Father-daughter snack inspires Jack White song title

Jack White’s new song title “Sixteen Saltines” was inspired by exactly what it sounds like. The eccentric musician explains how a conversation with his daughter Scarlett played into his creative process.

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Jack White is giving credit for the song title “Sixteen Saltines” to his daughter Scarlett. An interruption from the hungry 6-year-old was all it took to set the musician’s mind to work.

“‘Saltines’ came from my daughter,” Jack White, whose new album Blunderbuss is due out April 24, told The Sun. “I was working on a song and she asked me for a snack. I said, ‘What do you want’ and she said, ‘I think I’ll have 16 Saltine crackers.'”

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The 36-year-old continued, “I said, ‘I think you’ll have three!’ So she said, ‘What about 12?’ It was so funny.”

However, Scarlett White now claims the whole thing was made up by her father! He explained, “The next day I said, ‘Listen, I wrote a song for you’. And I played it back for her. She blushed and turned away. The next time I played the song for her, she said, ‘Yeah, I never said that.'”

A sampling of the “Sixteen Saltines” lyrics reads:

She’s got stickers on her locker,
And the boy’s number’s there in magic marker,
I’m hungry and the hunger will linger,
I eat sixteen saltine crackers then I lick my fingers.

Well every morning I deliver the news,
Black hat white shoes and I’m red all over,
She’s got a big mailbox, that she puts out front,
Garbage in garbage out, she’s getting what she wants.

Who’s jealous, who’s jealous, who’s jealous, who’s jealous of who?
If I get busy then I couldn’t care less what you do,
But when I’m by myself I think of nothing else,
Than if a boy just might be getting through and touching you.

Despite the sentimental story behind the title, it doesn’t appear the song is particularly about 6-year-old Scarlett.

Check out the video for “Sixteen Saltines” and judge for yourself!

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