"Creatures (For a While)" as written by and Tim Mahoney Nicholas Lofton Hexum....
My name is volatile
I've been this way a long while
I'd surely like to rest
But the energy gets the best of me
It's been a wild ride
I wouldn't change a minute
I can't slow down inside
Guess that's why I live it

The years of mischief
Followed by weeks of thrift
I land on earth's hard face
No legs could keep that pace
And through the rest I sift

Is there ever a time
When the state of sleeping willingly leaves my mind

Highly frustrated want to feel elated
Come Monday morn you feel checkmated
You can be uncool and become the rule
Exceptions were made to drown

I'm not used to it, you'd think I'd be by now
The ins the outs the ups and the downs

I want to make a mess
I want to blow off stress
I want to stoke the fire
Just creatures for a while
I want to make a mess
I want to blow off stress
I want to stoke the fire
Just creatures, Just creatures
It comes and goes and comes and goes

Sometimes I go a little crazy
Sometimes I go a little crazy just like you I do

I know what you we're gonna say
But were afraid to cause dismay
You're lyrics switched around
The mixture watered down
And now a pointless display

It's something one won't understand
Unless there in it with me hand and hand

Don't buy the fear don't buy that my dear
The things you love you must keep near and
Carry on and you won't feel withdrawn
Even if you're coming down

Sometimes it's wearable sometimes is bearable
I careen towards balance til' the glass is full

I want to make a mess
I want to blow off stress
I want to stoke the fire
Just creatures for a while
I want to make a mess
I want to blow off stress
I want to stoke the fire
Just creatures, just creatures

It comes and goes and comes and goes
Sometimes
Sometimes I get a little out there
Sometimes I go off
Sometimes just like you

I go a little crazy
Sometimes I go a little crazy just like you I do
Sometimes I go a little crazy
Sometimes I go a little crazy just like you I do


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"Creatures (For a While)" as written by Nicholas Hexum Douglas Martinez

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    General CommentThis song amplified will make you want to kick someones ass hardcore
    Evolver182on May 18, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song is about trippin on boomers, anyone else agree?
    Billdoon October 01, 2004   Link
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    General CommentI think those that don't think this atleast has SOME drug connotations are being retarded. It obviously is about some anphetamine and basically is talking about the drug cocaine.

    "I'd surely like to rest
    But the energy gets the best of me"
    For those who haven't been on coke you cannot sleep and as it says the energy that you have is almost overwhelming.

    I land on earth's hard face
    No legs could keep that pace
    And through the rest I sift
    Once again another reference to having a lot of energy and not being able to handle it cuz ur so fucked up

    Highly frustrated wanna feel elated
    Come monday morn you feel checkmated
    Possibly talking about how fucked up and depressed you feel waking up after doing coke.

    The list goes on and the verse in it with regards to the lyrics being switched around is basically saying they wanted to be more straightforward with it but they couldn't due to the dismay that they'd cause.
    Airswoop1on October 26, 2007   Link
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    General CommentTo me, this song is about getting stuck into a normal routine, and feeling the effects afterwardsof being a little too crazy. "the years of mischief, followed by weeks of thrift, I land on earth's hard face" but nonetheless, always wanting to get out and have a little fun... never wanting to sleep, wanting to life life to the fullest. . "for a while"
    PrettyTrainCrashon May 02, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song amplified will make you want to kick someones ass hardcore
    Evolver182on May 18, 2004   Link
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    General Commenti think this song is about going all out everyonce in awhile, and just let yourself go become a "creature". Nick has also said similar things in other songs like "take a moment to have a fit once in awhile" its just releving stress by letting it all out, but of course only (for awhile)
    LoveIsAStreamon July 02, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti think its about alcohol
    af_zero_gfon July 04, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentscrew your drugs, this song is about a natural high from just breakin the mode and goin out of your shell once in a while...not every song is about drugs, a true 311 fan would know this
    n3j1y1on October 04, 2004   Link
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    General Commentit's obvious that this song is NOT about drugs or alcohol. it's about being pissed off, and tired of being so passive. he is tired of letting people walk all over him and he is becoming a creature.
    boxcharleson November 07, 2004   Link
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    General Commentman i love this song cause really loud i jump up and down and it gets me psyched up for my battle with the day. it's like one step closer by linkin park for me. It gets out my emotions.
    DemonChildSSS666on January 10, 2005   Link

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