"Can't Stop" as written by Premro Smith, M.j. Goodwin and Todd Shaw....
Can't stop addicted to the shindig
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
East side 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
Burn 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 fifty 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 snow cone
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

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

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 shindig
Chop 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
East side 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
Burn 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
Coming from space
To teach you of the pliedes
Can't stop the spirits when they need you
This life is more than just a read through


Lyrics submitted by on_a_plain_11, edited by Thebeetles, crg4

"Can't Stop" as written by John Frusciante Michael Balzary

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  • +9
    My InterpretationI have read through the comments and don't think anyone has really nailed the song meaning yet. After reading Anthony Keidis' autobiography this song becomes clear in it's meaning. Keidis was a frequent drug user from the age of 14 and a heavy addict from sometime later in his teens, his book details countless relapses during his attempts at staying clean. I was reading page 447 of his book and he is talking about wanting to stop (his drug binges) and he just can't.

    This song came into focus for me and I started to look at the lyrics and picked these bits;

    Can't stop addicted to the shin dig (shin dig being his drug fueled escapades)

    Cop top he says I'm gonna win big ('he' being the voice inside his head trying to get him to use)

    Choose not a life of imitation ('life of imitation' life under the influence of drugs)

    Distant cousin to the reservation (detatched from real life)

    Defunkt the pistol that you pay for (when he scores drugs that aren't good enough or strong enough)

    This punk the feeling that you stay for (calling the Heroine high a 'punk')

    In time I want to be your best friend
    Eastside love is living on the westend (Keidis had a string of girlfriends from New York (Eastside Love) and he lives in LA (West End), relationships he ruined through his drug use)

    Knock out but boy you better come to
    Don't die you know the truth is some do (about overdosing and the people he's known who have died)

    Go write your message on the pavement (about writing his music)
    Burnin' so bright I wonder what the wave meant (being such a successful band, 'wave' being his drug binges)

    White heat is screaming in the jungle ('white heat' being the idea of drugs, the jungle being his mind)
    Complete the motion if you stumble ('the motion' being his steps to sobriety, 'stumble' meaning relapse)
    Go ask the dust for any answers ('dust' is drugs)
    Come back strong with 50 belly dancers (comin back after rehab and performing)

    I won't go through the whole second verse, you get the idea, just one more thing I have to point out;

    Sweetheart is bleeding in the snowcone
    So smart she's leading me to ozone

    These two lines are about him being 'clean', he has Hepatitus C and has a beautiful nurse administer his meds, the meds are called Ozone and help keep the Hep C in check. 'Bleeding in the snowcone' means the flushback of blood into the syringe when the Ozone is administered.

    I think it's pretty clear that Cant Stop is the theme of Keidis' life of drugs, sobriety and relapses.
    Fitzcarraldoon May 06, 2010   Link
  • +6
    Song MeaningThis is the only true song meaning so listen up good, here it is.

    The "Shin Dig" is the Love movement in Cali. Anthony Kiedis is from Grand Rapids, MI.
    "Chop top" Someone is telling Anthony he's going to win big. This is not "cop".
    "Closer to the reservation" Anthony refers to the pleiades later in the song. For now though we will assume that he is talking about his native american background and the family history between native tribes and the pleiades.
    When Anthony speaks of the pistol and the punk he refers to betrayal. This betrayal was probably by a friend in Grand Rapids. Grand Rapids has two districts named The East Side and The West end. Hence "East Side love is living on the West End".
    "Knock out boy but you better come to" You can get wasted but don't die because if you did you can't spread the truth.
    "You know the truth is some do" This is saying you know the truth about the worlds illusion and that you're aware only a few people besides you know, so you deff can't die.
    "Burning so bright wonder what the wave meant" The burning bright refers to the inner changes of light taking place and the wave refers to the love evolution occurring.
    "Go ask dust" Is go ask the universe.
    "Come back strong" Is you receiving your answer as usual.


