Incubus: Pardon Me Meaning
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Pardon Me Lyrics
I never thought I would be,
at twenty-three, on the verge of
spontaneous combustion. -Woe-is-me.-
But I guess that it comes
with the territory,
An ominous landscape of
I need you to hear,
anonymous Dec 16th, 2005 12:45pm report
Y'all are useless if you can't see that this song is CLEARLY about wishing to be a pheonix. He wishes he could be a pheonix because he is at that point and it seems as if there is nothing else left with life and he wishes he could just burst into flames and rise from the ashes and start all over again. The verses explain why he feels like that and the hook is him imagining to burst.
Wow... no offense to anyone here but the idea of becoming a mythological bird was not on Brandon's mind when he wrote this song. It was when he was feeling the pressures from his record label about finishing the album and as well going through a very intense struggle with a close childhood friend; hence the line "had enough of the world and its people's mindless games." Along with reading an article about a person literally spontaneously combusting into flames, he used these reasons to write a very powerful and influencial song.
anonymous Jun 14th, 2011 6:18am report
Has anyone ever heard of self combustion?? Look it up, it is very controversial but Think about it " i had look in a book and i saw a guy fried above his knee". Everyone takes lyrics how they relate to them, but in this case I believe the writer had that in mind...
anonymous Dec 30th, 2010 12:34am report
It has to do with change in a love life I think! Lots of different things... Like life in general but love too.
Well yeah it's about change, the person desires change, they want things that probably seem fake and plastic now but once meant something, to mean something again, and one of the ways to do that is just to start over. They're sick of faking being happy, they kinda think morbidly like the butterflies part. They don't fly they just die now. Like she/he doesn't focus on the good things (them flying around) and only them dying. And They're just unhappy with life, and the person they're with, or someone in their life is really not helping. Maybe they're the ones who are sucking the life out of a vulnerable person already. And I don't think this song has much to do with the phoenix idea, it's just them stating that that other person is tearing them apart. Not to tear them apart. They're probably asking them to tell them something sincere <:U. "Mean it truly, sincere heart, why do you do this to me? Tear me apart..." I feel like this lol!
anonymous Dec 13th, 2010 12:23am report
Song is bout cannabis and how useless we become if we drag ourselves to this fake world.
anonymous Dec 7th, 2010 12:33pm report
rough translation:"burdens of this world...ive had enough of the world and its peoples mindless games" i never thought the world would come to this point where people are so stupid and do pointless, mean things."pardon me while i burn and rise above the flames. pardon me, pardon me...i'll never be the same" excuse me for being smarter than all of you and letting it all go because i cant take it anymore and i am never coming back to this life. its about rising above.
anonymous Dec 7th, 2010 12:32pm report
all of you people on here saying Pheonixes have nothing to do with this song are wring beacause a Pheonix is a bird that bursts into flames when it gets to old and then is reborn again from the ashes. Just like in the song he IS tired of the world and all thethings he's been through and probably feels really old and so he wants to start over again and forget all the mistakes. the Pheonix is a metaphor, so don't judge unless you know what other people are saying.
anonymous Dec 7th, 2010 12:30am report
When i hear this song I think he's telling us that we won't really realize what we have turned the world into until it's complete chaos and when it says 'pardon me while burst into flames' it's saying sorry but i cannot take it anymore and I can't take the stupid things people do. He's letting it all go. soo pardon me while I burst. i've had enough also and i am ready to change myself so maybe the world will listen to the few people who know...
anonymous May 1st, 2010 5:17pm report
I was listening to the radio and the DJ specifically said "the only song about farting in front of a girl" I doubt this is the real meaning, but I found it funny.
anonymous Mar 25th, 2010 3:08pm report
Wait I take it back. I agree with the other anonymous that the phoenix thing is STUPID! He's had enough and he's about to explode.
anonymous Mar 25th, 2010 3:05pm report
I don't think this song is about a pheonix or whatever. It could be but i think it's about him putting up with all the crap people do. when he says he wants to burst into flames,maybe death is more welcoming. Maybe the pheonix thing is apart of it.
anonymous Oct 31st, 2009 10:47am report
I'm sorry, but a PHEONIX sounds completely useless as a explanation to such a song. "i've had enough of this world and it's people's mindless games". How can you hear that line and say its not because of the society we live in, he talks about exploding, he cant take it anymore society is upsidedown and people do things the other way around, he is tired of all this things and he wants to burst. Like actually burst, NOT BECOMING A STUUPIT PHEONIX.
Meplusyou23 Feb 11th, 2009 2:31pm report
Once in a live version of the song I heard Brandon say ths song is about transidence.(if I spelled that right). So basically imagine yourself going through life doing nothing and living just to live and your tired and fed up and BORED with life. You just want to escape you want to be free from your prison of a body you want to release every feeling you've ever had and you do by simply bursting into flame. Pardon me(:
anonymous Feb 10th, 2009 2:45am report
I kinda thought this song was about how the world judges you when you are having problems in life, especially celebrites...Like the part about seeing the guy fried in the book, people always notice what's going on in your life but like to make judgements about it, so he's frustrated and saying "pardon me if I'm not doing so well right now."
anonymous Sep 26th, 2008 9:10pm report
This song is pretty much about someone who is a misanthrope. He is just sick and tired of people and having deal with their stupidity, hypocrisy and all the other crap that goes with life. The going up in flames/exploding has a double meaning. 1) Taken literally going up in flames would be a pretty dramatic statement on how ticked of he is and 2) more metaphorically that he might just go off on someone and stop tolerating the world's crap.
Whoever said this song is about wishing to be a phoenix is a complete retard. One of the boys was in a bookshop one day and read in a magazine about a man who spontaneously combusted and was inspired to write a song about it. Im not sure if the song speaks from the point of view of the man in the magazine or what, but it is more than likely.
For me the chorus "Pardon me while I burst into flames" is either a reference to breaking down, like from anxiety; or dissolving the ego and moving beyond people's "mindless games". So either being very aware and anxious of one's own ego interacting with an equally empty culture or the dissolution of the ego into higher things. Seems to be ego-death announced from either a hate or a love perspective; depends whether you think he's saying "it's people's mindless games" in an angry way or a matter of fact way. I consider it a bit of both and interpret it depending on my mood at the time.
This song is also kind of about fear like Drive. He talks about how the world is messing with him and how he would like to start over. Hence "So pardon me while I burst
I've had enough of the world
and its people's mindless games.
So pardon me while I burn
and rise above the flame.
Pardon me, pardon me...
I'll never be the same!" he's saying the world is the flames and it has clogged his way of thinking. His way of looking at the world from a positive point of view. He's telling everyone (even himself and his negative way of thinking which is an entity in itself caused by the outside world) to pardon him while he rises above the flames and stops caring so much about the bullshit of the world because he knows that life is just a means to a new begginning and that the problems faced here really aren't problems at all, only situations to be dealt in the proper (positive) manner with when the time comes. Bottom line, the world is dragging his inner self down and turning him into a monster and he's trying to rise above it.
CameronLowery Mar 14th, 2007 3:38pm report
This song is about how he can't take all of the bullshit that life has with it. He wishes everything would be simpler and that nothing would be twisted or complicated. He uses the spontaneous combustion as a metaphor for how he feels about life. He feels like if he takes all the shit much longer he will just "burst into flames", which is going crazy.
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