"Rock On" as written by and David Essex....
You're wasted
Kept it on the tip of your tongue
You can taste it
Never thought you'd play with a gun
But it's pleasing
At least you can feel something
The burning of your flesh hits your nose
Now you're bumping

When you are dealing
Back spinning wheels
And doing that grind
All of the time
Some will a getcha
Know they'll out betcha
Swipe away your dime
Find you're bottom line

You're cruisin'
Don't even care about what you're losing
You're using anything that comes your way
Here today, gone tomorrow all about
Beg, steal, and borrow
Can't stop, won't stop
Til there's nothing left but sorrow

You're cruisin'
Don't even care about what you're losing
You're using anything that comes your way
Here today, gone tomorrow all about
Beg, steal, and borrow
Can't stop, won't stop
Til there's nothing left but sorrow

The palace became a prison
The phoenix within you risen
Shot by your own device
You pay the price
And so you give in to the
Pity party, party of one
No one shows up
Another sip of poison
Slow death fills your cup

Your head's wrecked from the neck down
It's out of your hands
Your arms feel tied down
And you can't understand
And when you try to stand up
Your legs have other plans
Oh man, damn, you can't get out of this jam

You're cruisin'
Don't even care about what you're losing
You're using anything that comes your way
Here today, gone tomorrow all about
Beg, steal, and borrow
Can't stop, won't stop
Til there's nothing left but sorrow

You're cruisin'
Don't even care about what you're losing
You're using anything that comes your way
Here today, gone tomorrow all about
Beg, steal, and borrow
Can't stop, won't stop
Til there's nothing left but sorrow


Lyrics submitted by jbond311

"Rock On" as written by Douglas Martinez Chad Sexton

Lyrics © Downtown Music Publishing

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    General CommentIts about just living for today and not for tomorrow. The subject is partying/living an objectable lifestyle without a care in the world, abusing himself and it eventually will catch up with you is the message. Lots of times karma is a theme 311 uses and believes in and it comes in to play here. Nick said it best "when the day is done what you receive is the sum of what you put in from what you took out".
    mallorypmmon July 18, 2012   Link
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    My InterpretationMy interpretation was that this song is about a drug dealer who has started using his own drugs.
    (Mainly because of the lines "When you are dealing
    Back spinning wheels
    And doing that grind
    All of the time", which I interpreted as dealing)

    And the suggestion that he has started using his own stash:-
    ("Shot by your own device
    You pay the price")

    I'm not sure what is meant by "The burning of your flesh hits your nose,
    Now you're bumping"; I know 'bumping' is a slang term for snorting drugs through your nose, but I'm not sure what is causing flesh to burn
    (Maybe I'm trying to interpret this too literally?)

    The multiple references to a "Gun" I'm still wondering about. Is the gun a literal gun (i.e. a handgun/weapon), or a reference to a syringe for injection of drugs?

    The song title "Rock On" may refer to "rock" (i.e. Methamphetamine), or it may be a coincidence.
    pud354on September 13, 2015   Link

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