"Treat Me Like Your Mother" as written by and Jack Lawrence Dean Fertita....
Don't act like you can't act
I always think you do it
You better learn to shake hands
Treat me like your mother

Don't act like you can't act
Stand up like a man
You better learn to shake hands
And treat me like your mother

You came up, too late
You came up, too late now
You came up, too late
To do a thing

Come on look me in the eye
You wanna try to tell a lie
I'll bet you can't and you know why?
I'm just like your mother

Look me in the eye now
You wanna try to tell a lie
You can't and you know why?
I'm just like your mother

You came up, too late
You came up, too late now
You came up, too late
Play dumb, play dead, play straight

Who's got it figured out?
(Play dumb, play dead, play straight)
Who's got it figured out? play straight
Time to manipulate

M-a-n-i-p-u-late
M-a-n-i-p-u-late
M-a-n-i-p-u-late
M-a-n-i-p-u-late
Am I too,
Am I late
Am I too
Am I late
Am I, am I, am I, am I,
Am I too
Late

Who's got it figured out
Left right, left right got it figured out
Who's got it figured out play straight

Stand up like a man
You better learn to shake hands
Look me in the eye now
And treat me like your mother

Come on, look me in the eye
You wanna try to tell a lie?
You can't and you know why?
I'm just like your mother

Play dumb, play dead
Tryin' to manipulate

You blink when you breathe and you breathe when you lie
You blink when you lie
You blink when you breathe and you breathe when you lie
You blink when you lie
You blink when you breathe and you breathe when you lie
You blink when you lie

Who's got it figured out
Left right, left right got it figured out
Who's got it figured out, play straight
Tryin' to manipulate
Who's got it figured out
(Left, left right) left right left right
Who's got it figured out, play straight
Tryin' to manipulate

You blink when you breathe and you breathe when you lie
You blink when you lie
Who's got it figured out, play straight


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"Treat Me Like Your Mother" as written by Jack Lawrence Dean Fertita

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  • +2
    General CommentUmmm.... lol... it's "I'm just like your mother" not "I'm dressed like your mother." Takes the ewwwww factor down a notch, doesn't it?
    pillowpallon July 21, 2009   Link
  • +2
    General CommentThis is just a song about a couple at loggerheads. She wants him to stand up and be a man and treat her with respect, and he wants her to stop being a lying manipulative bitch. I know how he feels!

    The blink when you breathe and you breathe when you lie bit is basically saying she lies all the time (we breathe all the time). It's just another way of saying the joke, "I know when you're lying, your lips move!"

    Check out my spoof of the video... youtube.com/…
    crazyjeyesyon May 08, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General CommentIt's probably significant that blinking and breathing are your two bodily functions that you can control consciously or unconsciously.
    pron November 06, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI like how a this and "hang you from the heavens" both just sound like songs of hate and contempt between Jack White and Alison Mosshart. Both of these songs straight up frighten me.

    Specifically it sounds like a girl that learned how to manipulate the guy: dress like, act like, and make reference to his mother. He can't lie or disrespect his mother, so when the girl acts like his mother, she can pretty much get him to do whatever she wants.

    However, the guy has the girl figured out too. "you blink when you breath and you breath when you lie. You blink when you lie." So basically its just this standoff of two people who may or not be in a relationship that both know just how to manipulate the other. And neither of them are backing down.

    Thats a pretty messed up concept.
    LizardKingJM71on June 20, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Commentlol Awesome. Manipulation.
    Kitty333on June 08, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWell I say that because it seems like it's about how the girl figured the guy out and how he deserved to be confronted.
    Kitty333on June 08, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis song is fucking awesome
    the band is jack white - the white stripes and allisson mosshart - the kills , a guy from the rancouters and and a guy from queen of the stone age!
    zzoeEon August 03, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthedeadweather.com/treatmelikeyourmother/
    Does this help anything?
    someguy234on August 03, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIts about a relationship

    The gal wants respect

    the guy wants her to stop bitching
    pmo1983on January 01, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti think this song is about Jacks ability to spot a lie. Jack is a cancer, cancers are the mothers of the zodiac, we can spot a lie a mile away and we get to know the people we love inside out, as a mother knows her children. can anyone here genuinely look their own mother in the eye, lie, and get away with it? no way! it's because your mother knows you, and you know she knows you, and when you lie to her you know you're lying and you know she knows you're lying and you know she knows you know etc. lol. i think its about how Jack is a good person and help the person (or people) you love to the death, as a mother would, but he can tell when someone's trying to pull the wool over his eyes. it's a hard concept to explain. Allison singing it takes on the role of the mother like lover, and jacks part takes on the dark side of that, how it might feel to be known so well, or have it assumed that you're known so well.

    i <3 jack.
    th3unionfor3veron October 12, 2009   Link

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