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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