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Released: July 9, 2002

By The Way

Label: Warner Bros. Records
Release date: July 9, 2002
Producer: Rick Rubin
Engineered and Mixed by: Jim Scott
Mastered by: Vlado Meller
Recorded at: Cello Studios and Chateau Maront; strings recorded at Warner Bros. Studios
Paintings, photos and art direction by: Julian Schnabel

All songs written by Anthony Kiedis, Flea, John Frusciante & Chad Smith
© 2002 Moebetoblame Music (BMI)

Orchestra arranged and conducted by Mark Mann

© 2002 Warner Bros. Records Inc.

By The Way


        Standing in line

        To see the show tonight

        And there’s a light on

        Heavy glow

        By the way I tried to say

        I’d be there…waiting for

        Dani the girl

        Is singing songs to me

        Beneath the marquee…overload



        Steak knife  card shark

        Con job  boot cut



        Skin that flick

        She’s such a little DJ

        Get there quick

        By street but not the freeway

        Turn that trick

        To make a little leeway

        Beat that nic

        But not the way that we play



        Dog town  blood bath

        Rib cage  soft tail



        Black jack dope dick

        Pawn shop  quick pick



        Kiss that dyke

        I know you want to hold one

        Not on strike

        But I’m about to bowl one

        Bite that mic

        I know you never stole one

        Girls that like

        A story so I told one



        Song bird main line

        Cash back  hard top


Universally Speaking


        I saw your face

        Elegant and tired

        Cut up from the chase

        Still I so admired

        Bloodshot your smile

        Delicate and wild

        Give me shewolf style

        Rip right thru me



        Silveretta the jets of a lifetime

        Go and get her I’ve got her on my mind

        Nothing better the feeling is so fine

        Simply put I saw your love stream flow



        Come on baby cause there’s no name for

        Give it up and I got what I came for

        Universally speaking

        Take it back and you make me nervous

        Nothing better than love and service

        Universally speaking

        Win in the long run



        I saw your crime

        Dying to get high

        Two of a kind

        Beats all hands tonight


This Is The Place


        This is the place

        Where all the junkies go

        Where time gets fast

        But everything gets slow



        Can I get some Vaseline

        Step into a modern scene

        Take a chance on that

        Which seems to be

        The making of a dream



        I don’t want to do it

        Like my Daddy did

        I don’t want to give it

        To my baby’s kid



        This is my calling

        I said my darling

        Shocking, appalling

        All I can do to you

        Hammers are falling

        I said my darling

        Shocking, appalling

        All I can do to you



        This is the place

        Where all the devils plead

        Their case to take from you

        What they need



        Can I isolate your gene

        Can I kiss your dopamine

        In a way I wonder

        If she’s living in a magazine



        I don’t’ want to say it

        If it isn’t so

        I don’t want to weigh it

        But I’ve got to know



        This is my calling…



        I saw you out there yesterday

        What did you want to say

        A perfect piece of DNA

        Caught in a flashing ray

        I caught you out there in the fray

        What did you want to say

        A masterpiece of DNA

        Caught in a flashing ray



        Can I smell your gasoline

        Can I pet your wolverine

        On the day my best friend died

        I could not get my copper clean



        I don’t want to take it up

        With Little Joe

        I don’t want to fake it

        So I’ve got to go



        This is my calling…



        I’m a misfit

        I’m born with all of it

        The fucking ultimate

        Of love inside the atom split



        I’m in a flash ray

        A mash of DNA

        Another poppin’ Jay

        Who thinks he’s got

        Something to say


Dosed


        I got dosed by you

        Closer than most to you

        What am I supposed to do

        Take it away I never had it anyway

        Take it away and everything will be okay



        In you a star is born

        You cut a perfect form

        Someone forever warm

        Lay on



        Way upon the mountain where she died

        All I ever wanted was your life

        Deep inside the canyon I can’t hide

        All I ever wanted was your life



        Show love with no remorse

        Climb onto your seahorse

        This ride is right on course

        This is the way I wanted it to be with you

        This is the way I knew that it would be with you


Don't Forget Me


        I’m an ocean in your bedroom

        Make you feel warm

        Make you want to re-assume

        Now we know it all for sure



        I’m a dancehall dirty breakbeat

        Make the snow fall

        Up from underneath your feet

        Not alone, I'll be there

        Tell me when you want to go



        I’m a meth lab first rehab

        Take it all off

        And step inside the running cab

        There’s a love that knows the way



        I’m the rainbow in your jail cell

        All the memories of

