"I'm Not the One" as written by Nathaniel Motte, Sean Foreman and Gregory Allen Kurstin....
You're way too young to be broken
You're way too young to fall apart
You're way too young to play these games
But you better start
But you better start

This is when it starts
From the beating of your heart
'Til the streetlamps talk to you
Jumpin' off of the edge
You're asleep in your head
Everything's turning dark to you

I went to pick up the parts
The doctor's hidin' the charts
He won't let me see this side of you
It's on the tip of my tongue
You know you're way too young to have someone lie to you

I'm not the one
I'm not the one
Who wants to hurt you
I'm not the one
I'm not the one
Who wants to hurt you
You better find somebody else
And get a hold of yourself
I'm not the one
I'm not the one
Who wants to hurt you

You're way too young to be broken
You're way too young to fall apart
You're way too young to play these games
But you better start
But you better start

It was the second I lit
It was your first cigarette
I forget who you used to be
And I bit my lip the second you sipped
The poison that was mixed for me

I'm not the one
I'm not the one
Who wants to hurt you
I'm not the one
I'm not the one
Who wants to hurt you
You better find somebody else
And get a hold of yourself
I'm not the one
I'm not the one
Who wants to hurt you

Drink the poison lightly
'Cause there are deeper and darker things than you
I know, 'cause I've been there too
I know it must seem frightening
To have the world fall apart right under your shoes
Trust me, you'll make it through

I'm not the one
I'm not the one
Who wants to hurt you
I'm not the one
I'm not the one
Who wants to hurt you
You better find somebody else
And get a hold of yourself
I'm not the one
I'm not the one
Who wants to hurt you

I'm not the one
I'm not the one
Who wants to hurt you
I'm not the one
I'm not the one
Who wants to hurt you
I'm not the one
I'm not the one
Who wants to hurt you
I'm not the one
I'm not the one
Who wants to hurt you


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"I'm Not the One" as written by Nathaniel Motte Gregory Kurstin

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  • +7
    Song MeaningGreat song.

    I don't think this is a coming of age song or a song about the difference of age.

    "I went to pick up the parts,
    The doctor's hiding the charts,
    He won't let me see this side of you."

    I think this is a song about alcohol abuse or drug use ("Drink the poison lightly") FOR someone who is just starting down that dark path ('Cause there are deeper and darker things than you.") FROM someone who has been there and does not want to see this person hurt like he was ("I know 'cause I've been there too.")

    This is when it starts,
    From the beating of your heart
    Till the streetlamps talk to you.

    Jumping off of the edge,
    Oversleeping your head,
    Everything's turning dark to you.

    It was the second I lit
    Your first cigarette,
    I forget who you used to be.

    And I bit my lip
    The second you sipped
    The poison that was mixed for me.
    htPWE44mgzVkXon July 05, 2010   Link
  • +4
    General CommentMmmm, I love this song. I am basically listening to it on repeat. I like what everybody has described it as what it means to them, because I was having a difficult time determining the meaning. I like to think of it as a mixture of what everybody has said in the previous posts.
    He is dating a girl that is younger than him and she is starting to get into some of the habits that he is doing such as smoking and drinking and possibly drugs.
    He is saying she is too young to be getting into these habits because she's too young and it's too soon, he doesn't want it to end up hurting her. 'This is when it starts, from the beating of your heart till the street lamps talk to you' reminds me of when you drink and, usually, you start feeling good, your heart is pounding, you're having fun. She is obviously drinking so much that everything around her is screwy. 'Everything's turning dark to you' could either be when she drinks, she gets depressed, or it could be her passing out or even blacking out. I am guessing maybe she gets depressed because he talks about a dr. and charts and kind of not knowing about that darker side of her. Maybe she has issues and when she drinks, he finally sees that she is depressed.
    He doesn't want to be the one that exposes her to these things because he doesn't want them to hurt her. He's basically saying, I like you too much to do that to you, so if you want it, find somebody else.
    For some reason I love the part 'It was the second I lit your first cigarette, I forgot who you used to be. And I bit my lip the second you sipped the poison that was mixed for me.' It is kind of like he doesn't like her being around these influences and he can't even remember how she was when she still had her innocence. I don't know why I love that verse, but I can basically picture him and some girl and he is kind of upset just watching her getting into all of this stuff. It's kind of like she is so normal about it, you know? She's so young, but she is sipping his drink and smoking and he is kind of trying to remember the old her.
    I absolutely love 3oh!3. I am so glad that they have gotten so famous, I was so happy when I heard their first popular song on the radio. They are an amazing band. I love their crazy songs with lyrics that just make you laugh, but songs like this and 'Still Around' show you what range these guys have. Since it's such a crazy band, when you hear these slower, more meaningful songs, they just hit you harder and seem like they really mean what they sing. It basically makes them amazing. ( :
    Britt8Babyon August 04, 2010   Link
  • +3
    General CommentThis is my favorite song off of Streets of Gold. I think the meaning's pretty obvious; a girl likes a guy that's older, and her innocence starts to fade as they get closer, because, being older, he's into things she hasn't yet been exposed to. He doesn't want to hurt her, so he's letting her go before she becomes a different person. I had this exact situation happen to me a while ago, so I'm guessing that's why I love this song so much. Plus, it's a song that actually has some meaning, which is different for a band like 3oh!3
    dannii718on June 30, 2010   Link
  • +2
    General CommentOr maybe, the guy started on drugs which got her addicted. The line

