"Save the Population" as written by Anthony Kiedis, Chad Smith, Michael 'flea' Balzary and John Frusciante....
History's so strong
History's so strong
History's so strong
History's so strong

Sing another drinking song the honky tonk will do
Make another breaking bomb your favorite ingénue
This the distant dawn
This the distant dawn

I put my cards up on the table
I do this speak cause I am able
One pixie's broken down devotion
I threw my pistol in the ocean
Eyes wide with revelation
Shine at the police station
And when the verdict comes round
I'm sure that you will go down

Stay all night, we'll save the population
Pistol and its pawn
Sail it through the lexicon
Pistol and its pawn
Blood and borderlines be drawn

Take another bottle down the brothel and the shrew
Make another awful sound, a rather gothic brew
History's so strong
History's so strong

I put my cards up on the table
I do this speak cause I am able
One pixie's broken down devotion
I threw my pistol in the ocean
Eyes wide with revelation
Shine at the police station
And when the verdict comes round
I'm sure that you will go down

Stay all night, we'll save the population


Lyrics submitted by Tony Clifton, edited by Mellow_Harsher

"Save the Population" as written by John Frusciante Michael Balzary

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  • +4
    General CommentLook at the verses... Anthony's singing about drinking, prostitution, people awaiting trial...

    The whole night thing is a metaphor. Yea, the sex thing fits nicely, and damn if that isn't a nice way of putting it, but I think he's saying something more along the lines of "its always darkest just before dawn." Society and whatnot is pretty fucked up, but we shouldn't give up on it, because if we just hang around a little bit longer, we can fix things.
    Unl8nswallowon April 16, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General Commenti think this one is actually more literal, about a night of sex, drugs, and gambling, but i could be wrong.
    epp88on May 03, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General CommentHmm, well at the end of the day, whatever your interpretation of this song is, it's probably the true meaning. That's the beautiful thing about art. And to be honest, Anthony supposedly writes a lot of his material in a free associational stream, so make of it what you will! Just my tuppence :-)
    paintedpeopleon March 16, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think this song is one of their greatest, lyrically. not too sure on what it's about though. Any suggestions at all?
    Tony Cliftonon April 14, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentwell first of all i luv this song, for some reason when i heard the part "Stay all night we'll save the population" i thought kiedis was talkin about sex, like stay all night and we'll make babies and our babies will be the next generation and save the population. thats my input hehe dont know if its right tho :)
    RnJ4evaon April 14, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI was thinking the same thing, but it would be irrelevant to the rest of the song which seems to convey a more solemn meaning. I don't know what it is though.
    Tony Cliftonon April 15, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentCool
    Tony Cliftonon April 16, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentHmm.. Maybe you right with sex all night.. hmm
    Cool...
    Zenn15on May 13, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti think i read somewhere that this is about the last 20 years of rhcp being together
    RHCPukon May 13, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThat would make a lot of sense too. The song was originally titled "History."
    lahdeefriggindaon May 20, 2004   Link

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