Though I've never met you and we've spoke not a word
I'll never forget you through the stories that I've heard
For you, unknown brother, my baby's mother's in pain
'Cause your soul is in heaven but your memory remains

Unknown, unknown brother
I'll meet you someday
Unknown, unknown brother
We'll walk through fields where children play

Your eyes shined bright when you were a kid
Your sisters loved you and all that you did
Big brother, big brother, don't worry a bit
Your flame has not faded since the day it was lit

Your life was joy, your mama's only boy
And when the skies are blue, big brother, they're blue for you

We'll smile like pictures of you as a boy
Before you retired to heavenly joy

Unknown, unknown brother
I'll meet you someday
Unknown, unknown brother
We'll walk through fields where children play

Lyrics submitted by mellow, edited by smallwonderrobot

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  • +6
    General CommentVocalist/guitarist Dan Auerbach explained this song to The Sun May 14, 2010: "It's about my brother-in-law who died of cancer when he was in high school. I'm not sure there could be another tone when making a song about mourning a young life being taken so soon."
    thegreatbelieveron July 01, 2010   Link
  • +3
    My InterpretationEven though the lyric's meaning has been uncovered, I always like to think that it's not about his brother-in-law's death. I'd rather think that it's about an iconic figure; someone who represented something grand in another era. Someone who made his mark into this world. Someone whose work continues to evoke greatness. Someone whose work continues to speak through time.

    But that's just me.
    brunosartorion April 09, 2013   Link
  • 0
    General CommentGreat song! Sounds like its about the singer's baby's mamas brother who he never met and is now dead. It seems that he was greatly loved by his family. Hes basically just saying I'll get to meet you one day in a better place ... heaven. Pretty simple song. I love the guitar in it.
    gadrobcm16on May 22, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI kind of want to know how his baby-brother-in-law died (nevermind "in-law" if they're not married). He died as a young kid apparently, since they "smile like pictures of [him] as a boy." I kind of figure it was an accidental death, since leukemia or any other long-term disease would leave its mark with the suffering---suffering deserves mention in a song as sad as this. But I guess the point of the song is the author's empathy for his brother-in-law's short-lived life. I'm just pandering for the drama.
    mellowon May 23, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General Commentidk who this song is about specifically, but all i can say is, tbk got soul!!!
    mbernardon June 04, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song reminds me of my older brother who past away a few hours after he was born because of heart failure. Now whenever I hear this song I tear up. But I am still over joyed they wrote a song like this, and its actually quite comforting. I <3(LOVE)the black keys.
    IheartINDIEon June 25, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General Commenttouching song
    edsonunon May 21, 2013   Link

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