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Red Hot Chili Peppers – The Zephyr Song Lyrics 3 years ago
This is a song about surfing.

Zephyr is a legendary and world famous surf/skateboard shop down in SoCal.

The song is pretty straight forward as long as you understand that reference and are aware of Tony's affinity to the ocean. It's about the perfect day out with that special someone.

Red Hot Chili Peppers – Parallel Universe Lyrics 3 years ago
This is another song about Dani California. For those unfamiliar with the character, a clip from the wiki:

"Throughout the song, lyricist Anthony Kiedis laments the early death of Dani, a poor, young Southern girl who eventually lived in California, became a mother and lived a hard, fast, unsettled life.[4] Kiedis has commented that the character of "Dani" is an embodiment of all the women with whom he has had relationships. The song narrates much of Dani's life, starting with her birth in Mississippi and apparently culminating with her death in the badlands of North Dakota.[5]

Dani appears un several other RHCP songs, including "Californication" and "Scar Tissue".

I believe that in "Parallel Universe", Anthony is talking about how the idea of the character came to him while he was surfing (underwater where thoughts can breathe easily, far away you were made in the sea). He likens the creative process to a spiritual journey to a "parallel universe" where the character exsists, a universe that he can sees as "a solar system that fits in your eyes microcosm".

"You could die but you're never dead" is about how he knows how the character dies, but she will be immortalized in song.

Anthony relates to the character on a personal level ("psychic breakthroughs that makes us the same") He sees how he's similar to her (a nervous breakthrough that makez us the same),how she's similar to others that he has dated, and the emotional connection of how to express this musically (Psychic changes are born in your heart entertain).

Finally Anthony reflects that even though Dani's story is a sad one (kill the pressure it's raining on salty cheeks), he feels the same energy, the same emotional connection with Dani every time he performs this song (when you hear the beloved song I am with you).

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