This is happening, this here is life
days spent pondering, truth is a knife
respect due to those who have caught it
dedicated to our friends who have sought it

This is happening, this here is life
days spent pondering, truth is a knife
respect due to those who have caught it
dedicated to our friends who have sought it

Brainstorm superseding the norm
when we come together, new planet is born
you revel in the chaos when people are torn
then you come to find out your welcome is worn

We are advancing and retracting visionaries
really here, it's not imaginary
the way you work your mind, you find it's an art
where you feel it most, you feel in your heart

Everybody gets confused
delusions are everywhere
buy into fakeness, you'll feel used
double talk fills the air
looking all over for happiness
I've got the will to live
it's in front of you right now, don't you feel stressed
falls through my hands live a sieve

I'm on a new high
with a pen and a pad
and for fun I attend
a jam that's super bad
at the same time
give it all that I have
whether you're square
or the coolest lad

Eatin up my people, purgin their words
the jammies take flight like Icarus birds
drop on you and you get hurt
cuz if you're under the rock, you get worked

Say, what gives, are you after me
breakin me down won't you let me be
won't be having none of your mind control
it ain't gonna work on me no more
I said what gives, are you after me
breakin me down won't you let me be
won't be having none of your mind control
it ain't gonna work on me no more

woo! ha-ha!
you get worked

If you don't watch your back
people are scheming on you
exploiting all the things you lack
they'll do what they have to do
your good will is something they'll crack
how many times will the bust
your originality they will hack
don't know just who you can trust

I'm on a new high
with a pen and a pad
and for fun I attend
a jam that's super bad
at the same time
give it all that I have
whether you're square
or the coolest lad

Eatin up my people, purgin their words
the jammies take flight like Icarus birds
drop on you and you get hurt
cuz if you're under the rock, you get worked

Yeah, you get worked
yeah, you get worked
yeah, you get worked
yeah, you get worked

Say, what gives, are you after me
breakin me down won't you let me be
won't be having none of your mind control
it ain't gonna work on me no more
you get worked


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    General CommentThis song is about the proletariat.
    Ilayaraaja1986on October 14, 2008   Link
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    General Commentthis song is about not letting setbacks get the best of you...straight from an interview with 311.."you get worked" is a saying that we use..its about things getting the best of you and then you get worked......SO KEEP ON REACHIGN OFR THAT RAINBOW!!!!
    ate_16amon April 30, 2002   Link
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    General Commenti tihnk its about people gettin on 311's back for being different, comming original, but in the end they get worked my 311's awesome and unique sound
    LoveIsAStreamon July 02, 2004   Link
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    General Commentthank you for your useless terms and definitions...
    quizzlequesteron March 30, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI noticed that SA is answering his lyrics from Dancehall in You Get Worked.
    In Dancehall SA asks:
    Are we advancing or a collapsing
    Visionary
    Are we really here
    Are we imaginary

    In You Get Worked,SA answers:
    We are advancing and retracting visionaries
    really here, it's not imaginary

    did anyone else catch this?
    When I realized this, I was blown awayy
    steve3bzon January 02, 2009   Link
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    General Commentwish they would play this song live.
    FireMarshalon December 08, 2009   Link
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    General CommentPERSONALITY – an individual’s characteristic pattern of think9ing, feeling, and acting.

    FREE ASSOCIATION – in psychoanalysis, a method of exploring the unconscious in which the person relaxes and says whatever comes to mind, no matter how tri vial or embarrassing.

    PSYCHOANALYSIS – Freud’s theory of personality that attributes our thoughts and actions to unconscious motives and conflicts; the techniques used in treating psychological disorders by seeking to expose and interpret unconscious tensions.

    UNCONSIOUS – according to Freud, a reservoir of mostly unacceptable thoughts, wishes, feelings, and memories, According to contemporary psychologists, information processing of which we are unaware.

    ID – contains a reservoir of unconscious psychic energy that, according to contemporary psychologists, information processing of which we are unaware.

    EGO – the largely conscious, “executive” part of personality that , according to Freud, mediates among the demands of Id, superego, and reality – reality principle

    SUPEREGO – part of personality that according to Freud , represents internalized ideals and provides standards for judgment) and future aspirations.

