"Stadium Arcadium" as written by and Chad G Smith Michael Peter Balzary....
Bells around Saint Petersburg
When I saw you

I hope I get what you deserve
And this is where I find

Smoke surrounds your perfect face
And I'm falling

Pushing a broom out into space
And this where I find the way

The stadium arcadium
A mirror to the moon (a mirror to the moon)
Well I'm forming and I'm warning
State of the art
Until the clouds come crashing

Stranger things have happened
Both before and after noon (before and after noon)
Well I'm forming and I'm warning
Pushin' myself
And no I don't mind asking
Now

Alone inside my forest room
And it's storming

I never thought I'd be in bloom
But this is where I start

Derelict days and the stereo plays
For the all night crowd
That it cannot phase
And I'm calling

Tedious weeds that the media breeds
But the animal gets what the animal needs
And I'm sorry

The stadium arcadium
A mirror to the moon (a mirror to the moon)
Well I'm forming and I'm warning
State of the art
Until the clouds come crashing

Stranger things have happened
Both before and after noon (before and after noon)
Well I'm forming and I'm warming
Pushin' myself
And no I don't mind asking
Now

And this is where I find

Rays of dust that wrap around
Your citizen

Kind enough to disavow
And this is where I stand

The stadium arcadium
A mirror to the moon (a mirror to the moon)
Well I'm forming and I'm warning
State of the art
Until the clouds come crashing

Stranger things have happened
Both before and after noon (before and after noon)
And I'm forming and I'm warning
Pushin' myself
And no I don't mind asking

The stadium arcadium
A mirror to the moon (a mirror to the moon)
Well I'm forming and I'm warning
State of the art
Until the clouds come crashing

Stranger things have happened
Both before and after noon (before and after noon)
Well I'm forming and I'm warning
To you


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"Stadium Arcadium" as written by Chad Smith Anthony Kiedis

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    General CommentFirst go at one of these, so sorry if I miss the mark. Secondly, I don't care if I do, it's what the song means to me, so I felt like sharing. When I say He, I mean it could be anyone, not any band member in particular.

    "Bells around St. Petersburg
    When I saw you [[He meets a girl he likes]]
    I hope I get what you deserve [[He thinks the world of her and wants to feel the same way back]]
    And this is where I find
    Smoke surround's your perfect face [[Sad emotion making it obscure to be able to meet "face to face". Feelings of "not being good enough"]]
    And I’m falling [[Downward spiral of depression]]
    Pushin' a broom out into space [[Something that is unique to a person that no one does, but helps the person. You know, that one thing that you do that helps you whenever you feel down?]]
    And this is where I found the way [[He toughens up and makes his move]]

    The Stadium Arcadium [[Picture perfect place]]
    A mirror to the moon
    (Mirror to the moon) [[Picture Perfect scenario]]
    Well I’m forming and I’m warming
    (Warming to you) [[He is mentally rebuilding himself and trying to fix his flaws, for her]]
    State of the art until the clouds come crashing [[To be the best there will be till the day the world ends]]
    Stranger things have happened both
    Before and afternoon [[It may be unbelievable, but it could happen, so don't be quick to judge]]
    (Before and afternoon)
    Well I’m forming
    And I’m warming
    (Warming to you)
    Pushing myself and no I don’t mind asking now [[Now he feels confident about talking to her about love and his feelings]]

    Alone inside my forest room and it’s stormy [[Bad self esteem/loneliness]]
    I never thought I’d be in bloom [[Never thought he could fall in love]]
    But this is where I start [[but now he has]]

    Derelict days, and the stereo plays
    For the all night crowd that it cannot phase [[no idea]]

    And I’m calling [[he made his move]]

    Tedious weeds that the media breeds
    But the animal get's what the animal needs [[he messed up, possibly due to something that is very usual or common, hence the "media" or the "norm"]]

    And I’m sorry [[pretty self-explanitory]]

    And this is where I find
    Rays of dust that wrap around your citizen [[Now he sees her in the perfect light and right image]]
    Kind enough to disavow [[he gets rid of his older, wrong, thoughts]]
    This is where I stand [[and now he says he wont go back to his mistakes]]"

    Well, there ya go. That's what I think. I don't care if I'm wrong or anything, just wanted to share.
    Zummyon August 26, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI agree that this song is about the spiritual connection between a band and the audience. A very powerful song indeed.
    FunkyMonks89on May 16, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentCorrect me if I'm wrong, but the part where Anthony sings:

    Alone inside my forest room and it�s stormy
    I never thought I�d be in bloom
    But this is where I start

    I think it's a reference to Kurt Cobain, or at least Nirvana. I know he had immense respect for the band, and even more for Cobain himself. He also mentions Kurt in Californication and actually wrote about his suicide in Tearjerker. I'm not sure what the song "In Bloom" is about (...yet) so I can't say WHY he added this in the song, but I'm sure it's a nod to KC.
    Mac98on July 14, 2010   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationThis album is my favorite album of all time, but I had never really paid any mind to this song. This song is beautifully done, just like every RHCP song. I think this song is about a guy who meets an amazing girl (in whom he falls deeply in love with) and "Stadium Arcadium" is the mental state/place that she sends him. "state of the art until the clouds come crashing" is saying that this place and the feelings she gives him will never be outdone or met. I think that "tedious weeds that the media breeds, but the animal gets what the animal needs" is saying that he has been influenced or corrupted by drugs, and because of that he feels he isn't good enough for her and that it will never work out. He keeps pushing and trying, however. With "stranger things have happened both before and afternoon" he is saying the concept of it working out between them is a stretch, but you just never know; anything's possible and maybe someday things will work out. This is my interpretation of the song, and I think it's correct. It fits my situation almost identically.
    lindsaycaliforniaon December 15, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis has got to be one of the most beautiful songs the chili peppers have ever written. It's really hard to interpret though.

    Forming and warming seems to refer to having chemistry with a girl, but not quite being ready yet.

    I have no idea what the Stadium Arcadium is though..other than it's a mirror to the moon, lol. A spaceship?
    adam07on May 05, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commenthaha I think it's about a planet? you know he's looking at it through a telescope and there's like space debris in the way and he wants to get rid of it (pushing a broom out into space) oh god I have no idea. it's a sweet song though.
    lulabelleon May 06, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentSo far, I believe this is my favorite song on Stadium Arcadium. The lyrics and melody are both beautiful, and I could listen to it forever.
    RedHotAlion May 07, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentHere's what Anthony says:

    When he songs he pictures 4 guys camping out in the wilderness playing music and connecting to the universe.
    adam07on May 09, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis song is awesome. beautiful lyrics and arrangement. awesome album
    thePsychoticFunkon May 09, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis is when the red hot chili peppers stop singing about drugs and start singing about love. This is the worst rhcp album yet, but it's still a great album
    ihatepinkfloydon May 10, 2006   Link

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