Nice to Know You

by admin on September 25, 2012

During my daily lunch run today – a necessary break from the workday and a perk I am afforded thanks to a virtual office – an old but favorite song came on. I’ve always been a fan of Incubus, but my musical tastes vary so greatly during different periods of my life that it has been a long while since I listened.

“Nice to Know You” came on, which not only boosted my pace but apparently my brain power as I found myself dissecting every lyric of this song. As an aside, Googling “what is the meaning of [name of song here] is an awesome time-waster. I mention this because people’s interpretations of these lyrics ranged from “It’s a song about being high and getting sober” to “It’s about the time the dude was on an airplane and his hand fell asleep for 10 days.” Lolwut.

Also amusing is feeling the mix of adrenaline, endorphins and the places my mind goes when I’m most clear in my own head i.e. when I am running. I don’t have any profound personal interpretations of the lyrics but I certainly have a personal appreciation for their simplicity and elegance and their ability to metaphorically slap me out of the tunnel vision I’ve had lately.

Some of what I find to be the most poignant tidbits:

“Perspective pries your once weighty eyes and it gives you wings.”

Read: pulling your head out of your own ass (or someone else’s) and doing a quick 360 of your actual surroundings is freeing.

“Blessed she who clearly sees the wood for the trees.”

Knowledge is power but too much of it has the potential to be binding. Sometimes it’s best to take a step back and mentally air dust the shit out of your brain to blow away the fuzz and static aka unimportant details that are muddling your impetus and actions.

“To obtain a ‘bird’s eye’ is to turn a blizzard into a breeze.”

This is one of my favorite lyrical treats of all time because of the visual it paints in my mind and also because I live in Chicago and fuck blizzards. In Chicago-speak, Boyd is essentially saying “To see the bigger picture is to turn Snowmapocalypse to a Saturday afternoon in early June on the patio of Kirkwood.” Touche.

Anyone agree with those sentiments? Disagree? What are some of your all-time favorite lyrics? Would you have rather seen me dissect the meaning of “Pop That” by French Montana feat. Drake, Lil Wayne, and Rick Ross?


Also, sorry my site currently looks like dog poop. To compensate, here is a gif for you as well as a representation of how I will feel if more than two people read this post.

{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

The Dan September 25, 2012 at 1:19 pm

I need to be alone with the .gif for a while.

Josephine R. Cameron February 12, 2013 at 8:39 am

ZoeA rock ‘n’ roll siren to be…, writes:My favorite song is anything and everything that is pumping outta my stereo at the given time, however, lyrics wise -Common People by Pulp has an incredible feel to the lyrics, Jarvis Cocker has a voice to die for, and the words… well.. I am speechless.

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