"Vitamin" as written by Gavin Koppel, Brandon Charles Boyd, Michael Aaron Einziger, Alex Katunich and Jose Anthony Pasillas Ii....
I'm born
I'm alive
I breathe
In a moment or two I realize,
That the sphere upon which I reside,
Is asleep on its feet.
Should I go back to sleep?
We orbit the sun
I grow up
My open eyes see

A zombified, somnambulist society.
Leaving us as vitamins
For the hibernating human animal.
Do you see what I mean?
You stare at me like a vitamin
On the surface you hate,
But you know you need me.

I'll come dressed as any pill you deem fit.
Whatever helps you swallow truth
All the more easily.

And I wonder, will you digest me?
Into the sleep machine I won't plug in,
In fact I'd rather die before I will comply.
To you, my friend,
I write the reason I still live,
'cause in my mind it's set the vitamin is ripe to give
Coming closer to another 2000 years
You and I will pry
The closed eye of the sleep machine


Lyrics submitted by Idan, edited by BCahill

"Vitamin" as written by Brandon Boyd Alex Katunich

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    General CommentMe and my English teacher fought because she said somnambulist wasn't a word.
    juliegrayon April 30, 2004   Link
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    General Commentthis song is fuckin awesome its my favorite incubus song their older stuff is better than their new and this song is on final destination 2 where i first heard it and couldn't believe it was incubus awesome
    Sharpie22785on March 26, 2005   Link
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    General CommentThis song has always reminded me of Aldous Huxley's Brave New World... especially when he uses the word "somnambulist"--I always thought of that as a reference to the "soma" in the book. If you've read the book you could perhaps see what I mean.

    Here are a few quotes from the book..."I don't understand anything," she said with decision, determined to preserve her incomprehension intact. "Nothing. Least of all," she continued in another tone "why you don't take soma when you have these dreadful ideas of yours. You'd forget all about them. And instead of feeling miserable, you'd be jolly. So jolly,"

    "Swallowing half an hour before closing time, that second dose of soma had raised a quite impenetrable wall between the actual universe and their minds."



    trastaon August 14, 2009   Link
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    General CommentShort and sweet answer- this song is about spiritual awakening.
    Dhaynswoahon September 11, 2011   Link
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    General Commentthis song is amazing, beautiful, raw and truthful. it seems that brandon is talking about how most of the world is milling around, afraid to be different, afraid to raise their voices, and afraid to reform their own beleifs and societies. He speaks to those of us who are like him: who are people who go against the grain and challenge those who hold us down and who think that being different is some sort of a bad thing. we are vitamins because the rest of the world needs revolutionary people like us to promote change and difference, but they dont really like it, and the dont handle it easily. kind of like vitamins. they suck, but you need them to be healthy.
    azwethinkweizon January 25, 2002   Link
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    General Commentdude.. damn man.. you like explained everything =)


    i love yelling along with music in the car.. i mean.. REALLY yell. maybe that's why everyone i pass on the freeway gives me weird looks. oh well, they don't know what they're missing
    itsmeallanon April 14, 2002   Link
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    General Commentthem doing this song live is another version of zen/nirvana/heaven...
    HalfLifeSuicideon May 01, 2002   Link
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    General Commenthehe. itsmeallan, i love yelling along to songs too. i do it in my house when no one's around. it's soooo fun! especially to the beginning of this song.

    awesome song! azwethinkweiz's interpretation sounds very incubus-like. so i agree with him. =)
    ManoStuarton May 08, 2002   Link
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    General CommentThis is absolutely my favorite song ever written...and I know that this is a strong statement to make, but this song is most definitely worthy of it. The lyrics are phenomenal, the sound...ah, dont even get me started...just, wow: I am blown away by the talent of Incubus.
    redhed23on May 23, 2002   Link
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    General CommentBoyd's lyrics are phenominally unique in my opinion. His individuality and personal way of thinking shines through in all his songs. Azwethinkweiz took the thoughts from my head when describing this song and what it means. The first few lines of this song are probably my favorite Incubus lyrics, so powerful and true.
    voodoochld000on June 09, 2002   Link

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