Check it check it check it out
got clout and you know that

Large in the margin
my drama unfolds behind closed doors
told on the down-low
i believe that I’m so but really, i don’t know
maybe it’s better, but I can’t think so
maybe its better to fight, one never ever knows
believe the rumors that grow like tumors
more fun than the truth that we know

too hard to reach a higher plane

We’ll fuck you up
when you least expect it
you think you’re moving closer
when suddenly you wrecked it
but all the same, the pain gains wisdom
as if you ain’t had enough then you’re in some
prison of your own creation
mental dilation
look at what your facin’ placin’
blame in every direction (what?)
but in the end it’s your own infection, (di?)

There’s no way to avoid listening
you'll always end up listening
here’s hoping the voices aren’t too unkind
here’s hoping the voices are benign
it’s easier when you hear it
there’s no reason to fear it
it’s you
it’s you

You think they’ll probably find you
well then you’re probably right
cause they’ll come back to remind you, for eternity
of when you gave up the fight, yeah
somehow they always will find you
the voices in the night, and every night
keep comin’ back to remind you, for eternity
of when you gave up the fight

There’s no way to avoid listening
you'll always end up listening
here’s hoping the voices aren’t too unkind
here’s hoping the voices are benign
it’s easier when you hear it
there’s no reason to fear it
it’s you
it’s you

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Large In The Margin song meanings
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    General CommentI think this one is about doing something you aren't proud of or making a bad decision...and then having it all come back to you. It's talking about how no matter how well you try to cover up your mistakes you'll hear about them again sometime in the future, and people will twist it around so it ends up being something 10 times worse than it was when it all started.
    BeautifulDisasteron April 30, 2002   Link
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    Song MeaningThe chorus is about how there are many insecurities created by the mind that unfolds secretly within making you unhappy. He wants you to listen to the truth, spreading rumors is evil and makes you unhappy/paranoid.

    Trying too hard to be happy, just let go.

    The next big block of lyrics:
    Watch the moment even if it brings pain and accept it, because this is gaining wisdom and moving forward.
    There is nobody to blame for your pain except yourself, because you ultimately control it.

    next block:
    Always listen because if you're always speaking/thinking of something to say you only know your point of view, which is not reality.

    next block:
    Never give up the fight to keep growing, learning, loving etc. (Truly Living) or else the voices ( your own ego) will return to make you unhappy.

    All of their songs relate to the "direct" experience of reality, (enlightenment) and all can easily be interpreted by that notion in mind. Their songs are not results of drugs, only themselves.

    unsureon January 13, 2009   Link
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    General Commentgood explanation, i was having trouble trying to 'decode' this song....
    la-la-large in da margin...luv it!
    ate_16amon May 07, 2002   Link
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    General Commenti believe this song is about rumors going around about you behind your back. It is about whether you should confront it or let it slide.
    clownmusicon June 06, 2002   Link
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    General Commenti read somewhere when Soundsystem came out that Nick said he was suffering from insomnia and that "Large in the Margin" and "Flowing" were both written about it. I think what he meant in this song is about being kept awake at night by your past and experiences coming back to haunt you that you can't ever change and can't get out of your head.
    Mirage311on March 19, 2003   Link
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    General CommentYou guys are very close on the song meaning. This song is about the struggles of trying to achieve a quote "higher plane" of consciousness. This song tells of how your thoughts and your thoughts alone (the voices) are responsible for and mirror what you see and experience in your own life. AKA if something bad happens to you, it's your fault and vise versa ("in the end it's your own infection"). Brilliant song.
    jwoostyleon January 15, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI had a friend in sixth grade that tried to convince me that this song was about masturbation. I think he was going solely off the line "my drama unfolds behind closed doors." I don't believe it one bit but I thought everyone might like a laugh.
    dial911imbleedinon May 01, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI think this song is about schizophrenia.

    First of all, "clout" from the beginning of the song, is defined as “an influence or pull,” in this case, from another entity in the brain. “Drama unfolds behind closed doors” of psychiatrist's offices all the time, told on the "down-low" or secretive grounds between the singer and his doctor. The singer can't think it’s better to accept what the doctor reveals - that someone else in his mind influences him. We don’t usually like to think we’re crazy!

    I think jwoostyle has it right about the plane of existence. You have a very true philosophical view. I think it’s painful to try and discover your purpose or beliefs in life, especially when you fail. It would be even more difficult to escape your mind, or successfully try to understand yourself, should this song be about schizophrenia. Some studies have shown that acid (we all know what 311’s music is a product of :D) may bring out schizophrenic qualities in people who were a tad schizo in the first place. Sometimes the drug can bring about “the fear,” which I think this lyric also implies. Almost all the time, it goes away, but with few people, certain brain chemistries are strongly revealed.

    The next stanzas entertain the idea that he must listen to these voices, taking them as they are. He goes on to say that if there’s another being in there with you, he’ll find you, constantly reminding you of his existence. “Giving up the fight” I think corresponds to allowing yourself to give up reality, as it exists for other people, and give in to the fact that you are schizo! It seems as though towards the end of the song, our friend has definitely given into the ailment, hoping now that the voices aren’t “too unkind.” There really is no reason to fear them, because these voices are a product of you.

    Agree? Disagree? I didn’t give this site my real email, so respond here if you’d like, and I’ll check back.
    dmfl311on October 08, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThis song reminds me of sticking something out that you don't really want to do, but you know that you should. The voices that come back to remind you for eternity, are the ones in your head that will come back to remind you that you gave up. theres no way to avoid listening to yourself and you will have to live with your decision with the rest of your life.

    I guess I could see where the song could be about schizophrenia, but i would really perfer that it wasnt, i think its a creepy idea for a song.
    311soundon February 02, 2008   Link
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    General Comment"We'll fuck you UP! When you least expect it"
    Gahhh , I love this song. Its so good.
    JBlilbrowns17on July 15, 2008   Link

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