"Transistor" as written by and Nicholas Lofton Hexum Chad Sexton....
If you want more beats for you buck there's no luck
If you want more beats for you buck there's no luck
If you want more beats for you buck there's no luck
If you want more beats for you buck there's no luck
Then there's no luck
Then again if you came for drama then I can't understand a
Music critics
Music critics
Not afraid of a guy who'll tell you he's never been in a mix
Been in a mix
Been in a mix
We're from the grassroots so big up to our friends
Every crew, every clique, and every posse
Big up to all the heads not of hypocrisy

You're a transistor
Lightning resistor
Conducting to the mother star
That's what you are

Renegade sound system 311
Renegade sound system 311
Renegade sound system 311
Renegade sound system 311
311
Brothers from another planet and here once again
Automatic
Automatic
Quantam saints of the universe in a holographic
Cosmic remix
Cosmic remix
From the mysterious blue planet
We can breathe anywhere
Under water, out in space, and in LA
Your polluted air's no problem for these homeys

You're a transistor
Lightning resistor
Lightning resistor
Conducting to the mother star
That's what you are


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"Transistor" as written by Douglas Martinez Chad Sexton

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    General Comment311 owns
    -Raspler-on May 06, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General Commentwell im glad taht u like transistor..since it is an odd song...much like all 311 songs..but it isnt played very often..good stuff...
    i would label this song as maybe bragging..but not really...
    ate_16amon June 07, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentim a big 311 fan i have most cd's all there songs are really good.
    punkass555on July 16, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Comment311 never fails to come up with amazing and original songs...being a 311 fan for nearly half my life, i strongly disagree with you, g*star13, the only thing to be ashamed of is the fact that there are people like you who dont appreciate wonderful music.
    THREE_ELEVENon September 24, 2002   Link
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    General CommentTHREE ELEVEN said it! i love all 311 and their concerts are the funnest there are! even if ur not a big fan, go to a concert! they're killer!
    deftonesgirl_57on September 24, 2002   Link
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    General CommentThis is what I've heard the song is about:

    When they say "You're a Transistor" it show's their belief that everyone is made of the same energy from the sun (conducting to the motherstar) and it flows through us all. We are all essencially the same...it's a messege of peace/unity, anti-racism ect.

    The first couple lines is a showing of their disgust of critics...but this song is in no way bragging. 311 usually get's bad reviews from critics and they're saying it's because the critics don't uderstand them.

    Personally, I very much agree with them on that point.
    ak11on December 15, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentrewind the track about ?1:46? or so and hear the crucial intro used for some of there concert openings...
    n3j1y1on December 12, 2005   Link
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    General Commentthis was 1 of the first 311 songs i heard, im a huge 311 fan. u dont really like much first time u listin but they grow on u, now i help keep the song database on their setlist site up to date, i love 311 and 311 day is gonna b awesome
    miTfan3on January 30, 2006   Link
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    General CommentIf no one has ever noticed, this song is the foreshadowing of the entire album, and the main theme- transistor. The electricity that flows through all of us- makes us all the same, one. We are of the universe, we are one with the universe.
    This is a conceptual album about us belonging to the universe, and all astrophysical phenomena. From Galaxy to the Inner Light Spectrum, Electricity, Jupiter, Light Years, Starshines, and finishing the album with the sound of our universe. 311 is the most underrated band of all-time.
    Youdamanon February 25, 2006   Link
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    General Commentn3j1y1 is right...the hidden intro to Transistor is awesome.
    mpsvsuon January 13, 2007   Link

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