"Sever" as written by and Aaron Wills Doug Martinez....
[Chorus]
Just sever that leash and release
Your freedom of speech
You just have to believe
Your deed will be received
Somehow somewhere
You won't be repaid with a blank stare
Let me know if you dare

There's no one that could cure you like she does
She does
No one could leave you so alone

Here I goes
My vibe is holy
My eyes closed
Either I'm asleep

Or what I'm thinkin' is deep
Eventually I sigh and kick the sheets
Try to piece together why I'm here
Nothing except my own damn eyes and ears

And then it severs so I listen to my heart
Always and ever
If it's not good it might get better
If it's not good it might just sever

I tell you money there's other honey
You always show it but you don't know it
Staring at the door thinking
About the mess you're in
In your couch sinking deep
Over the girl that's gone

[Chorus]

Now all you think about her drink about her
In vain
But all else feels like you're betraying

We're wakin' it up face up and shakin' it up
We know of an extended field
This is the deal we're letting and getting
The vibes that we want

Open up your heart and proceed to feel
Now you're inchin' up to the summit never plummet
Boot your system up
And then bail with the middle finger up
Why you so abrupt baby don't be corrupt

Standing in the club playin' the wall
That they're not her is all
You think and that is true
But what else can you do

Trying to turn back time
Or just to the line
'Cause the space you're in
Is no place like home


Lyrics submitted by pen1234567

"Sever" as written by Douglas Martinez Aaron Wills

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    General Commentthis dude just broke up with someone he loved.. and it sucks. it's hard as hell to sever the ties.
    chavronon April 26, 2002   Link
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    General CommentWhen I first bought Soundsystem I was in a situation sorta like this....I heard this song, and it quickly became my favorite. I'd listen to it 10 times a day just because it made me feel so much better. I agree with both of you...it's a song about how hard it is to let go of a love..there's always something inside you wishing that you could go back and fix everything, or hoping that things will eventually work out.
    BeautifulDisasteron May 02, 2002   Link
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    General Commentyea, I see the point of this song. My girlfriend broke up with me last friday night. I know sometimes things are better let just as the she wanted to be, but I have to confess: I really want her to come back to me. I need it, and everyone in the world whos reading this believe in this true deep everlasting feeling that I feel for her.
    I dont want to sever these ties! I can't!
    BrazilianFanon September 03, 2002   Link
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    General CommentI love how Nick refers to ending the relationship as 'severing' a leash and allowing him to say what he feels. It's so much a positive view of a situation. Also, SA's rhymes are beautifully rhythmic once again.
    MunkAFunkon April 22, 2003   Link
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    General CommentThis is one of my fav 311 songs.
    "Or else, it feels like you're betraying.."
    I know exactly how it feels...
    I just can't stop..
    311rhcpon March 01, 2006   Link
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    General CommentWhen I first heard this song, when Nick starts singing...amazing, the feeling you get is beautiful, such a good song. The meaning is also just as good as the sound, how you just got to move on, sever the bad memories, and simply move on because you're wasting time on something you can't change or something that will only make you hurt more...
    islander5on October 26, 2007   Link
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    General CommentWhen I first heard this song, when Nick starts singing...amazing, the feeling you get is beautiful, such a good song. The meaning is also just as good as the sound, how you just got to move on, sever the bad memories, and simply move on because you're wasting time on something you can't change or something that will only make you hurt more...
    islander5on October 26, 2007   Link
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    General CommentIt is definitely about gathering the strength and positive outlook to get over a bad break up. I don't think 311 necessarry mean that nick ended the relationship. Its just in general the feeling of knowing it isn't going to work out but youve already got emotions towards them and you don't really want to start over. If you listen he is very emotional about it and counters many positive outlooks.

    I also went throughj a rough break up and hard times when I heard this song
    cooky311on July 29, 2011   Link
  • -1
    General Commenthow i see it, this song is kinda sending the same message as I Told Myself....like get out of the relationship..forget about it....but its about a relationship..move on, let go off the memories...
    ate_16amon April 29, 2002   Link

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