Monday, 7 July 2014

Chili Pepper Wisdom

So here's a first of my lists. This is a list of my top 10 Red Hot Chili Peppers lyrics. They've met  much to me and their meaning has been changing. Its funny what how their meaning has metamorphosed from the days of drawing the RHCP logo behind notebooks , school desks and walls to now. And yes this was written listening to an RHCP playlist. So here it is-
1) Snow.
This song is so beautiful I you could   quote all the lyrics.
'When will I know I really can't go to the well once more time to decide on? When its killing me when will I really see all I need is to look inside?'
'Running through the fields and all my tracks will be concealed and there's no where to go.Privately divided by a world so undecided and there's no where to go.'
What a perfect song. Though written about a cocaine addiction, everyone who's gone through a rough patch can relate to this. Not to mention the gorgeous guitar riff that plays through the first and second verses.
2)Under the Bridge

'It's hard to believe that there's nobody out there , It's hard to believe that I'm all alone, At least I have her love, the city she loves me, lonely as I am together we cry'
'Under the bridge downtown, I gave my life away.'
Whether or not you have been under the bridge you can probably understand that feeling of loneliness. Not to mention one of the sweetest chord progressions ever.
3)Scar Tissue
'Scar tissue that I wish you saw, Sarcasm Mr. Know It all.'
'With the birds I'll share this lonely view.'

Damn all the Mr.Know-it-alls. Why can't you see my scar tissues? Well at least I have the birds to share this view with .
4) Give it away now.
Right from the heart wrenching pepers onto the pure wacko rockers that we all love. Straight from 'Blood Sugar Sex Magik'-
Bob Marley poet and a prophet
                                      Bob Marley taught me how to off it
                                    Bob Marley walkin' like he talk it
                                  Goodness me can't you see I'm gonna cough it

5) Californication
This song has cult status . Not to mention the TV show that has the same name. This is RHCP on Hollywood. Its also got one of the coolest music videos ever that TV stations can't stop playing. And fellow guitar players , remember trying out the solo on your old acoustics back in the beginner days?
'Pay your surgeon very well to break the spell of aging. Celebrity skin is this you chin? Or is this the war you're waging?'
'Space may be in a final frontier but it is made in a hollywood basement. And Cobain can you hear the Spheres from station to station? It's understood that hollywood sells californication.'
6)Police Station
Another wonderful wordplay off the pepper's latest 'I'm with you album.' This just goes to show that RHCP do not age.
'I saw you in the church and there was no time to exchange.
You were getting married and it felt so very strange.
I guess I didn't see it coming,
Now I guess it's me who's bumming.
Dreaming of the golden years,
You and I were mixing tears.
Not today, not for me but someone.
I never could get used to, so now I will refuse to.'

'An empty shell of loveliness now dusted with decay.
What happened to the funny paper?
Smiling was your money maker.' .
7)Tell Me Baby
Ah...... the innocence that was left behind.
'Tell me baby, what's you story?
Where you come from and where you wanna go this time?
Tell me lover are you lonely?
The thing we need is never all that hard to find.
Tell me baby, what's you story?

Where you come from and where you wanna go this time?
You're so loving, I am lonely,
Giving up on the innocence you left behind.'
So who are you telling your story to?
8) The zephyr song
Know that feeling when the world seems to much to take ? Anthony Keidis does.And he wants to fly away on his zephyr.
'Fly away on my zephyr
I feel it more than ever.
And in this perfect weather,
We'll find a place together.
In the water with the scent of my emotion.
All the world can pass me by.'

9)Can't stop
Who says love songs have to be cheesy?
'The world I love
The tears I drop
To be part of
The wave can't stop
Ever wonder if it's all for you?'
'This life is more than ordinary
Can I get 2 maybe even 3 of these
Comin' from space
To teach you of the Pleiades
Can't stop the spirits when they need you
This life is more than just a read-through'

'Pour my life into a paper cup
The ashtray's full and I'm spillin' my guts
I don't believe its bad
I've got to take it on the otherside.'
'Centuries are what it meant to me
A cemetery where I marry the sea
Stranger things could never change my mind
I've got to take it on the otherside
Take it on the otherside
Take it on
Take it on.'
That's the best chili pepper wisdom out there. Just take it all to the otherside.

So that's my list. Yet there are so many wonderful sings with even better lyrics in the peppers discography.

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