Smile when I'm shy in ways, but I love
everything of first impressions--
sweet successions.

Been around for quite a while. I see you kept it versatile.
Motivated to combine. Even when it's bad, it's fine.
Did she say something that made you cry?
Have you lost it all--the big fall?
Oh, so slowly, comes back holy.

Bishop takes a knight, but I will put up quite a fight.
Oh, here's your ham on rye.
Elementary, the chemistry means everything to me.
Long progression's why.

Set it off to collect knowledge. Quit a job, and go to college.
All about the aftershock. Swedish, Latin, super Funk.
Moses of Manhattan made it great--
pain we celebrate.
And I love--
the long progression, indiscretion.

Bishop takes a knight, but I will put up quite a fight.
Oh, here's your ham on rye.
Elementary, the chemistry means everything to me.
The long progression's why.
In between the reasons are the psychedelic seasons.
Oh, simple as your stride.
Information intimated, elegant and integrated.
Sweep your floors with pride.

Smile, 'cause it's all a ride--all supplied.
And I love everything about this session and this long progession.

Bishop takes a knight, but I will put up quite a fight.
Oh, here's your ham on rye.
Elementary, the chemistry means everything to me.
The long progression's why.
In between the reasons are the psychedelic seasons.
Oh, simple as your stride.
Elementary, the chemistry means everything to me.
The long progression's why.


Lyrics submitted by haveron129, edited by Kalico37, crazydog

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    My InterpretationAt first thought, it seems to me like this song is generally about adapting. You can't do the same thing for too long, especially in the music industry; it just becomes boring after a while. To last and to keep it interesting for yourself and others, you have to try new things, explore new territory.

    That idea fits perfectly with this band; having been around for nearly 30 years, they are constantly changing, evolving, and growing. No two albums are the same, and they love exploring new areas of music and art.

    Of course, any other interpretation is just as valid as mine, that's what the Chili Peppers are all about: taking what you can from the art, and it meaning something special and unique to everyone.

    Also, in the chorus, I believe it's, "Bishop takes the knight" and not, "This shift takes a knife."
    Pontbriandon August 29, 2012   Link
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    Lyric CorrectionYeah, I agree on that chorus line. I'm actually hearing quite a few things differently than what's up there. Here's my take on it:

    Smile when I'm shy in ways, but I love
    everything of first impressions--
    sweet successions.

    Been around for quite a while. I see you kept it versatile.
    Motivated to combine. Even when it's bad, it's fine.
    Did she say something that made you cry?
    Have you lost it all--the big fall?
    Oh, so slowly, comes back holy.

    Bishop takes a knight, but I will put up quite a fight.
    Oh, here's your ham on rye.
    Elementary, the chemistry means everything to me.
    The long progression's why.

    Set it off to collect knowledge. Quit a job, and go to college.
    All about the aftershock. Swedish, Latin, super Funk.
    Moses of Manhattan made it great--
    pain we celebrate.
    And I love--
    the long progression, indiscretion.

    Bishop takes a knight, but I will put up quite a fight.
    Oh, here's your ham on rye.
    Elementary, the chemistry means everything to me.
    The long progression's why.
    In between the reasons are the psychedelic seasons.
    Oh, simple as your stride.
    Information intimated, elegant and integrated.
    Sweep your floors with pride.

    Smile, 'cause it's all a ride--all supplied.
    And I love everything about this session and this long progession.

    Bishop takes a knight, but I will put up quite a fight.
    Oh, here's your ham on rye.
    Elementary, the chemistry means everything to me.
    The long progression's why.
    In between the reasons are the psychedelic seasons.
    Oh, simple as your stride.
    Elementary, the chemistry means everything to me.
    The long progression's why.
    OTEon September 23, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General Comment"the long progression in this creation"
    superbugon November 26, 2013   Link

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