"Gasoline" as written by Dean Anthony Fertita, Jack White, Alison Mosshart and Jack Michael Lawrence....
To be afraid is a luxury
So cool your engines for me
I don't want a sweetheart
I want a machine

I love you the most, I do
When you're so close to me
I can smell the gasoline

To be soft is too easy, huh
Don't get soft on me
I don't want a sweetheart, sweetheart
I want a machine

I love you the most, I do
When you're so close to me
I can smell the gasoline

To be afraid is a luxury
So cool your engines for me
I don't want a sweetheart
I want a machine

I love you the most, I do
When you're so close to me
I can smell the gasoline

What you whispered should be screamed
Screamed at the top of your lungs
Any sense you had in the morning
Is gone when the day is done

I love you the most, I do
When you're so close to me
I can smell the gasoline


Lyrics submitted by niacita

"Gasoline" as written by Jack White Jack Lawrence

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    General CommentI always just thought it was about rough sex ><

    'To be afraid is a luxury'
    'To be soft is too easy, so don't get soft on me.'

    The rest of the lyrics are quite sexual too, i.e 'All I want is a machine', 'when you're so close to me I can smell the gasoline.' It's always just struck me as being about that. Perhaps I am being too simple here, I don't know, but that's how it sounds.
    bonginthereggaesongon August 19, 2010   Link
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    General CommentThis song seems to be about a relationship moving too fast. She's afraid of getting in too deep, she would rather keep being afraid of love than surrender to it, so the "cool your engines" line.

    "I don't want a sweetheart. I want a machine" is pretty obvious. She doesn't want love, but something simple, automatic, and guaranteed - something that isn't going to fail. Love usually ends in heartbreak, so she'd rather just have a machine.

    "To be soft is too easy. Don't get soft on me." It would be easy to fall in love, but don't. Maybe a sexual reference, as well.

    Then she says "I love you the most, I do" ... but then "when you're so close to me, I can smell the gasoline", so assuming this is because a machine uses gasoline, she loves him as a machine. She loves what he can do for her (sexually or otherwise), maybe? Rather than how he makes her feel.

    I can also take this as, we've already fucked up and fallen in love, but we're not going to fall into the marriage trap - with kids, a house, etc. so let's just slow down and keep things the way they are.
    SMUSER17375456on May 12, 2010   Link
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    General Commenti think its "DON'T cool your engines for me"
    sorry about that
    niacitaon May 22, 2010   Link
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    Lyric CorrectionI run so far away from you
    It don't matter where I've been
    I run around the world from you
    Here you are again

    You're a real jawbreaker
    A real crook obscene
    I'd call you a heartbreaker
    But I reserve that for nicer things

    I tried to kill the memory
    By shacking up with living things
    But you must get a psychic sting
    Here you are again

    You're a real jawbreaker
    A real crook obscene
    I'd call you a heartbreaker
    But I reserve that for nicer things

    I run so far away from you
    It don't matter where I've been
    I run around the world from you
    Here you are again

    You're a real jawbreaker
    A real crook, obscene
    I'd call you a heartbreaker
    But I reserve that for nicer things
    FallLikeADominoon July 04, 2010   Link
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    General CommentI think its about someone not wanting a deep relationship, just someone to be there at the end of the day
    VortexOfLanguageon July 06, 2010   Link
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    My InterpretationThis is my interpretation of the song:

    "Don't cool your engines for me/I don't want a sweetheart"
    She wants someone harsh, hard, and mechanical. She doesn't want someone who is swayed by emotions and feelings.

    "All I want is a machine."
    A machine has specific working parts. It isn't ambiguous; it's created to complete a specific job. A machine is also something that is most usually made from steel or other hard resources. So, in saying that she wants a machine, she wants someone that is unambiguous, who is created to do the one that it was created for. Perhaps that one thing is loving her. No games, no feelings that can be swayed, just a machine created for a specific purpose.

    "When you're so close to me/I can smell the gasoline."
    I think this refers to what machines run on: gasoline. Like an engine, it's loud and can go fast. It can go the speed she wants it to go, and by looking at the themes of the entire album, it's her speed, fast and able to be manipulated (made to go faster or slower, whatever is her preference).

    "What you whispered, should be screamed/screamed at the top of your lungs/any sense you had in the morning is gone when the day is done"
    She's talking to someone who isn't a machine, but someone who has feelings and emotion. One whispers when he doesn't want to be heard or if he's afraid of offending. If he has something to say, though, she wants him to scream it, to make it heard, make it declarative. "Any sense you had in the morning is gone when the day is done" refers to being fickle because he bases his decisions on emotion. One moment he may feel and act one way, but then act another way the next minute. She wants him to be sure of what he is doing, of what he wants. She wants him to be just like her.

    "To be afraid is a luxury"
    This is used a couple times throughout the song. I think what this means is that when someone is afraid, he is forced to make a decision about something. When we're afraid, we suddenly know what we want or what needs to be done in order to be safe again. So it is a luxury to be afraid because that forces him to be clear, concise, and do what he needs to do.
    UnionForeveron May 21, 2014   Link

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