There may not have been much in the way of music from The White Stripes lately – they did break-up some six years ago, after all – but Jack White has found time to work on a picture book for kids while doing his solo thing.

The book is entitled We’re Going to Be Friends, and yes, eagle-eyed fans, it has been inspired by the sweet little track of the same name from The White Stripes’ 2002 album White Blood Cells. It also comes in the band’s preferred rainbow of colours, being red, white and black.

Jack White book

Here are the lyrics, just for the memories and feels…

 

“We’re Going To Be Friends”

Fall is here, hear the yell
back to school, ring the bell
brand new shoes, walking blues
climb the fence, books and pens
I can tell that we are gonna be friends
I can tell that we are gonna be friends

Walk with me, Suzy Lee
through the park and by the tree
we will rest upon the ground
and look at all the bugs we found
safely walk to school without a sound
safely walk to school without a sound

Here we are, no one else
we walked to school all by ourselves
there’s dirt on our uniforms
from chasing all the ants and worms
we clean up and now it’s time to learn
we clean up and now it’s time to learn

Numbers, letters, learn to spell
nouns, and books, and show and tell
playtime we will throw the ball
back to class, through the hall
teacher marks our height against the wall
teacher marks our height against the wall

We don’t notice any time pass
we don’t notice anything
we sit side by side in every class
teacher thinks that I sound funny
but she likes the way you sing

Tonight I’ll dream while I’m in bed
when silly thoughts go through my head
about the bugs and alphabet
and when I wake tomorrow I’ll bet
that you and I will walk together again
I can tell that we are gonna be friends
Yes I can tell that we are gonna be friends.

 

We’re Going to Be Friends – the picture book – by Jack White is due for release on November 7.

While you wait, here’s a really cute animated promo video for the book, featuring Conan O’Brien.

Get the fabulous White Blood Cells from The White Stripes at JB Hi-Fi.