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Released: August 16, 1989

Mother's Milk

Label: EMI
Release date: August 16, 1989
Producer: Michael Beinhorn
Mixed by: Dave Jerden
Engineered by: Gartha Richardson, except “Taste The Pain” engineered by: Eddie Delena
Mastered by: George Marino
Recorded at: Oceanway Studios, Hollywood, CA & Image Studios, Hollywood, CA, except “Taste The Pain” recorded at Track Record, Hollywood, CA
Artwork direction by: Henry Marquez

All songs written by Red Hot Chili Peppers, except
Tracks 8, 12 & 16 by Red Hot Chili Peppers & Peligro
Track 2 by Stevie Wonder
Track 9 by Jimi Hendrix
© 1989 Moebetoblame Music (BMI)

Additional Musicians:
Background Vocals on “Higher Ground” and “Good Time Boys” – Vicki Calhoun, Wag, Randy Ruff, Aklia Chinn, Jack Sherman, Joel Virgel Viergel, Iris Parker, Julie Ritter, Gretchen Seager, Laure Spinosa, Sir Babs, Merill Ward, Bruno Deron, Kristen Vigard
Background Vocals on “Johnny, Kick A Hole In The Sky” – Vicki Calhoun, Aklia Chinn and Kristen Vigard
Background Vocals on “Knock Me Down” – Vicki Calhoun
Trumpet on “Subway To Venus” – Flea and Patrick English
Tenor Sax on “Subway To Venus” – Keith Barry
Trombone on “Subway To Venus” – Lon
Trumpet on “Pretty Little Ditty” & “Taste The Pain” – Flea
Cello on “Taste The Pain” – Dave Coleman
Drums on “Taste The Pain” – Fish
Guitar on “Fire” – Hillel Slovak
Drums on “Fire” – Jack Irons

