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The White Stripes: Jolene Meaning

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Song Released: 2004


Jolene Lyrics

jolene jolene jolene jolene
I'm begging of you, please don't take my man
jolene jolene jolene jolene
please don't take him even though you can
your beauty is beyond compare
with flaming locks of auburn hair
with ivory skin
and eyes of...

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    anonymous
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    Dec 26th, 2012 12:59pm report


    I think that he is talking about his best friend or good friend and Jolene is trying to separate them



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    anonymous
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    Aug 23rd, 2012 8:08pm report


    The sex scandal of 1998 should clear everything up in this misguided comments section



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    anonymous
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    Aug 5th, 2012 8:37am report


    This song is one of his ex-wife's (Meg) favorite songs. She asked him to sing the song, and he did. Nice imagination some of you have though.



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    anonymous
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    Jul 30th, 2012 7:51am report


    I thinks its just a man who trying to protect his friend from this jolene



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    anonymous
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    Jan 25th, 2012 1:56pm report


    Could Jolene be God, and the singer is begging for his life?



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    anonymous
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    Nov 24th, 2011 11:41pm report


    This was originally sung by Dolly Parton. So it is a girl in love begging another girl to let her have her only love. Since Jack had to get permission to cover the song, he could not be able to change the words. Jack is very strait for a famous person, being married to his wife Meg, who he had loved so much he took her last name. The real tragedy is Jack and Meg splitting up, thus ending The White Stripes.



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    anonymous
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    Mar 21st, 2010 3:55am report


    I assumed it was JW's self conscious battling with Jolene.



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    anonymous
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    Jan 18th, 2008 1:23pm report


    Uh? since when has jolene been slang for cocaine?
    Never heard that one..
    I think this song is pretty much what the lyrics say, that 'jolene' is beautiful (a reference to his wife, 'flaming locks of auburn hair') and the singer is scared because she could easily take her man, and she knows her man is begining to feel the same way ('he talks about you in his sleep')



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    anonymous
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    Apr 11th, 2007 4:51pm report


    I don't think that this is what Dolly had in mind when she did the song, but I think that when Jack did it, he was the guys dog. There is panting at the beginning of the song, and as he is the guy's dog, his entire life revolves around him.

    The dog is understandably worried that his master will choose Jolene over him. The only hope he has is that Jolene will have mercy on him!



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    anonymous
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    Oct 9th, 2006 10:25am report


    Jolene is slang and means cocaine.



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    anonymous
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    Oct 19th, 2005 10:36pm report


    First off, I think it needs to be said that this is a cover of a Dolly Parton song, but I think Jack may have purposely wanted this to have a bisexual undertone to it.

    Basically it's just about someone pleading Jolene not to take their man away from them, because they know she is perfectly capable of doing so.

    It's also implied that Jolene would only be motivated to take him away for her own sexual needs, but the singer is actually in love with him, which is why she doesn't want him to leave.




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