"White Knuckles" as written by and Damian Kulash....
You'll never get that taste, out of your mouth
You'll never the paw prints, out of the hen house now
And you can't go back, same way you came
Round all the pieces up, but they just don't fit the same

White knuckles
Maybe it's not so bad
So let your hair down now

White knuckles
Yeah maybe its not so bad
Aww go ahead and let it down

So come and let it all out, let it bleed
Did you get what you want? did you get what you need?
Behind the lines, behind the walls
Tell me whats the bet you made, was it that bad after all?

White knuckles
Yeah maybe its not so bad
So let your hair down now

White knuckles
Aww maybe its not so bad
Just let it all come down now

So just have fun, its far enough
Everybody needs to sleep at night, everybody needs a crutch
But couldn't good, be good enough?
'Cause nothin' ever doesn't change but nothin' changes much

Yeah, maybe its not so bad
So let your hair down now
White knuckles

Aww maybe its not so bad
Just let it all come down now

Yeah maybe its not so bad
Just let your hair come down now

Oh maybe its not so bad
Just let it all come down


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"White Knuckles" as written by Damian Kulash

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  • +5
    Song MeaningWhen I saw them at bonnaroo, they mentioned about their anger/ new hopes now that they broke away from their record company and their journey towards making this new album. The whole album itself signifies everything about that statement, about how poorly treated and badly controlled they were by their old record company.

    'White Knuckles' is just signified as clenched fists and the color of your knuckles from it. Clenched fists of course because of anger and frustration. You can see this frustration in many songs about how things can change and it's never the end of the world.

    The beginning lyrics are actually very intelligent, that no matter what you try to do, once something is done, it's been done and you can't change it. It will always be in people's memories, or a stain of it seen in random places no matter how much you try to back track and redo an action.

    The rest of the song still has the same feelings. One of my favorite lyrics out of any song is 'Nothing ever doesn't change, but nothing changes much'. It flows smoothly off the tongue, and it has a lot of meaning to it. Original statement of finally leaving their record company, things changed for them, but they are still doing music and have done an amazing job at it, just with more freedom.

    This song is well applied in daily life since all of us have these frustrations, but the message here is that it isn't as bad as you think. Just loosen up and 'let it all come down'. It's going to be okay. 'Everybody needs to sleep at night, everybody needs a crutch'. We are all very similar and usually experience the same bad things as everyone else does. So no one experience is usually too unique. Other's have gotten through it, so you can too.
    FnXGhoston August 23, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General Comment"Cause nothing doesn't ever change"

    is supposed to be:

    "Cause nothing ever doesn't change"

    I know it's a small word flip, but it makes a big difference. ;-) (And paired with the next line, they are my favorite of the song)

    BlueJeanBaby05on April 21, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentShouldn't this be called "White Knuckles" and not "This Too Shall Pass"?
    Christa426on January 12, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think instead of "Everybody needs to sleep at night, everybody needs a crush" it should be "everybody needs a CRUTCH" but I could be wrong. I believe OK Go played this song live when I saw them about a year ago, if I remember correctly. They played about 5 never-before-heard songs at that show and I think I'm realizing some of them are on the new album. They're such a great live band. Great song, fantastic album.
    better1thank2your3lucky4starson January 12, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe line should be "Tell me, was the bed you made really that bad after all?"

    This song is my favorite on the new album. So funky. I LOVE it.
    Christa426on January 27, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentGET DOWWWWWWWWWWWWWNN.
    thrwmyhrtawy.on March 23, 2010   Link
  • 0
    My Interpretation"white knuckle it" is a phrase of having difficulty in going through the motions.

    i guess the song is about someone having to deal with the difficult after-effects of something bad that they've done.
    ariesstyleon August 01, 2010   Link

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