311 - Get Down Lyrics




I got this great idea about why I got stuck in reverse
I was so out of control it just got worse
I hope you got more sense than I, side step the curse
I don't know which came first
In the spiral threatening me, my survival
It's come, time to get down

It's time to get down
Boots to the ground
Know we don't stop 'til they hear the bell sound
Keep your head up
Cause the truth just cut
No quick fix when I'm caught in a rut
What I got to do to get right size
Think I'm despised when I look through the eyes
Of another
Not mine to discover
What the next man think is none of my fucking business

And then I say what is this
Illusion I can't fix it
You name it, hey
The story stays the same
Any trouble you can name
Just goes straight into accepted
You name it, hey

It's time to get down
To the ground
So simple yet profound
In the now
Is why we're here
Inspiration
I've been waiting all my life
I'm set free, it's happened
I won't look back and think twice
It's how it's meant to be
Something's happened
A sudden slap in the right place
In my face, I thank you
You always came through for me
It's how it's meant to be

Gonna get down because I can't stay high
All of the time, cause I see the sign
So I re-align with an open mind
Adamant and circumvent
I get by every night and day
Get by with my comfort way
An Open space to an open way
I just unwind, I just unwind

And then I say what is this
Illusion I can't fix it
You name it, hey
The story stays the same
Any trouble you can name
Just goes straight into accepted
You name it, hey

It's time to get down
To the ground
So simple yet profound
In the now
Is why we're here

Inspiration
I've been waiting all my life
I'm set free, it's happened
I won't look back and think twice
It's how it's meant to be
Something's happened
A sudden slap in the right place
In my face, I thank you
You always came through for me
It's how it's meant to be





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311 Get Down Comments
  1. Kayla Harding

    What the next man think, is none of my FUCKING business. Love iiittttt x.x

  2. Jason Rodriguez

    Love this song!!
    Kinda has sound/ feel resembling
    Ben Folds Five’s song
    “Selfless, Cold and Composed”.
    Yes thes 2 songs probably differ in speed, beat and notes, but regardless, they are both very original.
    - A 311 fan since Down and All Mixed Up first hit the airwaves in the early 90s!!

    Jason Rodriguez

    Just the first verse to be specific about the similarities between this song and the Ben Folds song

  3. Mikey Millions

    This song always centers me whenever I lose myself. One of their best. Super underrated.

  4. ELLaine Lupena

    2018 still listening

    Ja Autre

    Sept 19 still rocking it!

  5. Ben Team

    Medicine. This music is medicine.

  6. Shawn Gell

    It's what the Fuck is without nother do know.

  7. t 062676

    Awesome tune ;)

  8. Alex Miller

    Love 311 and their originality!!! ☺

    Vash

    Alex Miller Agreed! First song that i heard was Dont Stay Home on the radio and i never heard ANYONE like 311 up to that point and still no one now. This song is very underrated as well IMO.

  9. Dan Burdecki

    I have been a 311 fan for 20 years........this is the BESTsong EVER!!!!!!! Thank you 311!!!!!!!!

  10. Steena 2Tones

    ❤️❤️

  11. Steena 2Tones

    ❤️❤️

  12. Rokusan Sangen

    I got this great idea about why I got in stuck reverse
    I was so out of control it just got worse
    I hope you got more sense than I, side step the curse
    I don't know which came first
    In the spiral threatening my survival
    It's come, time to get down
    It's time to get down
    Boots to the ground
    Know we don't stop 'til they hear the bell sound
    Keep your head up
    Cause the truth just cut
    No quick fix when I'm caught in a rut
    What I got to do to get right size
    Think I'm despised when I look through the eyes
    Of another
    Not mine to discover
    What the next man think is
    none of my fucking business
    And then I say what is this
    Illusion I can't fix it
    You name it, hey
    The story stays the same
    Any trouble you can name
    Just goes straight into accepted
    You name it, hey
    It's time to get down
    To the ground
    So simple yet profound
    In the now
    Is why we're here
    Inspiration
    I've been waiting all my life
    I'm set free, it's happened
    I won't look back and think twice
    It's how it's meant to be
    Something's happened
    A sudden slap in the right place
    In my face, I thank you
    You always came through for me
    It's how it's meant to be
    Gonna get down because I can't stay high
    All of the time, cause I see the sign
    So I re-align with an open mind
    Adamant and circumvent
    I get by every night and day
    Get by with my comfort way
    An Open space to an open way
    I just unwind, I just unwind
    And then I say what is this
    Illusion I can't fix it
    You name it, hey
    The story stays the same
    Any trouble you can name
    Just goes straight into accepted
    You name it, hey
    It's time to get down
    To the ground
    So simple yet profound
    In the now
    Is why we're hereInspiration
    I've been waiting all my life
    I'm set free, it's happened
    I won't look back and think twice
    It's how it's meant to be

    Something's happened
    A sudden slap in the right place
    In my face, I thank you
    You always came through for me
    It's how it's meant to be

    Denise Alvarado

    Thanks !!!! make me happy ....Greetings from México city

  13. Phuck Uall

    Why wasn't this on the US release? It's better than most of the other tracks.

