"If You Have to Ask" as written by Anthony Kiedis, Chad Smith, Michael 'flea' Balzary and John Frusciante....
A want to be gangster
Thinkin' he's a wise guy
Rob another bank
He's a sock 'em in the eye guy
Tank head
Mr. Bonnie and Clyde guy
Look him in the eye
He's not my kinda guy
Never be
Confusion proof
Pudding's sweet
But too aloof
Orange eye girl
With a backslide dew said
Yo homie
Who you talkin' to
A backed up paddywagon
Mackin' on a cat's ass
One upper cut
To the cold upper middle class
Born to storm
On boredom's face
And a little lust
To the funky ass flea bass
Most in the race
Just lose their grace
The blackest hole
In all of space
Crooked as a hooker
Now suck my thumb
Anybody want to come get some

If you have to ask
You'll never know
Funky motherfuckers
Will not be told to go

If you have to ask
You'll never know
Funky motherfuckers
Will not be told to go

Don't ask me why
I'm flyin' so high
Mr. Bubble meets superfly
In my third eye
Searchin' for a soul bride
She's my freakette
Soak it up inside
Deeper than a secret
Much more
Than meets the eye
To the funk
I fall into my new ride
My hand my hand
Magic on the one
Is a medicine man
Thinkin' of a few
Taboos that I ought to kill
Dancin' on their face
Like a stage on vaudeville

I feel so good
Can't be understood
Booty of a hoodlum
Rockin' my red hood

If you have to ask
You'll never know
Funky motherfuckers
Will not be told to go

If you have to ask
You'll never know
Funky motherfuckers
Will not be told to go


Lyrics submitted by shut, edited by Mellow_Harsher

"If You Have to Ask" as written by John Anthony Frusciante Michael Balzary

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

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    General Commentthe meaning, If u have to ask, you'll never know!!!
    chilipepperon August 03, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis is a great funk song!!!!!!!!!!!!
    B_man5782on May 08, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentGreat song, I'm kind of confused on the meaning though. Perhaps yet another stream-of-conciousness song as so many songs on BSSM are?
    theatrepunk03on July 25, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is my hero
    ShoeyFighteron September 24, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis is based on a quote from some guy...if i could only remember who the hell that guy was
    apacherosepeacockon June 23, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe first Chili Peppers song I ever loved...
    Kdogon July 01, 2003   Link
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    General Commentchilipepper, your so right, too bad your comment is 2 years old and that you will never read this
    lovekiedison May 05, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentlove this song, doesn't matter what it means!
    thatredhotsongon October 23, 2004   Link
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    General CommentI think it's about the state of some parts of society that aren't too nice, like criminal areas and stuff. I mean, in some places these bank robberies and stuff are a common occurence, and I think it's about how some people want to find out about the bad areas of society but "if you have to ask you'll never know" you have to experience these things for yourself. If that makes sense.
    ArianeTheFoolon December 19, 2004   Link
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    General Commenti like it how john says "if you had to ask"
    pocket_manualon December 30, 2004   Link

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