"Secret" Handwritten Lyrics Come To Light

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Re: "Secret" Handwritten Lyrics Come To Light

Postby Grimtale » Sun Jan 01, 2012 1:59 pm

crimpies wrote:Image > Image

I'm not with you on that one. Lyric sheets are cool as hell, don't get me wrong. But I can't follow you on this one.
It would depend on the song I guess to some degree and the significance of it as well. I've just never thought about collecting those, maybe that's it.
Might be a personal preference.
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Re: "Secret" Handwritten Lyrics Come To Light

Postby mvickers03 » Sun Jan 01, 2012 3:53 pm

That's very cool Shane.
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Re: "Secret" Handwritten Lyrics Come To Light

Postby shaneoftheroad » Sun Jan 01, 2012 4:25 pm

I agree with Grim here. The story behind the HPLB's are legend. Plus it's a White Stripes artifact and though I love the Racs, White Stripes > Racs
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Re: "Secret" Handwritten Lyrics Come To Light

Postby Kali Durga » Sun Jan 01, 2012 4:28 pm

Grimtale wrote:
crimpies wrote:Image > Image

I'm not with you on that one. Lyric sheets are cool as hell, don't get me wrong. But I can't follow you on this one.
It would depend on the song I guess to some degree and the significance of it as well. I've just never thought about collecting those, maybe that's it.
Might be a personal preference.
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I can't speak from a collector's perspective, but what's so fantastic to me about things like this is being able to get a glimpse of the thought process behind the song. It's interesting to see how the perspective of this song changed by the time it was recorded, and how Jack played around with word combinations.

And, as Ryan pointed out, analazying the hand-writing is pretty damned cool.
"And the message is clear: if we want Jack White as our hero, he will entertain, but not pander. We have to accept all his flaws, whims, caprices and manias as a critical, sometimes uncomfortable, part of the contract."
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Re: "Secret" Handwritten Lyrics Come To Light

Postby 7th_son » Sun Jan 01, 2012 4:50 pm

shaneoftheroad wrote:With all the talk about secrecy around these parts lately I'm gonna let a giant cat out of the bag, there's no reason to keep this from you all (not even sure why I was keeping it to myself in the first place). I am currently in possession of handwritten lyrics for "You Don't Understand Me". They are not technically mine because (aside from technically belonging to Jack White) my friend wouldn't flat-out sell them to me (no matter how much I offered him) but as a gesture of peace he said I may "display" them in my home for free until he wants them back. I don't want to get into too many details about how they were acquired except to say he had access to Blackbird Studio while the White Stripes were recording Icky Thump and the Raconteurs were recording Consolers of the Lonely (he has some great stories from that time period). The lyrics are torn from a legal pad which was discarded by the band.

They are genuine handwritten lyrics by Jack White (written in pencil), confirmed by Blackwell himself. (Note: The original name of the song was "You Don't Get It (So You'll Never Get Me)". It even has some verses not used in the song! Please don't pm me about buying these because he says they're absolutely not for sale (and if he ever changes his mind I get first dibs). :) Check it out!

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PS: They are being stored flat at the moment but as soon as I can afford a decent frame job I'll take actual pics for you, these are scans.



Very cool man, thanks for this treat!
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Re: "Secret" Handwritten Lyrics Come To Light

Postby woodisgood » Sun Jan 01, 2012 4:57 pm

This is like 57 varieties of cool, Shane! Thanks for sharing. I love this kinda stuff!!
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Re: "Secret" Handwritten Lyrics Come To Light

Postby flattop2001 » Sun Jan 01, 2012 4:58 pm

Very nice item. This draft seems to come between the vault demo and final release, now we just need to track down the recording. Congrats and thanks for sharing
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Re: "Secret" Handwritten Lyrics Come To Light

Postby fourthhorseman73 » Sun Jan 01, 2012 5:59 pm

Wicked cool. there's nothing like poking into to the mind of someone as creative as Jack White, and that's exactly what this is. The creative process is unique to each individual, here you get a glimpse, though only a glimpse, into his. Awesome...
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Re: "Secret" Handwritten Lyrics Come To Light

Postby brainwave » Sun Jan 01, 2012 6:23 pm

That is pretty awesome. Now tell us some of the stories your friend told you.
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Re: "Secret" Handwritten Lyrics Come To Light

Postby Kali Durga » Sun Jan 01, 2012 6:24 pm

brainwave wrote:Now tell us some of the stories your friend told you.


Seconded.
"And the message is clear: if we want Jack White as our hero, he will entertain, but not pander. We have to accept all his flaws, whims, caprices and manias as a critical, sometimes uncomfortable, part of the contract."
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Re: "Secret" Handwritten Lyrics Come To Light

Postby shaneoftheroad » Sun Jan 01, 2012 7:50 pm

Unfortunately other than bumping into Meg on smoke breaks and nods to Jack in passing there's not much to tell as far as White Stripes or Raconteurs are concerned. I was only a casual fan at the time and let those go with a passing "that's cool", I wish I'd known how far I'd fall into Jack's world. The stories I mentioned mainly involve his work at the studio, his excursions in Nashville and his interactions with other artists (Jewel being one of them). I'll call him later and chat with him about it again, see if it's cool for me to share some anecdotes.
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Re: "Secret" Handwritten Lyrics Come To Light

Postby Alabama Woody » Sun Jan 01, 2012 11:14 pm

That's a nice treat to get to hold on to. Awesome.
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Re: "Secret" Handwritten Lyrics Come To Light

Postby shaneoftheroad » Mon Jan 02, 2012 2:29 am

Alabama Woody wrote:That's a nice treat to get to hold on to. Awesome.


It'll be nicer if he ever decides to let me buy the pages off him. It's genuine rock history! But yeah, that was cool of him to let me hang onto them. At least I know they're safe, he had them stuffed in a drawer until I rescued them (he's actually not a huge Jack White fan, go figure).
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Re: "Secret" Handwritten Lyrics Come To Light

Postby orangeshoeskid » Mon Jan 02, 2012 7:08 am

Someone should find a graphologist to analyze the handwriting to give us further insight.
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Re: "Secret" Handwritten Lyrics Come To Light

Postby Kali Durga » Mon Jan 02, 2012 2:14 pm

Look at the K's, man, look at the K's.
"And the message is clear: if we want Jack White as our hero, he will entertain, but not pander. We have to accept all his flaws, whims, caprices and manias as a critical, sometimes uncomfortable, part of the contract."
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