    Phuck Uall

    I have the CD and it is not on it. Maybe it's on a download of the album, but not on the CD.

    Jp Prater

    the real question is why Sun Come Through was left off except for Amazon

  14. Shawn Gell

    You do realize you've been talking to the boss powers?

    Shawn Gell

    Skills are the provision of sanctified worth.

  15. thejeweloffoursouls

    Sweet, I made this video have 311 likes! 311 <3

  16. Rolando Pagan

    I got this great idea about why I got in reverse 
    I was so out of control it just got worse 
    I hope you got more sense than I, side step the curse 
    I don't know which came first
    In the spiral threatening my survival
    It's come, time to get down

    It's time to get down
    Boots to the ground
    Know we don't stop 'til they hear the bell sound
    Keep your head up
    Cause the truth just cut
    No quick fix when I'm caught in a rut
    What I got to do to get right size
    Think I'm despised when I look through the eyes
    Of another
    Not mine to discover
    What the next man think is none of my fucking business

    And then I say what is this
    Illusion I can't fix it
    You name it, hey
    The story stays the same
    Any trouble you can name
    Just goes straight into accepted
    You name it, hey

    It's time to get down
    To the ground
    So simple yet profound
    In the now
    Is why we're here
    Inspiration
    I've been waiting all my life
    I'm set free, it's happened
    I won't look back and think twice
    It's how it's meant to be
    Something's happened
    A sudden slap in the right place
    In my face, I thank you
    You always came through for me
    It's how it's meant to be

    Gonna get down because I can't stay high
    All of the time, cause I see the sign
    So I re-align with an open mind
    Adamant and circumvent
    I get by every night and day
    Get by with my comfort way
    An Open space to an open way
    I just unwind, I just unwind

    And then I say what is this
    Illusion I can't fix it
    You name it, hey
    The story stays the same
    Any trouble you can name
    Just goes straight into accepted
    You name it, hey

    It's time to get down
    To the ground
    So simple yet profound
    In the now
    Is why we're here

    Inspiration
    I've been waiting all my life
    I'm set free, it's happened
    I won't look back and think twice
    It's how it's meant to be
    Something's happened
    A sudden slap in the right place
    In my face, I thank you
    You always came through for me
    It's how it's meant to be

    David De La Torre

    Rolando Pagan thanks ,greetings from México city

  17. MusicMom123

    So simple yet profound.... in the now... That's why we're here... 💕

  18. Matt W

    since i f'd that up, BETTER THAN DOWN

  19. Matt W

    better thand down

  20. Shawn Gell

    Good news! It's time,,,,,,,,,
    Your president has the credentials.

  21. David Belcher

    This band effectively introduced me to Eastern philosophy - staying in the here and now, accepting reality. Thank you 311!

    Phillip Boyd III

    Me too! I got into Buddhism/Zen Buddhism because of 311.

  22. Chris Jordan

    Your snare sounds like you're hitting a 4 inch djembe. There's no reverberence around the instrument at all. Every snare hit is piercing to the ears because there is literally no cushion for the instrument at all. Otherwise the harmonies are perfect. But for God's sake, try and get some space in there for that snare.

    Commenter

    piccolo bro. 

    Robert

    @Commenter Not on this recording, but I agree the sound is lacking. I miss the "Transistor" era snare tone.

    Commenter

    i like a dry snare. Sounds fine, write your own damn song. 

    PROcrastiDRIVE SV

    You can't take the TON!!! Out of Chad SexTON!!
    Also, I saw a video on YouTube were Chad was explaining the way he hits his snare. He does a snare hit and a rimshot at once, he doesn't crank his snare all the way up like people think. That's why he gets the piercing sound when he wants it, but then can get all the other snare sounds he needs.

  23. Erick Vieira

    WHAT THE NEXT MAN THINKS IS NOT OF MY FUCKIN BUSINESS.

  24. Rolando Pagan

    Awesome song amongst the rest of the 550 songs they have already made.

