"Goodbye Hooray" as written by Josh Klinghoffer, Anthony Kiedis, Chad Smith and Michael 'flea' Balzary....
Wooh, wooh, ha

Junior paints that old cafe
He's gotta chase those girls around
Westbound drunk with lots to say
But he never makes a sound

Hustlers get what they deserve
But it's always half the game
Good things come to those who wait
Like an expiration date

See you around, I'll see you around
I'll play all night, hey don't get uptight
I'll lead all your mind games astray
Well, I'll see you around, I'll see you around
I'll play all night, hey don't get uptight
See you, so long, goodbye, hooray, oh oh

Curb your tongue oh scallywag,
Because you got no flag to wave
Save your breath for the black and white
Every dog will have its day

See you around, I'll see you around
I'll play all night, hey don't get uptight
I'll lead all your mind games astray
Well, I'll see you around, I'll see you around,
Well, I'll play all night, hey get on top
See you, so long, goodbye, hooray
Well, I'll see you around, I'll see you around

Aw yeah
Aw yeah
Aw yeah

I'll see you around, I'll see you around
I'll play all night, hey don't get uptight
I'll lead all your mind games astray
Well, I'll see you around, I'll see you around
I'll play all night, hey don't get uptight
See you, so long, goodbye, hooray

Well, I'll see you around, I'll see you around
I'll see you around, I'll see you around
I'll see you around
Goodbye and hooray
Well, I'll see you around, I'll see you around
Oh no no no no


Lyrics submitted by aristuma21, edited by Kalico37

"Goodbye Hooray" as written by Anthony Kiedis Michael Balzary

Lyrics © Warner/Chappell Music, Inc., MoeBeToBlame, Universal Music Publishing Group

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    General CommentI think the moral of the story is that "Nice guys finish last," and the chorus is being spoken from the "nice guy's" point of view.

    I love that they included a heavier song in the mix! They don't disappoint! :)
    D7Kon August 28, 2011   Link
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    Lyric CorrectionIn the lyric booklet it says "Junior pimp at the old café"

    And in the chorus it's "Can't get uptight"
    StuckInAPelicanon August 29, 2011   Link
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    General CommentI definitely agree with D7K, but I would add that it's the nice guy making fun of the "bad boys" trying too hard to be bad boys. The nice guy knows in the end he'll be on top.

    My other theory is that it's a guy whose girl left him, and now he's showing her that he really doesn't need her.
    LehighAlanon September 09, 2011   Link
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    General CommentI've missed Flea's bass solo's. Not quite Coffee Shop standards, but still damn good (and weirdly similar in sound listening again - similar phaser?)
    Avatar-rockon October 11, 2011   Link
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    General CommentI agree with you guys about this guys who try too hard to be mean to a girl.

    However, I don't think it's about nice guys finishing last. I think it's mostly calling out the guys who try too hard being an ass trying to "change those girls around", only to pay for "half the date". Instead, Kiedis suggests playing it cool, biding your time and letting the girl come to hi. This is total reverse psychology as girls want what they can't have, and this messes with their heads. It leads their "mind games astray".

    Those who've read Scar Tissue know that Anthony is definitely not a "nice guy"
    SocialLabon June 17, 2012   Link
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    My InterpretationI think this song is about trying to forget a girl. The moment you realize you're better off without that girl by your side...
    DutchJFanaticon July 02, 2012   Link
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    General CommentI take these lyrics pretty literally. He's watching a pimp who always disgusted him finally get arrested.

    Junior pimp at the old café
    Got to chase those girls around
    Westbound, drunk with lots to say
    But he never makes a sound

    Our subject is just that- a pimp, and like most pimps, a noisy loudmouth. From Shakespeare- a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury signifying nothing.

    Hustlers get what they deserve
    But it’s always half the gate
    Good things come to those who wait
    Like an expiration date

    Referring again to the subject as a hustler; another word for pimp. He's getting what he deserves but it's only half the gate". Half the gate is a venue term for money made at the gate/door usually paid to the act or promoter. Our pimp is getting bad karma he deserves, but probably deserves even worse. Expiration date- his time has expired.

    The chorus is celebrating the pimp's removal, and stating a plan to talk the pimp's girls out of his control from mind games in his absence.

    Curb your tongue oh scallywag
    Because you’ve got no flag to wave
    Save your breath for the black and white
    Every dog will have his day

    Here he's telling the pimp to shut up because he doesn't stand for anything. Save your speech for the black and white- term for a police car. Every dog will have his day/ everyone gets their day in court
    beerbeercdbon July 01, 2013   Link

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