"Brodels" as written by and Nicholas L Hexum Douglas V Martinez....
Ooh, you know we pepper you
With a sonic assault sidestepin' you
I cannot think of a better way
That we could celebrate freedom
Than make up a set of goals and cold beat 'em
See dumb verbal tags like audio spaghetti
Give a shout to the one they call Yeti
I bet he put the cabash on any foes whatsoever Like original brodel Trevor
Positive vibe merchant grandson of Lord Buckley
Scottish Ralston shows up if you're lucky
Ad Raspler the Swede, a friend indeed
He's keeping an eye on the other guy's greed
These are 311 characters I dubbed everyone
The story ain't over but my rhyme is done

It was the year that I first touched ground
So I grabbed the microphone and I got down
Just like James Brown gather 'round of our sight and sound
Pound for pound we throw down rather profound
I'll put you in another world, I can't hear you
Like having phone sex with a deaf girl
No doubt, we got the jams that'll smack ya
I penned three books of lyrics two for action, 1 for backup
'cause I'm a cold rockin' brother, got transistor tunes
And it feels real good to get close to you

The brodels is the nazz, and the nazz knows where it's at
The brodels is the nazz, who knows a cat who can feed a cat
The goal is to be a poet and a carpenter
To be one who loves, to be one who works
The nazz not something that can be given
The brodel is inside you, it comes from within

When I feel into the sea
When the world came and kissed me
Transformed my shit, told the shark I was a dolphin
Swam quick funny though
Piranhas chilled and laughed at
The way that I took off my polka dots on top of that
The whales know I'm quick, watch out
And I get funky fresh, as for the fishes, I'm lit luminous
I'm not nouveau techno, I glow like a glacial
In skin that swims faster than speed I am
I be dropped out of nothing I will return to nothing
Rotate my style, my rhyme, my way, magician of a rhythm
Lover of animals, damn, I want to hear 'em
Aquatic my way, I got soul shape

Well I'm 6 six foot three and like Mohamed Ali
I float like a butterfly and sting like poison ivy
Drive a '69 Lincoln, suicide doors
Around the town, I'm slinking fat subs of course We're the greatest show on earth
You know we turn it out daily
In and out of town like Barnum and Bailey
I know that is a simile, but I couldn't resist From Solomon Roadie for the PJ's
I don't think he'll be pissed
I eat a Cobb salad, smoked fish, duck, or clam chowder
Chill with Indica and Guinness
Steer clear of white powder
I run into my brother, give him a pound and a yodel
They know my word is bond, talkin' bout the brodels

The brodels is the nazz, and the nazz knows where it's at
The brodels is the nazz, who knows a cat who can feed a cat
The goal is to be a poet and a carpenter
To be one who loves, to be one who works
The nazz not something that can be given
The brodel is inside you it comes from within

And we're fresh, dude, just check my man P
He said, "I will not muddle my mind with impertinency"
Lost a lot in Vegas, plays a lot of Sega
Saw a phrase that he likes and put it on his leg And we're fresh dude just check my man D he said
Comin' in ruff and tuff, all systems are tweakin'
People all over the world, they must be thinkin'
All the shit that we kickin', our shoes must be stinkin'

Lyrics submitted by pen1234567

"Brodels" as written by Douglas Martinez Chad Sexton

Lyrics © Downtown Music Publishing

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    General CommentBrodels means "good friends" This song talks about how much 311 apreciates their crew...their "brodels"
    BeautifulDisasteron October 14, 2002   Link
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    General Commenti know i might get some negative feedback for this negative response. this is the only 311 tune that i can absolutely, positively NOT STAND.....not to say that it is a bad song, i just cant get any groove out of it...so i always skip it on selftitled....
    ate_16amon March 27, 2003   Link
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    General CommentI used to skip it too, but then I gave it a chance and analyzed the song piece by piece. The beginning isn't that great because it is hard rock but it goes slow and kind of lags along, but then when SA says JamesBrown the guitar goes into this rhythm going back and forth and the drums come into a steadier pattern that goes along with it....and thats when I start boppin' my head and I love it. But the song does lag again in the chorus, but the other parts are good just because SA can rap like none other. I think the main problem is Chad isnt really technical in this song and doesnt really play at his best in the song, even though he wrote the song himself. Hope this helps you out, ate 16am, because I had the same problem with Full Ride, but now i love both the songs.
    n3j1y1on October 02, 2004   Link
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    General Commentya, this guitar part kinda hits some wierd/bad notes in the chorus, but ive learned to really like this song. What the heck is the nazz, though?
    catliketheifon November 06, 2004   Link
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    General Commenti never used to like it either for no reason, like ate16am i just couldnt feel it, now its one of my favorites on that album, when u feel like rockin out just listen to jackolantern's weather, hive, and this, and ur set
    mattduczon April 11, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI belive the nazz referes to the shizz-nazz, thats the only thing i could conclude. Great song, its truly hard to bring as many jams as they have, gotta love the style.
    Listento311musicon May 11, 2006   Link
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    General CommentWhat is that weird sound in the background throughout the song? You can really hear it near the "Barnum and Bailey" part. It's pretty fucking annoying. Other than that, the song is "ok."
    bornofdesire32on May 15, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI guess none of you like heavier stuff cause this is one of my fav 311 songs. It's got a darker/heavier sound and a slower groove.

    I'm not sure what that sound is...sounds like when you rub your finger around the rim of a wine glass....but a lower tone.
    Bones43xon March 12, 2007   Link
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    General CommentRe: Odd sound-

    I never noticed it until now, and even now I can still just 'barely' make something out. Been digging this song since it was released too. I'm listening to an original CD from back in the day.

    I'm a fledgling sound guy ... to me it sounds like feedback starting to creep in.
    yo_marcon April 27, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI've never quite understood why this one hasn't become a fan-favorite or a regular on the band's setlists. It has all of the elements: hard guitars, interesting lyrics, funk.

    A brodel is a true friend. The nazz refers to a monologue by Lord Buckley titled, "The Nazz." It can be found here:


    It is a retelling of the story of Jesus of Nazareth. In this case, the nazz seems to mean the teacher, the magnetic one. Therefore, the true friend is the teacher.

    One lesson seems to be about learning how to balance life and art, as the chorus states: "the goal is to be a poet, and a carpenter, to be one who loves, to be one who works."

    Nick Hexum starts by listing some of the band's brodels. Doug Martinez shines on this one, as well. His entire second verse could be a metaphor for self-discovery.
    mashitupon May 26, 2007   Link

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