"Getting Through To Her" as written by and Tripp G Doug Martinez....
There was an earthquake
In her dreams so she thinks her
Foundation is crumbling away
Fault lines in her words
Hoping to show a soul disturbed that
Has shaped her to what she is today

Getting through to her
Getting through to her
Getting through to her
Getting through to her

Sometimes when I call
She tells me things that were not her fault
And her surface will start to break
Breakdown a hurting sound
I want to tell her that it's ok now
But I'm not too sure just what to say

Getting through to her
Getting through to her
Getting through to her
Getting through to her

All she wants is some breathing room
If not tomorrow surely one day soon
All she wants is some breathing room
If not tomorrow surely one day soon

Excuse me did she say
She wished she went away
And not return to the shame
Brought to her those days
We'll take man's dirty deeds
And suck them out by cosmic means
Into the sun hurl them
Where they'll be happy burning
But life is not tv
Life is not tv
Life is not tv

She's on wounded knee
And well crazy horse that's me
Her hard parts I'm cradling
I feel refreshed when I watch her sleep
Sometimes that's all I need
It's all about the company we keep

Getting through to her
Getting through to her
Getting through to her
Getting through to her

All she wants is some breathing room
If not tomorrow surely one day soon
All she wants is some breathing room
If not tomorrow surely one day soon
If not tomorrow surely one day soon


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"Getting Through to Her" as written by Tripp G Douglas Martinez

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    General CommentIts hard to put into words how great I think this song is. SA did an incredible job with stretching his voice on this one. He also needs to be commended for a great job writing the foundation to the song musically. On the album preview on the website here's what SA said regarding this song:

    "There exists in this country something so deadly and prevalent, yet so taboo at the same time. It can destroy a persons sense of self, their relationships, their will to live. Chances are, you know someone who is stricken with this yet they haven't told you a single thing. However, if you were to think about it, you would find warning signs in their personality if you knew what to look for. This song is about child sexual abuse."
    Mirage311on September 17, 2005   Link
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    General CommentThis is by far my favorite 311 song. I'm a little confused as to weather he's talking about someone he's involved with's problems. Or Just complaining about how she's completly out of touch with the world? (life is not tv...) Or maybe I'm just completly off all togther?
    cooldude4919on September 03, 2005   Link
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    General CommentSA truly shines on this record. the bridge of this song ("I'm on wounded knee") where tim slows the tempo down and sa's melody soars in the backround is Golden. Definetly one of the highlights of this album.
    cheese311on September 08, 2005   Link
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    General CommentIts hard to put into words how great I think this song is. SA did an incredible job with stretching his voice on this one. He also needs to be commended for a great job writing the foundation to the song musically. On the album preview on the website here's what SA said regarding this song:

    "There exists in this country something so deadly and prevalent, yet so taboo at the same time. It can destroy a persons sense of self, their relationships, their will to live. Chances are, you know someone who is stricken with this yet they haven't told you a single thing. However, if you were to think about it, you would find warning signs in their personality if you knew what to look for. This song is about child sexual abuse."
    Mirage311on September 17, 2005   Link
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    General CommentProps to Mirage on finding the quote. This song IS about child sexual abuse. It is my favorite song on "Don't Tread On Me," because of the heart and soul behind it. SA proved himself to be a champ musician and lyricist on this album and that shines through on this song. Unbelievably incredible song with yet another great message behind it. In the end, it's just 1 of countless 311 songs that leave me feeling refreshed. These lyrics are a gem. It's just something that popular music won't ever be able to live up to. And lastly, I must say that I'm not the type to force my musical opinions on anyone, but i will say this: anyone who does not hear this song is robbing themselves.
    TyHazon October 03, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentReally similar (the topic, not the style) to Long for the Flowers. Sounds like 311 felt like overdoing the whole unstable girl thing on this CD. Really high quality track though.
    Shredder1316on December 06, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI agree, there are quite a few tracks from DTOM that could be/are relating to unstable female problems, and most of them could be seen from a female's standpoint of a struggling male. Either way, this is one sick album and I don't know why everyone is criticizing it because it's not raw and edgy like the blue album and such. This album has so much music talent on it it's rediculously amazing. It's hard to understand what someone who has been sexually abused as a child is going through, as with other touchy subjects like aids or abuse in general, but SA does a good job at giving an inside perspective. I mean, what can you say to make the pain go away from someone with such a permanent scar for life? The whole "life is not TV" line is perfect, there's all these after-school specials and dramas on TV where the "man with dirty deeds" is finished off for a happy ending, but that never happens in this day and age...
    n3j1y1on December 12, 2005   Link
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    General CommentThe middle verse that starts with "excuse me did you say..." is really good. Of course this song is about child sexual abuse. And basically the girl who went through this doesn't want to talk about what happened, because she doesn't want to re-live it. It follows saying "we'll take man's dirty deeds
    and suck them out by cosmic means
    into the sun hurl them
    where they'll be happy burning" This is him imagining how great it would be if he could take all this pain and the memories from the girl and hurt them to the sun, so she wouldn't suffer. But of course life isn't TV so he can't. He wants to do whatever he hcan for her, love her. He feels refreshed when he watchers he sleep, because maybe she is at peace, away from the trouble. Its a beautiful song, on a terrible subject. I love 311's positive outlook on life. Obviously there isn't much positive coming out of child sexual abuse, but they do show the love we as humans need to show.
    kevrochuckyon November 19, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentits so damn awesome that 311 can make these kick ass songs and actually have really awesome lyrics and shit in them, 311 is the best band ever, always will be
    joshhazon February 16, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThis song is the most amazing song on dont tread on me and i believe the most meaningful. in this song s.a spreads his heart out explaning how he feels because his friend got raped. he pours out on his emotions and tries to help her out but he dosent know wat to say and he wants to help her out and "get through to her" I love this song dude 311 is the most amazing band ever i love them
    topher311on July 20, 2007   Link

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