Houston, we have a problem
All this TV has made us dumb
Anxious is what we’ve become
Too much prozac in our systems
It’s our mental condition
It’s our mental condition
One thing lacks is education
Institutions fuck with our

Emotions are elastic
They stretch out and back
Stretch out and back
Sometimes they just snap
They don’t go back
They never go back

What if it were true
that you weren’t so blue
and you felt like you
could just do anything
but we’re facing the sunset
and for a moment it
looks like it’s rising
and we are on the other side of things

There’s no procrastination maybe I should do it get to it straight
I see people wasting time with so much pointless debate
I can’t wait for the over analytical politically correct
Upset by threats to the national mindset
I bet we’d let reverse psychology mob mentality over our ecology
A college we could learn but we usually we burn and then we waste it
Taste it time and time again it’s time to take your medicine
Emotions are elastic
They stretch out and back
Stretch out and back
Sometimes they just snap
They don’t go back
They never go back

What if it were true
that you weren’t so blue
and you felt like you
could just do anything
but we’re facing the sunset
and for a moment it
looks like it’s rising
and we are on the other side of things

[Bridge]

What if it were true
that you weren’t so blue
and you felt like you
could just do anything
but we’re facing the sunset
and for a moment it
looks like it’s rising
and we are on the other side of things
side of things


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  • +1
    General Commentwell, with the name of the song and with the chorus, i think its about looking at things differently, instead of being pessimistic, look at it like the sun is rising for another day, not putting an end to the day. be opptimistic, look at the other side of things
    LoveIsAStreamon July 02, 2004   Link
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    General Comment311 never writes about how "shitty" the world is. This is exactly what "Love is a Stream" points out. (Good song by the way, purpose is super melodic). This is about being optimistic throughout the rougher times. It's definately not concuring with the cliche annotation that "this world sucks." You must look through the dark to find the light, optimistics grow, refuse to be jaded and enjoy this world for its beauty and complexity, don't focus so much on its flaws.
    TaiyedIamon April 18, 2005   Link
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    General Commentboth of you are correct, in my opinion. parts of this song talk about optimism, and parts of it also talk about the lack of education or value of it in today's society. alot of 311 songs can have 2 major meanings. I believe the reason for that is Nick and SA can each say different things or have different perspectives on the same idea.
    SkaMasta097on August 09, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWow this song definitely describes school to me. About American Culture making us dumb and anxious and then they feed us prozac to fuck with our heads and make us feel happy in this shitty world. I definitely agree with institutions such as schools fucking with our emotions. I feel like my school trys to make me feel certian ways about things, especially anything to do with America since this is an american public school.
    Well this class is over so no more time to reflect on this song... peace
    twentyeighton April 26, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentGet the 311 Day 04 DVD and skip straight to this song. SA's does not miss a single note in it.

    Seeing 311 day 04 was one of the most amazing things I've ever done with my life.
    shokknterroron November 29, 2004   Link
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    General CommentActually if you think a lil more bout the lyrics, what they are actually saying is that there is a lack of education, and that our society if forgetting the importance of intellectualism. "We can usually learn but we burn and then we waste it." The institution reference isn't directed toward learning institutions, more so it references doctors and such that quickly diagnose people with "disabilities"...ie ADD and ADHD. It seems as though this is mainly a pro education rant.
    TaiyedIamon May 30, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commentagain...another fabulous 311 joint. lyrically, musically genius
    71cuttyon April 15, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentby shokknterror on 11-29-2004 @ 06:29:54 PM
    Get the 311 Day 04 DVD and skip straight to this song. SA's does not miss a single note in it.

    Seeing 311 day 04 was one of the most amazing things I've ever done with my life.

    i just got done watching 311 day today, and i noticed that same thing. i thought he was lip syncing at first
    pensfan311on December 11, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Comment"A college we could learn but we usually we burn and then we waste it"

    This line isn't saying the lack of available education nowadays, it's saying how people are so lazy and don't want to do anything with their lives so they start taking the wrong paths of life- drugs, violence, the such.

    "Taste it time and time again, it’s time to take your medicine"
    "Too much prozac in our systems"

    I agree 100% about the doctors statement above, that's what I thought when I first heard this song too. Doctors nowadays don't care about their patients, just doing it for the money- they just diagnose their patients with something to feel unnaturally optimistic.
    rafifreak00on April 27, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI think this song is FOR education, but not really in favor of our current system of educating because it's hurting the kids. Oh, and anti-psychotic meds are overperscribed to change kids for the "better" and nobody really researches problems or the downside to the meds they take. Thats basically what I get out of this.
    Raginghamon May 20, 2007   Link

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