"From Chaos" as written by and Nicholas Lofton Hexum Doug Martinez....
[Chorus]
From chaos comes clarity, I tell ya
What you appear to be, you ought to know
Glycerin tears don't fool me, I tell ya
Delusions plaguing everybody

Makin' that hybrid music back in '90, now it's on ya
I hear we we're the model for the band you front, we spawned ya
Finding it hard to come original, we warned ya
We're shakin' the white boys in New York, black girls in California

We come through hip-hop, drum-n-bass, and dance hall rhythms
You want our beats and lyrics, you want to get them
Watchin' you sink into the depths of opportunism
Missing the point, music's about love not pessimism

I'm SA, moving supreme and on my team
I rock the mic with a sweet lean
And you know that, stated as a fact
The only DJ MC gettin' down like that

Metaphorically we are the chief of police, you're rock n roll
And we're positive you stole more than just the radio
Now it's 2, 1, and we are back in control
The jammies are coming, people succumbing 'cause we got the soul

Everyone tends to forget upon reentry
Orbiting space quantum saints we're the only
Beginning from a planet so naturally
Gifted in the heart lies our technology

It's only right, right
Entering in a space of pure delight, light
Next contestant on this jam is, tight
Feels spontaneous you'll improvise, vise

From chaos comes clarity, I tell ya
What you appear to be, you ought to know
Glycerin tears don't fool me, I tell ya
Delusions plaguing everybody

[Chorus]

Don't even try it, you don't want to disrespect me
If dealing with punks was school, I'd have a Harvard degree
You can't make me hate you no matter how punk you act
No matter what you do, I don't react
I'm a perfect example of not giving a fuck

About the catty rude people that just suck
What do you know all of the sudden, uhh, I usurp you
Look it up in the dictionary to find out what I do
I go back to the style I came from

It's not something you can fake, son
You're a con man who's run is done
You lead a world wide web of deception

Everyone tends to forget upon reentry
Orbiting space quantum saints, we're the only
Beginning from a planet so naturally
Gifted in the heart lies our technology

It's only right, right
Entering in a space of pure delight, light
Next contestant on this jam is, tight
Feels spontaneous you'll improvise, vise

[Chorus]


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"From Chaos" as written by Nicholas Hexum Douglas Martinez

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    General CommentThe lyrics of this song go:

    "Everyone tends to forget upon re-entry"

    This song is about being yourself, not listening to what other people tell you, remembering where you came from, and seeing that good things lie under chaotic things. In this song 311 talks about all the negative music that is oh so popular right now, and they want you to know if you dig through all of that negativity and look around instead of just taking what's thrown at you and running with it (ie: the stuff played on the radio), you'll find bands and music with a more positive message. THINK FOR YOURSELF! Do what you feel is right...or..."come original"
    BeautifulDisasteron April 17, 2002   Link
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    General Commentwow so i most definately LOVE this song. I mainly only pay attention to the chorus cause it's the only thing I can understand without looking at the lyrics.... but i love it!

    megan
    beautifulon March 11, 2003   Link
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    General Commentthis is a real good 311 song i'm surprized there are only 2 responses, well three now, yeah i agree with your explanation beautiful disaster, but also it could represent how clarity comes from choas (as it says in the song) kinda like sometimes after a lot of craziness or choas the answer is soon found, maybe like WWII or something.
    ¡InCuBuS!on June 06, 2003   Link
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    General Commentpretty much my favorite song on From Chaos

    one of the many songs that I know all the lyrics to
    kriff311on February 18, 2005   Link
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    General Comment311 is fucking horrible, I just had to post something.....look at the date.
    hrehocikjon March 11, 2005   Link
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    General Commenthrehocikj ... don't hate because 311 has way more talent than you. :)

    anyway. amazing song with awesome energy. can't wait for 311 day 05. it's going to be amazing
    browneyedjeton January 05, 2006   Link
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    General Commentthis song is somewhat a continuation of "come original."
    i think it explains how so many people out there copy my acts and ways because they're unhappy about themselves.
    therefore, 311 explains how they don't give a flying fuck about the reason the copiers tell them why they copied in the first place,
    "I'm a perfect example of not giving a fuck," and "glycerin tears don't fool me."
    rafifreak00on March 07, 2007   Link
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    General CommentUSURP-
    Pronunciation:
    \yu̇-ˈsərp also -ˈzərp\
    Function:
    verb
    Etymology:
    Middle English, from Anglo-French usorper, from Latin usurpare to take possession of without legal claim, from usually (abl. of usus use) + rapere to seize — more at rapid
    Date:
    14th century

    transitive verb1 a: to seize and hold (as office, place, or powers) in possession by force or without right b: to take or make use of without right 2: to take the place of by or as if by force : supplant intransitive verb: to seize or exercise authority or possession wrongfully
    — usur·pa·tion Listen to the pronunciation of usurpation \ˌyü-sər-ˈpā-shən also ˌyü-zər-\ noun
    — usurp·er Listen to the pronunciation of usurper Listen to the pronunciation of usurper \yu̇-ˈsər-pər also -ˈzər-\ noun
    stylo8387on March 12, 2007   Link
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    General Comment^^ from merriam webster online so i dont get my ass sued
    stylo8387on March 12, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis song reminds me of the line in Speak Easy
    "If there's a shadow in your life then there's sunshine"
    Babylon311on August 10, 2008   Link

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