"Dead Leaves and the Dirty Ground" is a song by American garage rock band The White Stripes, featured on their 2001 third studio album White Blood Cells. Written by the band and produced by vocalist and guitarist Jack White, "Dead Leaves" was released as the third single from the album in August 2002 and charted at number nineteen on the United States Billboard Hot Modern Rock Tracks chart and at number twenty-five on the UK Albums Chart.
The music video for this song, directed by Michel Gondry, depicts Jack White coming back to his trashed house and surveying reckless destruction. While he goes from room to room, sepia video of the party events that led to the decimation (and of his and Meg's relationship before he left) is superimposed over the scene, until in the final scene she leaves him.
In a review of the song for allmusic, Tom Maginnis describes "Dead Leaves and the Dirty Ground" as a "grimy rocker", noting it as a display of the duo's "keen understanding of musical dynamics".
All songs were written by The White Stripes, except "Stop Breaking Down" by Robert Johnson....