Will Shout" as written by Jack White Brendan Benson

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  • +1
    General CommentI keep being reminded of Meg when I hear this song. It's sort of like "Truth Doesn't Make a Noise" in a way.
    hugmecolinon April 03, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI think the first half of the song is pretty obvious. He's really into this new girl and he brings her around his world (possibly Jack's rock and roll world). She's uncomfortable around them and clearly shows it but won't ever say it. (you're not secure enough to tell me, your first impression of all these clowns) very important line.
    He wants her to want him more, but in order for them to grow closer he needs her to speak up and say what she feels instead of being tricky enough to compel him to speak up on her behalf.
    Everyone's brought that sweet nice girl around his friends and she's too nice to say what she feels but she shows that she's not comfortable around them. It's unfortunate, because you really like the girl and you want her to accept you and your friends but you know it's impossible unless she speaks up.
    I love the line that says "just talking to yourself is cheating, you might as well stick your head in the ground." How frustrating is it when someone makes little comments under their breath instead of just speaking up and saying what they feel?

    Favortie song on a great album. Probably better than Broken Boy Soldier
    bobbyblancoon August 10, 2008   Link
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    My InterpretationI'm pretty sure he's singing to someone who's introverted, who might feel they can't talk to anyone, and he's letting them know he's willing to listen.
    RangerFishon January 22, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Commentgod only knows
    guardian8118on March 28, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti think its about a guy whose trippin from that line about clowns and just how he writes
    thisapparatus69on April 02, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI think this song has strong references to that verse in the Bible that says if you don't worship God then the stones will cry out for you.
    holbytlaon April 03, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI'm not really sure but whenever I think about it, I always come back to the thought of it being about a relationship. It's like he really likes her but is sorta waiting 4 her to say something but she won't so he gets confused and frustrated. ? not sure, though.
    Kitty333on April 12, 2008   Link
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    General CommentRolling stone says its an old folk hymn. Haven't been able to find it anywhere else, so I'm not sure how much of the lyrics are adapted, if any at all.
    jryageron April 22, 2008   Link
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    General CommentAbsolutely gorgeous song! Much more emotional depth than most Raconteurs songs. Clearly, its about two people so obviously right for each other who can't seem to get it together, and the frustration that ensues.
    RockinHorseRideron May 18, 2008   Link
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    General CommentDefinitely about a relationship. There is a tone of desperation in lyrics, desperation, passion and insistence. The singer clearly is enamored with whoever he is singing to. But I think that he is unsure about the feelings of the "you" in the song. It's like he wants her, but doesn't want to force it---he wants her to want him. And for some reason there is confusion or perhaps she has an emotional wall built up to protect herself from being hurt, or maybe it's a forbidden love type situation. He wants her to want him, and take the lead.
    The bit about the stones---"below" him, makes me picture him lying on his back trying to hold back these stones. I think the stones represent his unbridled feelings & emotions, and he is trying to keep his composure, keep his own wall and hold them in, but if she doesn't take control soon, he is going to burst and his feelings will take control.
    Definitely a song about walls and wanting someone but wanting them to want you first. Walls and insecurities. An unwillingness to let your emotions get the best of you and dive into something which may hurt you.
    Love the song. Reminds me of my current relationship.
    liplessgirlon June 05, 2008   Link

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