"Don't Tread On ME" as written by and Douglas Vincent Martinez Aaron Charles Wills....
(Nick) Before you're pointing at me,
There is a possibility,
You better turn that finger around
Defense comes easily
So don't you tread on me
Cause I will knock you down

Some days it seems it's not worth it
The fight in me is all gone
And I'm not trying to be perfect
To just get one damn thing done.
Before I lose control
I pick myself up off the floor.

Before you're pointing at me,
There is a possibility,
You better turn that finger around
Defense comes easily
So don't you tread on me
Cause I will knock you down

(SA)
Never come a day that'll solve you
Consequently I could never leave you
In the shadow of those living battleships, I love our canoe
I'm ready for the falls and the still waters we will find our true

(Nick)
Oh there's a clock in my head
And despite what it said
Another one in the wall
We don't agree at all
And this just gives â??em to me
And despite what you see
You must see me as calm, but I don't want to give up.

Before you're pointing at me,
There is a possibility,
You better turn that finger around
Defense comes easily
So don't you tread on me
Cause I will knock you down

Woah
Ohh in the comfort of strangers
You don't see the danger of just letting it flow
This I know.

Before you're pointing at me,
There is a possibility,
You better turn that finger around
Defense comes easily
So don't you tread on me
Cause I will knock you down


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"Don't Tread on Me" as written by Douglas Vincent Martinez Aaron Charles Wills

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    General Commentthis is my last comment i swear to god, but yes the demo is better i hate to admit it
    stryker311on July 20, 2005   Link
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    General CommentThe song "Don't Tread On Me" is more or less about civil liberties and government infringing on the rights of us individuals who the government is supposed to serve. In particular this is talking about the United States of America.

    The slogan "Don't Tread On Me" comes from the Gadsden Flag, which is a flag that we (America) flew against the British during the revolutionary war and it essentially was one of the first "American" flags.

    You can read about this flag, its history, the symbolism on it, what it meant then, what it means today, etc.. all on gadsden.info

    That's not a plug, I have nothing to do with the site, but it's just a good site that seems to have the history of that flag and slogan down.

    The flag is a yellow/orange background, with a rattlesnake on it, coiled and ready to strike. It basically sends a signal out saying "We don't want trouble, but if you give us some, we'll finish it." It's a warning against Tyranny. The rattlesnake gives fair warning to anyone who approaches, but if someone attempts to attack it, it will strike. It's evident that Hexum understands this with the lyrics "Don't you tread on me, cuz I will knock you down", and "You might see me as calm, but I go off like a bomb."

    When America was trying to gain independence from Britain, it was the infringement of rights (freedom of speech, press, religion, bearing arms, taxation without representation, etc..) that they were leaving Britain for. If you go to the above mentioned site they have a much better writeup on it than I could ever put in this.

    Today, this flag has a slightly different, yet similar meaning. A lot of Americans fly this flag as a symbol of their LOVE for America, yet their hatred of the infringement on civil liberties that is happening daily by a strong, centralized, FEDERAL government. I love the flag, the song mentioning it, and what it stands for. See the link for a better writeup.
    Nodyourheadtothison September 11, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI love this song, but I think the demo was a whole lot better.
    poolhallXjunkieon July 19, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commentdemo better yes
    Jessica137on July 19, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commentwhat do you mean the demo? i thought this song wasnt supposed to be released until the 26th? wtf. well, 311 is gonna be on loveline tonight, and hopefully i will get to hear this song
    stryker311on July 20, 2005   Link
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    General Commentokay i just downloaded the demo, and its like okay, not what i was expecting. and whats the difference between the demo and the real song? WELL all i have to say this songs meaning is obvious, and did you know Metallica has a song with the same name, and it is freaking hott_hawt stuff. yeah this song means like dont fcuk with me or i will fcuk you up, or something along those lines. i thinks its a slap in the face to terrorism
    stryker311on July 20, 2005   Link
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    General CommentHere's a direct quote from Nick Hexum:

    "The title track is about emotional volatility when you feel like your freedom is being encroached upon"

    I think the song came about because of nick hexum's liberal and anti-bush nature, and his disgust over Bush being re-elected. I think the "you" in don't you tread on me is anything that makes his freedom feel threatened, like the patriot act, ect.


    By the way I like the final version more than the demo. The major difference was that the demo had a rap in it by Nick which I thought was generic and oddly thrown in. It flows much better without it in my opinion.
    ak11on July 20, 2005   Link
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    General Commentwhere can i hear the song on line? i've heard it once and it made me so happy. and where can i hear the demo. wow i feel like such a looser that i dont know where to find it....sorry
    311relon July 21, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commentid do nick right...
    311relon July 21, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commentgo to 311.com and the song will play automatically as the site's music
    ak11on July 21, 2005   Link

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