I had my dream, I held your hand on that broad avenue
We crossed the road and never spoke to another as we flew
We left your man alone in drag laughing there at us
A romantic bust, a blunder turned, explosive blunderbuss

An ancient grand hotel of Persian thread and ivory
And when your man would turn his head I'd see you look at me
Pools of brown and sea of red and demons in your pocket
That same romance performed a dance inside a silver locket

Da da da da
Da da da da

A corner exit not tall enough to walk out standing straight
Designed by men so ladies would have to lean back in their gait
You grabbed my arm and left with me but you were not allowed to
You took me to a public place to quietly blend into
Such a trick pretending not to be doing what you want to
But it seems like everybody does this every waking moment

I laid you down and touched you like the two of us both neeeded
Safe to say that others might not approve of this and pleaded
"So selfish them" would be their cry and who'd be brave to argue?
Doing what to people need is never on the menu

Da da da da
Da da da da


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  • +7
    Lyric CorrectionIt goes like this:

    I had my dream, I held your hand on that broad avenue
    We crossed the road and never spoke to another as we flew
    We left your man alone in drag laughing there at us
    A romantic bust, a blunder turned, explosive blunderbuss

    An ancient grand hotel of Persian thread and ivory
    And when your man would turn his head I'd see you look at me
    Pools of brown and sea of red and demons in your pocket
    That same romance performed a dance inside a silver locket

    Da da da da
    Da da da da

    A corner exit not tall enough to walk out standing straight
    Designed by men so ladies would have to lean back in their gait
    You grabbed my arm and left with me but you were not allowed to
    You took me to a public place to quietly blend into
    Such a trick pretending not to be doing what you want to
    But it seems like everybody does this every waking moment

    I laid you down and touched you like the two of us both neeeded
    Safe to say that others might not approve of this and pleaded
    "So selfish them" would be their cry and who'd be brave to argue?
    Doing what to people need is never on the menu

    Da da da da
    Da da da da
    VortexOfLanguageon April 26, 2012   Link
  • +1
    General CommentBeautiful Beautiful ... brings tears hear your life experiences ..
    Hum522on April 25, 2012   Link
  • 0
    My InterpretationI think it's about two people who are having an affair that's turning into real love, and everybody knows and obviously see it as immoral. He's asking why it has to be such a bad thing- why is it a crime to feed their need for each other?
    VortexOfLanguageon April 26, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think this song is about the White Stripes splitting up.
    Max002on June 03, 2013   Link
  • 0
    My InterpretationI feel like this song is set in a particular place, like when he wrote it he had a particular city in mind: a broad avenue, a grand hotel with Persian rugs and ivory, red and brown colors, a door that's too short to walk through without leaning over, a big market outside (where they can be alone in the crowd), a place where public displays of affection are frowned upon. It could be Tangier? Istanbul?
    seanbradyon July 15, 2014   Link
  • -1
    Lyric CorrectionClose but in headphones sounds more like:

    "I had my dream, I held your hand on that broad avenue
    We crossed the road and never spoke to another as we flew
    We left your man alone and drank, laughing there at us,
    A romantic bust, a blunder turned explosive blunderbuss

    An ancient grand hotel of Persian thread and ivory
    And when your man would turn his head I'd see you look at me
    Pools of brown and sea of red and demons in your pocket
    That sang romance, performed a dance inside a silver locket

    Da, da, da, da
    Da, da, da, da

    Corner exit, not tall enough to walk out standing straight
    Designed by men so ladies would have to lean back in their gate
    You grabbed my arm and left with me but you were not allowed to
    You took me to a public place to quietly blend into
    Such a trick pretending not to be doin' what you want to
    But seems like everybody does this every waking moment

    I laid you down and touched you like the two of us both needed
    Safe to say that others might not approve of this and pleaded
    "So selfish!" then would be their cry and who'd be brave to argue
    Doin' what two people need is never on the menu

    Da, da, da, da
    Da, da, da, da"

    This song is gorgeous <3
    StopRememberingon April 17, 2012   Link

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