"The Union Forever" as written by Pepe Guizar and Jack ...
It can't be love
For there is no true love
It can't be love
For there is no true love

Sure I'm C.F.K.
But you gotta love me
The cost no man can say
But you gotta love me

Well I'm sorry but I'm not
Interested in gold mines,
Oil wells, shipping or real estate
What would I liked to have been?
Everything you hate

'Cause it can't be love
For there is no true love
It can't be love
For there is no true love

There is a man
A certain man
And for the poor you may be sure
That he'll do all he can
Who is this one?
Whose favorite son?
Just by his action has the traction
Magnets on the run
Who likes to smoke?
Enjoys a joke?
And wouldn't get a bit
Upset if he were really broke?
With wealth and fame
He's still the same
I'll bet you five you're not alive
If you don't know his name

You said the union forever
You said the union forever
You cried the union forever
But that was untrue girl

'Cause it can't be love
For there is no true love
It can't be love
For there is no true love

Lyrics submitted by weezerific:cutlery

"The Union Forever" as written by Jack White Pepe Guizar

Lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Peermusic Publishing

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    General CommentThis song is a tribute to the Orson Welles classic film, "Citizen Kane." Almost every line is taken from the film - including the wonderful little song about Charles Foster Kane (C.F.K.) that is actually sung in the film too. It made me appreciate The White Stripes a little more, being that I'm a filmmaker and to see a movie be inspiration for a song is just blue jeans cool...
    PS - go rent the movie.
    liarsclubon February 05, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General Commentits even better live
    fuk3ron March 05, 2003   Link
  • +1
    General CommentIt's all about Citizen Kane. The part about true love is sung by the band during Kane's party in the Everglades. The bit about oil wells and shipping and being everything you hate is spoken by Kane when he loses his empire. His second wife speaks the lines about "you gotta love me." The "There is a man..." part is taken verbatim from a song about Kane sung in the movie.

    But "shure"? What the hell? There's no 'h' in 'sure.' Also, it's traction MAGNATES, not magnets.
    batkinson November 11, 2004   Link
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    General CommentThis masterful song clearly refers to "Citizen Kane", directed by Orson Welles. As liarsclub said, this song is practically taken from the movie. If anyone who reads this has not seen the movie, go see it. It truly is the greatest movie of all time, and this band might become the greatest of all time.

    The bit about "there's no true love" comes from the picnic scene in the movie, near Xanadu. The song in the middle of the song about Kane comes from Kane's celebratory party for his newly acquired newspaper staff. The union forever refers to the words the young Charles Foster Kane shouts as he plays in the snow with his sled (Rosebud) outside his mother's boarding house. The stuff about the oil and gold refers to the scene where Kane insults his guardian, Thatcher, who simply cannot understand him. Someone else here said it, but the thing about having to love him is said by his second wife, Susan Alexander in the same scene as the "there can't be love".

    It's an amazing movie. This is an amazing band.
    jaedfdf5on February 17, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song is so creepy and real. I haven't seen Citizen Kane. That's my last name, though, does that count for anything?

    Just ignore the Christianity haters. I'm an atheist, but I don't care that someone mentioned Jesus - what solid literary or creative work doesn't have a Christ figure in it? And I don't care that Jack's religious, either; I don't see why people have such a beef with that. His choice. Plus, anyone who chooses Meursault's revolver as a source for a songmeanings name has to be messed up. That book is just fucked up, man.

    rushtapeon December 25, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentLyrics straight from CK, but I also interpret them as being about a failed marriage or relationship.

    The Union Forever = being married forever. The girl promised it, but decided to get a divorce. It was untrue.
    The Drizzleon May 27, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThe lyric is "the traction magnates on the run" not "traction magnets".

    "traction magnets" makes no sense in the context.
    ka_roskoon July 19, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General CommentCitizen Fucking Kane. There is no true love. Except that fucking sled I vaguely remember from my childhood...
    Ultranauton January 08, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General CommentGreat, great music. The White Stripes are just amazing in every single way.
    Why did they have to break up?
    XNeverMindon April 02, 2011   Link
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    General Commenti've never seen citizen cane, so i just took this song as an attack at marriage. "you said the union forever....but that was untrue, girl" referring to matrimony and the whole 'until death do us part' thing. "it can't be love for there is no true love" would just be the perception of someone who had just been divorced unwillingly. The spoken word part "There is a man....I bet you five he's not alive if you don't know his name," seems to be used in a satirical way. In the movie, they say this in reference to Kane, but in the song, Jack seems to imply that there is no person that is as great as the man described, despite all the women who marry a man expecting him to be. "Well I'm sorry but I'm not interested.....real estate," could refer to Jack's life style of being a musician and how even though it may not be the most stable profession, it's still what he loves.

    Of course, this is just how I perceive the song. It may very well be all about Citizen Kane :)
    Boidon February 07, 2012   Link

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