"By the Way" as written by Stephony Smith and Cathy Majeski....
Anything we should know about your change?
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

(First half of the chorus)

Black jack dope dick
Pawn shop quick pick

(Full chorus)

Lyrics submitted by treestump, edited by Mellow_Harsher, tavy13, Hyrikan, lovelymoon11, MasterMind007

"By The Way" as written by Michael Balzary Anthony Kiedis

Lyrics © Warner/Chappell Music, Inc., MoeBeToBlame

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  • +4
    General Commentdani refers to dani california who was refered to in Californication and of course the song dani california. she is an imaginary character anthony created to represent all the girls in his life, just thought id say that.
    soultosqueeze21on October 30, 2009   Link
  • +2
    General Commenti agree wit groovin2themusic. basically, first he buys a steak knife, then he meets a card shark, then he plans a con job, then he buys a pair of bootcut jeans. then he builds a town for dogs, then he kills someone and takes a bath in their blood, then he sees their rib cage, then he buys a soft tail motorcycle. then he plays black jack. i don't know what dope dick means. then he goes to a pawn shop and makes a quick pick. then he sees a song bird. then he gets back in line for the concert. then he gets cash back from a purchase he made previously at the pawn shop. then he buys a hard top car with the money he got. it's a logical progression of events, obvi.
    PussycatDolls4evson January 10, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentDid anyone notice, during the chant, it could be one of a couple of lyrics -
    Ooh Ahh kissin and a smoochin
    Ohh Ahh kissed ya then I missed ya
    Ohh Ahh (meaningless gibberish)
    Or, my personal favourite that i think it sounds the most similar to:
    Ohh Ahh kiss another milkshake
    rcliffordon February 22, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song is clearly about addiction and the blank promises addicts make. Just watch the video and see the taxi as the drug . The doors lock the wild ride ensues and he calls for help and luckily his friends save him from his fate . Which some poor fellow is ready and waiting for . The soft parts of the song are the blank promises he is ashamed of the hard lyrics are the junkie working for his fix. At least that's my two cents .
    nannerpusson March 16, 2016   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAnother great song by Red Hot Chili Peppers, cant wait for the new CD to come out. just hope it is just as good if not better than the rest.
    Southpaw2g2on June 08, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAmazing song but
    wat is this song about?
    Steveon June 09, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentyea i'm confused. since it's songmeanings.net.. i wanna hear some meanings! i don't have any ideas about what it's about i just love the tune. i like the mix of slow with fast. good tempo. good beat. well hopefully this song will get some posts and i can see what it's about
    ktisthecoolest85on June 09, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentyea i agree with everyone...AWESOME song but the lyrics are kinda messed so i have no clue wut its about!! who can help me out?!
    Punk_princesson June 09, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti dont know. anthony said that this song is the only hard, the others are more slow like 'Don't Forget me'
    poton June 09, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commenthmmm a meaning.. maybe this song's to a girlfriend that he doesn't want to see anymore and is letting her down gently and saying that Dani's the girl that he's into now so when he says "by the way i tried to say i know you from before" (lyrics must notta got all the way posted) i'm guessing it means he misses the girl he used to know and is moving on to dani the girl he met possibly in a pawn shop? Maybe this interpretation is pretty far fetched but I don't see any of you putting any ideas out there!! :P
    ktisthecoolest85on June 10, 2002   Link

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