"Version" as written by Brandon Charles/einziger Boyd and Alex/koppel Katunich....
We could live in a house outside of town,
We could build our own version of society,
Well, there'd be no one to answer to
And complicate our lives,
We could be
The epitome of self sufficient.

Time to pay! To pay!
Time to pay; you've got to pay me!
Why should I?
Why should we pay for your mistake?
To carry on.

Why should we carry on your false integrity?
When you've shown us that you
Can't even keep your nest clean.

So far we've put finacial gain
Ahead of human needs,
Quality of our lives should be prioritized.

Time to pay! To pay!
Time to pay; you've got to pay me!
Why should I?
Why should we pay for your mistake?
To carry on.
Modify your version so we can carry on.
To carry on.

To be conclusive,
I'd like to say,
You've done a super-fine job with your display.
I see now that you cannot comprehend
What it means to respect your life and then some!

To be rich, that would be great.
No, but it doesn't mean POO-POO without your nest!
So why should I pay for your mistake, man?
Why should I?

Why should we pay for your mistake?
To carry on.
Modify your version so we can carry on.
To carry on.


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"Version" as written by Brandon Boyd Alex Katunich

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    General Commentc'mon people, this song kicks!
    missblisson May 09, 2002   Link
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    General Commentthis song is awsome, it seems like this
    song is about creation. i love
    how the chours sounds
    i love brandon's spunk
    the old brandon's rapping type thing
    i really like it
    incubus_gigbutton May 14, 2002   Link
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    General CommentI agree with Incubus Gigbutt on the environment thing and how furutre generations shouldn't pay for the present's mistakes. But I also think it's about how someone people only care about money in life and they waste away their whole life trying to get and keep money ("To be rich, that would be great. No, but it doesn't mean POO-POO without your nest!"). Can anyone explain the little bit at the end where their talking to that guy? (Speaking in tongues) Is it members of the band or just some random people? ;)
    Harry Manbackon June 04, 2002   Link
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    General Commenti love this song, and i think it is a great point made, but put in a musical form which rocks my world. and that tongues stuff at the end -- i am not sure who it is, i always just assume it's people from the band and some guy. but whoever it is, its funny. it cracks me up every time.
    the song itself is so much above a lot of other rock bands. incubus has some damn good riffs going on all of their music, and i really love this whole feel. It makes me feel really good to listen to this song... modify your version so we can carry on.... i love the way brandon speaks it.
    chaos04on June 22, 2002   Link
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    General CommentI just got Enjoy Incubus and I have to say, this is my fav song on the cd. It shows that Incubus really does play all types of music. I can picture this song playing at a pool party or something. Very mellow and fun sounding with a deep meaning.
    Maliejandraon July 28, 2002   Link
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    General CommentOh yeah... I think this song is about how government takes over our lives and we should get rid of it. Or something like that. And I think that it also might be about religion too b/c I know Brandon thinks religion in a restriction.

    The speaking in tongues thing at the end is great and b/c of that, I think it might be about religion.
    Maliejandraon July 28, 2002   Link
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    General Commentthe ending part.. that's Brandon and their old DJ..Gavin Koppel. speaking gibberish. Brandon was doing the beginning i think (i haven't listened to the song in a while) and Gavin was attempting Brandon's gibberish tongue n stuff. ...i'm so glad he left the band.. he was a bad influence for Incubus..
    OrcishIncubuson March 27, 2003   Link
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    General CommentI love the how the song moves from a jazzy feel to a heavy alternative feel. I am obssesed with this song.
    StarChild69on April 03, 2003   Link
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    General Commentthis is a farely unknown incubus song, although i think its one of my fevorites. Incubus where just incredible during their Fungus/science stage, not that they arent now, but the style of music they where playing then was just amazing and it is very different to anything else going around.
    Timmon May 10, 2003   Link
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    General CommentDefinately a feel-good song. One of my favorites.
    Lolabiyeon May 10, 2003   Link

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