Most people think of the hit songs “Drive” and “I Wish You Were Here” when they think of the alternative rock group Incubus. Despite those mainstream (albeit good) songs, Incubus is actually a pretty off-the-wall experimental band.
One of their better and more experimental songs is “The Warmth” from their third album Make Yourself.
The intro is interesting, strange, and unique. It sounds like whales to me. I’m not sure if that’s the image they were going for with the intro. Anyway, the core of the song is about not letting others who aren’t happy with their lives make you feel down about your own life. The most interesting lyrics are below
“Remember why you came and while you’re alive
experience the warmth before you go.”
Those lyrics lead me to the obvious question; What is “The Warmth”?
Click here for the lyrics (warning explicit, but deep)
This may be my last music post for a long while as there is a lot of other blog worthy stuff going on in the coming days. Tomorrow is my favorite day of the year–fantasy baseball draft day– next Tuesday I’m making a trip to Philips Arena to see the Lakers play the Hawks (my last chance to see Kobe in person and in his prime) and we still have liberals protesting in Wisconsin. I think my co-blogger Tommy likes it when I leave the music posts to him anyway.
So give it a listen, check out the lyrics, and please leave your thoughts on what”the warmth” is in the comments.
I should have commented on this earlier. A very interesting song; definitely a grower. Incubus is definitely an extremely eclectic band that defies easy categorization, but they have enough mainstream hits so that they’re a household name. It’s really the perfect balance.
Tough loss for the Lakers btw. I hate Miami.
I think I’ve stumbled across the meaning on Songfacts.com.
“This is about not getting caught up in the materialistic superficial machine that pushes us ahead everyday, never stopping or flinching. Not to get brought down by the careless and preoccupation with meaningless things that everybody is so tuned to. Feel the warmth before you die, find the meaningful things in life, and have relationships with the other lost human beings out as well having that same relationship with the environment around you. Life is short and it is so easy to get caught up with the B.S. (thanks, Jeremy – Shelbyville, KY)”