"Dancehall" as written by and Doug Martinez Nicholas Lofton Hexum....
You could lose your mind
Easier than you would like to think
Your best friend could up and leave you
Playing tricks and cold deceive you
Standing there people stare
Let down by your own mind

Day of appreciation
For ways your mind has not yet let you down
The truth is that we will all go
Maybe five minutes after the show
You know you are a shooting star
A blazing flash then gone

Are we advancing
Or a collapsing visionary
Are we really here
Are we imaginary
As my thoughts separates
Into the many frayed parts
Torn shattered bits
My mind falling apart

Are we advancing
Or a collapsing visionary
Are we really here
Are we imaginary
As my thoughts separates
Into the many frayed parts
Torn shattered bits
My mind falling apart

What if there was such a thing
What if there's such a thing as dependence day
There's no self congratulation
Just a day of appreciation
Quietly humbly
For things that have not gone wrong

Imagine the frustration
Of losing bearing of the simplest thing
So come with your best
And do your worst before
You can't remember what you came for

Are we advancing
Or a collapsing visionary
Are we really here
Are we imaginary
As my thoughts separates
Into the many frayed parts
Torn shattered bits
My mind falling apart

Blazing out the mains
Hungry flames consume all that I see

Are we advancing
Or a collapsing visionary
Are we really here
Are we imaginary
As my thoughts separates
Into the many frayed parts
Torn shattered bits
My mind falling apart

Are we advancing
Or a collapsing visionary
Are we really here
Are we imaginary
As my thoughts separates
Into the many frayed parts
Torn shattered bits
My mind falling apart


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"Dancehall" as written by Nicholas Hexum Douglas Martinez

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    General Commentthis is a great song, but i've been having trouble figuring it out. I think it's telling people to be glad when bad things don't happen, and when they do, learn from the experience....don't get upset over trivial things. Anyway, that's what i get from it...
    BeautifulDisasteron June 21, 2002   Link
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    General CommentYeah, i have the same problem. I find SA's lyrics to be pretty crucial but hard to understand, and Nick's lyrics more digestible. Either way, this song is just tight....and I think that if 311 put out a CD of just their b-sides, it would sell twice as much as the Blue one.
    n3j1y1on October 02, 2004   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 Commentthanks! My friend's say I listen to 311 way too much..oh well.
    steve3bzon January 05, 2009   Link
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    Song MeaningThe song title "Dancehall" is a metaphor for life. You're born, you live your life (blazing flash), and then you die (then gone). At a dancehall, you walk in, do your thing (blazing flash) and then you die (then gone).

    The song says we will all die. Be thankful that you haven't died or lost your mind yet. Many things can take your mind. Drugs, disease, other medical problems, or simply age. We should all be humbly thankful that these things haven't happened to us, because it's by chance. One of the bandmembers or fans could die.. literally five minutes after the show as the lyrics state.

    It's tough to think about mortality, but in the end you have to accept that you are born, you live, and you die. Otherwise you will torture yourself with the what-ifs of life, when and how you will die, and fearing the many things that go along with dying or knowing you will die soon.

    That's my take.
    shaft311on August 27, 2012   Link

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