"Borders" as written by and Chad Sexton Doug Martinez....
There are days I want to leave L.A.
I want to break out the maze
Escape the dark haze these days
So many kids, I know your feelin' crazed

Crave materials thangs and makin' slave wages
Baggy pockets only got laundry fluff
Livin' where rich people always buyin' some stuff
So you try to act tough and hide what's inside

Hold your head high, gettin' fucked up and throwin' dice
As bad as yours and bad enough, I'm sure
My heart wants to love, but must navigate through war
'Cause seein' that we're wired to short circuit

Must mean the meek who will inherit the earth
Already work it

There's a land by the sand, grab the money
Plastic the life, end of the century
People actin' fake can't see the omens
Wake up yourself â??cause change is comin'
There's a land by the sand, grab the money Hollywood is such a place, fuelin' the frenzy

And everybody starts to peep around corners
Before they take their next step, they know their borders

In this $19.98 plus shipping and handling type netherworld
Every time merchandise dips in our coffers
We buy that, imagine that cost of livin', uh huh
The fakest shit and act cool, our friends are watchin'

Attention shoppers: check the selection in your reflection
Don't you feel so good does it enhance your fresh complexion

[Repeat: x2]
You gotta have it, you got, gots to have it

As the world turns and all the money we burn
On the bullshit to make us happy, sometimes we never learn

That we're self-centered, we think we're better We look down as a people upon our elders

There's a land by the sand, grab the money
Now let go of it 'cause it's dissolving
It created all your fears and kept you hustling
Made you sever all the ties to your family

There's a land by the sand, grab the money
Plastic the life, end of the century
People actin' fake can't see the omens
Wake up yourself â??cause change is comin'

There's a land by the sand, grab the money Hollywood is such a place, fuelin' the frenzy
And everybody starts to peep around corners Before they take their next step,
They know their borders


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"Borders" as written by Douglas Martinez Chad Sexton

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    General Commenti feel that this song is about putting on a front or becoming a poser....like tryign to act cool to impress people...but u hafta 'come original'...
    ate_16amon April 30, 2002   Link
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    General Commenti think theyre talkin about signs of the end of this age, as we are awakening to a new dimension, and people refuse to open their eyes to see whats going on. nothing synthetic will make it thru. we gots to let it go!
    -[drift]-on May 05, 2003   Link
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    General Commentfor real...if you guys are true 311 fans and dont dig this song yet...listen to it 2 or 3 times in a row and it will catch on like no other..20 on transistor was once a track i skiped but now its one of 311's betters the got such a fat vibe...un beatable
    Evolver182on May 24, 2004   Link
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    General Commentthis song is about the lifestyle that hollywood pushes on everyone, even those who cant afford to keep up with it. everyone is "wired to short circuit", meaning they we will never reach the so-called hollywood ideals. this song is about materialism and how ridiculous it is, and 311 hopes that people will wake up and change will come.
    inhibon November 22, 2004   Link
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    General CommentActually, this song is about Mexican imigration into the US.
    Ilayaraaja1986on April 18, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI highly doubt this song is about Mexican immigration into the US. It definitely has some lyrics about people who don't have the money to live the LA lifestyle, but to say this song is about Mexicans is unfounded and does not fit into the 311 message.

    "People actin' fake can't see the omens
    Wake up yourself cause change is comin'"

    I always wondered what omens and change SA was talking about there.
    Zenteron July 03, 2008   Link
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    My InterpretationI figured it out. I'm surprised more people haven't talked about this song. This song is completely about the image the media (mtv, tv commercials, magazines, etc.) try to have us believe will make us happy. And Nick is talking about the image that people buy into when he goes:

    "We buy that image that cost of livin' uh huh
    The fakest shit and act cool our friends are watchin'"

    It's all fake though they point out. It's a plastic life that people believe will make them happy, but it doesn't, yet some people never learn.

    The omens they are talking about SA never tells ya, but they don't want you to follow what they say blindly, 311 want you to use your own damn mind and figure out what is making our current economic existence such bs. That's what their song wake your mind up on from chaos is all about.

    You guys want some omens though? Look no further than our current economy. The stock market is up, but unemployment is high, people are working harder for less money, and nobody's wondering why.

    So many kids I know your feelin' crazed
    Crave material thangs and makin' slave wages

    Don't buy that image. It's what the songs all about.
    Zenteron October 13, 2009   Link
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    General Commenti'm so obsessed with this song right now. if you don't think it's a jam, listen to it a couple of times, and listen to the background noises on the chorus, it's so tight. if there was any song i could choose to hear live, it would be borders for sure. since i've already heard evolution.
    311fan46on February 07, 2013   Link

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