About Amber

"Amber" is a song from the band 311. Focusing more on their reggae roots, the song is about Nick Hexum's then fiancée and then Eden's Crush member Nicole Scherzinger. Scherzinger appears briefly in the music video, playing in the ocean with Hexum. Although it is not one of the highest charting singles (hitting number 13 on the Modern Rock chart), it ended up their longest lasting on the Alternative Rock chart and remains their most popular single to date. It is also their only single that received a certification by the RIAA, achieving Gold status. It is considered to be the band's signature song along with "Down" and "All Mixed Up". The song's intro was remixed on Greatest Hits '93-'03. 


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Brainstorm, take me away from the norm'
I've got to tell you something
This phenomenon, I had to put it in a song
And it goes like

Whoa, amber is the color of your energy
Whoa, shades of gold display naturally

You want to know what brings me here
You glide through my head, blind to fear
And I know I

Whoa, amber is the color of your energy
Whoa, shades of gold display naturally

Whoa, amber is the color of your energy
Whoa, shades of gold display naturally

You live too far away
Your voice rings like a bell anyway
Don't give up your independence
Unless it feels alright
Nothing good comes easily
Sometimes you've got to fight

Whoa, amber is the color of your energy
Whoa, shades of gold display naturally

Lost a thousand ships in my heart so easy
Still it's fine from afar
And you know that

Take me away from the norm'
I've got to tell you something

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Year 311 (CCCXI) was a common year starting on Monday (link will display the full calendar) of the Julian calendar. At the time, it was known as the Year of the Consulship of Valerius and Maximinus (or, less frequently, year 1064 Ab urbe condita). The denomination 311 for this year has been used since the early medieval period, when the Anno Domini calendar era became the prevalent method in Europe for naming years. more »

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Written by: Nicholas Hexum

Lyrics © Downtown Music Publishing, Warner Chappell Music, Inc.

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12 facts about this song

Release Date
"Amber" by 311 was released on October 10, 2001.
Album Name
This song is from the band's fifth studio album, "From Chaos."
Musical Style
"Amber" is often categorized as alt-rock or reggae-rock. The song showcases 311's unique mix of rock, reggae, hip-hop, and funk.
Chart Performance
It peaked at No.13 on the Billboard Modern Rock Track chart.
Influence and Inspiration
The song is named after Amber "Shea" Seguin, the former stepdaughter of 311's drummer, Chad Sexton.
Popular Interpretation
The song is known for its mellow tone and calming, positive lyrics, which many interpret as being about the warmth and emptiness of love.
Music Video
The music video for "Amber" features 311 playing the song on a beach at sunset. It gives the tune its iconic oceanic, sun-soaked vibe.
Band's Opinion
According to band lead Nick Hexum, "Amber" is a song that showcases the band's more subtle, laid-back side, which he feels is often overlooked.
Cover versions
"Amber" has been covered by multiple artists across various genres, reflecting its widespread popularity and influence.
This song has consistently remained one of 311's most popular tracks, often being played at live concerts. Despite its age, the song still manages to attract new fans and listeners.
Use in Popular Culture
"Amber" has been used in Television shows including "The OC", adding to its popularity and reach.
Critical Acclaim
Critics have showered praise on "Amber" for its serene yet enthralling sound and heartening lyrics. The song is still regarded as one of the best in the band's discography.

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