Rub A Dub
311 Lyrics


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Oh, what else can I do, oh, what else can I do
Oh, face in a screw oh, racing to prove
You never remember the blossom sender
Still in a rub a dub style

Long time you don't know what I'm doing whoa
Long time see troubles are brewing yeah
Slick to the way you rock it and know that
You'll cope with that
Not gonna let it sit 'til I say, "how dope was that"
Keep your head pumping 'til you get in the zone
Not giving up not going home

Stick to the way you rock it just do it real slow
Nobody can really say 'cause nobody really know
Only thing that matters if it's funky to you
You got a choice of what you can do so

Oh, what else can I do, oh, what else can I do
Oh, face in a screw oh, racing to prove
You never remember the blossom sender
Still in a rub a dub style

Stick to the way you rock it just do it real slow
Nobody can really say 'cause nobody really know




Only thing that matters if it's funky to you
You got a choice of what you can do

Overall Meaning

In 311's song Rub A Dub, the lyrics convey a sense of accepting oneself and one's unique rhythm. The singer is faced with the challenge of proving themselves amidst the pressures of societal norms ("racing to prove") and the feeling of being forgotten ("you never remember the blossom sender"). But regardless of these external factors, the singer still finds themselves in a "rub a dub style," which could be interpreted as a reference to reggae music and its laid-back, free-form style. The song encourages listeners to embrace their own rhythm and not to be deterred by others' expectations, to keep "your head pumping 'til you get in the zone." The lyrics also suggest that funky music is the key to finding that zone, and ultimately, the song communicates the idea that self-acceptance and self-expression are paramount in life.


Line by Line Meaning

Oh, what else can I do, oh, what else can I do
Feeling lost and unsure of how to proceed in a current situation.


Oh, face in a screw oh, racing to prove
Feeling pressure to prove oneself in the face of difficult circumstances.


You never remember the blossom sender
Forgetting the source of something pleasant or positive that has happened.


Still in a rub a dub style
Staying committed to a certain way of doing things or a particular style.


Long time you don't know what I'm doing whoa
Feeling misunderstood or unrecognized for one's efforts.


Long time see troubles are brewing yeah
Anticipating upcoming difficulties or challenges.


Slick to the way you rock it and know that
Being confident and skilled in one's abilities.


You'll cope with that
Facing challenges head-on and dealing with them effectively.


Not gonna let it sit 'til I say, "how dope was that"
Striving for excellence and wanting others to recognize one's accomplishments.


Keep your head pumping 'til you get in the zone
Maintaining focus and drive until in the right mindset to succeed.


Not giving up not going home
Continuing to try despite setbacks and challenges.


Stick to the way you rock it just do it real slow
Continuing to use a tried-and-true method, even if progress is slow.


Nobody can really say 'cause nobody really know
Being unsure of the best course of action and the outcome of one's choices.


Only thing that matters if it's funky to you
Pursuing what brings joy and satisfaction, regardless of others' opinions.


You got a choice of what you can do
Having agency and control over one's actions and decisions.




Lyrics © Warner Chappell Music, Inc.
Written by: NICHOLAS HEXUM

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