"The Brothers Cup" as written by Jack Sherman, Cliff Martinez, Anthony Kiedis and Michael Peter Balzary....
Give it up to this planet full of strife we're the brothers cup cuttin' sharp as a knife
With the pop of a snap and the flip of a flap the cups went up like a natural fact

It was our shoulder space that made the perfect place
For the magic of the cup to style out with grace
With a tight turn twist and a slight swerve swank
The brothers cup kissed with a kick ass clank

We are the brothers cup we like to get it up
We are the brothers cup we like to get it up

Give it up to this planet full of strife we're the brothers cup cuttin' sharp as a knife
With the pop of a snap and the flip of a flap the cups went up like a natural fact

So love all your brothers and love all your sisters
Love all the misses and love all the misters
Don't be shy when you're sharin' your kisses
The brothers cup kiss and we ain't sissies

(We're the brothers cup)
(We're the brothers cup)
(We're the brothers cup)
(We're the brothers cup)
(We're the brothers cup)
Get it
Do it
Do it, alright, keep it, keep it

It is our notion that the perfect peace potion can be found in the wake of the green sea's motion
The long rocking swell of the mighty blue ocean is the cradle of peace it's the perfect peace motion

Give it up to this planet full of strife we're the brothers cup cuttin' sharp as a knife
With the power of the cup we are about to astound all your preconceptions they will come unbound
We are the brothers cup coming to your town bringing tubs of love we're going to spread it around

(We're the brothers cup)
(We're the brothers cup)
(We're the brothers cup) we like to get it up
(We're the brothers cup) we like to get it up
(We're the brothers cup) we like to get it up


Lyrics submitted by PrismPuck, edited by Mellow_Harsher

"The Brothers Cup" as written by Anthony Kiedis Michael Peter Balzary

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    General CommentLove this song! My fave chili song definitely. I wish their style was still like this!
    mg13xon May 18, 2009   Link
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    Song MeaningI just read this. It was Anthony and Flea. The song is about their love for each other and his fondness for him.

    "It was our shoulder space
    That made the perfect place
    For the magic of the cup
    To style out with grace
    With a tight turn twist
    And a slight swerve swank
    The brothers cup kissed
    With a kick ass clank"

    As you said, they put cups on their jackets as a symbol of their friendship.

    "Don't be shy when you're sharin' your kisses
    The brothers cup kiss
    And we ain't sissies"

    The brothers cup here is Flea and Anthony. It basically says to show affection for one another. They do, they even kiss one another and it's not a homosexual act.

    "With the power of the cup we are about to astound
    All your preconceptions they will come unbound
    We are the brothers cup coming to your town
    Bringing tubs of love we're going to spread it around"

    You have to admire their close bond the two share. They are open about how they love one another and don't care if you think it's gay or not in the manly friendship sort of way.
    PlanetBALon September 26, 2014   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis has to be one of the best RHCP songs ever! I can't believe there are no posts here!
    jazzman1717on June 18, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti think its about loving everybody in a world full of hate and violence
    dank22on April 13, 2004   Link
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    General Commenti agree with dank22. I read in Scar Tissue that anthony and Hillel or Flea or maybe both (it's a while since I read the book) had matching leather jackets with cups sewn on th shoulders!!!
    super carroton January 09, 2005   Link
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    General CommentGREAT SONG! the references to What It Is are obvious, which the chilis did with a lot of songs on Freaky Styley.
    With the pop of a snap and the flip of a flap
    The cups went up like a natural fact
    great lyrics
    FleaFlyFloon March 21, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis is such a good song! i think about friendship and sticking together when i hear it.
    venicequeeenon May 11, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentYeh when it says love all your brothers and love all your sisters it's talking about loving every one and being full of peace. You know most Red hot chili peppers songs tell us how to live or have a moral so listen to the lyrics it might just do you good.
    freakystyleyon August 20, 2005   Link
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    General Commentwho's the girl singer in this song?
    bruisevioleton August 27, 2005   Link
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    General Commentits whe kiedis and flea went to amsterdam and anthony bought some ceramic blue cups and then they became the brothers cup
    mosestheoneon September 07, 2005   Link

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