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Ball and Biscuit Lyrics

It's quite possible that I'm your third man girl
But it's a fact that I'm the seventh son
And right now you could care less about me
But soon enough you will care, by the time I'm done

Let's have a ball and a biscuit sugar
And take our...

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    anonymous
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    May 21st 2015 report

    A ball can be an 8-ball of cocaine, heroin, speed, (even ketamine or other synthetic powder-drugs. He's basically doing a "Sid & Nancy-esque" ode to getting holed up somewhere with an 8-ball and ecstasy and "take our sweet little time" with an ambivalent lover (who has two others) who he wants to prove his "seventh-son" status through sexual satisfaction. "We'll get clean together" reaffirming that the ball and biscuit reference is unmistakably a drug reference, but also connotes his invested feelings. Getting clean together lets us know he has invested feelings and the future-tense statement implies that he sees some sort of romantic future with her.

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    anonymous
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    Aug 3rd 2017 report

    Please. If you know anything about Jack White you know he does not now, nor has he ever used drugs. He is very educated and has a strong command of the English language. This is a song about rewarding good(male prowess) behavior. As most blues songs do. Listen to The Blues. Manish Boy. Boom,Boom,Boom. Smokestack Lightning. Why are so many Rock fans idiots?

  3. anonymous
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    Jun 1st report

    A ball and biscuit is also an old style studio mike.
    Producer Hugh Padgham relayed a story about when Phil drummed on Peter Gabriels "The Intruder."
    He relayed that the ball biscuit was the unwitting fulcrum that produced the core of sound of Phil Collins legendary drum sound on "In the Air Tonite", six months later.
    The ball and biscuit was originally just "laying around" and "would never be used for anything anyone would record seriously".
    Installed with other overhead drum mikes embedded in the ceiling panels...it was a part of team of elements that produced an audible feedback phenomenon that made an uncommon sound that the band unanimously desired but "could not be reproduced" then and there because of its rarity. Motivated to resurrect that day recording Peter Gabriels Intruder but now hired by Phil Collins, Hugh Padgham successfully summoned lazarus and in part because of an old ugly microphone that no one would use.

  4. anonymous
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    Sep 30th 2016 report

    Ball- 8 ball of cocaine (3.5 grams of cocaine)
    Biscuit- MDMA (a pill of ecstasy)

    This is the only way to interpret this with the way the rest of the song is written. Period.

  5. anonymous
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    Nov 13th 2015 report

    ...in the scenario, you can be the master, or the dog. Getting someone to perform for you, or performing yourself. It's a repetitive but pacifying cycle that keeps us engaged and occupied. The "freemium" games on your smartphone use a ball and a biscuit: perform a mundane task, get an upgrade (treat, or biscuit). I love the term. It has wide reaching implications, if not depressing ones.

  6. anonymous
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    Nov 13th 2015 report

    ...in the scenario, you can be the master, or the dog. Getting someone to perform for you, or performing yourself.

  7. anonymous
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    Nov 13th 2015 report

    Ball and a biscuit is just a term for performing, then getting a treat. Think dog.

  8. anonymous
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    Nov 10th 2015 report

    Let's you and me enjoy a nice 8 ball together and get freaky till it's all gone.

  9. anonymous
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    Dec 11th 2014 report

    Ball Reference Eight Ball of Cocaine, Lyric-and right now you could care less about me but soon enough you will care by the time I'm done.
    Drugs will suck you dry.

  10. anonymous
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    Aug 13th 2014 report

    Food and Sex, not necessarily in that order.

  11. anonymous
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    Nov 4th 2012 report

    NO JACK IS THE SEVENTH SON BUT THE YOUNGEST OF TEN (3 sisters and 6 brothers)....this is a fact it has nothing to do with vampires or anything else. I agree he is obsessed with the number three( Catholic Boy and Holy trinity) and a very romantic man. So when he wrote that song he was probably seeing a woman that confessed to him that he was her third love. He probably took it as a good omen. He is talking about trying to prove himself to this woman. Jack (John) was often teased for his out side of the box ways which has forced him to be a perfectionist and also the key to his success. So he probably didn't need to prove himself to this woman because he was already with her but he was gonna do it anyways (cause he is a perfectionist).

  12. anonymous
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    Aug 16th 2012 report

    The 7th son is him, he is from the family of 7 and is 3rd boy. He said it himself.

  13. anonymous
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    Mar 25th 2012 report

    this is not mine but is d best


    "Read it in the newspaper
    Ask your girlfriends see if they know
    That my strength is ten fold girl"
    - About his sexual prowess.
    Especially the "Ask your girlfriends...".

    My interpretation of:
    "It's quite possible that I'm your third man girl
    But it's a fact that I'm the seventh son..."
    is that the narrator may seem at first to just be one of the men the girl has had, but he'll show that he is special (maybe through his sexual performance?).

    Seventh Sons have various different special characteristics in different mythologies. Often they have supernatural powers, or are seen as "chosen ones". I have also seen that 7th son of a 7th son will be a werewolf or a vampire. In Irish lore the 7th son of a 7th son has curative powers.

    This also goes along with the line
    "Right now you could care less about me
    But soon enough you will care by the time I'm done."

    AnotherLonelyDay - do you see how these are all innuendos?

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  14. anonymous
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    Dec 25th 2011 report

    Ball I.e. 8 ball.......biscuit.....xtasy

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  15. anonymous
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    Feb 25th 2011 report

    This 3rd man refers to the girl's 3rd lover, 7th son could very well be pointing to his power over the girl...

    The song is about him arousing this girl and making her fall in love with him through sex...

  16. anonymous
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    Feb 17th 2009 report

    When Jack talks about being the third man and the seventh son, he is refering to his favorite numbers (duh). He plainly says, "it was the other three that made me your third, but it was my mother who made me the seventh son!" Jack believes himself to be the all-powerful seventh son who, in mythology, either turns out to be a vampire or werewolf. In a nutshell, Jack is summing up his importance and power for this girl.

  17. locknload008
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    May 2nd 2006 report

    I think the girl is deciding whether or not she wants to have a relasionship and/or have sex with the narrator. The line, "It's quite possible that I'm your third man girl" could either mean that he is the third man she's ever been with or that she is seeing three men at the same time. I think the narrator feels that he is being used (or wants to be used by this woman) and he is rather sure of himself when he says, "But soon enough you will care, by the time I'm done."
    "We'll get clean together," would mean have sex. After they did he would be very happy about it, hence the shouting. "You read it in the newspaper," leads me to believe that something got out about the narrator's interest in the girl- which led them to meeting. He states that "his strength" is "tenfold", (I will leave it to you to make what you will of it) and that "I'll let you see it if you want to before you go."
    I rest my case.

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