"Breaking the Girl" as written by Anthony Kiedis, Chad Smith, Michael 'flea' Balzary and John Frusciante....
I am a man
Cut from the know
Rarely do friends
Come and then go

She was a girl
Soft but estranged
We were the two
Our lives rearranged

Feeling so good that day
A feeling of love that day

Twisting and turning
Your feelings are burning
You're breaking the girl
(She meant you no harm)

Think you're so clever
But now you must sever
You're breaking the girl
(He loves no one else)

Raised by my dad
Girl of the day
He was my man
That was the way

She was the girl
Left alone
Feeling the need
To make me her home

I don't know what, when or why
The twilight of love had arrived

Twisting and turning
Your feelings are burning
You're breaking the girl
(She meant you no harm)

Think you're so clever
But now you must sever
You're breaking the girl
(He loves no one else)

Twisting and turning
Your feelings are burning
You're breaking the girl
(She meant you no harm)

Think you're so clever
But now you must sever
You're breaking the girl
(He loves no one else)


Lyrics submitted by dsfire, edited by Mellow_Harsher

"Breaking the Girl" as written by John Anthony Frusciante Michael Balzary

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  • +3
    General CommentLike dsfire said, I think he played her for sex. But I think she had no one in the world and wanted a relationship. So he led her on for a while because he didn't want to have to deal with her. He thought he was tho sh*t for scoring with her, but now he realizes she is going to keep clinging to him, and he'll have to tell her how he really feels. He feels guilty because she just wanted love ('meant you no harm'). She's destroyed because she believed that he cared for her. maybe?
    Pegasus_68on January 29, 2002   Link
  • +2
    General Commentthis song is so fucking good, i love it no matter what the meaning.
    speaking of the meaning... its a pretty sad one...
    i love slow chilli pepper songs...
    ...:::lex:::...
    HollowAsThe_O_InGodon August 21, 2002   Link
  • +2
    General Commentbeautiful song. dont think it is necesarily about taking a girls virginity... i always interpreted the breaking as in breaking her emotionally..like the expression, breaking the horse. breaking its spirit. crushing the girl.
    calloutmynameon May 16, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General Commenti think that everyone mostly has it right about him being a player and u get this from the lines " raised by my dad girl of the day" which basically shows his dad taught him to play the ladies and he 's met this girl and he feel in love with her and she desperately loves him backl but in tha end he jsut can't break the mold of being a player , it's all he knows- which is proven in the line "feelings are burning" which shows he can't stya tied down. So instead of breaking his player pattern , his breaks the girl. I don't know, maybe i got that completely wrong, But it was worth a shot.
    roxyglamouron June 19, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General Commentyeh it's definately about a player guy who falls in love with a girl.... And I agree with the theory about being taught by his father that it's okay to cheat etc.
    jellybelly666on August 31, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General Commentim pretty sure this song is one of anthony's more personal songs he has written throughout his career. I think its about him losing his virginity for the first time if what i read is true he lost it very young (12,13) somewhere around there."Raised by my dad Girl of the day He was my man That was the way" i think this is talking about his dad and how many girls would come in and out of his house because his dad was a director or something and i guess thats why he thought it was ok. However i think somewhere in the song he conveys that he hurt the girl because he was probably being a typical male and not talking into consideration her feelings. and "your feelings are burning" really does remind me of your first time having sex cause thats essentially whats happening. I think its cool that he can say shit like that i never really new that guys felt the same way about shit like that. Also i think when it says she was left alone that maybe she was meant for his dad and he took advantage of the situation. I hope im right about the song i find pleasure in being so godamn analytical (heh)
    rhcpbekon September 04, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General CommentOn the Funky Monks RHCP video they talk about this song and how it's about un-virgining a girl. Thats waht Anthony says but it might have more than one meaning.
    Whatever the meaning a great Chili's song.
    JJskaman3on September 15, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI think rchpbek got the closest to my interpretation. Ya see Anthony moved out to California to live with his dad when he was just a little kid and his dad introduced him to this fast-paced life of drugs and girls. A lot of girls came through his dad's place and the song is about an early encounter with one of them. I think I once read that he lost his virginity at age 13 or something.
    saturnine00on June 17, 2003   Link
  • +1
    General Commenti agree with redhedrocker ANTHONY KIEDIS IS SEXCELLENT!!!!!!! ( not to sound like a brainless teenager)
    lovekiedison April 28, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI read Anthony's biography, Scar Tissue, a couple weeks ago. He did lose his virginity at an early age, like twelve or thirteen, to his one of his father's young girlfriends. He wasn't forced to do it -- his father had been raised in a very religious, restricted home and had his first time with a prostitute, so he didn't want Anthony to go through anything similiar. Anthony told his father he liked the girl, and wanted to have sex with her, and it happened.
    I don't think this song is about that specific event. He mentioned that when he wrote this song, he was just thinking about past patterns and the girls he may have hurt, partly due to his father's example.
    lilybarton October 31, 2004   Link

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