While multi-platinum rock band, [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Incubus[/lastfm], channels uber-masculinity with their brand of alt-funk-metal outfit, lead singer Brandon Boyd‘s intimate, sensitive lyrics often sound like heartfelt letters to a mysterious recipient.
Part of this candid lyrical emotionalism is what has made Incubus so popular among such diverse audiences. Check out this list of the Top 10 Incubus Song Titles You Could End Or Start A Letter With.
We can’t wait to hear Incubus’ poetic stylings during their free streaming performance on Live on Letterman at the Ed Sullivan Theater on July 11th, 9PM Eastern.
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10. “Wish You Were Here”
Incubus’ popular song “Wish You Were Here” sounds like a melancholy postcard from a tropical island:
I dig my toes into the sand/The ocean looks like a thousand diamonds/Strewn across a blue blanket/I lean against the wind/Pretend that I am weightless/And in this moment I am happy…happy/I wish you were here
9. “Promises, Promises”
We’ve all gotten letters from people who have screwed up with the words “Promises, Promises” scrawled liberally as if to convince us of their worth, but Boyd suggests that letters are best ended with no “promises” :
So promise me only one thing, would you?/Just don’t ever make me promises/No promises
8. “A Kiss To Send Us Off”
“A Kiss To Send Us Off” starts off like the beginning of a dirty letter and ends like, well, a “happy” ending:
Meet me here/On November 11th. Come alone/Bring your mouth/And selective irreverence/we’ll both see stars
7. “Are You In?”
This literally could just be the whole contents of the letter? Quite the existential quandary from the emotionally in-tune lads of Incubus: “Are You In?”
6. “Get Your Pants And Go”
We’d hate to get a letter like this, but we may or may not have written something to this effect at one point in our lives. We’re not telling.
5. “Love Hurts”
The theme of “Love Hurts” is essentially the prosaic content of most letters from age groups 13-2o before they get older and realize that love doesn’t hurt as much as not being able to pay the bills:
Love hurts…/But sometimes it’s a good hurt/And it feels like I’m alive/Love sings/When it transcends the bad things/Have a heart and try me/’cause without love I won’t survive
4. “Pardon Me”
We’ve received many a letter that began with the words “pardon me,” but never as the result of a phoenix-like spontaneous combustion:
Pardon me, while I burst into flames…/Pardon me, pardon me, pardon me
3. “Here In My Room”
Many literary heroes have started their fictional letters with the words “here in my room.” Likewise, Boyd spins his own fiction-worthy tale:
If the world would fall apart/In a fiction-worthy wind/I wouldn’t change a thing now that you’re here/If the world would fall apart/In a fiction-worthy wind/I wouldn’t change a thing now that you’re here
2. “If Not Now, When?”
There is no better way to end a letter of discontent than with a thought-provoking question, like:
I’ve waited all my life/If not now, when will I?
1. “Nice To Know You”
No explanation is needed for “Nice To Know You.” Just, goodbye.
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