"Hostile Apostle" as written by and Nicholas Lofton Hexum Doug Martinez....
I can't free myself of the suspicion
For your motives on your mission
Some people live for the rules
I live for exceptions
Can't take part in the deception
But I know just how it feels
To want to blow the world away
Just to get to what is real
It won't work 'cause
Everybody grinds to a halt now and then
Everybody's game gets salt then again
No matter what the papers say, they're normal as they come
Bodyguards, ball of wax, the hide behind the gun
They get a panic pulse when they are so far from home
To me that is the reason to continue to roam
Exhilaration mix with the people skunk blazing
Checking out the shows that are sadly un-amazing

Hostile apostle, who are you following
Negative energy that you're swallowing
Some coked out malcontent
Who's soul is up for rent
Victim of lost soul, hostile apostle

Unlimited in time and space and nearest universal
Light is what we're reachin' for, it's not rehearsal
Follow this around, follow this hustle
Makin' use of everything, movin' all your muscle

Angry human leads impressionable boy
To skulls and piercings and will to destroy
All of your heroes speak nothing to me
One emotion, one tempo, and no real feeling

In this field we are the presence of the thoughts you're missin'
Keepin' positive intact from all the people dissin'
Open your eyes, look at who you're kissin'
If you can't hear it people, just listen

Hostile apostle, who are you following
Negative energy that you're swallowing
Some coked out malcontent
Who's soul is up for rent
Victim of lost soul, hostile apostle

Angry human leads impressionable boy
To skulls and piercings and will to destroy
All of your heroes speak nothing to me
You don't have to be a prick just to be heavy

Chaingin' all the time we changin' all the same
Change in this life and this eternal flame
Warm in the sun, refresh in the breeze
Glow in the stars, blossom in the trees
Livin' through life in infinite extent
Spread undivided, operate unspent
No high, no low, no great, and no small
Build and bound, connect and equal all


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"Hostile Apostle" as written by Nicholas Hexum Douglas Martinez

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    General Commentthis song is all about the bands who put out a negative image. i.e. limp bizit, slipknot..those guys..who say all that shit to make money.. fav line:
    "open your eyes, look at who you're kissin'
    if you can't hear it people, just listen "

    fuck! i love 311
    ate_16amon May 03, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General CommentYa this song is telling people to wake up and listen to what the bands they are listening to are about. Like for instance, Type O' Negative, you ever see the type of people who go to their shows? Wearing all black, painting their face and nails black, skulls, chains, peircings....what is that about. They ever have the word negative in their band name. Anyways 311 listeners see through that kinda of bullshit and just like to chill.
    mallorypmmon July 06, 2007   Link
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    General CommentAlright,

    This is my interpretation.

    This song has got some amazing lyrics. SA and Nick are so dead-on sometimes. I do not really think this song is about bands that put out a negative vibe. To me this song is about people who have power in life but practice their use of that power in bad negative ways to exploit people or a situation hence the term "Hostile Apostle". Their power could be anything, job status, money, position within a social circle, CEO's, lawyers, public speakers, spiritual leaders, whatever. .

    In this killer tune Nick explains that he cant take part in the "deception" and is suspicious of the "motives on your mission". Clearly Nick and possibly the band had a run in with someone or some group that were dishonest and perhaps had manipulated a group of weaker individuals to follow them in whatever they were doing... and in so they were taking advantage of their followers like Con-men.

    I think living in hollywood and working in the entertainment business people are probably always trying to con 311 and take advantage of them.. So they probably have experience in dealing with scum bags that might try to manipulate weaker people by promising them the world or some truth.

    This sort of theme is all over the album From Chaos..

    So Nick sings and raps about how when you are down and you're weak, you might want to follow people to help you out of the slump. But they really don't have the answers or power that you need to get out of your slump. They're really just phonies



    While Nick sings about the "Hostile Apostle" and how they are lost negative people who take advantage of others.. SA is rapping about how to be the opposite, be postive, love life, typical 311 message.