    The words "sweetheart" and "Snowcone" most likely refer to his girl back home in Snowy Michigan and how she is somehow "Leading him to ozone" or ascending him. If you guys like what I have so far rate me up and I'll add more. This takes a lot of work when no one is even remotely close.
    Thebeetleson July 13, 2014   Link
  • +4
    General CommentDAMN! This CD top to bottom musicly, lyrically its the greates CD i ever heard. The Chili Peppers didnt return to the Blood Sugar Sex Magik sound that many ppl expected the to, but i dont think they needed to. They've been there and its moving on, that's what Californication was and this is a moving on from that. I got this CD two days ago and in listening to it, this song steped out at me. Anthony's lyrics and how they mend so well with the music is just awesome. This song is os great ause it hits on so many different levels, the first time i heard it i almost cried, the second, i got really engergized and felt like running a marathon. By far the best song on the album....and i think of their career.

    Now about what the song is about. This saong seems to be a documentry of the evolution of mankind. "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 "

    talking of humanity being really primitie and then. "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 "

    and wirth the chorus "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 westend
    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

    Chorus:
    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 "
    It shows that through it all, love and music never changes. No matter how much we get caught up in the wave of evolution, love and music will always be what it is today....nothing can ever change it. Just a thought BEST RHCP SONG EVER!
    Javenon July 14, 2002   Link
  • +2
    General Commentthis CD is the best !!! really i think that is better than "Californication". I mean all the song are so damn good, all the song has the same level of work. but in californication 4 songs are too good and are far away compare with the others. I mean in by the way all the song are so good, and not just 4 songs are so too good,.
    poton July 18, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General Comment:) this song. wow.
    i can't articulate how pleased i am with this album without sounding like a raving lunatic.
    pinkoptimismon July 15, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General Commentits such a good driving-to-a-party song
    sean7711on July 21, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General CommentJaven is right. I think they don't have any need to go back in time and make music like in BSSM. I think they've evolved but that each of their Cd's has been great and unique. I love every thing these guy's have made in their lives (music)., and i love every single song they've done till now, and i guess i'll love the next one too. This song is Incredible, i just can't stop hearing it. Thanx John, Anthony, Flea, and Chad (and ex peppers) for all you've gave to my life.
    shadowcmlon August 01, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General CommentBALLS
    fathom500on August 14, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General Commenti like the vid.
    smallthoughtson March 15, 2003   Link
  • +1
    General Comment... to me these lyrics are about lots of different types of things, and not just the one meaning or situation.
    first verse: "cant stop addicted to the shin dig"
    i rekon its about being atticted to some sort of drug, as many people have stated before. its about letting go and taking a walk on the wide side " choose not a life of limitation" being able to try new things and being addicted to the drug and it become your pains relief "the feeling that u stay for"... and finally falling and knocked out by how much it can effect u "knocked out but boy you better com to"

    chorus: (the world i love) this part i interpret to hav many meanings, and most people would be the same. to me its saying hes in the great world and all that he's put into and suceeded in his life.. who is it all for? for god, or someone else he looks up to? is it all really worth it.

    verse 2: bit of a tricky one but still along the lines of drugs or love. shes making him high up to the ozone?? but then also goes on about sex and its the only way to create the new generation. sex is the way of life. i think this verse is just about the way of life and nature in general and he has no control over wat happens when the "spirits"need u. life is unplanned???

    Bridge(?): "wait a minute im passing out" everyhintg is going over his head.. its all too much to handle.. took him by suprise and now he needs someone new "just like you:

    (reapeats 1st verse)

    last verse: realises that its time to grow up and maybe try and find a serious partner. that the gods cant stop him from growing old and he better start taking things serious. its a werid world and he cant control the way of the gods?
    this is his life and he doesnt get another chance at it.
    ...
    ok well thats my interpretation of it and most likey be a load of shit.. i'm not too good at working out these sorta things :P. but yeah i guess its each individuals option on which they want to take and view lyrics... that was just mine :)
    blah91on July 06, 2006   Link

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