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Drive

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Incubus



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Lead singer Brandon Boyd: "The lyric is basically about fear, about being driven all your life by it and making decisions from fear. It's about imagining what life would be like if you didn't live it that way."
Boyd and drummer Jose Pasillas drew all the artwork for the video. It took them more than 50 hours to do it. (thanks, Tim - Pittsburgh, PA, for above 2)
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Comments (43):

When I first heard the song, it really caught me and I was like, "Wow who's singing this?" I tried for like days to find it and then googled some of the words and the song (with the correct lyrics!) popped up !! As I listened to the song in its entirety, it moved me and then I began to study the words. I realized that the song talked about fear motivating us to live our lives whatever that means to us individually. We each make our own decisions but I want my mind to be clear as I proceed through life...uninhibited by fear, where-ever or whomever that fear originates from. I want to be in control of consciousness around me. Fear is not of God either but of the enemy himself. Brandon himself (the leader of the band Incubus) expressed the meaning of this song above which is hat I thought that it meant. Super, super song with deep thought and a forever message !!!!!!!!!! I LOVE THIS SONG !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
- nursegirl2001, Wichita, KS
This is a great song.I love the acoustic guitar in this song.I am trying to learn to play this on guitar right now. I am an ok guitar player.There are some odd chord shapes i'm having a little trouble with but I'm getting better. I also like what this song has to say. I can definetely relate to what this song is about. Unfortunatly I have been driven by fear a lot in my life.I have blown many opportunities and made some bad decisions because of fear. I always wonder "What if?"
- Brian, BOSTON, MA
i THINK it is funny how we can all bring our own experience to this jam. Mark of a great lyric/work of art. I am saddened that so many anti-christians feel the need to dump on the "Christian hive". Regardless of your religious/ spiritual beliefs it is abouth being ruled by FAITH not fear. Fear is the enemy:) Trust me not everyone in church is a brainwashed conformist. It is hard to make the choice to "hold the wheel and drive" either way GOD BLESS INCUBUS FOR SUCH A DOPE SONG!!!!
- Tony, DA HOOD, MI
For me it's more about being an individual, about not letting trends or crowds dictate your life
- Kamran, London, United Kingdom
every word of this song is symbolic... basically, it's about taking control of your own life, not living in fear, and taking responsibility for yourself.
- Jarod, Las Vegas, NV
the thing about this songis it can be about any struggle, maybe he didnt intend for it to be about alchol, but it could to speak to someone whom has struggled with that, it is ambiguous in a way but it isnt at the same time, you know?
- lexi, Boston, MA
Jason, Boston Hts

Dude, I'm totally with you on this one. You've got this down. Like drugs at temp. fix, wine isn't nothing like water. You really find who your are deep down when you make your own choices and stop letting the wine choose for you.
- Adam, Spokane, WA
The vid is good and crazy when everything's upside down.
- john, Houston , TX
the best song that will ever made and will be ever. this song give me courage in exams days. i will never forget that song i think no song is ever nearer to it and will be and i will ask incubus to make all their songs like this. this issss the beeeeeeeest ever.plz make more songs like this.
- hassaan, islamabad, Pakistan
This song it amazing. to me it says "Take what life gives you, good or bad" when he says "Whatever tomorrow beings i'll be there
with open arms and open eyes yeahh..." love it!
- Emily, The Bury, CT
I must say Brandon Boyd is Amazingly Hot in this video!
- Brittany, G-Vegas, NC
i love this song and the music video!
both are rad! the lyrics are also awesome!
(but they always are!) once had to use this song for speech class!
- emma, San Deigo, CA
"'My Favorite Things' [an incubus song] is my personal beliefs about religion and how it oppresses the things I enjoy the most. Unfortunately, the simplest things, such as thinking for myself, creating my own reality and being whatever the hell I want to be each day of my life, are a sin. To be a good Christian basically means to give up the reigns of your life and let some unseen force do it for you." - Brandon Boyd
- brian, Orlando, FL
I thnk this song is about an addiction to drugs, if you notice he says "would you choose whater over wine? hold the wheel and drive, i think its about making the choice to stay sober and make decisions for life in a clear mind set
- kevin, baltimore, MD
I think that you are all ignorant and don't know anything. If you think you know something about incubus give me a call. Especially Kevin, Jason, Bob from NH and Matt. Also Jessica if you think Brandon would marry anyone lik you think again. My number is 917-2788.
- Ben, Oakdale, CT
This song is about being in control of your own life. It sounds like he is saying he has been a product of an establishment and is ready to "choose water over wine" and take control of his life.
- Kevin, suburb of Pittsburgh , PA
The video for this song, which was nominated for an MTV Video Music Award, was filmed at the McNamara Alumni Center at the Unniversit of Minnesota in Minneapolis.

Also, I was always told and assumed this had deliberate references to masturbation. "I should be the one behind the wheel" "Whatever tomorrow brings, I'll be there" As in, even if your single or alone you have your own "needs" to meet. "will I choose water over wine,, hold my own and drive" As in the water is onanism vs the thrill of real intamacy.
"and hold my own and drive"

Either way, the song is mediocre. Incubus hasn't been good since their earlier works, IMHO
- Matt, Minneapolis, MN
The song is about how we let fear control our lives. The hive is like the collective, your peers, and how easily they can make decisions for you. When he sings "when i drive myself my light is found" means that when he takes control of his own decision, makes his own choices, then he has clairty, or he sees the light. As to the religous undertones "water into wine" i think that agian, its about not allowing a group to make your decisions for you. Maybe by belonging to a church limits your understanding of yourself and what your capable of. Its not anti-religous in meaning i think, it has more to do being incontrol of your own life.
- Jason, Boston Hts., OH
we live in an era where drink drving is a common cause of death on out roads. the reference in this song "choose water over wine" seems to indicate something about drink driving. teenagers just gettin their learners licence are usually at first afraid of drving on the road."let the fear take the wheel and steer". also about having the freedom to drive on your own and stuff instead of lettin other people drive you places all the time. maybe i'm jus sayin this because i'm just gettin my licence and i'm freakin out about my drivers test :)
- Jessie, Brisbane, Australia
The song, in my opinion, isn't about religion at all. I think it's just about taking your life back, no longer letting fear and insecurity "take the wheel". It's one of my favorite songs and it's very much descriptive of my life.
- Joe, Berkeley Heights, NJ
This cut is very obviously about turning away from religion - specifically Christianity.

