"Easily" as written by and Chad G Smith Michael Peter Balzary....
Easily let's get carried away
Easily let's get married today
Shao Lin shouted a rose
From his throat
Everything must go
A lickin' stick is thicker
When you break it to show
Everything must go

The story of a woman on the morning of a war
Remind me if you will exactly what we're fighting for

Calling calling for something in the air
Calling calling I know you must be there

Easily let's get caught in a wave
Easily we won't get caught in a cage
Shao Lin shakin' for the sake
Of his soul Everything must go
Lookin' mighty tired of
All the things that you own
Everything must go

I can't tell you who to idolize
You think it's almost over
But it's only on the rise
Calling calling
For something in the air
Calling calling I know you must be there

The story of a woman on the morning of a war
Remind me if you will exactly what we're fighting for

Throw me to the wolves
Because there's order in the pack
Throw me to the sky
Because I know I'm coming back

Shao Lin shakin' for the sake
Of his soul Everything must go
Lookin' mighty tired of
All the things that you own
Everything must go

The story of a woman on the morning of a war
Remind me if you will exactly what we're fighting for

Calling calling for something in the air
Calling calling I know you must be there

I don't want to be your little research monkey boy
The creature that I am is only going to destroy

Throw me to the wolves
Because there's order in the pack
Throw me to the sky
Because I know I'm coming back


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"Easily" as written by John Anthony Frusciante Michael Balzary

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    General CommentIt's not about an actual war. It's about the fight between your sense of self and the harmony of the universe. He's practically begging to be thrown away from his ego and destroyed, to get rid of all the materialism that surrounds him and get "thrown to the wolves" and join the order of nature.

    The woman on the morning of a war is a metaphor for our intuition and spirituality, which got left behind while we all fought to make something our own. He wants to be reminded why we all take part in this consumer-driven culture when we're tired of materialism. Why do we fight for our egoes if the rewards don't make us happy? How can conflict with the world possibly bring about inner peace?

    Almost everything in this song involves destroying singularity in order to be a part of the shared identity of all existance ("let's get carried away," "let's get married today," "throw me to the wolves," "throw me to the sky").
    RyGuy86on December 20, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI think that this is about the futilleness of war and all the pointless violence.
    KrazyKyle15on April 27, 2002   Link
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    General CommentThis I think is one of the best Chili songs on any album, it can be interpreted many different ways depending on your point of view. Many of which have already been discussed here. But I'm going to go out on the limb here and take a different approach.

    It's pretty well known that the Peppers aren't beleivers of organized religion, although they are very spiritual. It seems most of them have the same beliefs as the shoa lin monks mentioned in the song. With that in mind, I think this song is about the evils of organized religion that plague much of the world.

    "Easily lets get carried away" - Fundamentalist/Extremist very easily get carried away with religion.

    "Easily lets get married today" - So much so, that they get married at the drop of a hat, an organized religous ceremony.
    "Shoa Lin shouted a rose from his throat"-Shoa Lin monks try to teach(from their throats)peace(the rose).
    "Everything must go"- All organized religion must go

    "A lickin stick is thicker When you break it to show"- A "Lickin Stick" I'm interpreting as a whip used on catholic school children, but is made of wood(a natural material). Wood is "thicker" holds more evidence for evolution when you break it open than the bible, Qur'an, etc. (also products of wood)does for religion

    "The story of a woman on the morning of a war
    Remind me if you will exactly what we're fighting for"- The majority of wars throughout history have been caused because of religious differences.

    "Calling calling for something in the air
    Calling calling I know you must be there"- Notice the "Calling, Calling" as if it's desperate, but in vein. Many call for gods assistance, from heaven (air), claiming to know that it is there.

    "Easily let's get caught in a wave"- It's quite easy to get caught in the "wave" of religion.

    "Easily we won't get caught in a cave"- People of belief, disprute that humans haven't evolved from apes, or cavemen and refuse to get "caught" in the belief of the idea.

    "Shao Lin's shakin for the sake of his soul"- Scared for the sake of his (our) soul. "Our" because they believe in everything as one.

    "Lookin mighty tired of
    All the thing that you own"- The arguement that is for religion, is getting mighty hard to defend, with the evidence of evolution stacking up against it. Religion has a mighty debt for the things it will have to "own" up to.

    I can't tell you who to idolize"- No one can tell you what to believe, or who (jesus?, allah?. etc.)

    "You think it's almost over
    But its only on the rise"- Believers think the end is coming, god is coming and that will put the building evidence against it to rest. However, the evidence is only rising(building).

    "Throw me to the wolves
    Because there's order in the pack"-Darwins theory, which isn't really a theory anymore,it's pretty much proven.

    "Throw me to the sky
    Because I know I'm coming back"- Throw me to heaven, because there is no such thing, I'll just fall back to earth with the law of gravity, a law of nature.

    "I don't want to be your little research monkey boy
    The creature that I am is only going to destroy"-Many believers say that if we have evolved(from the same ancestors as monkeys, which research has shown), we are simply savage animals with no moral code, if there is no religion.

    Again, I'm going out on the limb here, I presume many will see this as too far of a reach and the song isn't that indepth. But listen to "Wet Sand", its about an arguement over creation vs evolution. Also, if you are religious this is only an interpretation of the song. I respect your beliefs, and am in no way personally attacking them. Thanks.

    droyceon May 13, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General Comment"Shao Lin" is in reference to Mount Shaoshi, where the Shaolin Monastery is located. Shaolin Kung Fu is believed to be affiliated with The Shaolin Monastery..

    And if that is the root of the reference, the battle imagery of the song makes perfect sense, whether you're relating it to your own personal scale or a world-wide scale of literal war.

    Basically, liberation through disaster.. let me get caught in the wave, send me up towards the sky, because my enlightenment tells me I wont be gone forever.

    Does this make sense to anyone but me?
    kneesockson July 08, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General Commentcouldn't agree more KrazyKyle 15
    RHCP ROOL!!
    Steveon May 10, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI agree. War is supposedly fought to protect our families and our freedom. Does anyone else spot the irony of young men and women - brothers, sons, sisters and daughters - being drafted or conscripted (read, forced) to fight for their lives? At least there is some reasonable logic and order in nature ie, in a wolf pack, the laws of gravity and physics.
    Lemon May 17, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentyea the gov't wants to make u think that war is for the good of the country, but i dont think mothers of the ppl drafted think so when their child dies in battle. war is all about protecting yourself when it comes down to the basics i think, cuz when ur in battle not many ppl think that they are fighting for their country, matter of fact, they dont even know what they are fighting for.
    sean7711on May 30, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI agree with the war theory! You guys should check out the poem "Dulce Et Decorum Est" by Wilfred Owen. It's the first thing I thought of when I saw these lyrics. The title is part of a Latin quote "It is sweet and proper to die for ones country"!
    Cornerstoneon June 09, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentYes, yes. While we're at it, has anyone ever read All Quiet on the Western Front? It's pretty much the most depressing thing ever, but it's a real eye-opener. Makes you kind of want to save the world.
    loserdorkon June 21, 2002   Link
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    General Commenti agree it's about war but if you take the verse
    Easily let’s get carried away
    Easily let’s get married today
    apart from other lyrics it may sound like an offer to a girl that he love sso much that he can do crazy things with. or road trippin' with her. justa thought
    wild floweron July 01, 2002   Link

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