I'm trying to understand meaning of chorus of the song "Tegan And Sara - Shudder to think". It goes: "Shudder to think that I'd find my company off on standby". I'm interested in second part of this sentence. I knew what "on standby" means. I tried to google "company off", "off on standby" in case it's some idiom but I found nothing. So please explain me what does "my company off on standby" means.
I had to look up the lyrics to the song as I haven't heard it, but it looks like the whole song is about considering life without your love being reflected back to you.
"Off on standby" in this case reads to me like switching a TV off by the button on the remote control. It's no longer on for you, but it is "waiting" to be turned back on. So if your companion is turned off on standby to you, you are in the heart-rending situation where they are no longer responding to you, but could potentially be turned on by someone else.