"Simple True" as written by and Scott Ralston Aaron Wills....
Lying down on the pavement, so happy
seeming to be in balance
but how could that be
really I must be jealous, don't tell me
I just gotta leave the broken pieces
or it'll be the death of me

Six long years and seven heartbreaks
broken strings and countless outtakes, why?
Never thought that I would follow through
got a working title somewhere
and I know one day I'll get there, I'm
grasping here

I'm looking out for a simple kind of true
don't know what I am waiting for
I'm holding out for a simple kind of true
at least some kind of a metaphor

It's simple, simple and it's true
we got much to do
no excuses they're just useless
we've got much to do

I'd say you hung the moon if they ask me
you help me so the plot won't get past me
sometimes the obvious cannot be seen
at least not by me

Remember all of the times when we couldn't make up our minds
hours and years disappear

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    My InterpretationIn general, I believe this song is about managing creativity and the lack there of. The meaning of this song might not seem completely obvious during the first verse and the chorus. It becomes apparent to me during SA's entire verse. "Countless outtakes" and "Got a working title somewhere and I know one day I'll get there, I'm gasping here." 311 has dug up old outtakes from the Don't Tread on Me days with different working titles to add new ideas and lyrics for this album. SA's verse is a dead give away that this song is about the struggle to come up with ideas for songs the whole band can agree on. On the surface the title and chorus might be thought to be about a relationship. After SA gives it away it's apparent that the band is looking out for songs that are a "simple kind of true" to them. Nick's verses are much more complex and deep. In the first chorus he claims to feel happy wondering how that could be. He then says "Don't tell me I just gotta leave the broken pieces or it will be the death of me." It's like the others told him they won't use some of his ideas which makes him jealous. It's dawned on me that Nick is happy that the writing process has become more of a collaborative combined effort from all band members. He feels jealous because other band members have contributed much more recently and some of his ideas are the broken pieces that he must let go of or it will be the death of him. Ive gathered that in past albums other band mates weren't happy with Nick making most of the decisions about the creative path of songs. That first verse describes how he is grateful for everyone's contributions but has ideas that were left out. He isn't used to this but that's why he now has a side project. As for Nick's last verse, he basically says he would give props to his band mates and give them the credit. He then thanks them for getting through to him on the ideas when maybe at first he wasn't on board with it. This song reveals a lot of the struggle within the band. It's good to see that they are working together better then ever.
    ben1355417on April 01, 2014   Link

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