"Ethiopia" as written by Anthony Kiedis, Chad Smith, Michael 'flea' Balzary and Josh Klinghoffer....
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E-I-O-I-E-I-A
When you give your love away
You get a feeling for
E-I-O-I-E-I-A
Live to love another day
Even when you feel unsure
More and more I wanna raise
Raise my bar and raise your stay
E-I-O-I-E-I-A
When I lie they're wide awake
For my son I make

Tell my boy I love him so
Tell him so he knows
Lost in Ethiopia
Walk out in that road

E-I-O-I-E-I-A
Something good gon' come your way
Just look out your door
E-I-O-I-E-I-A
Tell him what you wanna say
No matter whatcha mad at girl

Tell my boy I love him so
Tell him so he knows
Lost in Ethiopia
Walk out in that road

E-I-O-I-E-I-A
Steal my heart to give away
Make me wanna say
E-I-O-I-E-I-A
You and I are so no same
More and more and more each day

Tell my boy I love him so
Tell him so he knows
Lost in Ethiopia
Walk out in that road


Lyrics submitted by D7K, edited by Kalico37

"Ethiopia" as written by Chad Smith Anthony Kiedis

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  • +1
    General CommentIn the lyric booklet it says "You and I are sewn the same", so you're right.

    Also, it's "When I lay there wide awake" and "Something good gonna come your way"
    StuckInAPelicanon August 29, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI thought of this song as more as for his son. I think Anthony is telling his son that he loves him and to live in wonders and the line especially, "Something good don't come your way Just look out your door." It is like fatherly advice. I think its very sweet of Anthony to dedicate a song to his son.
    kheartson September 03, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis is probably my favorite song off the new album. Really catchy and reminiscent of the Californication sound
    simmthd3on August 28, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General Commentwhat is the meaning of E I O I E I A ?
    bigdaddy052678on September 01, 2011   Link
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    General CommentYeah, I guess the reference to the Flea's episode in Ethiopia is the fuel to the lyrics show up some aspects of his life with his son and how strong the paternal's love drives his will even when he's not in a good mood. "Tell my boy I love him so Tell him so he knows" and then "Lost in Ethiopia we walk out in that road" even if he is at an unknown hard time and situation he has to face that and move on for something bigger than himself.
    andarilloon September 09, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentFail. It's "something good gon' come your way".
    dteston October 21, 2011   Link
  • 0
    My InterpretationFor me this song is about a desperate father, whose son has become estranged from him and perhaps run away from home, being plunged into a gang culture on the street, as shown by the lyric "When I lie, they're wide awake." Since Ethiopia itself is a very poor, desolate, wartorn country, it is meant to symbolize the empty life the son now faces, and the extreme danger he is in. The reference to the girl in the second verse seems to be a reference to the son's girlfriend, or perhaps simply a female friend whom the father is using as an intermediary to get through to his son. Above all, he wants to explain to his son that he truly loves him, and that he should avoid certain actions and never give up on pursuing his dreams, regardless of how turbulent and difficult his life becomes
    thetruemaverikon May 17, 2012   Link
  • 0
    Lyric CorrectionI believe the lyrics are "you and I are so no same," not sewn the same
    thetruemaverikon May 17, 2012   Link
  • -1
    General Comment.. I think it's : "you and I are so no same"
    GreenSkyChildon August 28, 2011   Link

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