Nice To Know You

Album: Morning View (2001)


  • Lead singer Brandon Boyd: "I had a moment in my life about a year ago where I was way too close to everything that was going on and I was blind, I felt like I was asleep. And the clouds parted for kind of a strange reason and I gained perspective. What happened was my hand had fallen asleep on the airplane on the way to Europe and it remained asleep for about 10 days, which was kind of scary. I must have pinched a nerve or something. But as my hand started waking up, the clouds started breaking away from that emotional state as well. The two happened simultaneously, so I created a simple metaphor for it. So it's basically a song about gaining perspective on a situation." >>
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    Tim - Pittsburgh, PA
  • The line, "Better than watching Gellar bending silver spoons" is a reference to Uri Gellar, who is famous for using psychic powers to bend spoons.

Comments: 10

  • Taylor Lopardo from West Islip, NyThis song makes me think about a guy that I talked to for a while and then he out of nowhere stopped talking to me. I'm letting him go for good.
  • Nick from Edmonton, CanadaThe line, " Deeper than the deepest Cousteau would ever go" is a reference to Jacques-Yves Cousteau, the famous scientist and explorer who was facinated by underwater life.
  • Nick from New York, Nythis song is defienetly about his hand falling asleep, i've heard brandon say it many times before, it happened when he was on a flight and it fell asleep for 10 days and it was painful
  • Jamee from Oklahoma City, OkI really like this one. It helped me when I realized a friendship was no more. It set everything in perspective and I sent him a message titled "Goodbye Richard, nice to know you". It was liberating and made me feel better.
  • Ross from Nowhere, Nh

    Arguably a religious experience, it can be induced by way of "magic" mushrooms. Incubus... "magic" mushrooms... Incubus... yeah.

    "She who sees from 'up-high' smiles and surely sings. Perspective pries your once weighty eyes and it gives you wings." [Perception of the attainment of a higher consciousness/awareness or seeing things in a new light/different perspective is a symptom of ego loss and "magic" mushrooms.]

    "Deeper than the deepest Cousteau would ever go. And higher than the heights of what we often think we know. Blessed she who clearly sees the wood for the trees. To obtain a 'birds eye' is to turn a blizzard into a breeze." [Again, seeing things in a different light is a symptom, as well as is perceiving as infinitely small man's scope of intelligence.]

    "So could it be that it has been there all along?" [Feeling as if you've had this higher awareness all along but had forgotten it is also a symptom.]

    These types of epiphanic experiences can be induced by many other methods, sure, but considering the band, past work, and past interviews, it seems very plausible if not probable this song refers to an ego loss-inducing "magic" mushroom experience.
  • David from Stockton, CaBrandon is singing about Aliens and religion, he's singing about the grand scheme of the universe and what little we often think we know, yes it is about gaining perspective on a situation.
  • Ashley from Moncton, Canada"Better than watching Gellar bending silver spoons, better than witnessing new born nebulas in bloom" are my favourite Incubus lyrics
  • Jonathan from Princeton, Mnbrandon wrote the chorus to this song after falling asleep on a plane to europe and waking up with his hand asleep, his hand was asleep for about 10 days!
  • Travis from Watertown, Sdi've always thought this was about a heroin user.. (better than watching gellar bending silver spoons)..(pins and needles, nice to know you, good bye) but i suppose it does have "waking limb" in the song so i'll just take brandon's word for it. haha
  • Eduardo from Passo Fundo, Brazilthe feeling i have is that the song is about someone who is blinding us from some reality. as we take notice of it, we say: oh, i'm tired of this, good bye, nice to know you.
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