There is no confusion when you hear the blues-inspired guitar riffs, and the hand clap-inducing drum beats of “Gold on the Ceiling;” you’re listening to The Black Keys.
Known to have one of the most original and unique sounds of any rock band today, it’s clear why The Black Keys have risen to arena-rocking stardom. What’s not always clear is what the hell they’re saying.
“Gold on the Ceiling”
They wanna get my Gold on the ceiling / I ain’t black/That’s a matter of fact / Before you’re stealin’ / It’s a fact / Ain’t no gun in my back. or It’s alright / Ain’t no gun in my mind.
They wanna get my / Gold on the ceiling/I ain’t blind / Just a matter of time/Before you steal it / It’s alright / Ain’t no guard in my house.
They wanna get my…. balls on the ceiling
They wanna get my…. gold on the ceiling
“All hands Against His Own”
Daisy Duck and lonely row
Just a dark and lonely road
A little naughty raw / I got sodomized
To be honest, we have to clue what Dan’s saying here. But we know for sure is he ain’t saying “I got sodomized.”
Knowing the correct lyrics is always the way to go so you don’t embarrass yourself. Scratch that. “Balls on the Ceiling” is much better than Dan Auerbach’s lyric.
To test your knowledge of Black Keys lyrics in real time, tune into Kevin & Bean’s Breakfast with The Black Keys live from the Red Bull Sound Space at KROQ this Friday morning, October 5th at 7AM PT / 10AM ET. Dan and Patrick will answer audience’s questions then proceed to tear the roof off the place, after they’ve removed the balls on the ceiling of course.
–AJ Gordon, KROQ/Los Angeles