        Everything you’ve ever smelled

        Not alone, I’ll be there

        Tell me when you want to go



        Sideways falling

        More will be revealed my friend

        Don’t forget me I can’t hide it

        Come again get excited



        I’m an inbred and pothead

        Two legs that you spread

        Inside the tool shed

        Now we know it all for sure



        I could show you

        To the free field

        Overcome and more

        Will always be revealed

        Not alone, I’ll be there

        Tell me when you want to go



        Don't forget me I can't hide it

        There's a match now let me light it



        I’m the bloodstain

        On your shirtsleeve

        Coming down and more are coming to believe

        Now we know it all for sure



        Make the hair stand

        Up on your arm

        Teach you how to dance

        Inside the funny farm

        Not alone, I’ll be there

        Tell me when you want to go



        I’ll be there and tell when you wanna go

        Come again and tell you want to go

        More will revealed my friend…


The Zephyr Song


        Can I get your hand to write on

        Just a piece of leg to bite on

        What a night to fly my kite on

        Do you want to flash a light on

        Take a look its on display…for you

        Coming down, no not today



        Did you meet your fortune teller

        Get it off with no propeller

        Do it up its on with Stella

        What a way to finally smell her

        Pickin’ up but not too strong…for you

        Take a piece and pass it on



        Fly away on my zephyr

        I feel it more than ever

        And in this perfect weather

        We’ll find a place together

        Fly on…my wind



        Rebel and a liberator

        Find a way to be a skater

        Rev it up to levitate her

        Super friendly aviator

        Take a look its on display

        For you…comin’ down, no not today



        In the water where I center my emotion

        All the world can pass me by

        Fly away on my zephyr

        We’ll find a place together



        In the water where I center my emotion

        All the world can pass me by

        Fly away on my zephyr

        We’re going to live forever


Can't Stop


        Can't stop addicted to the shin dig

        Cop top he says I'm gonna win big

        Choose not a life of imitation

        Distant cousin to the reservation

        Defunkt the pistol that you pay for

        This punk the feeling that you stay for

        In time I want to be your best friend

        Eastside love is living on the west end

        Knock out but boy you better come to

        Don't die you know the truth is some do

        Go write your message on the pavement

        Burnin' so bright I wonder what the wave meant

        White heat is screaming in the jungle

        Complete the motion if you stumble

        Go ask the dust for any answers

        Come back strong with 50 belly dancers



        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

        The world I love

        The trains I hop

        To be part of

        The wave can't stop

        Come and tell me when it's time to



        Sweetheart is bleeding in the snowcone

        So smart she's leading me to ozone

        Music the great communicator

        Use two sticks to make it in the nature

        I'll get you into penetration

        The gender of a generation

        The birth of every other nation

        Worth your weight the gold of meditation

        This chapter's going to be a close one

        Smoke rings I know your going to blow one

        All on a spaceship persevering

        Use my hands for everything but steering

        Can't stop the spirits when they need you

        Mop tops are happy when they feed you

        J. Butterfly is in the treetop

        Birds that blow the meaning into bebop



        Wait a minute I'm passing out

        Win or lose just like you

        Far more shocking

        Than anything I ever knew

        How about you

        Ten more reasons

        Why I need somebody new just like you

        Far more shocking than anything I ever knew

        Right on cue



        Can't stop addicted to the shin dig

        Cop top he says I'm gonna win big

        Choose not a life of imitation

        Distant cousin to the reservation

        Defunkt the pistol that you pay for

        This punk the feeling that you stay for

        In time I want to be your best friend

        Eastside love is living on the west end

        Knock out but boy you better come to

        Don't die you know the truth is some do

        Go write your message on the pavement

        Burnin' so bright I wonder what the wave meant



        Kick start the golden generator

        Sweet talk but don't intimidate her

        Can't stop the gods from engineering

        Feel no need for any interfering



        Your image in the dictionary

        This life is more than ordinary

        Can I get two maybe even three of these

        Come 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 thru


I Could Die For You


        Something inside the cards

        I know is right

        Don’t want to live

        Somebody else’s life

        This is what I want to be

        And this is what I give to you

        Because I get it free

        She smiles while I do my time



        I could die for you

