Better than watching Gellar
Bending silver spoons
Better than witnessing
Newborn nebulas in bloom
She who sees from up

High smiles and surely sings
Perspective pries her once
Weighty eyes and
It gives you wings
I haven't felt the way
I feel today

In so long its hard
For me to specify
I'm beginning to notice
How much this feels like
A waking limb
Pins and needles
Nice to know you
Goodbye
Nice to know you

Deeper than the deepest
Coustou would ever go
Higher than the heights of what
We often think we know
Blessed she who clearly
Sees the wood for the trees
To obtain a bird's eye is to
Turn a blizzard to a breeze

I haven't felt the way
I feel today
In so long its hard
For me to specify
I'm beginning to notice
How much this feels like
A waking limb
Pins and needles
Nice to know you
Goodbye
Nice to know you
To know, you

Could it be that it had
Been there all along

I haven't felt the way
I feel today
In so long its hard
For me to specify
I'm beginning to notice
How much this feels like
A waking limb
Pins and needles
Nice to know you
Goodbye
Nice to know you
To know
You



Lyrics submitted by carola

"Nice To Know You" as written by Brandon Charles/einziger Boyd, Alex/pasillas Katunich

Lyrics © EMI Music Publishing

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    General Comment:Hey guys, I'm pretty sure this is actually about the ego (in the spiritual sense).

    He's saying that the places he goes and the feelings he feels when meditating or approaching enlightenment are better than seeing magic tricks (Geller) or other cool sights (nebulas in bloom). He also goes deeper (into himself) than Jacques Cousteau ever dared dive. The following line is to contrast going deep (like the song "Ain't no Mountain High Enough"), and it's also saying that he never realized how much potential he had until he approached enlightenment.

    He also talks about perspective in this song. He says that the loss of ego results in a gain of perspective (seeing things unclouded by ego). If you are able to see from this "bird's eye" (as in from a perspective that is not your own) then you will 'smile and surely sing' from joy. This perspective pries your once, which were once weighted with ego. As far as giving you wings, he is doing two things. He is setting up the part about the bird's eye in the next verse stanza, and he's saying that it sets you free, allowing you to soar.

    I know I'm jumping around here, but I think explaining it in this context allows you to see how the song develops.

    To the lines "Blessed is she... ...blizzard to a breeze"

    Seeing the wood for the tree means seeing past something as just a tool (wood) and understanding where it came from and what it took to make it into that (the tree). The tree is a living being that we cut down for its wood. To be able to recognize that this piece of wood was once a living being is a part of this enlightened perspective. I'm not sure if he's saying that we should be less consumerist or if he's saying to appreciate what had to happen for this object to come about, but it's still a wonderful thing to say (whereas many people see the tree for the wood, or the land for the strip mall...etc).

    My favorite line in this song is the following line. He is saying that being able to attain this enlightenment, or this perspective that gives you wings, requires turning a violent, chaotic blizzard (the roaring blizzard that is your ego, your thoughts, your 'mind') into a calm, peaceful breeze.

    One of the much-said ideas in Buddhism is that the egoless self is present within you at this very moment, and basically the ego covers it up and hides it. in the interlude, Brandon voices this idea, asking if his current state could have been within him his whole life, even if he had only just discovered it (and maybe wondered why it took him so long to feel this way).

    As far as the prechorus and chorus, it should make sense now, but it sounds like he's saying that he finally reached enlightenment (which is marked by the end of the ego). He can't ever remember feeling this way (be it joy, peace, free), and how it feels like a waking limb. When your leg falls asleep and then you let the circulation back to it, as I'm sure you know, it feels like a thousand little prickly sensations. He is wondering if his inner self was 'sleeping' this whole time, and he finally allowed 'circulation' back to it. He is feeling the 'pins and needles' of it waking up, which is marked with the dying of the ego. His only words to his ego? "Goodbye, nice to know you."
    Jaybresonon January 16, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General Comment:It's really interesting when we attach such a deep meaning to a song and it turns out to be about something like his hand.
    Paul Finchon June 06, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Comment:I really like this song. One of my favorites on the album.
    JulieMarleneon December 13, 2001   Link
  • 0
    General Comment:this song is really cool...sort of the reality we face when relationships we thought would work can't...but it's just good stuff, harder rock, i LOVED pardon me, but this album is getting up to Make Yourself.
    starfish01on January 15, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Comment:Talking about the Make Yourself album, "Make Yourself" -- The song, is awsome as well.
    Idanon January 15, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Comment:i used to think that also(relationships), but the more i thought about it, the more and more i thought that it had to be about gettin high. people out there who get what im sayin respond haha tell me im not the only one. if you really look at it and dont take it so literally, youll see what im sayin
    SethTM621on February 01, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Comment:i mean what do you have to be to see from a birds eye?High. and when youre high it turns a blizzard into a breeze(makes everything seem like you can handle it...easier....calmer) just like gettin high
    SethTM621on February 01, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Comment:This song to me means, that we often times in life sepperate from the tangible and we stop being supperfiscial and realize that there is more to life, we see the greater picture. And when people do that I really think its like a new awakening like "a waking limb" a new sense of being that is almost like a spiritual high if you will. A journey to into yourself.
    MeticulousyBlandon February 06, 2002   Link
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    General Comment:This song to me means, that we often times in life sepperate from the tangible and we stop being supperfiscial and realize that there is more to life, we see the greater picture. And when people do that I really think its like a new awakening like "a waking limb" a new sense of being that is almost like a spiritual high if you will. A journey to into yourself.
    MeticulousyBlandon February 06, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Comment:kool song
    SgtPepperLHCBon February 16, 2002   Link

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