The first single released from the album of the same name, “Icky Thump” is a socially conscious song about immigration. It criticises the current American immigration policy, which also makes it the first politically charged song the band has put out since “The Big Three Killed My Baby” from their self-titled debut album. Probably the most important lyrics in the song can be found towards the end of the song. I think these lyrics portray the true meaning of the song and quite possibly exactly how lead singer (and co-writer of the song) Jack White feels about immigration policy in America.
What? Nothin’ better to do?
Why don’t you kick yourself out
You’re an immigrant too.Who’s using who?
What should we do?
Well you can’t be a pimp
And a prostitute too.”
Watch the video for “Icky Thump” below.