"Evolution" as written by Morita Masanori (studio Apartment), Abe Noboru (studio Apartment), Aiko Ishii (pka Akiko) and Ward Sexton....
My computer is future shockin'
Download this, and you'll start talkin'
Upgraded, you're now walkin'
Compatible with all that is rockin'
Comin' on fast, it's gettin' digital
It's so huge, like a spiritual
Rippling out to every individual
This is life, it is a miracle

Evolution has exponential timing
It'll be half as long 'til
The next breakthrough that blows our mind
It's up to the people to brave on with
Move forth the species by using our imagination
But can we handle it?
Could we dismantle it?
Or should we fear the void and just be
If it's understood, it could be used for good
And would
If you will believe in all we can conceive

On the periodic table, they got it all wrong
Let me lay it down for you in this song
People want Pt, they want Au
But lemme tell you what you really ought to do
Figure out ways to master silicon
Fiber optic connectors, whatever's beyond
So many people don't even attempt to understand
The limitless possibilities of man


I feel trapped, I gotta adapt
Remain calm, collected, before I get zapped
My computer is a rebel, acting all fine
And, just like that, payin' me no mind
What's up, is it's program overcome by a glitch
Is it becoming conscious and, if so, ain't that a
I paid too much for this piece, I'll be damned
If it tries
Any funny business, it'll be the one that pays
The price


Yes, can we handle it
We could we dismantle it
We should not fear the void and just be
If it's understood, it could be used for good
And would
If you will believe in all we can conceive

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"Evolution" as written by Douglas Martinez Aaron Wills

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    General CommentThis song is great. I recently re-discovered it while playing some 311 songs at work. I build fiber-optic devices for a living, and I'm pretty sure this is the only song which mentions "fiber-optic connectors".
    The lyrics to this song, in general, are great! It talks about our use of technology, and questions our ability to use it. The song defines technology as a form of human evolution, because we continue our advancement as a species through technology.
    In response to Ignition; I believe that 311's use of the word exponential was appropriate in this context. In general, any logarithmic process can be expressed as an exponential process. More practically, the term 'exponential' is more common and better understood than the term 'logarithmic'. Therefore, the term exponential is more appropriate in the context of this song.
    In response to joshhaz: I would hazard a guess that whoever 'Igintion' is, he is more valuable to society than you are, and probably doesn't measure up to any of your profanities as well as you do.
    music1994on February 03, 2008   Link
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    General CommentThe lyrics make total sense! This song is about technology and how man should not be afraid of it. He is saying that we as humans are capable of doing great things but many people dont stop to think that our imagination is very powerful. We are evoloving as a species at a fast pace because of all the advancements man has accomplished. First our dreams or goals must be thought of in imagination, then man will make it reality, with the use of technology. He says there are a lot of people that fear our advancements because we may not be able to take the consequences back. But that we should still continue to advance because, if it is thought of carefully, it can and will be used for the good of all humans.
    Daisy13on July 20, 2002   Link
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    General Commentyes as stated above this song makes total sense...
    basically what i feel hexum was saying is that human kind is limited only by our imagination and i truly believe that and if you dont someone has severly injured your perception of reality
    r0ckmusicon May 12, 2003   Link
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    General CommentWhen Hex talks about people wanting PT and wanting AU he's referring to platinum and gold which has value based in the element, but there is more value in technology advancement with the making of semiconductor microchips (silicon) and fiber optics
    sk8nfool13on April 30, 2004   Link
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    General CommentHey people... 311's music has soooooo much more meaning than you can even imagine... do me a favor, go to google.com and type in "Dimensional Shift In Conciousness" and do some research.... it has alot to do with 311's music i believe... dont be freaked out at what you might find... ;)
    DreamTheater311on August 09, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI seriously think that this is a great song. For those who don't see the point of this song try reading the lyrics and search deeper into the actual meaning. 311 did a great Job with this one. Humans have great potential to do anything they put their minds to. There is more value in technology than in valuables such as gold and platinum.
    AmplifyYourselfon April 20, 2014   Link
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    General Commenti just like the rhythm of the song, i dont think they were tring to make much sense when trhey wrote it. lol but i like it though
    bwebb41on May 09, 2002   Link
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    General CommentThe band even hates this song.
    kimdudley311on October 29, 2004   Link
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    MaZaRaXon November 29, 2006   Link
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    General CommentAren't these lines wrong?

    Evolution has exponential timing
    it’ll be half as long
    till the next

    Half as long would be logarithmic and not exponential!
    Ignitionon March 31, 2007   Link

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