"Off the Record" as written by and Jim James....
Sorry 'bout the things that I had to say
And I'll make it up to you right now at the penny arcade
In an open car wherever you are
Push yourself too far and it might get hot.

Well I really don't need the confusion
And you know I just ain't the type
To get all wrapped up in the illusion
Of doin' something that I know ain't right
Right, right???

You've got to want to rearrange and keep it off the record. Off the record
You've got to know that we will change and keep it off the record. Off the record

In a crowded room near the box of boom
To an artificial tune, I see you swoon
Well you knw all this would turn to mist
If your idea wasn't kissed - why're you so pissed?

Well I know you don't need the confusion
And I know you just ain't the type
To get all wrapped up in the illusion
Of doin' that you know ain't right - right, right???
Right, right?? Right, right??? Right, right, right???

You've got to want to rearrange and keep it off the record. Off the record
You've got to know that we will change and keep it off the record. Off the record.
You've got to want to rearrange and it off the record. Off the record
You've got to know that we will change and keep it off the record. Off the record.
Come on


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"Off the Record" as written by Jim James

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    General CommentNo one else thinks this could be about a "secret relationship"???

    "Sorry bout the things that I had to say -
    And I'll make it up to you right now at the penny arcade"
    Maybe he saw her in public and had to say something so that no one would think they knew eachother.

    "Well I really don't need the confusion -
    And you know I just ain't the type
    To get all wrapped up in the illusion
    Of doin' something that I know ain't right -
    Right Right???"

    Saying that it's hard and confusing becasue they both know it's wrong and it's not like them to do something they know isn't right....

    CharlieXGirlX13on February 08, 2010   Link
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    My InterpretationThis smacks of an affair of the heart. He sees her swoon by the box of boom. At a party, standing by the music, she looks at him and they each know how the other feels. But they're at a party. Everybody is watching. They have to behave.

    They've had ideas, though, and they've kissed on it. She's pissed because her life has gotten ridiculously complicated. Maybe he's already made his decision, and he's just grinning at her, because he knows that he's making her think about rearranging her life, as he is his, to make room for him.

    She's confused, but he knows he's right, (right, right?) He wouldn't get wrapped up in it otherwise.

    It's a beautiful song about the right love at the wrong time. Takes a lot if discipline to keep feelings like this gt off the record until the time is right.

    Pairs really well with Evil Urges, and there are traces of this sort of semi-requited relationship in Wordless Chorus as well.
    OriginalHipsteron November 08, 2015   Link
  • 0
    General Commentseems to me like the guy is talking about how he wants this "relationship" to be off the record and nothing official because he knows its going to change... i dont think he has any intentions of committing to anyone.
    hoydenon January 17, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI never thought this band would be able to pull off Reggae....and sound so damn innovative at the same time. Crazy.
    The_Variableon February 03, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentActually, I was trying to get more conversation and comments started about this song, because it has me stumped a little. I believe it is about a relationship. He doesn't want to put up with the confusion of being in a relationship, so instead he is saying let's keep this relationship on the low and not get attached to eachother. ?? Help. Comments back about it?
    Kader21on April 05, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentA reference to the media, perhaps? Suppose they're taking his words and playing with them?

    Although they're not a very big band, so its likely the newspapers wouldn't sell if he said anything controversial. The last half of the song kind of eludes to recordings being played with to have you believe that you're hearing something when you're actually not, like a "Paul is dead" sort of thing.
    Coffee and TVon April 08, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentyeah, the backmasking at the end almost sounds a little french, and considering that part of the song sounds a lot like air...

    That's so stupid, but you never know.
    nicoloon August 20, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song feels a bit to me like he's saying, "this relationship was a total failure/disaster, and we knew it all along, so let's just pretend it didn't happen."
    TerroristCakeson October 28, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis song is so catchyyy
    jxnarcoticzon December 22, 2007   Link
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    General CommentIT's definitely about making some kind of mistake, discovering it won't work out, and then agreeing to just move on, pretend it didn't happen, and keep it 'off the record'.

    The instrumental part in the middle is super smooth and psychedelic. Love it.
    Latencyon February 12, 2008   Link

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