    I recently got the chance to meet someone an author who is one of the leaders of new pop-culture scene and lifestyle. The guy was a total fake. I did some business with him but quickly learned to stay away. Total let down. This song came on my ipod on random after I parted ways.. Really opened my eyes. The dude was a hostile Apostle.




    big311fanon March 21, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song is great. I personally think that 311 is talking about all of the posers who are in bands just to gain notoriety and fame. Especially metal bands. I remember I went to a metal concert and the opening bands SUCKED. They were just in it for the style. 311 however speak from their hearts and decided to be in a band because they love music. Just like my band. We get so pissed off when yet another group of kids decide to make a metal band. We make music from our soul, not from our egos.

    And that's why I'll always be a three elevenist! 311 gots the boom yall!!
    Deadsarow311on November 26, 2009   Link
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    General Comment"I can't free myself of the suspicion
    for your motives on your mission"
    - Referring to the main subject of the song - Bands putting out a negative image - mainly the "Angry human" that:

    "leads impressionable boy
    to skulls and piercings and will to destroy"
    - Sound familiar? We've all seen them.

    "Hostile apostle, who are you following
    negative energy that you're swallowing"
    - Following these bands just make you swallow negative energy. I don't care if you say you don't. 311 is a very enlightened band and explores the unconscious mind. They know what's up. That negative bullshit in that bullshit music effects you where you like it or not.


    "all of your heroes speak nothing to me"
    - The heroes being the band lead singers I suppose. Or the bands themselves. Most of them are only heroes because they were really good and committed suicide. Great image to spread to our children. Make lots of money for spreading negative vibes and kill yourself.


    "some people live for the rules
    I live for exceptions"
    - Just like the rebellious kids that listen to the bullshit. They look for someone to understand the fact that they want to blow the world away - only a few types of music sing about that kind of shit.


    "can't take part in the deception
    but I know just how it feels
    to wanna blow the world away
    just to get to what is real"
    - 311 Making that connection with it's listeners. They've felt the same way we have.


    "it won't work cuz
    everybody grinds to a halt now and then
    everybody's game gets salt then again"
    - 311 Making their listeners aware that everyone gets this feeling - there's no need to listen to music that gives you "one motion, one tempo, no real feeling". Having this feeling once in a while is normal - but going to the extent of listening to music so you keep it, that's fucked and the reason it's supported is fucked as well. Probably so the psychiatry field can make more money.


    "In this field we are the presence of the thoughts you're missin'
    keepin' positive intact from all the people dissin'"
    - 311 shows its manipulative side once in a while - and this is one of them. But it's for the best of the "lost souls". They refer to themselves as the presence of the thoughts the "impressionable boy" loses once he's a victim of "lost soul" due to his negative "heroes".


    "you don't have to be a prick just to be heavy"
    - Now we know what he was talking about the whole time - HEAVY METAL. And you don't have to be a fucking prick that sings about dumb shit and socially conditions children into hating themselves and the world. It's some real bullshit. Viva La Evolution.


    "Victim of lost soul, hostile apostle."
    - In the end that's all the kids are that listen to heavy metal all day. Wear black, wear pictures of skulls, remain a "background person" and talk to the same few people every day. Make jokes about fucked up shit like death and murder. Overall lose your entire mind and mental processes to the music you listen to. It's better to listen to a variety of music, It's understandable to listen to Heavy Metal - but not ONLY Heavy Metal.

    Just my 10,000 cents.
    ramennumeralson March 20, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI agree...it's about all the "negative vibe merchants" who rot kids brains with lyrics full of hate.
    BeautifulDisasteron May 07, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI agree with waht you said 'ate 16am'and 'beautiful disaster' and also possibly the fact that its called hostile apostle and an apostle is like a follower that would spread the word so almost taking in all the negativity in music nowadays is also helping it grow.
    ¡InCuBuS!on June 06, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General Commentgreat song
    Homebrew 72on August 16, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commentyoo this song is just amazing on so many different levels (= you gotta love it..311 FOR LIFE!!
    x_soulrebel_xon February 14, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think it can be less specific than just "hateful" music. It should be applied to more general ideas - like hateful people or hate in general.
    bornofdesire32on May 23, 2006   Link

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