Jack White repeatedly professed his love for Loretta Lynn while the two were promoting Lynn’s latest album, Van Lear Rose. And in the video for the album’s new single, “Portland Oregon,” the White Stripes frontman makes his admiration perfectly clear.
The clip, directed by Sophie Mueller (Maroon 5, Coldplay), plays up the May-December side of their relationship, as the 29-year-old White and the 70-year-old Lynn make googley eyes at each other throughout the clip. And to top it all off, toward the end of the clip, White even gives the great-grandmother some sugar with a kiss on the lips!
Shot in Memphis, Tennessee, in July, the video opens with White playing the song’s guitar intro while leaning up against the wall of a down-home honky-tonk. A smiling Lynn, meanwhile, is eyeing him from the bar, as a nervous-looking White returns her gaze. When White finishes with his guitar heroics, he joins the band, the Do Whaters, on stage. Lynn soon follows and takes her place front and center.
The group performs as scenes of the song’s namesake city are intercut throughout the barroom performance. When White steps up to the mic to take his verse, “In a booth in the corner with the lights down low/ I was moving in fast, she was taking it slow,” he punctuates the last line with a knowing wink.
It’s not all one big honeymoon, however. During the lap-steel guitar solo, the couple are holding hands in a booth against the wall. When White returns the stare of a pretty woman looking his way, Lynn’s quick to slap her man back into place.
It’s back to bliss by the song’s end however. For the last line, the couple sing in unison, “Hey bartender, before you go, pour us one more drink,” then pause just long enough to steal a quick kiss before ending with “and a pitcher to go.”
One is left to wonder where that last nightcap might lead them.