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Red Hot Chili Peppers: Californication Meaning

Song Released: 2000

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Psychic spies from China
Try to steal your mind's elation
Little girls from Sweden
Dream of silver screen quotations
And if you want these kind of dreams
It's Californication

It's the edge of the world
And all of western...


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    Apr 20th, 2011 4:47am report

    First of all, this song NOT (only) about the state of California and its characteristics.

    Here, Californication also means "Globalization", and if you exchange the two words anywhere in the song (except the second verses, and damn the rhyme!) it works as far as understanding and English is concerned.

    California is just used as a medium which represents the whole world as it is, changing and growing worse. This is suggested by the "(pregnant)teenage bride"(line 23) and also how people are trying to "break the sign of ageing" for a completely useless (and unexplained) case.

    IN A NUTSHELL, this song says:
    (How) People are becoming obsessed for money, as also other materialistic gains, leading to loss of cultures of other lands.


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    Feb 10th, 2011 2:25am report

    This song seems to be about porn. People are looking into it a little too deep.

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    Sep 25th, 2010 9:31pm report

    Hello? Has anyone realized the fact that fornication means consensual intercourse between two unmarried heterosexual (not gay) adults or minors. Hard core soft-porn? Californication= porn/prostitutes/just plain sex

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    Aug 19th, 2010 8:44pm report

    ok, i don't know why no one's thought of this , but "It's the eddge of the world in all the western civilization" is talking about Anthony moving to Califonia and drugs ruining his life. "The sun may rise in the east" he was born in Michigan. "At least it settled in a final location" he finally found somewhere to stay and live. i'm not completey sure about the rest of the song, but this seems pretty logical to me.

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    Jun 26th, 2010 6:59pm report

    The majority of this song is about Kurt Cobain. "Celebrity skin" is Coutney Love's album. "First born unicorn" is Frances Bean. He actually says "Cobain" at one point. The entire verse about destruction breeds creation is about the destructive lifestyle that Kurt led and how it made him a genius, but also ultimately killed him and nothing could save him from himself. The whole concept of Californication embodies everything that Kurt hated.


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    Feb 15th, 2010 2:58am report

    first of all when he says chin hes not refering to china, he means what he says, the actual meaning of the lyric is that the world is so fake and messed up that you cant tell whats what anymore using the face as a metaphor and also the bit about alderans not far away isnt about the world being destroyed but rather a reference to the line "space may be the final frontier but its made in hollywood basement" implying that if the government told people that they had landed a man on alderan the state of the world is so poor that most people would probably belive them.


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    Dec 20th, 2009 12:12am report

    California sells sex and brainwashes the people because they pretty much control the way we dress and act because everyone wants to be like them but most of them are fake and plastic.

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    Oct 12th, 2009 10:08am report

    Someone mentioned somewhere here that part of it is talking about the war in Iraq. First of all there in no lyric in the song that sounds like they are talking about an actual war (We can argue for years about how they might be talking about the war against real culture by a superficial sub-culture created by the media). Also it is in no way possible because chronologically the song was released before the war in Iraq and before 9/11. So, there is no way they could ever be talking about the war in Iraq and even though the song is not new, it is not anywhere old enough to be talking about George Bush Senior's interventions in Iraq.


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    Apr 23rd, 2009 4:31pm report

    Oh my. This song is about a lot of things but centers around the influence of Hollywood on the world.

    Psychic spies from China-Try to steal your mind's elation
    (The entire world wants the influence and power Cali has)
    Little girls from Sweden-Dream of silver screen quotations
    (Everyone wants to be a Star)
    And if you want these kind of dreams-It's Californication
    (To have that power and own that dream, You have to adapt to Cali's lifestyle)

    It's the edge of the world-And all of western civilization
    (Farthest Location West... Except HI but who cares about HI)
    The sun may rise in the East-At least it settles in the finer location
    (Burn on New York)
    It's understood that Hollywood-sells Californication
    (Hollywood sells a lifestyle)

    Pay your surgeon very well-To break the spell of aging
    (Plastic Surgery)
    Celebrity skin is this your chin-Or is that war your waging
    (Metaphor for the need of perfection)

    First born unicorn
    (A fantasy, A Dream)
    Hard core soft porn
    (A secondary Career)

    Marry me girl be my fairy to the world
    (Marrying a girl to make your dreams come true)
    Be my very own constellation
    (being a star- if only just to myself)
    A teenage bride with a baby inside-Getting high on information
    (Innocence corrupted, looking for answers)
    And buy me a star on the boulevard
    (Walk Of Fame)

