"Online" as written by and Thomas Decarlo/burton Callaway....
I'm on the line
I'm on the line
Once I clean my mirror
I'm a be feeling fine
Trying to get there is
All that's on my mind
When I'm on the line

Even though I run my race
With a smile on my face
It ain't easy, naw it ain't easy
Feel like the life of the party
But its all in your mind
On the line

I'm on the line
I'm on the line
Once I clean my mirror
I'm a be felling fine
Even when you falling
Just pretend your flying
When ya on the line

I'm with everybody but I'm still alone
Just look down that's my line your standing on
Lets keep it friendly and well be just fine
But don't cross that line

Lyrics submitted by plexus, edited by ChipperSpiff

"Online" as written by Thomas Callaway Brian Joseph Burton

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    General CommentThis song is about cocaine. Its good. The song, I mean.
    fortheloveon May 30, 2006   Link
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    General Commentsatirical(sp?) song about using cocaine
    legacy_faulton July 20, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI agree with the cocaine interpretation, because stimulants give you that extra energy...

    but another interpretation could be that this song has to do with people on the internet, "online". It could also be about kids who think that because they are online it justifies them or makes them look cool.
    bjwedelon November 21, 2006   Link
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    General Commentbjwedel, what the hell are you talking about. the title of the song 'Online' is only used to mask the blatantly obvious reference to cocaine.

    "Once I clean my mirror I'm a be feeling fine" is a reference to users snorting up coke off of mirrors (watch a movie like blow or scar face, you'll understand). When he gets his fix he's happy.

    The next lines seem to reference how hard life. He's using the drug to temporarily escape the rat "race."

    He also realizes that when he's on the drug he feels superhuman or better than he was when he's not on the drug but that it's not really true. The drug has affected his mind and his perceptions. (Feel like the life of the party/But it's all in your mind/ On the line)

    He again speaks about how cocaine can alter your perceptions of yourself by making you seem like you have no troubles. (Even when you're falling/Just pretend you're flying)

    The last lines of the song capture the feelings of a user who is coming down and realizing his surroundings. It seems to say that even though he may be with a bunch of people (who are all doing cocaine) there is this disconnection between them and even a hostility. (Don't cross that line) ie. Do your line but you better not touch mine.
    lestat86on December 20, 2006   Link
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    General CommentAlso perhaps a reference to drugs, notice the slight 60s feel to the music?
    TheObsessoron February 22, 2007   Link
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    General CommentAlso perhaps a reference to drugs, notice the slight 60s feel to the music?
    TheObsessoron February 22, 2007   Link
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    General Commentits so funny how dark their songs can be...u can kind of fail to notice if ur not paying attention
    tania322on April 05, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI think that this is about how a person may have different groups of people that he knows, and with every group he is a different person, but never himself. It could even be that to be around people he admires he had to do drugs to fit in and is now hooked. So he looks upon this and feels foolish because, despite the high he gets, the drugs make him feel terrible, because that's not him, he did it to fit in and can't stop, and feels stupid and lonely.
    KingConanon June 25, 2008   Link
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    My InterpretationIt's also important to note Cee-Lo's tone throughout the song. At first he speaks more in a gritty, nasally voice that is meant to simulate the mind of a coke user. After saying "even when you're falling/just pretend you're flying/when ya on the line," he changes to a singing voice that is clear and loud. This last verse seems to shifted perspectives, which is apparent through is change in tone. He begins to talk to the coke user instead of as the coke user, saying "Lets keep it friendly and we'll be just fine/But don't cross that line." 'That line' being the imaginary line that the coke user has crossed by taking the drug, comically paralleling the fact that coke is taken in lines.
    EllaSteeon March 03, 2009   Link

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