    ParadiXe311

    +Rolando Pagan But this is one of their best, overall.

  25. Andrea Simmons

    What a excellent song, so entirely 100% authentic, geniwene , and since vocals and instrumentals, such a power effect full authenticity can have upon its listener, if the listener is 100% entirelyvauthentic themselves

    DestinyHunter

    Omg you couldn't have said it better my friend, that's why i love this band so much! They have such a great effect if you choose to really listen to the words, and when you do, it isn't hard to hear the absolutely incredible messages they have to share. They repeat in multiple songs of theirs including this one how nothin' else matters but being in this moment, the best thing you could ever hear in a song... only thing that really brings true happiness :)

  26. soup gang

    its time to get down! down to the ground!

    soup gang

    close, sorry

  27. Amber Miller

    Solid band seen them live they were the best live band!!

  28. M B

    [email protected] mellow.. what about omaha sessions as well?

  29. Emgee

    Please listen to Music and especially Grassroots. Life changing stuff.

  30. AnotherPostcard

    Lol just noticed it's 3:11 AM.

  31. yost112

    no way dude, I like the blue album but it was the first 311 album so I have a soft spot for it. I personally think that transistor and soundsystem is where its at. they are so fluid and beautiful. the newer albums sound fake, not 311.

    Urban Peltier

    yost112ty Steriolithic is one of 311s stronger albums nothing fake about that Simple True.

    hipmoney420

    After their last 3 masterpiece albums, this comment aged REAL bad!

  32. OrangeChrome

    In the now is why we're here.

  33. Buckley Family LLC

    My favorite song. I await the day I see them perform this jam live. So solid!

  34. Dweeeeeezy09

    It's on the album...if you buy the deluxe edition lol

  35. Dweeeeeezy09

    Just because it's not grassroots or the blue album right? Come on.

  36. Misscandy

    This was mine and my ex boyfriends band

  37. XInstantFearX

    seen them twice in the last 2 years..... I COULDNT AGREE MORE!!!!!!

  38. ronnel sumagang

    great!!!

  39. XInstantFearX

    best live band i have ever seen!!!! i have seen them twice and im not gunna stop!!!!!!

    Boofer T. Washington

    XInstantFearX 4 years later, how many shows you seen?

  40. yost112

    This is by far the worst 311 album but good song

  41. Commenter

    yeah you missed the point on this one buddy..

  42. 3DSView

    Such a heavy tune. Makes me very emotional.

  43. Kings Landing

    4 ppl need to get a pineapple up the ass

  44. John Harris

    stay grounded...during good times and bad times, keep things in perspective.

  45. FUCKCHRISHANSEN

    pow wow was great man!

    lets hope it goes down this yearr

  46. David White

    @BEAUTIFULDISASTER210 YES! YES! OMG YES! I'd listened to then since I was 12 and down became popular and thought they were just a metal band that got big w/catchy songs. I got the chance to see them at the POW WOW and after a couple songs I felt like it was the first time I'd heard their music. I came away thinking I've never been so wrong about a band, and just blown away by their talent. They have such an incredibly unique style but whatever it is it is totally mastered! My #1 now.

  47. butsex iSslippery

    what is the meaning of the song? anyone have any idea just wondering if i'm the only one who thinks there's a meaning

  48. nofxopivyrancid

    the beginning of the chorus made me think of "i told myself"

  49. Astronus1

    My best song of 311 with Daisay Cutter and Sunset in July.

  50. JohnnyDom2

    shit, why wasn't this and sun come through on the album? these are the best damn songs out of the whole lot.

  51. bluefukingreene

    @epprevailed they are indeed,no one like them at all for better or worse that says a shit ton about them.i dont think every song is great but i can count the songs that i consider cheesy or bad on 2 hands,not bad for a band with upwards of 170 or 180 songs.

  52. Eprevailed

    @bluefukingreene yeah i was just enjoying some good 311 that day , use of time probably and yeah the new one and a ways to go is awesome too. just an all around great group of artists they are.

  53. bluefukingreene

    @epprevailed thats a strong thing to say i think and a ways to go and bomb the town,omaha stylee,use of time,running,innerlight,sun come through,sweet,mindspin,flowing,beautiful disaster,hydroponic,today my love,rock on,sever,nutsymtom,down have something to say about that.its one of the better experimental songs they do for sure.

  54. Eprevailed

    greatest 311 song ever recorded!

  55. spaceagejunkie

    literally just blew my mind

  56. Peter Davis

    I like bunnies

  57. oaktubs

    This song is incredible... 311 is such a rare band, they NEVER suck, and at least a few times per album they hit a few peaks which 99% of bands will never hit once...

