Seven Nation Army

2003 Released

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Interesting facts and trivia about Seven Nation Army. By Songfacts®.

The title of the song originates from what Jack White thought the Salvation Army was called when he was a child. White will often take a distinctive phrase he finds interesting and use it as the title of a song - "Rag And Bone" is another good example.

This song deals with The White Stripes' rising popularity and the negatives that came with it. After White came up with the riff, he devised a storyline in which a protagonist comes into town and all his friends are gossiping about him. "He feels so bad he has to leave town, but you get so lonely you come back," said White. "The song's about gossip. It's about me, Meg and the people we're dating."

The White Stripes had no bass player, so the popular riff is actually a guitar with an octave effect to sound like a bass.

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Song Analysis

Key, BPM (tempo) and time signature of Seven Nation Army.
E Key
Minor Mode
4/4 Time Signature
124 BPM

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