"Don't Move" as written by and Joshua Carter Sarah Barthel....
I'm not your nervous feeling
Each time we say goodnight
You picture buildings burning to the ground
From the basement in the street light

I'm not your drinking problem
A hole is in the sky
Its not your heart that you've you been thinking of
Just the feeling like you're going to die

All I have to do is shake, shake
Keep your body still
Keep your body still
Our move is shake, shake, shake
Keep your body still
Keep your body still

I'm not your paranoia
When someone's at the door
There's a fast calling out of a throat of a body rising through the floor

I'm not your fortune teller
I'm not your spirit guide
I'm never like you
Uncomfortable to
This is starting to fuck with my head

All I have to do is shake shake
Keep your body still
Keep your body still
Our move is shake shake
Keep your body still
Keep your body still

Don't you realize you're fine
Or can't you see that you're fine
And you know you're still alive
You know that you're still alive
Why don't you know you're alive
Why don't you know you're alive
Right in the sky

All I have to do is shake, shake
Keep your body still
Keep your body still
Our move is shake, shake
Keep your body still
Keep your body still


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"Don't Move" as written by Sarah Barthel Joshua Carter

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  • +7
    My InterpretationTo me, this sounds like it's about fear of the finality of death.
    I'm not your nervous feeling, each time we say good night - nervousness that it might be the last time
    You picture buildings burning to the ground, from a basement in the streetlight - you're imagining worst case scenarios, that are irrational

    The title of the song, Don't Move, could be part of this as well, asking her not to move at all, for fear the worst may happen to her. it could also, instead be alluding to the chorus, presumably the person she addresses saying all they know how to do is shake out of nervousness, and replying ti keep their body still.

    The last verse is pretty self explanatory. you're ok, don't fret, you're still alive, celebrate the fact instead of dwelling on what could happen.
    NoSahdowon January 30, 2012   Link
  • +4
    General CommentI think it's about an emotionally abusive relationship. When people are so paranoid, like the person she describes in the song, they'll often blame outside forces for their problems, never admitting that they have a problem. She seems to be telling him that no, she's not his paranoia, not his doomsday, he needs to just calm down and realize that the world is not coming to an end, and she can't be there to keep him in line all the time while all she does is get blamed.
    heyyou1203on August 18, 2013   Link
  • +3
    My InterpretationThis sounds to me as though she's with someone who only keeps her around because the person has this idea that being with someone will bring them out of their depression. "I’m not your nervous feeling," "I’m not your drinking problem," She's basically saying that she's not this person's coping method. The chorus also enforces this idea, "All I have to do is shake shake
    Keep your body still
    Keep your body still" She's the one who's doing all the work, having all the fun, but the other person isn't putting any effort into the relationship. Then, "Don’t you realize you’re fine
    Or can’t you see that you’re fine
    And you know you’re still alive" is her telling this person that they don't need her.
    owlsvoiceon February 12, 2014   Link
  • +2
    Lyric CorrectionAll you know how to do is shake, shake
    Keep your body still, keep your body still
    All you do is shake, shake, shake
    Keep your body still, keep your body still
    mynameisanhon January 16, 2012   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationTo me this song is about her "true" self. Her best self talking about the person she tends to indulge in. She's telling herself from her best perspective that these things she/he deals with isn't the real you. So don't worry so much. Just shake it off and live life. It's that tug of war between the person you desire to be vs the person you've been.

    She's not those things that she may currently or has dealt with. She's trying to get herself to let go of the old patterns. Let it go and don't have shame about it.

    "Don’t you realize you’re fine
    Or can’t you see that you’re fine
    And you know you’re still alive
    You know that you’re still alive
    Why don’t you know you’re alive
    Why don’t you know you’re alive
    Right in the sky"
    bbyashuon February 24, 2013   Link
  • 0
    My OpinionSooo good - love the bridge, especially. :D

    The EP will obviously be amazing
    minutemanon October 11, 2011   Link
  • 0
    My InterpretationTo me, this feels like a song about someone suffering from mental illness, trying to calm herself.
    ampouleon December 21, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General CommentSomeone dealing with an alcoholic. whether it be themselves or some else.
    crystallinaguon April 29, 2013   Link
  • 0
    General CommentLove the opposing urgency of telling yourself both to 'shake shake shake', like keeping yourself loose, but then 'keep your body still', like telling yourself to not lose control. Gotta balance both, it's not good to be too stiff but it's also not good to be too loose.
    lizardkingpon September 11, 2016   Link
  • 0
    General CommentY'all are all high. This song is about sex. That's it.
    UTdrewon March 16, 2017   Link

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