  58. Aaron Sanders

    There is no such thing as anger when listening to this song.

  59. Alex Fernandes

    favorite 311 song for some reason i just fuckin love it

  60. Joseph Fisher

    @Ferebee311 actually you can find it in retail stores called a Deluxe Version... bought it @ Target the day it came out.

  61. infiniteSUNlove

    THEY ARE SO FUCKING AWESOME LIVE!

  62. Gregory

    I can listen to this song all day!

  63. will5125

    One of my favorite 311 songs.

  64. Luis Diaz

    Wat the FUCK, i bought the UPLIFTER and it didnt come with this BADASS SONG!!!!???? anyone same?

  65. Glycerin

    This album definitely grew on me, and it didn't take long

  66. chicagoelectricbicyc

    I used to listen to this song a lot in Afghanistan. Something about it made me relax after shit hit the fan. great song!

  67. legalizeganjanow420

    @cartman69311

    I think the reason they keep making better and better music is because they get along so well as a band. Other's get tired of each other and the music suffers. Plus they tour more than any band out there, they really take this shit to heart, more so than any other entertainers out there.

  68. Dean Durham

    @cartman69311 This album is Genius. I've been grooving on it for for the past year... They totally reinvented themselves with it.

  69. Dean Durham

    311, My most favorite band. Their lyrics have always helped me to get through life. and I just sat in my car and listened to this song without singing..... WOW, these lyrics really hit me on how my life has been leading up to how it is now!!! These lyrics have hit home for me!!!

  70. JDMacaB

    SA's high voice in this song is awesome!

  71. the Purr of Bastet

    @mcicione1 I knew it..

  72. Matthew Cicione

    @S00P3R through the interwebs comrad

  73. Matthew Cicione

    only tim smokes. the rest quit

  74. queemy0

    @Hassus They still smoke weed, they quit all the cocaine and shit like that.

  75. ekserchina

    Can't wait to see them tomorrow :)

  76. the Purr of Bastet

    @sunshinehunt You know, I would certainly agree that it's one of them.

    Today, I just figured out what it's actually about. I can't believe it never occured to me before that it's about laying all drugs(incl. joints) behind. Don't get high - get down. It's really a bold song that shows how 311 cares for their fans.
    More half of their fanbase consists of drug users I could presume. Amazing balls to put such a song in there(on the special edition bought mainly by fans)

  77. mansolano

    the intro of this song makes the whole album worth it,incredible melo at the begininig of this song

  78. Gigi

    hopefully we hear it this summer! love this.

  79. Gigi

    @teckhexum congrats :)

  80. d1no311

    @Famousaeb dude.. 100% true.. i always say that. Slinky can get to you though haha, even Nick knows that.

  81. Andrew Boydston

    This band's discography can be played on shuffle, and there will not be one song where you have the urge to hit next.

  82. InvisibleTeeth

    They debuted it live at 311day this year. Was incredible live! Nick even said they're gonna have to play it more.

  83. TECK HeXuM

    i got clean cuz of this song. that is the message, for those who haven't caught it. it's not a hidden message or anything.

  84. proV

    my cousin turned me onto 311 when i was 12, im now 25 and a HUUGE fan. thanks guys for making such wonderful music. it really is an inspiration.

  85. Luke Palladino

    this song reminds me of right now.

  86. Zach Good

    1:48-1:54 is so sweet.

  87. Basement Music

    buddy far away right now and this song sums it up. no other band can give the mentality that this (song) gives....

  88. LostAI117

    I like how there is a watch in high quality option on this video. It took my shitty computer twice as long as it should have to load it because it automatically used HQ...

  89. RODN

    know anything about the tree of life?

  90. Shane I

    This is might be one of my favorite songs ever! just so good musically and lyrically so strong it really speaks to me.

  91. BuhoLahnstein

    311 no compare

  92. ElBoogieAmworld

    this song is about waking up

  93. ElBoogieAmworld

    this song is deep as shit, love the lyrics

  94. Jacob Royal

    SA's vocals in the second verse are off the chain.

  95. Garrett cadman

    i like both parts i think they complement each other

  96. EliKennethTV

    nope. not to me.

  97. njdkidd1231

    wow man fuck you, fuck the naysayers

  98. ximena28

    This song wins!!!!!!!
    It's so powerful yet touching and so melodic I want to just die listening to it!
    SA's part is just amazing I can't stop repeating it! Why is it so amazzingly beautiful and catchy and intense and everything! *sigh*..311 4 Life