It's been a cruel summer
The sun has been hit by the storms
My darling was bewitched by another
Her black magic tricks stole his heart

I saw her screaming as she twirled her hair
So long and black like the storms
She caught my darling's eye and as quickly as the lightning
I muttered a lonesome goodbye

It's been a cruel summer
The kind that makes grown men turn pale
My darling was bewitched by another
I could not compete with black head

I saw her standing as she twirled her hair
So long and black like the storms
She caught my darling's eye and as quickly as the lightning
I muttered a lonesome goodbye

She caught my darling's eye and as quickly as the lightning
I muttered a lonesome goodbye


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    General CommentI know this was about the storms in Nashville but omg I just realised... is this song talking about Jack and Alison???? Like maybe Jack and Alison have a thing?? :(
    I couldn't think who else 'my darling' could be, and the long black hair thing..
    I suppose it could just be that he's off to tour or something with her but I have a nasty feeling about this? Maybe part of it is just fiction. One can only hope.
    VortexOfLanguageon June 13, 2010   Link
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    General CommentThis is how rumors start. People who love drama and celebrities too much read into things that are just art. Karen has stated that her music has nothing to do with her personal life.
    triptriptoadreamon July 31, 2010   Link
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    General CommentNo this is pretty obviously about Alison.
    satshabadon September 09, 2010   Link
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    General CommentIt was just an interpretation, I think anyone with half a brain cell can see I didn't mean that was definitely what it's about, it was just a thought. I'm not trying to start any rumours. Who knows how a relationship works from the inside unless they're in it? I didn't necessarily mean involvement in a romantic way. And it may not be personal. If it was, Karen wouldn't say so publically. She has 2 kids, I'm sure she wouldn't someday want them to find out that she wrote this song about their dad's possible involvement with another woman. Geez.
    VortexOfLanguageon November 07, 2010   Link
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    General CommentIt's a song about a past love that was smitten by another girl. Just because she is currently married to Jack White does not make it about him. Many people write songs about past loves.

    On another note, it is fun when people like VortexOfLanguage add to the mythos of songs though.
    B2Dirtyon March 01, 2011   Link
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    General CommentWell, with their divorce, it certainly seems possible that it's about Jack
    Lanzeeeon June 11, 2011   Link

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