    Space may be the final frontier
    But it's made in a Hollywood basement
    (Anything can come true with a little Hollywood Magic)
    Cobain can you hear the spheresthe world)
    (Cobain -From Nirvana- Being praised by
    Singing songs off station to station
    And Alderon's not far away
    (Princess Leia's home planet)

    Born and raised by those who praise
    (taught to follow pop culture blindly)
    Control of population everybody's been there
    I don't mean on vacation

    Destruction leads to a very rough road
    But it also breeds creation
    And earthquakes are to a girl's guitar
    They're just another good vibration
    (Saying that Earthquakes to Cali-Natives are not big deal-- Good Vibration is a metaphor for masturbation saying she does what ever makes her feel good without thinking what it does to others)
    And tidal waves couldn't save the world
    From Californication

    Pay your surgeon very well
    To break the spell of aging
    Sicker than the rest
    There is no test
    But this is what you're craving
    (wanting to be just like the people you love to hate)


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    Feb 24th, 2009 2:11pm report

    Ok, english isn't my mothertongue, but I'll try: I think that the essential text line for the sound mood is in verses "...the tidal waves could't save the world from californication..." (-ruffly or exactly): So, it's about spookiness of the way of living in USA and in California (actually-in the West in general), which started with the invasion of the europeians (who then made the genocide killing the natives, etc, etc, until the present structure of society in California)which was PREDESTINED, since it happened, which shows even more spooky and mercyless picture of the world and of possible Creator which allowes such things...THAT is a aroma of our world, not the idilic children church singing...
    Funny enough-the group and the singer ARE from L.A. and from that very culture, not just that but-they MAKE LIVING exactly by fokusing on California things...
    And finaly: I have a hunger to understand singer's world view, he's giving it in many songs, especially in in Give It Away, in Higher Ground: Is there anywhere a proffesional analysis of his texts, like they study Dilans text in universities? Take care.


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    Feb 9th, 2009 2:33pm report

    I live in California and I don't think it's that bad... except L.A.

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    Jan 24th, 2009 1:31pm report

    first of all, its alderaan not alderson. Alderaan
    the planet princess Leia was from in Star Wars. Alderaan
    was destroyed by The Empire, implying that the world is
    being destroyed.


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    Dec 11th, 2008 12:54am report

    I agree with most of the interpretations posted. It's essentially about the corruption that Hollywood inflicts upon the rest of the world.

    But I also think it goes further than that. It implies that people only CARE about what Hollywood sells. Consider the lyrics:
    "And earthquakes are to a girl's guitar
    They're just another good vibration
    And tidal waves couldn't save the world
    From Californication "
    Keidis is basically saying that modern society doesn't care about that which doesn't affect them. The girl doesn't care about the earthquakes; likewise, the suffering of others (in the form of tidal waves) means as much to people as the latest produce from Hollywood.

    Hollywood's superficial, skin-deep attitude is beginning to affect us.
    "Pay your surgeon very well
    To break the spell of aging
    Sicker than the rest
    There is no test
    But this is what you're craving"
    We care about what we look like because mass media dictates that we should.


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    Nov 2nd, 2008 11:20am report

    I think everyone is partially right, none of us are the peppers so we couldn't say anything for sure, but one quotation i feel most are lacking is that they mention the roads may be rough but it also breeds creation. They also mention that an earthquake is just another good vibration. the song to most seems to diss cali, but i think it embraces it. I live in cali and love it here. What i think everyone is picking on tho is that hollywood is empty- but its not. the beauty of hollywood is the appearance, so it could easily be confused to an outsider, but appearance is asethtics and asethics is art. hollywood is art, and its beautiful. I think tho, sometimes people that are empty try to grasp onto the image and fill some hole of theirs, but that's not what it is there for. Hollywood is a production and a production is meant to take you away from reality for a little, but for some people they don't want to return to reality. So for me, i feel this song is talking more about the empty souls that tend to flock to hollywood because their own reality is not what they want. this doesn't mean hollywood is evil and corrupting- it just is attractive. for those who are hole tho find happiness like the girl with her guitar. i think blaming california for the world's corruption is pathetic and not what is going on here. it just so happens to be tho, that some very empty souls seek it out misguidedly.


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    Oct 25th, 2008 10:04am report

    Hey everyone its basically about how California leads the world through the media. How trends and fashions in California soon reach the rest of the world because of how publicized California is. The one line I don't get is "Cobain can you hear the spheres" Its obviously about Kurt Cobain who was a friend of the and but I not sure past that. Anybody know?

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