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    Default "Carolina Drama" by The Raconteurs = Unbelievable song

    The more I listen to this song (the last song on the new album), the more I'm absolutely blown away by it. The music matches the lyrics so well, all the peaks and valleys are perfect, especially the minute-plus climax starting around 3:47 into the song. It's an incredibly well-crafted story; this is the best song I've heard in a long time.

    Here are the lyrics:


    "I'm not sure if there's a point to this story
    But I'm going to tell it again
    So many other people try to tell the tale
    Not one of them knows the end

    It was a junk-house in South Carolina
    Held a boy the age of ten
    Along with his older brother Billy
    And a mother and her boyfriend
    Who was a triple loser with some blue tattoos
    That were given to him when he was young
    And a drunk temper that was easy to lose
    And thank God he didn't own a gun

    Well, Billy woke up in the back of his truck
    Took a minute to open his eyes
    He took a peep into the back of the house
    And found himself a big surprise
    He didn't see his brother but there was his mother
    With her red-headed head in her hands
    While the boyfriend had his gloves wrapped around an old priest
    Trying to choke the man



    Billy looked up from the window to the truck
    Threw up, and had to struggle to stand
    He saw that red-necked bastard with a hammer
    Turn the priest into a shell of a man
    The priest was putting up the fight of his life
    But he was old and he was bound to lose
    The boyfriend hit as hard as he could
    And knocked the priest right down to his shoes

    Well, now Billy knew but never actually met
    The preacher lying there in the room
    He heard himself say, "That must be my daddy"
    Then he knew what he was gonna do
    Billy got up enough courage, took it up
    And grabbed the first blunt thing he could find
    It was a cold, glass bottle of milk
    That got delivered every morning at nine




    Billy broke in and saw the blood on the floor, and
    He turned around and put the lock on the door
    He looked dead into the boyfriend's eye
    His mother was a ghost, too upset to cry, then
    He took a step toward the man on the ground
    From his mouth trickled out a little audible sound
    He heard the boyfriend shout, "Get out!"
    And Billy said, "Not till I know what this is all about"
    "Well, this preacher here was attacking your mama"
    But Billy knew just who was starting the drama
    So Billy took dead aim at his face
    And smashed the bottle on the man who left his dad in disgrace, and
    The white milk dripped down with the blood, and the
    Boyfriend fell down dead for good
    Right next to the preacher who was gasping for air
    And Billy shouted, "Daddy, why'd you have to come back here?"
    His mama reached behind the sugar and honey, and
    Pulled out an envelope filled with money
    "Your daddy gave us this," she collapsed in tears
    "He's been paying all the bills for years"
    "Mama, let's put this body underneath the trees
    and put Daddy in the truck and head to Tennessee"
    Just then, his little brother came in
    Holding the milk man's hat and a bottle of gin singing,

    La la la la, la la la la, yeah
    La la la la, la la la la, yeah
    La la la la, la la la la, yeah
    La la la, la la la...


    Well now you heard another side to the story
    But you wanna know how it ends?
    If you must know, the truth about the tale
    Go and ask the milkman."



    Anybody else very impressed by this tune?

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    that reads like a semiliterate interpretation of a Robert Earl Keen song


    I like the new album though
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    Default Re: "Carolina Drama" by The Raconteurs = Unbelievable song

    yes, I noticed this song too. it was the first song that really stood out.

    I totally agree about the climax.
    Last edited by shakermaker113; 03-28-2008 at 05:57 PM.

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    Default Re: "Carolina Drama" by The Raconteurs = Unbelievable song

    It starts out as a White Stripes song but evolves into something much better. Pretty good.

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    Default Re: "Carolina Drama" by The Raconteurs = Unbelievable song

    Quote Originally Posted by shakermaker113 View Post
    it was the first song that really stood out.
    it's the last track on the album.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TomAz View Post
    it's the last track on the album.
    yeah, I don't know what that says. often people put their best tracks as the first & last on an album. I dislike that. some of the others have grabbed my attention on repeat listens. I'm giving it time.

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    the lalalalala part is the best.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TomAz View Post
    that reads like a semiliterate interpretation of a Robert Earl Keen song


    I like the new album though
    Robert Earl Keen. Please.
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    Default Re: "Carolina Drama" by The Raconteurs = Unbelievable song

    I like the lines about the white milk mixing with the blood.

    IMHO, it sounds like a reference to the white stripes going bye bye. Or that he's pissed at Meg. Or something of that nature.
    I love music, and I hate vowels.

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    i'm in no condition to analyze with you guys at the moment. but I like it, keep it going
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    Default Re: "Carolina Drama" by The Raconteurs = Unbelievable song

    Quote Originally Posted by shakermaker113 View Post
    yeah, I don't know what that says. often people put their best tracks as the first & last on an album. I dislike that. some of the others have grabbed my attention on repeat listens. I'm giving it time.
    with lp's i think they did that too sometimes or put the best two songs as the first song on each side .... x****
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    so being my usual couple of weeks behind the board, i like track 5 the switch and the spur ... pretty good cd ...x****
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    Default Re: "Carolina Drama" by The Raconteurs = Unbelievable song

    The new album is REALLY good! "Carolina Drama" blows me away too!
    AMAZING song that truly showcases what an incredible storyteller Jack is.

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    Default Re: "Carolina Drama" by The Raconteurs = Unbelievable song

    Fantastic song. Wonderful story. I hate (actually love) the way Jack teases us with the last line about asking the milkman. The story makes sense, and then he ends by hinting at a story that he's not going to tell us.
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