"Not Turning Off" as written by and John Britt Daniel....
She's gone in a word, and tanked-up
And I can't sleep at all, I can't sleep at all
She's gone in a word, the ephedrine
Got caught halfway down, the pretty anti-ground
Don't wanna miss such an American scene
And I said to myself I'm not turning off
I said to myself I'm not turning off
And I said to myself I'm not turning off
And I said to myself I'm not turning off
Oh honey, oh please, it's just a machine
Oh honey, please, it's just a machine
Oh honey, oh please, it's just a machine
Oh honey, oh please, it's just a machine
There's something about, you're up late
Your can tastes like tin, aluminum
There's something about, I'm not the only one
That can't sleep at all
That can't sleep at all
And I don't want to miss such an American scene
And I said to myself I'm not turning off
I said to myself I'm not turning off
Well I said to myself I'm not turning off
And I said to myself I'm not turning off
So connect, connect, connect, connect to me
Connect, connect, connect, connect to me
Oh honey, oh please it's just a machine
Oh honey, oh please, it's just a machine
Oh honey, oh please, it's just a machine
Oh honey, oh please, it's just a machine
It's just a machine


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"Not Turning Off" as written by John Britt Daniel

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  • +1
    General CommentA) This song is incredible - Britt Daniels is simply the coolest lead of any rock band out right now, and nobody seems to know it. At the end, with those short-burst screams - so cool.
    B) This song is about drugs. It's about 2 people who take drugs together. "She's gone in a word, and tanked-up" is clearly a reference to being intoxicated. Ephedrine's synthetic derivatives are amphetamine and methamphetamine. "There's something about, I'm not the only / who can't sleep at all". That refers to how they're both "tanked up". When you're on meth it's a very mechanical feeling, like your body is a machine (I've never taken it, but that' what I've heard). Here's what one meth user had to say about it : "It was like all of the switches in my body and in my brain felt like they finally got turned on." (Check out the link to that quote here: sciencentral.com/articles/…)
    So yeah, clearly he's "turned on" and "not turning off". I don't think that the quote "your can tastes like tin, aluminum" refers to a beer in a can. I think he's talking about the girl he's with, how she's like a robot, or a machine. "Connect to me" he says. Obviously a sexual reference (meth increases libido, incidentally). Ok, that's it from me.
    imfromtexas02on July 11, 2008   Link
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    General CommentWell it's definitely about insomnia, forced or otherwise. Ephedrine is a drug, a stimulant. Aluminum taste is from the beer can he's drinking from. The machine reference I think is vague on purpose. WHAT machine? I can think of a few, but I think that reference is meant to be eerie & mysterious.
    terri kayeon September 13, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI agree with you, person from texas before me. this man is highly underrated, sadly.
    artsluton August 06, 2008   Link
  • -1
    General CommentThis doesn't have any song meaning, but for some reason I think of the Nightmare on Elm Street films when this song plays.

    Oh honey, oh please, it's just a machine. The third film where that one girl walks up to the television and freddy slams her into it.

    The can tastes like tin, aluminum. Just reminded me of a scene in one of the films where a girl is mixing diet coke and coffee to stay awake.

    And I don't want to miss such an American scene reminds me of the guy in the first movie who falls asleep to the television.

    and of course

    Not turning off is just not going to sleep.

    This is pointless, not the point of the song, just some connections.
    br34ks00non May 14, 2007   Link

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