    PSYCHOSEXUAL STAGES – the childhood stages of development (oral, anal, phallic, latency, genital ) during which, according to Freud, the Id’s pleasure seeking energies focus on distinct erogenous zones.

    OEDIPUS COMPLEXm- boy’s sexual desires towards mother, jealousy towards father

    IDENTIFICATIONS – process by which children incorporate their parent’s values into their developing superego

    FIXATION – lingering focus of pleasure-seeking energies at an earlier psychosexual stage, where conflicts were unresolved.

    DEFENSE MECHANISMS – in psychoanalytic theory, the ego’s protective methods of reducing anxiety by unconsciously distorting reality

    REPRESSION – basic defense mechanism that banishes anxiety-arousing thoughts, feelings, and memories from consciousness.

    REGRESSION – Defense mechanism in which an individual faced with anxiety retreats to a more infantile psychosexual stage, where some psychic energy remains fixated
    REACTION FORMATION – psychoanalytic defense mechanism by which the ego unconsciously switches unacceptable impulses into their opposites. Thus, people may express feelings that are the opposite of their anxiety-arousing unconscious feelings

    PROJECTION – psychoanalytic defense mechanism by which people disguise their own threatening impulses by attributing them to others.

    RATIONALIZATION – defense mechanism that offers self justifying explanations in place of the real, more threatening, unconscious reasons for one’s actions.

    DISPLACEMENT – psychoanalytic defense mechanism that shifts sexual or aggressive impulses toward a more acceptable or less threatening object or person, as when redirecting anger toward a safer outlet.

    PROJECTIVE TEST – a personality test, such as the Rorschach or TAT, that provides ambiguous stimuli designed to trigger projection of one’s inner dynamics.

    THEMATIC APPERCEPTION TEST (TAT) a projective test in which people express their inner feelings and interests through the stories they make up about ambiguous scenes

    RORSCHACH INKBLOT TEST – the most widely used projective test, a set of 10 inkblots, designed by Hermann Rorschach; seeks to identify people’s inner feelings by analyzing their interpretations of the blots.

    COLLECTIVE UNCONSIOUS – Carl Jung’s concept of shared, inherited reservoir of memory traces form our species’ history

    SELF-ACTUALIZATION – according to Maslow, the ultimate psychological need that arises after basic physical and psychological needs are met and self-esteem is achieved; the motivation to fulfill one’s potential

    UNCONDITIONAL POSITIVE REGARD – according to Rogers, an attitude of total acceptance toward another person.

    SELF-CONCEPT – all out thoughts and feelings about ourselves, in answer to the question, “Who am I?

    TRAIT – a characteristic pattern of behavior or a disposition to feel and act, as assessed by self-report inventories and peer report

    PERSONALITY INVENTORY – a questionnaire (often with true- false or agree-disagree items) on which people respond to items designed to gauge a wide range of feelings and behaviors; used to assess selected personality traits.

    MINNESOTA MULTIPHASIC PERSONALITY INVETORY (MMPI) – the most widely researched and clinically used of all personality tests. Originally developed to identify emotional disorders (still considered its most appropriate use), this test is now used for many other screening purposes.

    EMPIRICALLY DERIVED TEST – a test (such as the MMPI) developed by testing a pool of items and then selecting those that discriminate between groups.

    EXTERNAL LOCUS OF CONTROL – the perception that one controls one’s own fate

    LEARNED HELPLESSNESS – the hopelessness and passive resignation an animal or human learns when unable to avoid repeated aversive events.

    SPOTLIGHT EFFECT – overestimating other’s noticing and evaluating our appearance, performance, and blunders (as if we presume a spotlight shines on us)

    SELF-ESTEEM – one’s feeling of high or low self-worth

    SELF-SERVING BIAS – a readiness to perceive ourselves favorably

    INDIVIDUALISM – gibing priority to one’s own goals over group goals, and defining one’s identity in terms of personal attributes rather than group identifications.

    COLLECTIVISM – giving priority to the goals of one’s group (extended family, work group) and defining one’s identity accordingly

    TERROR–MANAGEMENT THEORY – proposes that faith in one’s worldview and the pursuit of self-esteem provide protection against a deeply rooted fear of death
    britt_erinon March 30, 2006   Link

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