"Gasoline" as written by and Mikel Jollett Noah Harmon....
Five, six, seven, eight!

All the time, awake
You're still on my mind
But we were on our own
Almost all the time

And she'll step away
For a second or two
And I close my eyes
And I think of you

We were only seventeen
We were holding in our screams
Like we'd torn it from the pages
Of some lipstick magazine
And you scratch and turn
And say, "let's burn ourselves up 'til we scream"
Like gasoline

Those tender days
At your mother's house
And your father would find
My hand inside your blouse

But they tell me that
You're married now
Oh my dear, I fear
I can't understand how

We were only seventeen
We were holding back our screams
Like we'd torn our lives from the pages
Of some girly magazines
And you scratch and turn
And say, "let's burn these sheets down to the seams"
Like gasoline

I was only twenty one
I wasn't having any fun
And the words you said
Tore through my head
Like bullets from a gun
And I should a just shown up and said,
"Get in this car, let's run"

And these years have seen
So many imitations turning green
Each like the last, they go right past,
Like credits on a screen
But your memory blazes through me
Burning everything
Like gasoline
Like gasoline
Like gasoline

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"Gasoline" as written by Noah Harmon Mikel Frans Jollett


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  • +3
    MemoryIt is about high school sex, but he also mentions that it was the first girl he truly loved.

    Man do I love this song! It brings back some great memories. Admittedly, I was 19 and she was 17, but damn. If only I could go back ;-)

    To be honest, even this song does not give her justice. I was young and in love, but too damn foolish to know how deeply I loved her. Hell its 10 years later and I'd chase her to the ends of the Earth for another chance to be together, but things don't work that way, do they?

    cabanastyleson July 07, 2009   Link
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    General CommentNot just any young love, but THE young love.
    This song is about nostalgia and how no girl has ever compared to the girl he was with when he was 17. However, that relationship ended when he was 21 and he has never really moved on. Girls come and go, but the memory of "her" stays with him. Ultimately he regrets not holding on or doing more to keep her.
    gorms134on March 03, 2009   Link
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    General CommentYoung love. And how it'll never be that good again. I am always so amazed at Mikel's ability to capture such complex emotions with such simple words.
    ohnoitssoemoon September 05, 2008   Link
  • 0
    Song Meaning"This is a song about high school sex"

    It has the feel of a song that's nostalgic for young love, but all the lyrics regarding the relationship revolve around sex so it makes sense. Incredible song and its great to learn on guitar. The solos aren't too difficult but they sound awesome.
    tentativetheoryon May 13, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAwesome Song.. Awesome BAND!!
    ashran2on March 27, 2010   Link
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    General CommentLike many others, I relate to this song from personal experience. Detail for detail this song is pretty much the story of my life. There was a girl when I was 17, we spent a lot of time restraining our screams, and we were caught fooling around once. After breaking up and re-united at 21, she said some pretty harsh things to me, and I had a military life (not fun) dragging me away at the same time. Despite where that brought me, I wish we'd just jumped in a car and taken off instead. Now she's married and I've had nothing but a string of meaningless relationships since. To top it off, I can still feel a fire inside for her and I'll probably be seeing her at my upcoming high school reunion. Maybe I can tell her to go listen to this song.
    Allenbomberon June 09, 2011   Link
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    General CommentI agree with the first three posters on the meanings. It's a pretty easy one to understand. What I love about this band is how the lyrics are so beautiful in their simplicity.

    This is my favorite song by them.
    leighveeon March 22, 2012   Link
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    MemoryYesterday I hung out with two of my exes (my first and third, the only two I'm still friends with) at the same time. They were hanging out together and called and asked if I wanted to go do something with them, just a spur of the moment thing. I hadn't seen my first ex since he moved away when he was in ninth grade and I was in tenth (he was my boyfriend when he was in seventh and eighth grade and when I was in eighth and ninth grade, we were together for a year and four months and that's far and away the longest relationship I've ever had. I hadn't seen my second ex since I moved out of our old neighborhood about a year ago (we were together for a few months in our senior year of high school even though we had known each other since elementary school.)
    Anyway, I said yes to their invitation even though I thought it might be kind of awkward hanging out with them again since I hadn't seen either of them in a long time and their both my exes and I still kind of have feelings for both of them--stronger for the first guy than my third ex, but still.
    It turned out to be a really fun, not-awkward-at-all day spent at the mall, but when I got home later that night after they left I started crying over my first ex as if I had gone back in time four years to when we broke up. The first few minutes when we were walking next to each other I had an overwhelming urge to grab his hand and stop him and ask to get him back, I knew I had never gotten over him, even though we're 18 and 19 now and we haven't been together in years, and there were a few times when we almost got back together but didn't because we lived too far from each other and neither of us drove. And now he's engaged and his fiancee is pregnant, so my chance is really zero now. And this song and "Sometime Around Midnight" has just been stuck in my head since yesterday.
    paperbackwriter1993on November 27, 2012   Link
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    MemoryThe funny thing is though, as much as I still want my first ex back, my other ex I hung out with yesterday still wants me back too and he kissed me on the cheek as he left and then ran down my driveway to his car . . . Haha.
    paperbackwriter1993on November 27, 2012   Link
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    General CommentI agree that it is about THE girl. He is clearly with a new women now "And she'll step away". But he still thinks about the girl. They dated when they were 17. And then there was a chance at 21, probably to move in together or get married but he left. He thought it was too serious and the commitment scared him (maybe she got pregnant or was ready to get more serious)
    "I wasn't having any fun
    And the words you said
    Tore through my head"
    And he wishes he showed up and told her to get into the car, but he didn't. Everything else has just been an imitation and he can't move on cause her memory burns "like gasoline".

    I think we all have stories that we can relate too. It is really an awesome song.
    lovenightandrockon November 24, 2013   Link

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