Incubus Vocalist Brandon Boyd expanded on the song's meaning to Radio.com
"In the lyric for 'Nimble Bastard,' I'm in praise of someone," he explained. "I've known a handful of people in my life who've come into the most horrific circumstances whether it's physical injury or psychological or failure and they'll be as low as you could possibly be and you're like, 'Dude, this guy's done.' And then somehow they pop back up and shake it off and then are more strong and resilient as a result. That is this nimble bastard that I'm in praise of."