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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” ‚Äì 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” ‚Äì Vicki Calhoun, Aklia Chinn and Kristen Vigard
Background Vocals on “Knock Me Down” ‚Äì Vicki Calhoun
Trumpet on “Subway To Venus” ‚Äì Flea and Patrick English
Tenor Sax on “Subway To Venus” ‚Äì Keith Barry
Trombone on “Subway To Venus” ‚Äì Lon
Trumpet on “Pretty Little Ditty” & “Taste The Pain” ‚Äì Flea
Cello on “Taste The Pain” ‚Äì Dave Coleman
Drums on “Taste The Pain” ‚Äì Fish
Guitar on “Fire” ‚Äì Hillel Slovak
Drums on “Fire” ‚Äì 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