hey little apple blossom
what seems to be the problem
all the ones you tell your troubles to
they don't really care for you

come and tell me what you're thinking
cause just when the boat is sinking
a little light is blinking
and i will come and rescue you

lots of girls walk around in tears
but that's not for you
you've been looking all around for years
for someone to tell your troubles to

come and sit with me and talk awhile
let me see your pretty little smile
put your troubles in a little pile
and i will sort them out for you
i'll fall in love with you
i think i'll marry you

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    General CommentAm I the only one who gets the manipulative tones of this song? It's so obviously about him trying to bag a virgin. "They don't really care for you"- he's turning her against them. "I think I'll marry you" makes quite clear his abuse of power. He's not mocking girls who cry, he's just trying to stop this one from crying 'cause she looks better happy and 'cause if he cheers her up she'll be back for more. Fairplay to him though, it works quite well on a lot of girls, and now he's admitting a (slightly) darker side.
    Smackhead Pedoon May 12, 2006   Link
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    General CommentYeah, I agree w/ mockingsmile [and the one before] that the tone of this song is condescending. However, this has to be put into historical perspective. The White Stripes are VERY retro. They don't just sound old, they actually create situations and characters from the past.

    The attitude towards women until probably the 70s was very condescending, and the female ideal was what we would today consider diminutive and childlike. Look at shows like "I Love Lucy" from the 50s... In this show a forty year old woman acts like a little girl to get the attention of her husband, who has to look after her. Sixty years before was the Victorian era, where the feminine ideal was delicate, floral [if I can say that], and in need of male protection.

    So, it seems creepy to us now that he sounds like he's talking about a "little" girl, who is delicate like an apple blossom, and who needs rescuing by him and his marrying her. More importantly perhaps, it seems creepy to us today that he is attracted almost exclusively to her need for him, with nothing to do with personality or anything aside from her lack of independence. You get a good sense of this by the way he keeps calling her little, her troubles are little and they go into a little pile, so he can fix them for her ('cause he's a man and that's easy for him)... He doesn't take her seriously, doesn't see her as an equal but rather soothes her "little" troubles like one would a baby. But fifty to a hundred years ago this frailty and need of a man was widely viewed as an appealing female trait.

    This song has taken an old ideal and an older version of the male/female dynamic and presented it to a modern audience. It seems, based on the tone of the song, that he somewhat acknowledges the sinister association this situation would have nowadays with pedophilia and exploitative relationships. However, the singer's voice and tone generally stays true to character. This isn't really a commentary on the past, it seems, but simply a represenation of it. If we were in the past, of course, this would simply be a sweet love song... so it also makes sense to look at it that way if you imagine yourself in that world. So this could be nostalgia, or commentary, or more likely a subtle combination of both.
    orangefriendon April 23, 2007   Link
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    General Commentthis is such a great song, by such a great band...
    necessityon March 09, 2002   Link
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    General CommentI love how simple these lyrics are - they're so accessible, and they make me feel safe, if you see what I mean! Some songs go so overboard with the lyrics they lose their meaning, but this song is beautifully void of complication. And I like the idea of the guy not liking the girls who run around crying to everyone, just because that's a pet hate of mine! ;)
    The White Stripes seem to have a "thing" about marriage, don't they? What with Hotel Yorba's "Let's get married in a big cathedral by a priest", which is interesting for a rock & roll band...most songs these days seem to be all sex and romance, which, quite frankly turns me off.
    Did I say I love this song? :P
    Lilac Wineon May 08, 2002   Link
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    General CommentI had this song stuck in my head the other day and I couldn't remember what it was then ah yes it's an old beatles tune with paul McCartney singing, later I realized it was the ws but now everytime I hear it it's shocking how similar white's voice sounds like pauls on this song
    0Brandon1784on September 23, 2002   Link
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    General Commenti love this song,and it was even better performed live,its so simple yet the message is clear and awesome
    boredSamon March 10, 2003   Link
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    General CommentThis is one of the best songs that i know of. The lyrics are so simple and yet they mean so much. This song kept on spinning on in my head for days when i've heard it. It is just great how the White Stripes could Make all those different songs and yet they seem all Whitestripe-like . They absolutly rule in make me feel in all the different ways with their songs as i never felt before. I just like them very much
    insanebrainon March 13, 2003   Link
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    General Commentmy ex boyfriend dedicated this song to me when we first started going out....its such a good song.I was always his Apple Blossem after that. I just got the "White Blood Cells" cd...its very good. Good band
    Deathcab4Chrissyon June 08, 2003   Link
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    General CommentI used to hate the white stripes when they first came out, but now i think they're like one of the most talented bands out recenty....
    ganjaboyon June 11, 2003   Link
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    General CommentI have to agree with 0Brandon, that Jack's voice does sound similar to Paul's...
    I'd never thought about before, however.
    doombunnehon June 24, 2003   Link

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