"Passive Manipulation" as written by and Jack White....
Women, listen to your mothers
Don't just succumb to the wishes of your brothers
Take a step back, take a look at one another
You need to know the difference...
Between a father and a lover (repeat)


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"Passive Manipulation" as written by Jack White

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    My InterpretationThe beauty about a song like this isnt in the persons voice, its the power of words and what is being said. When I hear this, I dont think "Wow Meg has a horrible voice" because her goal is not to sing the words perfectly. Its not a SONG in that way. Its almost a chant. Same words being repeated over and over again. Sometimes things are deeper than whats on the surface. Some of you need to learn to interpret music differently. Like someone else said, its about women in a male dominated world. That in itself is powerful enough, I dont really care HOW its sung.
    songstress1212on December 13, 2009   Link
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    General Commentokay so it might not be the best singing ever and maybe it's "off key" but it has the eerie and mysterious feel of the white stripes, and if you don't like this song then you prob don;t like them becasue THIS IS WHO THEY ARE. (if you don;t like her voice, don't listen to it) Personally, i love it! there is just something about her voice that no one else has, like-- "In the cold, cold night" is amazing. i love them. RIP the white stripes kerrycoke25on May 12, 2011   Link
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    General CommentI think the lyric "between a father and a lover" means knowing the difference between a man that will treat you like a child, or a man that will treat you as his lover/equal.
    thefelinepunkon June 13, 2005   Link
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    General CommentMegs smart short comment on sisterhood and feminism...way to go...her minimalism is awesome.
    Amélie_23on August 28, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentAMEN. Correct, Jackie?! I think we can agree.
    SweetCheeks2on February 20, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe donkey talking about ears???
    hada_púrpuraon May 29, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Comment"You need to know the difference, between a father and a lover"

    Um...
    Nosdravdeon May 30, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commentha ha ha, the whole lyric deserves an "Umm"
    hada_púrpuraon May 30, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentMeg's voice is beautiful.

    anyway, is it me or does this song refer to incest in a major way? lmao >
    bonginthereggaesongon June 02, 2005   Link
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    General CommentMeg's voice is beautiful.

    anyway, is it me or does this song refer to incest in a major way? lmao >
    bonginthereggaesongon June 02, 2005   Link
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