"Police Station" as written by Anthony Kiedis, Chad Smith, Michael 'flea' Balzary and Josh Klinghoffer....
I saw you at the police station and it breaks my heart to say
Your eyes had wandered off to something distant, cold and grey
I guess you didn't see it coming
Someone's gotten used to slumming
Dreaming of the golden years
I see you had to change careers
Far away, but we both know it's somewhere

I saw you on the back page of some free press yesterday
The drift wood in your eyes said nothing short of love for pain
I know you from another picture
Of someone with the most convictions
We used to read the funny papers
Fooled around and pulled some capers
Not today, send a message to her
A message that I'm coming, coming to pursue her

Down your country I rest my face on your bed
I've got you ten times over, I'll chase you down 'til you're dead

I saw you on a TV station and it made me wanna pray
An empty shell of loveliness is now dusted with decay
What happened to the funny paper?
Smiling was your money maker
Someone oughta situate her
Find a way to educate her
All the way, time to come and find you
But you can't hide from me girl, so never mind what I do

Down your country I rest my face on your bed
I bet my sovereign country and I left it all for your head

I saw you in the church and there was no time to exchange
You were getting married and it felt so very strange
I guess I didn't see it coming
And now I guess it's me who's bumming
Dreaming of the golden years
You and I were mixing tears
Not today, not for me but someone
I never could get used to, so now I will refuse to

Down your country I rest my face on your bed
I bet my sovereign country and I left it all for your head
I got my best foot forward and I'll chase you down 'til you're dead


Lyrics submitted by aristuma21, edited by Kalico37

"Police Station" as written by Anthony Kiedis Michael Balzary

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  • +4
    General CommentI thought it was kinda very straightforward. I imagined it was about someone loving someone who was lost and over the years seeing her get caught up in trouble over and over again. But then the protagonist kinda saves her and shows her what real love is but they drift apart. And finally one day she is getting married and she has her life cleaned up but the protagonist always felt that when she did find her way back it would lead her to him not to some other guy. The end is just kind of his vow that he will never let her go. Its a really amazing song.
    kheartson September 03, 2011   Link
  • +2
    Song MeaningThis may be a stretch, but I'm thinking that this song is about previous guitarist John Frusciante.

    "Dreaming of the golden years, I see you had to change careers"
    Anthony misses the "good old days" with John Frusciante, but realizes that he has to do what he has to do.

    "I saw you in the church and there was no time to exchange.
    You were getting married and it felt so very strange.
    I guess I didn't see it coming,
    Now I guess it's me who's bumming.
    Dreaming of the golden years,
    You and I were mixing tears.
    Not today, not for me but someone.
    I never could get used to, so now I will refuse to."

    John recently got married and, from what I can imagine, the relationship between the band and John had gotten strained during the recent hiatus.
    rhcpman1993on September 07, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General CommentA depressing song where the protagonist sings about a friend he saw at the police song.
    JustinTrisselon August 25, 2011   Link
  • +1
    Lyric CorrectionCorrections from the lyric booklet:

    "I saw you on the back page
    Of some free press yesterday
    The driftwood in your eyes
    Said nothing short of love for pay"

    "Down home country
    I rest my face on your bed"

    "I met my soul mate country
    And I left it all for your head"


    StuckInAPelicanon August 30, 2011   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationNow what I understood from the lyrics:


    VERSE 1: the guy who loves her spots her at the police station and is touched by what has become of the girl he loves and how she(looking for fame/golden years) has gotten used to this 'garbage life'

    VERSE 2: Again he spots her on the newspaper and notices how she's changed from the who she used to be, a person with confidence (convictions). and remembers how they were together back then and decides to go after her to save her.

    Chorus: He's where she (or they) used to sleep reminiscing and decided to go after her (to save her)

    VERSE 3: He sees her on the TV and again touched by how the lovely girl is dusting and decaying (lidsay lohan hahaha) and is going after her to save her

    VERSE 4: He's leaving off to her and will do anything to save her

    CHORUS: Same as previous chorus only this time he adds in that she's his soulmate and left everything behind to go after this girl.

    Verse 5: He finds the girl in the churchyard but can't talk to her as married with someone else to his surprise. Heartbroken as he never imagined this and now he feels like like he is where she was/is (decay/needs to be saved). and he refuses to give up.

    Did he write this to lidsay lohan? haha
    anyway it's a great song and would make a great book or movie.
    daniel42monteiroon September 07, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI see that the Chili Peppers and Keidis has his own meaning but the beautiful thing about music is that songs can have their own meaning to listeners. To me this is what Police Station is about:

    Its told from the first person view of noticing a former lover and girlfriend at various locations over his life. In this relationship, the narrator is madly in love with a woman who has a troubled past and involved with drugs and promiscuity over her lifetime, which has landed her at the police station and on the corner. Although these factors ruined the relationship, the narrator still has love and a longing to fix these aspects in her life. Hes had her but wants her again and this time, in the ways that he has tried to fix with her. After many years and when she finally does fix these crutches in her life, he sees her getting married in a church yard and its too late to be with her. Yet, he still loves and wants to be with her but there is comfort in knowing that she has improved her life
    JohnWVUon September 07, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti really like this song..
    (:
    it think its about someone going to jail..
    :)
    aristuma21on August 24, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentHeres a weird thought: Could the verses be about the over abundance of spoiled, misguided young woman of hollywood? Lyndsey Lohan, Brittney and to some extent Mylie? I know it seems weird but read the first 3 verses...AK loves talking about LA and these idiots have really been in the news these last few years...
    mbaliyaon August 29, 2011   Link
  • 0
    Lyric CorrectionThe correct chorus is :

    Down home country
    I rest my face on your bed
    I've got you 10 times over
    I'll chase you down
    Till you're dead
    daniel42monteiroon September 07, 2011   Link
  • 0
    Lyric Correctioni absolutelyyy LOVE the RHCP, but the chorus is a little off the first chorus goes..

    "Tell your country I, rest my face on your bed.
    I've got you ten times over, I'll chase you down 'til you're dead"

    and the second and third chorus goes..

    "Tell your country I, rest my face on your bed.
    I bet my sovereign country and I, left it all for your head"

    :) rhcp<3

    teenuh1133on September 16, 2011   Link

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