Jack White Says Beyonce Made His 'Lemonade' Track 'Bodacious': Listen

David James Swanson
Jack White

For the first time, Jack White is filling us in about his Lemonade collaboration with Beyonce. White made the press rounds this weekend, promoting his newly released 26-track Acoustic Recordings 1998-2016.

The prolific songwriter for The White Stripes, The Raconteurs and The Dead Weather told NPR’s All Things Considered about the genesis of Bey's Lemonade track “Don’t Hurt Yourself”:

"I just talked to her and she said, 'I wanna be in a band with you.' I said, 'Really? Well, I would love to do something.' I've always loved her voice. I mean, I think she has the kind of soul singing voice of the days of Betty Davis or Aretha Franklin. So, I was really happy to work with her. She took just sort of a sketch of a lyrical outline and turned into the most bodacious, vicious, incredible song. I don't even know what you'd classify it as -- soul, rock and roll, or whatever it is. 'Don't Hurt Yourself' is incredibly intense; I’m so amazed at what she did with it."

White also opened up about his struggling hometown of Detroit, sharing, "As it says on the flag of Detroit, it says in Latin, 'We hope to rise from the ashes.' And I think that's probably the most prophetic phrase on any flag in the country."

Listen to the complete interview here:


White also visited The Tonight Show, where he goofed on Jimmy Fallon's guitar, calling it “a beginner’s guitar for children.”


He later performed -- his first acoustic TV performance -- a medley of “Love Is the Truth” and the White Stripes’ “You've Got Her in Your Pocket."


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