"Lazaretto" as written by and Jack White....
My veins are blue and connected
And every single bone in my brain is electric
But I dig ditches like the best of 'em
Yo trabajo duro
Como en madera y yeso
Como en madera y yeso

And even God herself has fewer plans than me
But she never helps me out with my scams for free, though
She grabs a stick and then she pokes it at me
When I say nothing, I say everything
Yeah when I say nothing, I say everything

They put me down in a lazaretto
Born rotten, bored rotten
Making models of people I used to know
Out of coffee and cotton
And all of my illegitimate kids have begotten
Thrown down to the wolves, made feral for nothing
Quarantined on the Isle Of Man
And I'm trying to escape any way that I can, oh
Any way that I can, oh

I have no time left
Time is lost
No time at all, throw it in a garbage can
And I shake God's hand
I jump up and let her know when I can
This is how I'm gonna do it

[Guitar Solo]

They wanna blow down the prison
They're lighting fires with the cash of the masses
And like the dough I don't fall down
I'm so Detroit I make it rise from the ashes


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    My InterpretationBasically Lucifer's story, a nuanced interpretation of the universe as a musical instrument - the Lazaretto, reality/song produced from the reincarnation of spirits into bodies and their life and death decisions.

    "My vains are blue" (sad vanity) "connected to every single bone" (sexual conquests) "and my brain is elect-trick" (...)

    "But I dig ditches like the best of them" (fallen)

    [Spanish for "my work is like wood and plaster"]. Working in impermanence, he is the morning star, father of mornings and evenings rather than eternal beholdance.

    The only other thing I'll say is "coffee and cotton" probably means "been" and "picked." He was them or wants to be them.

    Also, it's "caste of the masses," not cash.

    Since I'm not about to violate the chain of command, I guess... heil?
    professorwhyon June 13, 2014   Link
  • +1
    General CommentNot exactly sure what this song is about, but "every single bone in my brain is electric" is a great fuckin' line.
    unbesorgton July 20, 2014   Link
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    General CommentJack describes his creative process, quarantined in his work room.
    sdz896542on February 01, 2016   Link
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    General CommentMy work is like wood and plaster? I wonder if the Lazaretto is the Mexican ghetto in Detroit. Lazarus is of course the guy Jesus raises from the dead, seriously. Id think it was like a folk song about Mexican laborer, except that the address of the Jack white hub is down in the Lazaretto. Ok, Third Man Records is in the Mexican neighborhood in Detroit. Lazaretto is little (male) Lazarus. The Phoenix rises from the ashes in an image of the resurrection. But the true images do have diabolic opposites.

    Amusing that God is called She, and women in this album have become tyrants. What happened to equality? A brief stop on the way to Feminine superiority? O perhaps they must now show that wicked witches are equally tyrants.
    mmcdonaldon June 15, 2017   Link

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