This is the place where all
The junkies go
Where time gets fast
But everything gets slow

Can I get some Vaseline
Step into a modern scene
Take a chance of that
Which seems to be
The making of a dream

I don't want to do it
Like my daddy did
I don't want to give it
To my baby's kid

This is my calling
I said my darling
Shocking, appalling
All I can do to you
Hammers are falling
I said my darling
Shocking, appalling
All I can do to you

This is the place where all
The devils plead
Their case to take from you
What they need
Can I isolate your gene
Can I kiss your dopamine
In a way I wonder
If she's living in a magazine

I don't want to say it
If it isn't so
I don't want to weigh it
But I've got to know

This is my calling
I said my darling
Shocking, appalling
All I can do to you
Hammers are falling
I said my darling
Shocking, appalling
All I can do to you

I saw you out there yesterday
What did you want to say
A perfect piece of DNA
Caught in a flashing ray
I caught you out there in the fray
What did you want to say
A master piece of DNA
Caught in a flashing ray

Can I smell your gasoline
Can I pet your wolverine
On the day my best friend died
I could not get my copper clean

I don't want to take it up
With little Joe
I don't want to fake it
But I've gotta know

This is my calling
I said my darling
Shocking, appalling
All I can do to you
Hammers are falling
I said my darling
Shocking, appalling
All I can do to you

I am a misfit
I'm born with all of it
The fucking ultimate
Of love inside the atom split

I'm in a flash ray
A mash of DNA
Another poppin' Jay
Who thinks he's got
Something to say


Lyrics submitted by on_a_plain_11, edited by Mellow_Harsher


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  • +4
    General Commentsigh...Its not about aids, its about addiction. The line

    I don't want to do it
    Like my daddy did
    I don't want to give it
    To my baby's kid

    refers to Blackie Dammet, anthony's father with whom he moved in with when he was 13. Blackie got Anthony started on speed at 13! how fucked is that? Anthony used to come to school after not sleeping for days and still be up and running...

    The line On the day my best friend died
    I could not get my copper clean

    When Hillel Slovak died, Anthony didnt show at his funeral. The drummer at the time Jack Irons, famously said 'Hillel will only be the first' at the funeral.

    Anthony hired a boatHOUSE, NOT A BOAT thereverendcase. He hired a boathouse for three months, bought lots of food and water, then locked himself in there and took his (supposed) last hit of heroin. He wrote 'Taste the pain' in there.


    Polakon September 27, 2002   Link
  • +2
    Song MeaningOk, after reading Scar Tissue (Anthony Kiedis' autobiography) the lyrics become so clear and so perfect. This is a very emotional song with a lot of meaning if you know where to look.

    "This is the place" refers to his Dad's house in California. "This is the place where all the junkies go" is talking about how all the junkies would go to his dad's house cause he was a really big drug dealer on sunset boulevard back in the day. It is about the place where he was exposed to all these new experiences - good and bad. He was introduced into the life of drugs, sex and music here. "I don't want to do it like my daddy did / I don't want to give it to my baby's kid" is talking about when his father gave him drugs. At age 12 his father gave him a joint and soon after introduced him to more serious stuff. Eventually (although by accident) he gets Heroin from his father. I believe it is talking more about just drugs here but actually about drug addiction - as this has been a large force in Anthony's life.

    A perfect piece of DNA is most likely referring to a beautiful girl. And "This is the place where are the devils plead / there case from you to take what they need" is again referring to his Dad's drug dealing. "On the day my best friend died / I could not get my copper clean" is talking about the death of his best friend Hillel Slovak (who was the former RHCP guitarist). "I didn't stop using the rest of the night" (222, Kiedis). was Anthony describing the events after Hillel's death in Scar tissue.

    I just want to make a special point in that "I don't want to give it to my baby's kid" is not about STI's but is about drugs/drug addiction. It isn't his "stepfather" that got him into drugs it was is biological father. Also it is about so much at once not just drugs, not just sex.
    overthebridgeon January 23, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis is 1 of my favourite songs from By the way... i dunno why i luv it
    1000_bongson August 25, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis is nothin to do with Kurt Cobain, the song that is written for him is called Tearjerker. This is purely about Anthony's drug addiction, and how he doesn't want to pass his problems onto his children, like his dad maybe did to him.
    torrance21on August 12, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWhat happened to the rest of the chorus?
    King Nothingon July 20, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentOn the day my best friend died I could not get my copper clean = On the day my best friend (Hillel) died I could not stay away from drugs.
    Runaron July 23, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentyeah when hillell died anthony went of on a boat and did a ton of heroin
    thereverendcaseon August 01, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Comment"I don't want to do it
    Like my daddy did
    I don't want to give it
    To my baby's kid"

    I heard somewhere that Anthon'y stapfather got him hooked on heroin or something like that
    GodHatesACowardon August 05, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentone 2 many references 2 big words like DNA i.m.h.o!
    sadfuckon August 06, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI love this song even thoughi have NO IDEA what its about........i dont listen to the lyrics just the tune!! :)
    smokinon August 11, 2002   Link

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