What's it gonna take to slow us down?
To let the silence spin us around?
What's it gonna take to drop this town?
We've been spinning at the speed of sound
Stepping out of those convenience stores
What could we want but more more more?
From the third world to the corporate core
We are the symphony of modern humanity, yea

If we're adding to the noise
Turn off this song
If we're adding to the noise
Turn off your stereo, radio, video

I don't know what they're gonna think of next
Genetic engineers are the most high tech
A couple new ways to fall into debt
I'm a nervous wreck but I'll bet that that T.V. set
Tells us what we've wanted to hear
But none of these sound bites are coming in clear
From the third world to the corporate ear
We are the symphony of modern humanity

If we're adding to the noise
Turn off this song
If we're adding to the noise
Turn off your stereo, radio
If we're adding to the noise
Turn off this song
If we're adding to the noise
Turn off your stereo, radio
(Stereo, radio, stereo, radio, stereo radio)
(Stereo, radio, stereo, radio, of)

If we're adding to the noise
Turn off this song
If we're adding to the noise
Turn off your stereo, radio, oh
If we're adding to the noise
If we're adding to the noise
If we're adding to the noise
Turn off this song


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  • +2
    General Commentuhmm.. sorry guys.. this is from Jon directly

    JON: Yeah, we always thought it would be really great to tell somebody to turn it off. See, we were looking at statistics, and the number-one CD of last year was the blank disc. And I was just thinking, what a better world this would be--and this might sound really odd coming from a musician--if we all listened to that blank disc just for an hour and 15 minutes, and contemplated life and just thought about what we're doing here. Maybe pop it in and go for a drive or something, and be forced to think our thoughts. That's kind of what "Adding To The Noise" is about. Our world spins very fast and there's a lot of traffic that goes by very quickly, but at the end of the day, there's no real motion, nothing has really changed--our hearts are still the same and our planet's still messed-up. So that song's kind of just...I don't know, I guess it is an ironic thing for somebody to tell you to turn the song off.
    ubermunchieon January 10, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General Commentits pretty simple: if you dont like it, or them, dont listen.
    duh.
    nat leehunni4667on January 08, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song is SO TRUE for me. In all my songs, I'M DYING to put a guitar solo in somewhere.
    But then I remember that these songs are not for my benifit, they're all for GOD!!! These songs are meant to teach humans about the redemptive qualities of GOD!!!
    I'm also listening to it right now =]
    TheMolton August 26, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commentlove this song rules, i love the electric drums in the beginning. this is about how we're becoming so modernized, and how its probably gonna end up hurting us
    catliketheifon June 09, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is so awesome. Many inside jokes with this one. Switchfoot is my favotire christian band
    swimmer9807on October 14, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI didn't get to hear the whole song. They told me to turn it off
    myheartpumps4uon December 23, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentNo. Just kidding. It really is an awesome song. It sends a good message to everyone to not focus on the "things" of life.
    myheartpumps4uon December 23, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI love how they say "if we're adding to the noise turn off this song"...because they know they aren't adding to the noise! the "noise" is all the junk thats put in our heads from most of todays media....would luuv to see them in concert..*aahh what fun*
    ashleyholley23on December 31, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWhat can I say...I love this song.
    livin_for_Christon January 01, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI love this song. For me, it's a cry against what America has become. This country has become very materialistic. This song kinda shows us how silly we sound when we are all about getting stuff.
    "A couple new ways
    to fall into debt
    I'm a nervous wreck but I'll bet
    that that T.V. set
    tells us what we've wanted to hear"
    pnkfzzyslpprs117on March 19, 2005   Link

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