        Oh this life I choose



        I’m here to be your only go-between

        To tell you of the sights

        Eyes have seen

        What I really want to do is

        Turn it into motion

        Beauty that I can’t abuse

        You know that I’d use my senses to

        You can see that

        It’s only everywhere

        I’d take it all and then

        I’d find a way to share



        Come along and go

        Along with me

        Wander with me yo

        It’s all for free



        I could die for you

        Whatchu wanna do

        Oh this life I choose



        Come again and tell me

        Where you want to go

        What it means for me

        To be with you alone

        Close the door and

        No one has to know

        How we are



        Come along and go

        Along with me

        Wander with me yo

        It’s all for free



        I could die for you

        Whatchu want to do

        Oh this life I choose


Midnight


        Things will never be the same

        Still I’m awfully glad I came

        Resonating in the shape of things to come

        Never waiting when I know there’s only one



        Messed it up but rest assured

        No one ever thinks they’re cured

        Just a minute while I reinvent myself

        Make it up and then I take it off the shelf



        Over the laws of light

        Over the moon by midnight

        Let’s do it all this time

        Everyone wishing well we go



        Everyone knows anything goes

        We are the lotus kids

        Better take note of this

        For the story



        The rising moon is on the shine

        The blood of Scorpio’s a nine

        Like the fear that’s in the eyes of every doe

        Say in now ‘cause John and Jane would like to know



        Is it safe inside your head

        Songs to serenade the dead

        All along I said I know no enemies

        Mix it up until there are no pedigrees



        Enter the rolling tide

        Over the ocean so wide

        Let’s do it all this time

        Everyone wishing well we go


Throw Away Your Television


        Throw away your television

        Time to make this clean decision

        Master waits for its collision now

        It’s a repeat of a story told

        It’s a repeat and it’s getting old



        Throw away your television

        Make a break big intermission

        Recreate your super vision now

        It’s a repeat of a story told

        It’s a repeat and it’s getting old



        Renegades with fancy gauges

        Slay the plague for it’s contagious

        Pull the plug and take the stages

        Throw away your television now



        Throw away your television

        Take the noose off your ambition

        Reinvent your intuition now

        It’s a repeat of a story told

        It’s a repeat and it’s getting old



        Throw away your television

        Salivate to repetition

        ‘Leviate this ill condition now

        It’s a repeat


Cabron


        Cabron cabron

        Cabron cabron



        I see you in the park

        You’re always wearing

        Dodger blue

        Mad doggin’ me and

        Anyone from any other crew



        I am small but I am strong

        I’ll get it on with you

        If you want me to

        What else can I do



        Everyone would take a cue

        From anything you do

        If you want them to

        What else can they do



        I don’t want to fight

        I want to get along with you

        This time of night’s

        For singin’ songs

        About the local news



        Cabron cabron

        Cabron cabron



        I’ll come around and make peace

        Get down have a barbecue

        Let’s keep the moon awake

        And do electric boogiloo



        I am small but I am strong

        You see I’m just like you

        If you only knew

        That I’m just like you



        All the world would

        Take a cue from

        Anything you do

        If you only knew

        That they’re just like you



        I don’t want to fight

        I want to get along with you

        This time of night’s

        For singin’ songs

        About the local news



        Cabron



        What else can I do

        If you want me to

        Cause I’m just like you

        If you only knew



        Cabron


Tear


        This is my time

        This is my tear

        I can see clearly now

        That this is not a place

        For playing solitaire

        Tell me where you want me

        This is my time

        This is my tear



        Comin' on strong

        Baudelaire

        Seems to me like

        All the world gets high

        When you take a dare

        Let it rise before you

        This is my time



        All in all I'm

        Loving every rise and fall

        The sun will make and I will take

        Breath to be sure of this

        In the end

        All will be forgiven when

        Surrender rises high and I

        Gave what I came to give

        Say it now because you never know



        Devil may cry devil may care

        Distiller's got a scream

        And now I know just why

        When she's movin' air

        Can you feel the voltage

        This is my time



        California skies

        Got room to spare

        This is my time



        Take it outside

        Take it out there

        Seems to me like

