Princeton NJ -- Having gone through several term papers dealing with the song lyrics of Jack White, the professor of a literature class given at the university asked for some mp3's of the songs.
Richard Thompson, 56, thinks that the songs are actually about something. "It's even more difficult than with Dylan to see if there was actually some human encounter behind the lyrics, or if they are just strung together."
And I swear
Besides the hair
She had one white eye,
One black(nk) stare
On the stand
near her hand
Was a candy cane
Black rum, sugar cane,
Dry ice (and) something strange.
"That has to be a blank stare. And then there's":
I'm going to Wichita
Far from this opera for evermore
I'm gonna work the straw
Make the sweat drip out of every pore
"I think he's been listening to blues and is channeling sweat and blood back to us. It does sound like he had something in mind, and the mood is pretty clear usually."