"On Mercury" as written by and Chad G Smith Michael Peter Balzary....
I've got myself
In a masochistic hold
Why don't you let go
Shake it off
Just to redirect my flow
Come on let's go

Sit up straight
I'm on a double date
I've got to find my way
Into the light, heavy, middle weight
We don't stop rock around the clock
Motor mouthing off
In front of every other road block

Come again and tell me
What you're going through
Like a girl who only knew
Her child was due

Memories of everything
Of lemon trees on mercury
Come to me with remedies
From five or six of seven seas
You always took me with a smile
When I was down
Memories of everything
That blew through

Looking up into
A reverse vertigo
What an undertow
Give it up
Another stubborn scorpio
Come on, let's go

Sit up straight
I'm on a double date
I've got to find my way
Into the light, heavy, middle weight
We don't stop rock around the clock
Motor mouthing off
In front of every other road block

Come again and tell me
What you're going through
Like a girl who only knew
Her child was due
To the moon she gave
Another good review
Turn around and look at me
It's really really you


Lyrics submitted by on_a_plain_11

"On Mercury" as written by Anthony Kiedis, Chad Smith, Michael 'flea' Balzary, John Frusciante

Lyrics © MoeBeToBlame

Lyrics powered by LyricFind

On Mercury song meanings
Add your thoughts

37 Comments

sort form View by:
  • +2
    General Commentany song that says 'lemon trees on mercury' is cool. but maybe that's just me... i've got a thing for citrus.
    EfenStefon August 17, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThe Red Ska-t Chili Peppers

    Who'd a thunk it

    Awesome
    TheApathyMovementon August 03, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General Commenti don't know if it sounds like ska either.... lol but I think that the chili peppers have room to write whatever they want by now without having people put labels on it? this song rocks.
    Searchin4AnimalChinon September 13, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThe line 'Memories of everything, of lemon trees on mercury' make me think of drug addictions.. And I feel the rest of the song connects.

    Lemon trees pictures bad things, sour times.
    Mercury is way up high.

    Figure the rest yourself.
    Runaron September 22, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General CommentEvery time I hear this song, I'm reminded of the cover they did of "Havana Affair"...
    Dysperdison January 18, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis is probably not what Kiedis meant he wrote the lyrics, but this song reminds me of Hamlet’s thoughts throughout Act V of "Hamlet", though not necessarily in the order of the plot. The first two verses remind me of Hamlet’s initial argument with Laertes in the grave and the fencing dual. Hamlet is obviously mad at Laertes, but he seems to enjoy this anger as being different from the rest of the kingdom has come to define who he is. This can be shown with the lyrics “I’ve got myself in a masochistic hold,” and “I’ve got to find my way into the light, heavy, middle weight.” His constant talking to himself and understandable frustration is shown with “We don’t stop rock around the clock/Motor mouthing off In front of every other road block.” The verse “Come again and tell me what you’re going thru/Like a girl who only knew her child was due/ To the moon she gave another good review/Turned around and looked at me/ It’s really really you” represents Hamlet’s longing for understanding and connection with Ophelia, or anyone for that matter. He wants her to talk to him as if she is scared and lonely. However, he thinks she is in a better place now (“To the moon she gave another good review”). The lines “Turned around and looked at me/It’s really really you,” represent how Hamelt and Ophelia are actually quite similar in that they are scared to communicate with each other. They both also, in one way or another, would think the moon (life after earth) might be a better option than existing on earth. The chorus represents Hamlet’s final reflections on his life as he is dying. “Memories of everything/Of lemon trees on mercury,” show how he is bitter about his life. “Come to me with remedies/from five or six of seven seas” show that Hamlet has thought about death before and is ok with his death. He has wanted a remedy for the pain of life for a while and finally has it. Seas are often used as a metaphor for the “wave of life,” especially in RHCP songs. What is interesting is that he says “five or six of seven seas.” This means that he realizes that there still might be more existence after this life is over. The lyrics “You always took me with a smile when I was down,” could be Hamlet addressing Claudius at the end of the play. Hamlet sees that Claudius wants him dead, and does not seem to have any sympathy for Hamlet. Thus, he appears happy to Hamlet when Hamlet is feeling down. The lyrics “Memories of everything/ that blew thru” could be a reiteration of his reflection on life. His life has blown on by with the wind and he does not know where he will go next. “Blew” is very similar to the word “blue,” which could be another interpretation. In “Hey, Hey, My, My” Neil Young uses the color blue to represent life. Here, Kiedis could be mentioning how Hamlet’s life, in a million shades of blue (as is the sea), is through and over with. And the rest is silent. Another thing to note about this song is how it is set to a very upbeat ska rhythm. This could show irony, reinforcing the theme of finding pleasure in pain, which is the only way to actually find joy in life it seems. I don't think that made any sense, but whatever....
    brokenarmon November 17, 2014   Link
  • 0
    General Commentlol mr apathy, it is really SKAry how much this sounds like it's escaped from Brixton in 1981. Top song though...
    debaser2002on August 14, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentLOL EfenStef............this song is great but i dunno if it sounds like SKA...
    afipunk84on September 04, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIt does sound really ska at some parts. Kick-aaaaass song tho. I like ska by the way.
    kiefy24on September 22, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentyour right runar
    poton October 12, 2002   Link

Add your thoughts

Log in now to tell us what you think this song means.

Don’t have an account? Create an account with SongMeanings to post comments, submit lyrics, and more. It’s super easy, we promise!

Back to top
explain