"On/Off" as written by Gary Lightbody, Mark Mcclelland and Jonathan Quinn....
I couldn't believe what I was seeing
Faces all screwed up like what I'd done
I didn't mean to hurt you so much
I knew it would hurt you but not like this

We all make a mess from time to time, dear
But it'll take me a lifetime to get this cleared
Somebody muttered something under their breath
But I let on like I was a little deaf

Nobody's perfect, that's what I say
No one has hurt me so much you say
I'm sorry

Running away seemed like the easy
Thing to do because I wanted time
To put a smile back on my dirty face
For once nothing's missing and I feel fine

I was afraid to tell you some things
But some things all find a way to get told
Hearing it from the lips of somebody else
Must have knocked the wind out of your sweet face

[Chorus: x2]

Lyrics submitted by dwizhaffa

"On/Off" as written by Jonathan Quinn Gary Lightbody

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    General Comment"Nobody's perfect that's what I say"

    I think that casically explains it - everyone makes mistakes....
    dwizhaffaon April 25, 2002   Link
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    General Comment'no one has hurt me so much you say, im sorry'

    the guy in the song screwed up big time and he knows it, he knew he was doing it and he didnt care, the when the person found out he saw how much he had hurt them and feels shit about it!
    scarlet_egoon April 27, 2002   Link
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    General Commentits all about gary lightbody cos he's always been a bit of a prik to women and he cheated on them loads and loads. see, every word fits.
    t1nkerb3llon March 22, 2005   Link
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    General Comment^^^^
    That comment made me laugh, there is no proof he was cheating on the person in this song, and even if he was doesn't mean he makes a habit of it. I agree that he has written many songs that may imply cheating, but often several songs can be written from one situation displaying different aspects of it.

    Or maybe he just made it all up.

    Andyway it is a great song.
    intrigued.punkon April 08, 2005   Link
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    General Commentactually punk whos intrigued there proof by mr gary lightbody himself that hes cheated on women lots, im not just making it up. so im guessing that from a man whos writing his own songs about himself thn this songs pretty accurate huh? or i don't know maybe you know him in person or something and you know i'm wrong. well im not.
    t1nkerb3llon April 10, 2005   Link
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    General CommentRelax. I'm sure the intrigued one didn't mean to sound harsh.

    Anyway, sounds like Gary hurt the girl. People/friends know. Now he's feeling extremely guilty as to how he hurt the girl and then attempted to hide his guilt.
    *(hesteron July 06, 2005   Link
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    General CommentIt sucks to relate to this song.
    Aerionon August 12, 2005   Link
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    General CommentEvery single one of Lightbody's songs have been written about one woman that he really loved, who he messed it up with and who he wants back.
    Every single bloody song.

    Morbid, no?
    PleasePleasePleaseon May 08, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI love this song :D
    Tamuon June 20, 2007   Link
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    General Comment"nobody's perfect that's what i say
    no one has hurt me so much you say
    i'm sorry"

    these lines say everything of this song! it's about apologizing and forgiving and making mistakes

    I really really like this song because Gary's voice is so great and also the guitar in this song is soooo good!
    chocolate_girlon May 03, 2008   Link

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