This album is dedicated to the memory of Hillel Slovak

© 1989 EMI Records

Good Time Boys


        Indeed it may seem that we have strange ways

        But we do it with compassion and don't believe in age

        Travel 'round the world gettin' naked on the stage

        Bustin' people out of their everyday cage

        We like to think we make a sad man happy

        And we like to make proud our mammy and pappy

        Funky young kids we sing of truth and soul

        We're the modern day braves with one strong hold

        Through the world of song our boldness is exposed

        Talkin' 'bout my buddy's funk it up Fishbone



        Good good time boys make me feel good

        Give me good times yea yea yea yea



        Our devotion to emotion is more than evident

        To the minds that are open it's you we represent

        We hope you have enjoyed the time that you have spent

        One day the good time boys might just be president

        Like a pack of mad hatters who come from outer space

        Our swinging's gonna shatter every stone cold face

        Now you may not know the exact reason why

        A band commands attention from the mountains and the sky

        Makin' more than money, more than money can buy

        I stop and take a listen to the monsters try



        Good good time boys make me feel good

        Give me good times yea yea yea yea



        If you don't believe me you can ask John Doe

        'Cause his heart is made of glory and his voice is made of gold

        He'll tell you in a minute about the men he knows

        He'll tell you 'bout a band called Firehose

        To those of you who doubt the nature of our spirit

        We play it out loud for everyone to hear it

        Building up our brains with the supernatural powers

        We take it from the trees and the mighty Watts Towers

        Aim the flame of freedom at the lames and sours

        We're the best of the west and the west is ours



        Good good time boys make me feel good

        Give me good times yea yea yea yea


Higher Ground
Subway To Venus


        Step right up and listen please

        You're gonna get it with the greatest of ease

        Everybody gather round all aboard the underground

        You've got to get in before you get out

        And gettin' out is what it's gonna be about

        If you find that you are blind

        Open your bashful mind

        Let my band step inside

        And take you on a cosmic ride



        With honest sounds I'll paint your brain

        For in this song I do proclaim

        That once aboard this moving train

        I'll do my best to ease your pain

        Slinky as my speech may be

        On this trip you'll ride for free

        This axis bold as love you see comes and goes so easily



        Space is king or so I sing, subway to Venus



        Once aboard and feeling smooth

        Like a liquid you will ooze

        Into a state of mind that soothes

        Aw be my quest inside my grove

        ‘Cause what I've got to give to you

        Is gonna make you wanna bunga-lee-loo

        Make you wiggle like a wiggley worm

        ‘Cause you deserve to wiggle and squirm

        Life's too short to be in a hole

        So bust into your funkiest stroll



        Space is king or so I sing, subway to Venus



        Take your body shake it around

        Do the dog on the ground

        And if I can't make you dance

        I guess I'll just have to make you piss your pants



        Space is king or so I sing, subway to Venus


Magic Johnson


        L.A. Lakers fast break makers

        Kings of the court shake and bake all takers

        Back to back is a bad ass fact a claim that remains in tact



        M-A-G-I-C see you on the court

        Buck has come to play his way and his way is to thwart

        M-A-G-I-C magic of the buck

        Other teams pray for dreams

        But he don't give a fuck

        Penetrating the lane like a bullet train

        Comes the magic blood a telepathic brain

        Knucklehead suckers better duck

        When the buck comes through like a truck

        Scott stops pops and drops it in

        On his way back gets a little skin

        From the hand of a man named A.C. Green

        Slam so hard break your T.V. screen

        Worthy's hot with his tomahawk

        Take it to the hole make your mamma talk

        I hate to burst your bubble but triple double trouble

        Is coming to your town and he's going to make rubble



        L.A. Lakers fast break makers

        Kinds of the court shake and bake all takers

        Back to back is a bad ass fact a claim that remains in tact



        M-A-G-I-C see you in purple and gold

        You can swim, but you won't get far

        So you might as well go home



        M-A-G-I-C in Buck we trust

        Restoring order to the court

        And justice is a must



        Lakers are the team that I watch on the telly

        ‘Cause they got more moves

        Than a bowl full of jelly

        The buck stops here - pops - then cheers

        A roar through the forum

        That deafens my ears

        The one and only know if his kind

        Sits in a throne

        Not for the records that he holds

        But for being bald and bold

        Kareem Abdul Jabbar

        All time great super super star

        I hate to burst your bubble but triple double trouble

        Is coming to your town and he's going to make rubble



        Does anybody want some Magic Johnson



        L.A. Lakers fast break makers

        Kinds of the court shake and bake all takers

        Back to back is a bad ass fact a claim that remains in tact


Nobody Weird Like Me


        The freakiest show I know

        Is the show of my own

        Living my life in and out

        Of the twilight zone



        Bust my britches

        Bless my soul

        I'm a freak of nature

        Walking totem pole

        Look and see I think you'll agree

        Nobody weird like me



        Intercourse with a porpoise

        Is a dream for me

        Hell bent on inventing

        A new species



        Bust my britches

        Bless my soul

        I'm a freak of nature

        Walking totem pole

        Look and see I think you'll agree

        Nobody weird like me



        Riding down the path

        On the back of a giraffe

        Me and the giraffe laughed

        ‘Cause I passed some gas



        Bust my britches

        Bless my soul

        I'm a freak of nature

        Walking totem pole

        Look and see I think you'll agree

        Nobody weird like me



        Enchanted as a rabbit

        That my life is a dream

        Well everything is never

        Just as it seems



        The freakiest show I know

        Is the show of my own

        Living my life in and out

        Of the twilight zone


Knock Me Down


        Never too soon to be through

        Being cool too much too soon

        Too much for me too much for you

        You're gonna loose in time

        Don't be afraid to show your friends

        That you hurt inside inside

        Pain's part of life don't hide behind your false pride

        It's a lie your lie

        Don't slip away and don't forget

        I'll give you more than you can get

        It's so lonely when you don't even know

        Yourself come to me



        If you see me getting mighty

        If you see me getting high

        Knock me down

        I'm not bigger than life



        I'm tired of being untouchable

        I'm not above the love

        I'm part of you and you're part of me

        Why did you go away

        Too late to tell you how I feel

        I want you back but I get real

        Can you hear my falling tears

        Making rain where you lay

        Finding what you're looking for