    "It was the second I lit
    Your first cigarette,
    I forget who you used to be."

    Could be proof of this. ^^ I love this song.
    AmbrosiaMaeon July 10, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General Commentit seems more like a coming of age. the artist is just saying that as the girl/boy is going through their transition its relatively tough and theyre not the "bad guy".

    He's saying that theyre too young for all the stuff theyre going through and the singer has already been through it but the boy/girl doesnt understand and is having complicated feelings. They seem to be acting out but all the singer does is just expressing that itll pass its only a stage and theyre there to help.

    To me its could be an age difference, different life stages, anything.
    x3punkrockon July 02, 2010   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationI love this song. I just think it is so deep.

    I think that (like dannii718) it is about a boy who is in a relationship with a younger girl. He doesn't want to let her pick up his pieces, but he still likes her. He accepts that he is no good for her, and she needs someone who won't lead her down a broken path.

    This song gets me every time.
    francesca1709on July 17, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General Commentthis song gives me that shivers down your spine feeling. i can't get sick of it. 3OH!3 is one of my favorite artists, just because of their techno-style sounds effects and the singer's addicting voice.
    my favorite lyric/part of the song is
    "This is when it starts
    From the beating of your heart
    Till the streetlamps talk to you
    Jumping off of the edge
    You're asleep in your head
    Everything's turning dark to you"
    definingDanielleon July 21, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI think htPWE44mgzVkX is talking along the right lines. I think it is about a spiking, having been there myself and having been in hospital for a week as a result.

    Why do I think this? Well she has obviously ended up in hospital (I dont see where that comes into a difference in age or him being older). She is sipping a spiked drink - "And I bit my lip the second you sipped The poison that was mixed for me" - he bought the drink, so whoever spiked it meant it to be for him and didnt realise it was for her. "You're asleep in your head Everything's turning dark to you" - this happened to me.. I got so cold I collapsed with hypothermia, but somehow I crossed the road after collapsing - so obviously I was "asleep in my head" but not physically.

    Well thats my theory - anyone agree?
    Clarkey1987on July 30, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General CommentGood different approach for 3OH!3.. A good mix of softer music. Plus their lyrics are meaningful. A nice change from House Party, but honestly they're all good!
    ja3hawkon October 29, 2010   Link
  • +1
    Song MeaningOn my first listen of Streets of Gold, this was my favorite song. It has the familiar 3oh!3 catchy element, but the content is much darker than their other songs.

    I also think that the song is about the singer dating a younger girl and getting her into smoking, drinking, and drugs. He regrets this, and tells her that she better find somebody else to get her into these things, because he doesn't want to be the one to hurt her.
    musicislife11on November 11, 2010   Link

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