Jack White Pens New Poem 'Music Is Sacred'

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Miller Mobley

Jack White photographed at Third Man Records in Nashville on Jan. 15, 2015.

After declaring that "music is sacred" during his headlining set at this year's Coachella, Jack White has penned a new poem of the same title.

"I hope you realize for a few seconds every day that music is sacred," White told Coachella festival-goers before finishing the evening performance on April 11.

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Read the full text of his poem below (via Third Man Books).

White recently went to bat for Jay Z's new streaming service Tidal by answering Tidal-related questions on his Third Man Records website. The musician stressed valuing music, thus allowing artists to make a living off their work.

An update on clarifies that White's "Music is Sacred" poem had "absolutely nothing to do with" the Tidal Q&A on the site.

Music is Sacred

those of you who stand for the sanctity of music
so that its soul can breathe
and be heard
so that it blooms in graveyards
echoes in hotel hallways
awakens neighbors in the night
and fills peoples minds with fire
shout it out loud with whatever microphone you have
or these stones will shout for you.
jump in front of demons,
and stand over cowards and those who would intend
to rip out your lungs and dampen your desire
tell the living and the dead
what you know in your heart to be true
and what you know your ears
will forever hear
that the melody of the human race
is a song that never ends.
music is sacred.


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