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Red Hot Chili Peppers: Aeroplane Meaning

Tagged: Pain [suggest]

Song Released: 1996

Aeroplane Lyrics

I like pleasure spiked with pain and music is my aeroplane,
It's my aeroplane,
Songbird sweet and sour Jane and music is my aeroplane,
It's my aeroplane
pleasure spiked with pain,
that motherfuckers always spiked with pain.

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    #1 top rated interpretation:
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    Jan 29th 2006 report

    The chorus was actually written by Flea, and the song's based on an old gospel song "Jesus is my Aeroplane" that Flea listened to when he was younger. He's not religious in that sense any more, but he feels that music is his Aeroplane.

  2. grayson
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    Nov 16th 2017 report

    it's probably both about enjoying music and also drugs. the 2nd verse is simply and ode to the band Mazzy Star. there is a song called "Into Dust", i believe their 2nd Album. the singer is very mellow, hence "my melancholy baby, the Star of Mazzy must, push her voice inside of me"...

  3. anonymous
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    Feb 13th 2017 report

    "Aeroplane" was supposed to be "Heroin" but record label wasn't having it. "I like pleasure spiked with pain and music is my heroin" Guess they changed it to Aeroplane. I believe I read it was because the didn't think it would sell or that it was to real and inappropriate.

  4. anonymous
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    Jul 10th 2014 report

    I think that this is actually about their career as musicians...

    because as a musician myself i can say is not easy... staying up late, money is not good at the begining but you do it because music is pleasure for you...

    "someone better slap me before i start to rust before i start to decompose" come on peplo like slapping the bass? which as you can hear is one of flea's mastered techniques
    the rust thing iss about the strings.. they are metal... they rust they somehow decompose

    music is my aeroplane.. music takes me high.. that is what music does music is his substitute of drugs...

    the star of mazzy must pushed her voice inside of me i can interpret that as that feeling you get when you hear a particular song and you just want to sing along like you cant control it and even though you suck at singing you do it anyway you feel good like there is no gravity... that is my take on this song

  5. anonymous
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    Sep 15th 2013 report

    he's talking about shooting up pleasure spiked with pain .. get it ? hes looking in his eyes cant find the love cause he not high someone better slap me before i start to rust ... like slap me n make a vein pop and he's looking in his rearview mirror and he can make it dissappear because it will dissappear into his veins. and yes about sitting in his kitchen he's turning into dust cause he's not high. "push her voice inside of me" like push the drugs inside of him so he can have his voice. then after he shoots up hes high n overcoming gravity. just one note could make him float away cuz after he shoots up he "floats away n after he shoots up he gets excited n she (the drug) could fuck him where he lay. and about one note could make me choke cause sometimes after you shoot up you cough. and about one note could make me choke one note could make me die cause if you get bad cocaine and shoot it up it could kill you if it's a bad batch. one note that's not a lie meaning he actually probably fills his needle with one full c-note of coke n he aint lyin

  6. anonymous
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    Dec 3rd 2012 report

    If you pay attention, Anthony struggled with his drug addiction around this time. And a lot of the time, he would have upbeat music, but put depressing lyrics in it. In my opinion, he was calling for help. There's a lot to it too. Like "looking in my rearview mirror, I can make it disappear", is pretty much about Hillel's death. And Anthony did drugs in his kitchen. But the whole band was there too, that they were too gone to pay attention to Anthony's call for help. It's what I see. This song has so much to it, I could go on and on.

  7. anonymous
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    Oct 31st 2011 report

    Anthony gave up drugs to focus on music.

  8. anonymous
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    May 25th 2011 report

    The song is all about their love for music and how pleasurable making music is but painful because of how the critics judge them.

  9. anonymous
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    Feb 26th 2011 report

    i don't have much to say cause u people said most of it already, but i think that the "pleasure spiked with pain" is about the mix of the pleasure within the music with the pain life naturally gives u every now and then.

  10. anonymous
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    Dec 29th 2009 report

    If you read Anthony's book you will realize that although the song isnt all about drugs the second verse is full of clues to him going back on drugs after 7 and a half years of being clean. who ever says this song has nothing to do with drugs obviously doesnt know anything about the Chili Peppers...sorry

  11. anonymous
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    Feb 27th 2009 report

    This song is not about drugs at all. "I like pleasure spiked with pain" refers to their music. Making music is pleasurable to them. The pain part is how critics judge their song. The Aeroplane refers to playing music and getting away from troubles..

    This interpretation has been marked as poor. view anyway
  12. someonesister
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    Sep 21st 2008 report

    Music is their aeroplane. it is how they get off. It is their E ticket. It is what makes them happy. Music. It takes them places.......happy places. =)

  13. anonymous
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    Feb 10th 2008 report

    It's mostly about how much music means to them and how it's their aeroplane and I heard, too, that it was Flea's idea. However there is a lot of drug related issues. Keidis was abusing drugs heavily at this time and he used his songs as an output for that.

    'Sitting in my kitchen, hey girl, I'm turning into dust again'
    That's about Keidis getting high all the time and pissing his girlfriend off.

    'I'm overcoming gravity, it's easy when you're sad to be'
    Overcoming gravity is obvious, he's getting high is what he means. It's easy when you're sad to be means he didn't want to but he couldn't help himself, in a way it was a cry for help.

  14. anonymous
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    Feb 4th 2008 report

    In Ak's book he said he was using OHM to try and tell the other band mates that he was using again through the lyrics..

  15. anonymous
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    May 20th 2007 report

    Its obvious Kiedis was clean at the time of this song and he is saying rather than drugs getting him high its muic so there is no need for drugs.

  16. anonymous
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    May 18th 2007 report

    Yea it's about there love of music. By the way its not Flea's mum in under the bridge it's John's mum's church choir group.

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