I'm only 23 for another hour, give or take
I'm a fan of yours and I need a good mistake
I'm not a sinner or preacher, all I have is slight of hand
I do magic tricks for all the boys in the band

Baby could I be the rabbit in your hat?
I'd swing if you'd hand me, hand me the bat

I'm on the road of least resistance
I'd rather give up than give in to this
So promise me only one thing, would you?
Just don't ever make me promises
No promises

I've never done this before, promises, promises
But I'm enjoying the illusion and the things my body says
Now you see me, now you don't, oh how well you disappear
What are you running from and may I interfere?

Baby could I be the rabbit in your hat?
I'd swing if you'd hand me, hand me the bat

I'm on the road of least resistance
I'd rather give up than give in to this
So promise me only one thing, would you?
Just don't ever make me promises
No promises


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Promises, Promises song meanings
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  • +5
    Song Meaning" 'Promises, Promises,' is a story about a girl and a guy — go figure — and the girl has built up so much armor around herself with the things that she knows how to do.

    "And so, I used these metaphors in the song of, like, magic, like she's an illusionist, so she creates these illusions around her," he continued. "And she's gotten so good at it that she meets somebody who potentially could be someone that could help her break through those illusions and those walls, she can't really recognize that he could be the real thing, or they could be the real thing, so she's asking him for one thing: 'Don't make me any promises.' "

    --Brandon Boyd, in an interview at MTV
    mtv.com/news/articles/1665355/…
    deadkidon July 03, 2011   Link
  • +3
    General Commentin a behind the scenes video for the song, brandon states that this is one of the few songs on the album that has roots.
    he also goes on to say that "basically this is a story about a girl who is kind of running from her real feelings and her real emotions and so she's masking it with armor and with bad behavior. so she encounters this person who probably is the closest thing to the real thing that she's ever known and she can't allow those walls down that armor down."

    you can check out the video here: vevo.com/watch/incubus/promises-promises-behind-the-scenes/…
    StellarJacon June 15, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General CommentBest Band In The World. This track rocks along with all the others!
    StarChild69on May 05, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song is about finding someone who will be a good lay for Brandon but he isn't going to try to hard to get her. (road of least resistance) He doesn't want commitment, (no promises) and in the last verse becomes intrigued with the girl and wonders why she has decided to enter into their "f* buddy" arrangement.



    blindtones88on May 05, 2011   Link
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    General CommentFrom the man directly,

    "The song is our homage to the pop songs of yester-morrow. Referencing the deservedly ubiquitous artists of our parents' generation, we are here attempting to craft an artisan's clock. A piece that ticks effortlessly on the strength of its good design, its beauty and its simplicity. Herein a young girl, after so many failed attempts at love, has resigned herself to a "road of least resistance."

    Armoring herself against the pain of intimacy by only engaging in surface affairs. Only to meet someone who she CAN trust with her most valued of possessions, her heart. But she can barely recognize what the real thing looks like after so much time running away from it."

    BelieveInBrandonon May 31, 2011   Link
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    General CommentBest track from their new album love this song. In the company of wolves is another great track .. Incubus 4 life truely admire & the band.Baby could I be the rabbit in your hat? I'd swing if you'd hand me, hand me the bat...owhhhhhhh amazing voice.
    FanIncubuson August 11, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentCan anyone please be so kind and explain the meaning of " I'd swing if you'd hand me, hand me the bat " to me and what " be the rabbit in your head " means and refers to ? Thank you :)
    Combustion4on July 15, 2011   Link
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    General CommentBest track from their new album love this song. In the company of wolves is another great track .. Incubus 4 life truely admire & the band.Baby could I be the rabbit in your hat? I'd swing if you'd hand me, hand me the bat...owhhhhhhh amazing voice.
    FanIncubuson August 11, 2011   Link
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    General CommentBest track from their new album love this song. In the company of wolves is another great track .. Incubus 4 life truely admire & the band.Baby could I be the rabbit in your hat? I'd swing if you'd hand me, hand me the bat...owhhhhhhh amazing voice.
    FanIncubuson August 11, 2011   Link
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    General CommentBest track from their new album love this song. In the company of wolves is another great track .. Incubus 4 life truely admire & the band.Baby could I be the rabbit in your hat? I'd swing if you'd hand me, hand me the bat...owhhhhhhh amazing voice.
    FanIncubuson August 11, 2011   Link

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