"Dosed" as written by and Chad G Smith Michael Peter Balzary....
I got dosed by you and
Closer than most to you and
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 and
You cut a perfect form and
Someone forever warm
Lay on, lay on, lay on, lay on
Lay on, lay on, lay on, 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 and
Climb on to your seahorse and
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
Lay on, lay on, lay on, lay on
Lay on, lay on, lay on, 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

I got dosed by you and
Closer than most to you and
What am I supposed to do
Take it away
I never had it anyway
Take it away
And everything will be okay

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


Lyrics submitted by Rocky1480, edited by noelsguitar

"Dosed" as written by John Frusciante Michael Balzary

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  • +8
    General CommentDefinately my favorite song from By The Way. This song is about losing the closest person to you and having no remorse about the death, because you spent the best times with her.

    "What am I supposed to do
    Take it away I never had it anyway
    Take it away and everything will be okay "

    "Show love with no remorse and
    Climb on to your seahorse and
    This ride is right on corse "

    These two basically say that it was her time, that he doesn't regret anything.

    Simply, one of the best songs I've ever heard, lyrically and musically.
    coldinhereon July 03, 2002   Link
  • +3
    General CommentI don't know what this song means to Anthony Kiedis (a girl? drugs?) but as I listen to it, I imagine he is singing that there was someone he wanted to get close to, but she pushed him away...
    "I got dosed by you/Closer than most to you" meaning that he was rejected, but was also able to get closer to her than anyone else.
    I don't think "Way up on the mountain where she died" necessarily implies death, but suggests that the pedestal she was on ended up being destructive.
    "Show love with no remorse" and the rest of that verse is his advice to her on how life should be lived.
    Since he never did reach her... "Take it away, I never had it anyway" is sort of self explanatory.
    How sad, all he ever wanted was her life (aka love). Kiedis can give me a call, I won't shut him out. :)
    EfenStefon July 30, 2002   Link
  • +2
    My InterpretationBasically the opening verse talks about this girl whom Anthony has a very strong attachment towards. Someone who shared his interests and was similar to him more than others were. She's captivating and her presence in his life is addictive and almost drug-like. Hence the name of the song. However, even though they appeared to have a strong chemistry. "Take it away I never had it anyway" suggests that she passed away so quickly before Anthony could even get to know her completely and establish a proper relationship. Almost like a flash.

    As for the chorus, when he says 'Way upon the mountain where she died' I doubt it had anything whatsoever to do with her dying on a mountain. Sounds like a metaphor to me, perhaps what he meant was the mountain signifies the height of her addiction which ultimately killed her. And all he ever wanted was her life, to be alive and well. "Deep inside the canyon I can't hide" suggests that deep down his feelings for her are so profound that no matter what he can't hide them.

    Its a beautiful song, both lyrically, melodically and in its diverse meaning.
    My favourite from the album!
    DoodilyDoo69on June 18, 2012   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI just wanted to say i think this is my favorite song off of the whole album and it is soooooooo pretty!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    I love it.
    Dread Girlon August 01, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General CommentFor a class, i once had to make an "identity web" with all the things that make me who i am, then one by one take things away until i had one thing left. My last item was the line from this song "show love with no remorse." It smeans so much more than just those words--it means do whatever you do with all of yourself, not just a part. It also reminds me of how easily you can lose what you love, so enjoy it and love it and live it while you can. Life is short, and often bitter, so use whatever you do as a way of putting a little love back into the world. Don't apologize for who you are. Show love with no remorse.
    ShadowOfOctoberon March 28, 2003   Link
  • +1
    General Commentin my opinion this song is about love a man feels for a woman, its not reciprocal side of women, and talk about things that I get to do for her in consequence of her love
    BNavarroon September 11, 2012   Link
  • +1
    General Commentin my opinion, the song can be interpreted in two ways:
    A)a man addicted to drugs
    B) a man in love
    erikasa0wlon September 12, 2012   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI don't know why people always try to complicate everything... I took it as he was talking about a non-reciprocal love but I think as other's said here that it can be interpreted two ways, the one I said or about drug addiction.
    citoyenneon October 01, 2012   Link
  • +1
    Song MeaningThis song, like most Chili Peppers songs, is about sex. I don't really know why everyone thinks it is about drugs, and the love interpretation is a little sketchy too, except inasmuch as sex and love are related.
    Individual lines:
    In you a star is born -- references orgasm
    you cut a perfect form -- wow, you're hot
    way upon the mountain where she died -- mountain refers to the mons pubis (look it up if you don't know). Orgasm is sometimes referred to as "the little death".
    Deep inside the canyon I can't hide -- if the general trend isn't making sense by now, the canyon reference may be lost on you.
    Suffice it to say that the seahorse line and the ride line are also thinly vailed innuendo.
    Telemetronon March 02, 2013   Link
  • 0
    General Commentwow i can't believe no one has commented on this song yet. personally its one of my faovirtes on the new album from what i've heard. i can't wait till it comes out! july 9th! yEAAAAAA =)
    skankin ska staron July 02, 2002   Link

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