        Can end up being such a bore

        I pray for you most every day

        My love's with you now fly away



        If you see me getting mighty

        If you see me getting high

        Knock me down

        I'm not bigger than life



        It's so lonely when you don't even know yourself


Taste The Pain


        Flat on my back

        In a lonely sprawl

        I stare at the ceiling

        Because I cannot fall

        Asleep tonight

        No not at all

        Head lights flash

        Across my bedroom wall

        Crying eyes open

        Because I cannot fall

        In love with you

        No not at all



        Walk away and taste the pain

        Come again some other day

        Aren't you glad you weren't afraid

        Funny how the price gets paid



        Busted in two

        Like a brittle stick

        I can not drink

        Because my throat constricts

        Lovesick from you

        That will never do

        Open my mouth

        I couldn't make a sound

        I could not scream

        I could not shout

        It out to you

        Nothing to do



        Walk away and taste the pain

        Come again some other day

        Aren't you glad you weren't afraid

        Funny how the price gets paid

        This may come as a shocking surprise

        I have to take a walk

        I have to kiss it goodbye

        Goodbye my love

        Goodbye my love

        I am not alive



        Walk away and taste the pain

        Come again some other day

        Aren't you glad you weren't afraid

        Funny how the price gets paid


Stone Cold Bush


        She's stone cold bush yea

        And baby that's alright

        She's stone cold bush yea

        And that's alright with me

        Get up off your knees, come on walk with me

        Tell me what you need to get along

        A statue come to life

        I cut you with my knife

        Bleeding to the tune of dolly dagger

        She's stone cold bush

        Haight Street got nothing to show

        Except the skirt on your ass

        When you're livin' on the streets

        You've got to let it roll

        Get on with what you've got

        Awe everybody knows that it's alright

        You've got no secrets to tell

        But when you smoke that rock and suck that gut

        You do it oh so well

        She's stone cold bush

        She's got marble eyes

        Sweet china doll her thighs

        And animal in pain she starts to cry

        Her pipes are open wide

        She blows more than my mind

        Echo sounds of soul

        Time after time

        She's stone cold bush


Fire
Pretty Little Ditty
Punk Rock Classic


        I'm a radio joe of the biz called show

        I'm a rockin’ popstar with a get up and go

        Rubbin' elbows with the big wigs at my sold out shows

        I've been on every cover even Rolling Stone



        Put us on MTV

        All we really need

        Begging on our knees

        Please, please, please, please, please



        Conforming to the norm straight out of the mold

        Compromising each and every ounce of soul

        I'm a doin' anything for the records of gold

        I only want what I can hold



        Put us on MTV

        All we really need

        Begging on our knees

        Please, please, please, please, please



        We know that we'll never be better than

        Mister slick superstar David Letterman

        I promise we'll be perfect gentlemen

        Just put us on the show you'll regret us then



        Put us on MTV

        All we really need

        Begging on our knees

        Please, please, please, please, please



        Thank you very much be sure to label us

        We wouldn't want to cause a ruckus or a fuss

        AOR, CHR, Top Forty or bust



        Put us on MTV

        All we really need

        Begging on our knees

        Please, please, please, please, please



        What I am is a picture on the T.V. screen

        Don't make waves don't make a scene

        What I say when I play isn't worth a bean

        I'm a video joe in an industry


Sexy Mexican Maid


        Hair so smooth, black as coal

        Aw baby the way you sway

        You wear the dress so very blue

        That you take my blues away

        She comes and goes that I know

        She cums at least once a day

        I can't resist I kiss your lips

        You're my sexy Mexican maid



        Let me please get on my knees, I come alone



        When I wake up in the morn

        She greets me where I lay

        I look outside to find that it's a bright and sunny day

        So serene she gives to me my toast and marmalade

        What more can I say she's my sexy Mexican maid



        Let me please get on my knees



        She puts me in a bubble bath

        She tickles me and I laugh

        She washes me until I'm clean

        Then she does a little sexy dance

        Happy to feel my hand go slap

        Upon her sexy ass

        We make fun so very slow

        Then we make it very fast



        Let me please get on my knees, oh let me please


Johnny, Kick A Hole In The Sky


        I cry, I cry

        I was born in a land, I don't think you understand

        God damn what I am

        I'm a native of this place, please don't kick me in my face

        My race has been disgraced



        Won't somebody testify kick a hole right in the sky

        Testify testify kick a hole right in the sky

        Slap a liar in his eye kick a hole right in the sky

        Testify testify kick a hole right in the sky

        Johnny, Johnny, Johnny



        Puts us in a pumpkin shell where you keep us very well

        It's hell, where I dwell

        When history books are full of shit, I become the anarchist

        I'm pissed at this

        What this country claims to be

        It's a lie

        No place for me

        I bleed



        Won't somebody testify kick a hole right in the sky

        Testify testify kick a hole right in the sky

        Slap a liar in his eye kick a hole right in the sky

        Testify testify kick a hole right in the sky

        Johnny, Johnny, Johnny



        I decide to defy

        Kill my trust if you must

        But in my blood there is lust

        For life

        That's right

        Apache blood is in my heart thrashing though me like a shark

        Crashing though the dark



        Won't somebody testify kick a hole right in the sky

        Testify testify kick a hole right in the sky

        Slap a liar in his eye kick a hole right in the sky

        Testify testify kick a hole right in the sky

        Johnny, Johnny, Johnny



        I confide, confide

        What am I supposed to do

        I feel like I'm cut into confused

        By rules

        Do these two cultures clash or am I living in the past

        I ask please tell me fast



        Won't somebody testify kick a hole right in the sky

        Testify testify kick a hole right in the sky

        Slap a liar in his eye kick a hole right in the sky

        Testify testify kick a hole right in the sky

        Johnny, Johnny, Johnny



        I, that's right

        To what do I belong and if I change will I be wrong

        I took my foot kicked a hole in the sky

        I proceeded to plead fathers help me decide

        A jagged flash of light struck me in the eye

        I turned around and found that I was still alive

        Snakes rise high from the purple black sky

        The red cloud rains and the black horse rides

        Then it dawned on me like the mornin' sun

        I'm a part of two worlds and the mornin' comes

        Glowing embers tend to remember when

        The power that is peace was treated as a friend

        I am a master of and I've got to take action

        I'm a man, the animal man