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A certain shade of green,
tell me, is that what you need?
All signs around say move ahead.
Could someone please explain to me
your ever present lack of speed?
Are your muscles bound by ropes?
Or do crutches cloud your day?
My sources say the road is clear,
and street signs point the way.

Are you gonna stand around till 2012 A.D.?
What are you waiting for,
A certain shade of green?
I think I grew a gray
watching you procrastinate.
What are you waiting for,
A certain shade of green?

Would a written invitation
signed, "Choose now or lose it all,"
sedate your hesitation?
Or inflame and make you stall?
You've been raised in limitation,
but that glove never fit quite right.
The time has passed for hand-me-downs,
choose anew, please evolve, take flight.

Are you gonna stand around till 2012 A.D.?
What are you waiting for,
A certain shade of green?
I think I grew a gray
watching you procrastinate.

What are you waiting for?
A written invitation?
A public declaration?
A private consolation?
Remember when you procrastinate
you choose last.
Incubus - Incubus' second album S.C.I.E.N.C.E. included a song called A Certain Shade Of Green that makes a specific reference to 2012 in the chorus.

Acording to SongFacts.com, this song is simply about procrastination. However, there is no explanation for the 2012 reference.

The events that are unfolding now in our time are flowing toward a climactic spiritual and physical shift that will change humanity in and around 2012. Whether it changes positively or negatively is all up to us individually. We all currently stand at a fork in the road. One side is positive, the other negative. The negative is our continued pursuit of material things (the "glove" and "hand me downs" he mentions in the last verse). The positive is a spiritual shift we all can participate in.

This song is about his frustration toward people who aren't participating in the positive shift of 2012, emphasizing that you shouldn't wait until then. "The time has passed for hand me downs. Choose anew, please evolve, take flight."

The phrase "a certain shade of green" comes from the idea that the grass is always greener on the other side. The song is esentially a drawn out question. If you know the grass is greener on the other side, why not go to the other side? "What are you waiting for, a certain shade of green?"

The questions in the first verse are metaphors for that question. "Could someone please explain to me your ever present lack of speed? Are your muscles bound by ropes? Or do crutches cloud your day?"

"Would a written invitation signed, "Choose now or lose it all," sedate your hesitation? Or inflame and make you stall?" This line of the chorus defines the believers and the skeptics. If you were told what was going to happen, would you do? Would you participate in this shift (sedate your hesitation) or would you get mad and say that it was a bunch of crap, ultimately preventing you from participation (inflame and make you stall).

"You've been raised in limitation, but that glove never fit quite right. The time has passed for hand-me-downs, choose a new, please evolve, take flight." These lines are for the ones out there that know the spiritual truths that are out there have been supressed and kept from you. As a result you feel things just aren't right in this world ("that glove never fit quite right"). The next line tells you to stop living your life as you have been forced to and take charge of it. Make the change necessary to participate in the building and coming shift. "I think I grew a gray watching you procrastinate" indicates his frustration at those who don't do that.

Review by Michael St. Charles

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Incubus - A Certain Shade Of Green (S.C.I.E.N.C.E. - 1997)

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