The references start from the beginning and continue all the way to the end:

*) "...vague, hainting mass appeal." - an obvious reference to Christian group think.
*) "...waiver my chance to be one of the Hive" - same thing. Now the lead singer is pondering just what happens if he chooses not to believe. Is there really a hell?
*)Water over wine - very obviously a repudiation of Christianity. Jesus changed water to wine. The singer chooses things before - or without - Jesus. Water over wine.
*)"It's driven me before and it...everyonve else gets around." He was raised in and around Christianity, as are many in the U.S. Now he is growing away from that.

The idea that this is about alcohol is superficial at best, and likely hamfisted in thinking. Incubus are more subtle than that - hard rock underpinnings notwithstanding.
- ixman, Houston, TX
What an awesome song!!! This was the song that first got me into Incubus and i think that the lyrics are very meaningful to ppl. to me they are about being helpless, feeling you should take control of your life rather than let other people control you. thats just me though...
- Francesca, Preston, England
Did anyone even bother to read what Brandon Boyd said this song is about?? Fear. About being driven all your life by making decisions from fear, and what would life be like if you didn't live that way. quote-unquote. Awesome song and band.
- Nieves, Merced, CA
this song was originally a song mike einziger (the guitarist) made for a tv show that requested he write a theme song,according to mike it was almost exactly the same as it is on the record, and the show turned it down. too bad for them.
- brian, south bend, IN
I've always felt this song referred to how so many people are controlled by religion, and Brandon (and others, including me) choose not to be lead around like sheep. The "water over wine" reference, to me, is the tipoff (changing water to wine...). But don't go by me; I'm an Atheist who is always looking for anything that supports a departure from religion. Great song, none-the-less!
- Frank, warminster, PA
Ok so anyone who have ever actualy thought about the words to this song has some serious brain issues if they still think its about alcohol addiction! Use your brain befor posting!!
- April, Natick, MA
Drive is about someone who lets other people control thier lives.
- Nick, Plainfiel, IL
"Drive is about somebody with an alcohol addiction and his DRIVE for alcohol!!!!! Get it "will i, choose water over wine, and hold my own drive!!!" Its the difficult time while he is overcoming the addiction.
- Bren, Perth, Australia"

That is called a metaphor. The water represents the rougher choice of controlling your own life, whereas wine represents the smooth ride of being driven by fear. It's basically choosing the rough over the smooth.

Great lyrics, great band.
- Jim, Swansea, Wales
this song is about controlling your life and not letting anything get in your way and not let anything persaude you to do something you dont want to do. and not to let anything to screw up your life like bad desions example alcohol. and to drink water instead of the wine so you dont get into an accident and hurt yourself. and no matter what look forward to tomorrow and welcome it with open arms because one day could change your life.
- carlton, west warwick, RI
This song is good but its the song which gets you into the band, you listen to Drive and decide to hear more of their songs & will surley then get into and LOVE the band...once you hear all their other songs drive doesnt mean as much as what it use to.All their other songs are just too good!!! that was my experience anyway
- mel, sydney, Australia
this song doesnt really mean anything in spacific to everyone. Its what one person relates to in there own situations.In outher words it meant something to brandon when he wrote it, but it could mean something completely different to me.:)
- erika, yuma, AZ
Drive is about somebody with an alcohol addiction and his DRIVE for alcohol!!!!! Get it "will i, choose water over wine, and hold my own drive!!!" Its the difficult time while he is overcoming the addiction.
- Bren, Perth, Australia
This song isnt about brandons car accident man!
- Kate, wellington, New Zealand
This song is Incubus' only top ten hit on the pop singles charts. It peaked at spot number nine. "Drive" was also Incubus' first number one hit on the modern rock charts (check me on that one. "Pardon Me" may have been the first).
- Tim, Pittsburgh, PA
Awesome song by incubus. Does anyone else get annoyed with words that are spelled wrong on purpose?!
- Maya, Sisseton, SD
it's all about taking control of your life and accepting "whatever tomorrow brings"!
- JoeL, Manila, United States
Ciao, not chow.
- Glenn, Mildenhall, England
I think the song drive symbolizes how far Brandon Boyd can drive you over the edge with his fineness. Chow baby!!! Brandon can drive me anywhere anytime.
- Jaclyn, montebello, CA
this song is about taking over your life and not letting things like beer get in the way
- Greg, Randolph, NJ
Strangley after the video for "Drive" was shot, Brandon was in a serious car accident.
- Austin, Collierville, TN
I agree with Mike in a way, it seems like the song is about a person taking control of their own life and not letting others run it for them.
- Chris, Monticello, KY
This song is actually about taking control of one's life and determining one's own fate instead of letting fate and fear dictate where we go in life.
- Mike, Boston, MA
Dudes, This songs about a horrible car accident Brandon was in
- bob, nook, NH
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