Oh I think I smell a rat
I think I smell a rat
all you little kids
seem to think you know
just where it's at
I think I smell a rat
walking down the street
carrying a baseball bat
I think I smell a rat

Oh I think I smell a rat
I think I smell a rat
all you little kids
seem to think you know
just where is at
I think I smell a rat
treating your mother and father
like a welcome mat
I think I smell a rat


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  • +2
    General CommentThe message of this song is simply put, which makes all the more powerful, in my opinion. Tool, I don't know why you think that is what the song is about. The song is talking about adolescents who grow up in medium-to-high-income families that act like delinquents. I know people who are like this, and they're irritating as hell. I always think of this song when I'm around them.
    aphekqson June 30, 2003   Link
  • +2
    General CommentOkay, some people apparently don't realize that the White Stripes are by their nature a minimalist band. The lyrics aren't supposed to be cryptic or earth-shattering, but sometimes they are ("Black Math," "Do," "Dead Leaves and the Dirty Ground," I could go on for longer). Their whole schtick is that they're NOT about ridiculously complex lyrics. The philosophy is the same as with Japanese art--it's all about minimalism. Americans labor over stanzas and stanzas of poetry, whereas one of the most respected forms of Japanese poetry is a 3-line haiku with a very LIMITED rhyme scheme. Don't look at this song expecting "Stairway to Heaven." The length, lyrics, depth, and message are totally different.
    yoshemitzuon October 30, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI enjoyed this song, It reminded me of the movie, Pulp Fiction. It has that Quienten Tarentino vibe to it.
    candycanegrrlon July 03, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General Commenti think i smell some pot
    blind_rockstaron June 09, 2003   Link
  • +1
    General Commentthis band is awesome ,an everyone that is dissin should get a fucking life.
    omgtoast11on March 30, 2010   Link
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    General CommentIt sounds a lot like it could've been inspired by Gene Vincent's "Catch Me a Rat" (also minor key, similar rhythm, and, of course, the very similar title and chorus). This would be a worthy update on the Vincent tune, though, and I guess it's still different enough. Badass song.
    terrycraigon March 12, 2014   Link
  • 0
    General Commentalright, granted the white stripes are not brilliant lyricists. but are these the worst ever, not even close. shit, anyone who listens to classic knows that rock and roll isn't about what's said, but how you say it. there are exceptions, but the white stripes are capturing that old-school flavor when it wasn't supposed to exist anymore. take them for what they are and you'll enjoy them. they've got talent and vision, and they make good music.
    bosco9on May 06, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti agree fully with the bosconator.
    phaty4on June 17, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentbosco, while you make a good point about the old-school, I disagree that the white stripes are not brilliant lyricists. If you read Dead Leaves and the Dirty Ground, some of those lyrics are really clever and touching in some ways.
    propheton September 08, 2002   Link
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    General CommentThese songs is REALLY GREAT and I actually like the lyrics.
    xxbrackishxxon September 08, 2002   Link

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