        All the world gets high

        When you take a dare

        In the final moment

        This is my time


On Mercury


        I’ve got myself

        In a masochistic hold

        Why don’t you let go

        Shake it off

        Just to redirect my flow

        Come on let’s go



        Sit up straight

        I’m on a double date

        I’ve got to find my way

        Into the light, heavy, middle weight

        We don’t stop, rock around the clock

        Motor mouthing off

        In front of every other road block



        Come again and tell me

        What you’re going thru

        Like a girl who only knew

        Her child was due



        Memories of everything

        Of lemon trees on Mercury

        Come to me with remedies

        From five or six of seven seas

        You always took me with a smile

        When I was down

        Memories of everything

        That blew thru



        Looking up into

        A reverse vertigo

        What an undertow

        Give it up

        Another stubborn Scorpio

        Come on, let’s go



        Sit up straight



        Come again

        To the moon she gave

        Another good review

        Turn around and look at me

        It’s really really you


Minor Thing


        I change the key from C to D

        You see to me it’s just a minor thing

        He knows everything

        To readjust you’ve got to trust

        That all the fuss is just a minor thing

        He knows everything

        It’d just a minor thing

        And I’m a minor king

        He knows everything



        You’ve got your bit part, Mozart

        Hot dart acceleration

        Pop art, pistol chasin’

        Cat fight intimidation



        To read a mind you’ve got to

        Redefine the line to make your circle sing

        He knows everything

        You make a sound

        The spell is bound to come around

        It’s just a minor thing

        He knows everything

        It’s just a minor thing

        And I’m a minor king

        He knows everything



        You’ve got your…

        All out interfacing

        Black star motivation

        Vampire sugar junkie

        Data basin’ infiltration


Warm Tape


        Shiver for me girl

        Deliver for me my darling

        Pushin’ up to you

        A river that runs right thru you

        Swim for your smile

        In a blue rock quarry

        Make it for me baby

        You won’t be sorry

        Shiver for me now

        Deliver for me my darling



        Miles and miles of netherworlds I roam

        Settle for love you’re never far from home

        Carry me down into the waters of

        Carry me down into the waters of love

        Two of us were made of angels dust

        I’ve been around

        But not around enough



        Shadow my free form

        A woman that I could keep warm

        Quiver for me girl

        Give me your head and shoulders

        Shot from the pages of love and glory

        Sleeping next to you and I’m in your story

        Shadow my free form

        A woman that I could keep warm



        Let’s go

        I know, I make it for two

        Intuitions only what you take from it

        I know, I make if for two

        You were there and I was fortunate

        I know I make it for two



        Shiver for me now

        Deliver for me my darling

        A living that I could

        Be giving to you my sweet love

        Swim for your smile

        In a blue rock quarry

        Make it for me baby

        You won’t be sorry

        Shot from the pages of

        Love and glory

        Sleeping next to you

        And I’m in your dream



        Settle for love


Venice Queen


        Does it go from east to west

        Body free and body less

        Come again just to start afresh

        Once again to find a home

        In the moment of the meantime



        Dropping in coming through the mesh

        Checking in just to get it blessed

        Hard to leave when it’s picturesque

        Find a form that’s free to roam

        Where you come from

        Where you going



        Do it all then it all again

        Make it up and you make a friend

        Paddle on just around the bend

        Find a place where you can see

        All the mamas and the papas



        Take a chance on a recommend

        Hard as hell just to comprehend

        Disbelief that I do suspend

        Easy now to find a breeze

        Where you come from

        Where you going



        We all want to tell her

        Tell her that we love her

        Venice gets a queen

        Best I’ve ever seen

        We all want to kiss her

        Tell her that we miss her

        Venice gets a queen

        Best I’ve ever



        I know you said you don’t believe

        In God do you still disagree

        Now that it’s time for you to leave

        G*L*O*R*I*A

        Is love my friend



        Your stylish mess of silver hair

        A woman of your kind is rare

        Your uniform returns to air

        G*L*O*R*I*A

        Is love my friend



        And now it’s time for you to go

        You taught me most of what I know

        Where would I be without you Glo

        G*L*O*R*I*A

        Is love my friend



        I see you standing by the sea

        The waves you made will always be

        A kiss goodbye before you leave

        G*L*O*R*I*A

        Is love my friend