I'll turn you on and switch you right off.
I'll make sure you like what you see.
Forget all that you cone believed.
Now you will believe in me.
Do you believe you make the choice,
decide what you hold most dear?
In all opinions that you voice,
it's my voice that they all hear.
I'll take you ideas and your values,
I'll make you turn them all around.
I'll break your individuality,
I'll take you down.
I'll seal shut your open eyes.
I'll give you a taste on the bland.
Intoxicate you, take me in.
You'll never feel the touch of my hand.
I'll turn you on and switch you right off.
I'll soothe your troubled mind.
You'll never have to think again,
it's just a matter of lost time.

Lyrics submitted by oofus

Cult Status song meanings
Add Your Thoughts


sort form View by:
  • 0
    General CommentI think in this song Davey is trying to show that some people in a postion to influence other will turn them into mindless drones. I picture a political figure or something like that when I listen to this song, spewing a mass of propoganda to influence people in a way they wouldn't normaly be. This is another one of my favorite AFI songs.
    P.S. its all about old school afi
    afipunk01on August 19, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti think this is about how people get lost in the crowd. how peaple that wanna be the same as every one else starts to not listen to themselves and starts to listen to what everyone else thinks.
    lilpunkergurlDon March 07, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is about alcohol. Very creative, because it's from the prespective of the alcohol. I'LL TURN YOU ON AND SWITCH YOU RGHT OFF you get turned on to drinking, and then it switches your brain right off. I'LL MAKE SURE YOU LIKE WHAT YOU SEE when you're intoxicated, even when you're doing really stupid or painful things, you like what you see. FORGET ALL THAT YOU ONCE BELIEVED, NOW YOU WILL BELIEVE IN ME alcohol does cause people to have more closed minds. it also kills brain cells, which would cause a person to forget what they believed. IN ALL OPINIONS THAT YOU VOICE, IT'S MY VOICE THEY ALL HEAR here's another one that relates to having a closed mind, and having alcohol change your beliefs and base it on getting drunk. "you didn't used to steal, but then you started stealing alcohol". CHORUS alcohol can have an effect on your ideas and values because of how intoxicating it is. it also breaks down your individuality, since it is something that "everybody does", and it makes you more of a number. I'LL GIVE YOU A TASTE OF THE BLAND to an alcoholic, life is all basically the same: a tangled mess of true and false memories. pretty bland. INTOXICATED, YOU TAKE ME IN well that's pretty obvious right there. YOU'LL NEVER FEEL THE TOUCH OF MY HAND as far as i know, nobody wants to become an alcoholic, but it happens to so many people anyway. why? because they don't knwo what they're doing to themselves. they don't feel the touch of the alcohol before it's too late. YOU'LL NEVR HAVE TO THINK AGAIN well, if you're intoxicated, you dont' really have to think, and most people don't anyway. IT'S JUST A MATTER OF LOST TIME being drunk, in the eyes of sXe, is a waste of time. AFI is a very strait forward sXe band, and it definetly shows in these lyrics.
    mimickidon May 07, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThere are alot of people out there that idolize their favorite bands and are totally influenced by them. People that base their whole lives around someone else that they dont even know. It seems to me that with this song hes talking to the obsessed fans who follow his every move. The whole song hes talking about how hes going to influence/control someone and then "You'll never feel the touch of my hand." is like some of the fans will never meet him but they will follow him anyway. ... I dunno thats just my opinion ...
    bruised_and_brokenon July 02, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentMimickid, three years for someone to say this but you're wrong mate. It's just an intoxication semantic field.
    mashwon May 16, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti'd actually argue that it's about drugs
    Perry9187on February 09, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti'd actually argue that it's about drugs
    Perry9187on February 09, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIt could be about drugs, but it could be about religion. He could be mocking those who follow blindly saying, "I could be your god, either way, 'you'll never feel the touch of my hand'". It could be about weak minded people in general, susceptible to both alcohol and religion, among other things.
    RecklessPietyon February 12, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is about ANYTHING that can take control of your life, drugs, alcohol, religion, relationships.
    ChaingunCassidyon May 30, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentUGH at people saying that religion is for the weak minded.
    Lemurwrenchon March 29, 2010   Link

Add your thoughts

Log in now to tell us what you think this song means.

Don’t have an account? Create an account with SongMeanings to post comments, submit lyrics, and more. It’s super easy, we promise!

Back to top