"Redefine" as written by Gavin Koppel, Brandon Charles Boyd, Michael Aaron Einziger, Alex Katunich and Jose Anthony Pasillas Ii....
Imagine your brain as a
Canister filled with ink
Yeah, now think of your body
As the pen where the ink resides

Fuse the two; KAPOW!
What are you now?
You're the human magic marker, won't you
Please surprise my eyes?

It's in your nature,
You can paint whatever picture
You like no matter what
Ted Koppel says on channel 4 tonight

So modify this third rock from the sun
By painting myriads of pictures
With the colors of one
I'm sick of painting in black and white

My pen is dry, now I'm uptight
So sick of limiting myself
To fit your definition
Picture the scene, where whatever you thought,

Would, in the blink of an eye,
Manifest and become illustrated
You'd be sure man that every
Line drawn reflected a life that you loved

Not an existence that you hated
So, must we demonstrate that
We can't get it straight?
We've painted a picture,

Now we're drowning in paint
Lets figure out what the fuck it's about
Before the picture we painted
Chews us up and spits us out

I'm sick of painting in black and white
My pen is dry, now I'm uptight
So sick of limiting myself
To fit your definition


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"Redefine" as written by Randy Muller Mark S. Jordan

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    General Commentthis song basically means to be yourself, to define yourself. dont give in to others when they try to make you something you are not.
    no_heavy_no_goodon April 23, 2002   Link
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    General Commentno heavy no good, awesome way to put it, and i agree with you totally. it's exactly like hey 'set yourself apart from everyone else, make yourself, dont let others make you'
    saneon May 05, 2002   Link
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    General CommentHeh, it's pretty ironic that they would choose to write a song about not being what other people want them to be. Considering that after they came out with this brilliant album and immediately cashed in their talent by changing their style conforming to that whiny college boy "rock" that record companies are tyring so hard to promote these days.
    jimbobjoeon May 15, 2002   Link
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    General CommentJimBobJoe, I think some of their music also sounds a little different because they have a different DJ. But hmm I am not disagreeing with you.
    daron is so lovelyon May 25, 2002   Link
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    General Commenti love the human magic marker metaphor. i think this song is just what noheavynogood said - and the last 2 lines totally sum it up "So sick of limiting myself to fit your definition. Redefine"
    incubus421on May 30, 2002   Link
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    General CommentJimbobjoe.... yah their style changed. But trace it all the way through Fungus Among Us and Enjoy Incubus up to Morning View... they kept changing. It's called evolving. Maybe, just maybe, where they were when they made Make Yourself just happened to match up with pop culture. Fear not though, things will change and soon Incubus will go out again. Who says a band has to be hated by the masses to be good or to not be sellouts???
    justaMTon June 11, 2002   Link
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    General CommentI absoulty love this song. the meaning is so true, don't let others define who you are and how you act. i think this line is incredible >>I'm sick of painting in black and white
    my pen is dry, now I'm uptight.
    So sick of limiting myself to fit your definition.
    I won't walk awayon June 14, 2002   Link
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    General CommentI agree with everyone here, its about being yourself and not going by other peoples expectations, and Incubus has not sold out, theya re still a great band they have just changed there sound, they still play stuff from SCIENCE at the concerts so its all good! quit whinning, i would like to hear more science-y sounding stuff too, but its mroe than likely not going to happen they have evolved.
    sundayon June 18, 2002   Link
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    General Commentactually i agree w/ jimbobjoe if he's talking about morning view, it really wasn't one of their better albums. I also went to one of their (recent) concerts and they only played one song from SCIENCE...it was sad.
    smallthoughtson June 18, 2002   Link
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    General Commenttheir most recent concert they played about 5 or 6 cience songs (it was great!) this is a great song.hey their music is still wonderfully written and performed, nothing is wrong with what theyre coming up with now the only thing i have to agree with is that IT SOUNDS DIFFERENT its not as heavy or funky as it was before.. INCUBUS IS AND WAS ALWAYS A GREAT BAND! ah, did I mention that this song is great?!
    PRETTYlittlePIGGIESon July 07, 2002   Link

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