"Warning" as written by Brandon Charles/einziger Boyd and Alex/pasillas Katunich....
Bat your eyes girl.
Be otherworldly.
Count your blessings.
Seduce a stranger.
What's so wrong with being happy?
Kudos to those who see through sickness yeah

Over and over and over and over

She woke in the morning.
She knew that her life had passed her by
She called out a warning.
Don't ever let life pass you by.

I suggest we
Learn to love ourselves,
Before its made illegal
When will we learn, When will we change
Just in time to see it all come down

Those left standing will make millions
Writing books on ways it should have been

She woke in the morning.
She knew that her life had passed her by
She called out a warning.
Don't ever let life pass you by.

Floating in this cosmic Jacuzzi
We are like frogs oblivious
To the water starting to boil,
No one flinches and we all float face down

She woke in the morning.
She knew that her life had passed her by
She called out a warning.
Don't ever let life pass you by.
Pass you by.


Lyrics submitted by luagh45

"Warning" as written by Brandon Charles Boyd Brandon Boyd

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  • +2
    General CommentThis song is saying don't let things oppress you. Do what makes you happy which to a certain extent is a good message
    ctartaglia2009on November 09, 2014   Link
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    General CommentThis song hits me hard. I am going to be 20 next month, and I feel that most of my life has been spent on a pointless "crusade". I have let my life pass me by, and now I can't ever get my last 20 years back.
    I had a huge slap in the face the first time I heard it. Yes, I even cried- it's beautiful.
    nietzsche_66on May 20, 2002   Link
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    General Comment
    I realize that a lot of people on here interpret the song by the video clip, but the truth is, that the producer of the clip interpreted it his own way, which in my opinion doesn’t coincide with the meaning of the song. So, 10:24 has absolutely nothing to do with this song.

    This song is about global destruction. Most likely through global warming and pollution. It may sound weird but people who have the slightest idea about the meaning and consequences of environmental pollution (etc.), will understand what I’m saying.

    Fist verse is about seduction. Not in a physical, sex-related way, of course. It’s about things that might make our day to day lives easier, thus are appealing to us but yet bad/damaging for our world. Like capitalism, cars/gas, fossil energy, etc. and if these things make it easier for us, why should they be bad ("what’s so wrong with being happy")? Truth is, that my interpretation of the first verse is very vague and probably not very convincing, but if we move on through the song it all makes more sense.

    The chorus is about people, in this case a female, that try to warn us about how we’re destroying our own planet. So this person they talk about was initially destructive herself until she noticed the fatal results and how it is too late for her (“she knew that her life had passed her by”) and decides to warn us before it’s too late for everyone.

    First three lines of the second verse tell us how we should have more respect for ourselves, that is, human kind in general, before the harmful stuff on earth “takes over”.

    “When will we learn? When will we change?” <-- Referring to our selfish and wreckful habits.
    “Just in time to see it all come down” <-- Well, I think this could also have a question mark behind it, since throughout the song they do emphasize that it isn’t over yet.

    The next two lines are the most significant for the song’s meaning. It just says that the time will come where very few people will still be conscious about the facts. And once the earth is practically already broken and destroyed those people will be the one's to write about the right things we should have done to save ourselves.

    The last verse isn’t written correctly, so I will write it down:

    “Floating in this cosmic Jacuzzi
    We are like frogs oblivious
    To the water starting to boil
    No one flinches, we all float face down”

    Some of you may know that several frog-species don’t move at all when they find themselves in boiling water. That’s just a fact, not interpretation.
    Well, and this is applied to us: a simile that describes how we all see our world crumbling down little by little and yet we do nothing, in the end going down with it. I might even say that this can directly refer to global warming.

    Ok, so this is it. Don’t take me for a crack-head, it really does make sense and from the very first time I listened to this song, I understood it this way. My father works in the environmental area, so I know what I’m talking about. I say this because a lot of people don’t realize how severely we are actually damaging our world with cars, electricity, money/capitalism, etc. And I’m also not an eco-freak, just someone very well aware of the facts. ;)
    purplePhilosophyon August 28, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General CommentMaybe 10 : 14 is a refference to the Bible ?

    "If the house is worthy, give it your blessing of peace. But if it is not worthy, take back your blessing of peace. 14"Whoever does not receive you, nor heed your words, as you go out of that house or that city, shake the dust off your feet. 15"Truly I say to you, it will be more tolerable for the land of Sodom and Gomorrah in the day of judgment than for that city."
    Sumpheuson January 18, 2014   Link
  • 0
    General Commenthey i love this song it rocks on ice! Ok so they did something different. Please don't waste space critizing unless you have the paycheck, experience, and pressure on them as they do!
    Kyrieon April 16, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis song is pretty damn fire, i was wondering if anybody has seen the video and knows the signifigance of 10:24
    doobyatchooon April 18, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think this is a great song and the video is awesome. I love Incubus and they are the greatest band. I really love this song b/c it reminds me sort of remeberd those who lost there lives on 9/11.
    Katie_Sheltonon April 20, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentTHIS SONG KIX FUCKING ASS!!!!!!
    I RESPECT BRANDON....YOU THE MAN!
    PEACE OUT!
    bobmarleyon April 23, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is awesome. The video is great. I think 10:24 has something to do with when they put out their CD "Morning View". If you check CDNOW.com you will see what I mean.
    CULATERon April 24, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti agree i think that this is a great song..but i still dont understand what the 10:24 has to do with it. i checked on cd now and i couldnt find what your talkin bout. does it have anythin to do with that 2012 AD thing where everyone is SUPPOSE to go to the next level or whatever because that is what they say in there song "A Certain Shade of Green" but i dunno i was just wonderin if someone would help me out here thanks abunch
    JOwensby28on April 24, 2002   Link

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