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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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    anonymous
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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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    BFSSSS
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    May 25th, 2008 5:24am report


    This is pretty much about how california is everywhere, they're trying to explain that everybody looks at cali like a good place but is destroing the world in ways that anyone notice.and is not a sexual reference. "Californication" is really just the act of the world being affected and saturated by the art and the culture being born and raised in california.

    well only that.



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    anonymous
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    May 22nd, 2008 5:55pm report


    Californication is about how new ideas are spreading through the world primarily starting in Hollywood (like in movies and such) reducing cultural taboos on subjects (like sex, etc.)



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    anonymous
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    Feb 4th, 2008 2:06pm report


    I think the song is talking about how obsessed everyone had become with California and Hollywood, and how it isn't as great as it seems.



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    anonymous
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    Dec 10th, 2007 12:48pm report


    The word Californication means "when a western civilization influences another place"

    I think this song is about how California influences the world..i agree about this..b because we are in the west n he talks of how everyone dreams of being in California and being famous and popular. It shows how fake people can be just to get to be famous.



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    anonymous
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    Nov 14th, 2007 11:44pm report


    I'm the guy with the huge post before, and I don't really have time, but I have to correct something I wrote. When I was talking about the title of the song, I meant to type that it is not called Californiacation. Maybe that was edited out, but it's very important to the rest of my essay.

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    anonymous
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    Nov 7th, 2007 11:47am report


    Alderon is a planet in the Star Wars movies. He is saying that the film studio or whatever isn't far away (becaue they are in Hollywood, where movies are filmed and whatever), but actually, the Star Wars movies were filmed in New Zealand

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    anonymous
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    Oct 25th, 2007 10:32am report


    Ok I think it's about how people around the world are looking at California as a great land of opportunity. The other idea is that the leaders in California are so independent from the rest of the world that they have their own separate ways of life. (note in the beginning of the video that California is its own island)

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    anonymous
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    Oct 24th, 2007 10:53pm report


    What is the part about first born unicorns?



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    anonymous
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    Sep 25th, 2007 9:03am report


    I think it is more than clear that Californication is a perfect picture of the global effects of capitalism. The progressive loss of criticism, the tendency to buy any innecessary object that is presented to us ("It's understood that Hollywood sells Californication","pay your surgeon very well to brake the spell of aging" ). In addition to that, it also shows the fascination that the system (in order to survive) creates towards what it can produce ("space may be the final frontier but its made in a hollywood basement"). Nowadays, fashion is more relevant (or it is given more relevancy by the media) than the fact that a million people have died in the Iraq invasion or that half of the world's population lives in unacceptable conditions. The distance poles between the richest and the poorest is growing bigger every hour. But still, here we are, those who work defending the interests of the big companies, why?
    "Born and raised by those who praise
    Control of population everybody's been there and
    I don't mean on vacation"



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    anonymous
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    Sep 3rd, 2007 9:56pm report


    Uhh its obviously about the California way of life, space may be the final frontier but its made in a Hollywood basement, that's about the whole U.S going to the moon being a hoax, hardcore soft porn is about the pornography business in California,

    It’s the edge of the world
    And all of western civilization
    The sun may rise in the east
    At least it settles in a final location.

    ^^ This means the sun rises first in new york, and in the eastern u.s and it sets last in California

    Earthquakes, Pay your surgeon very well to break the spell of aging, that's about plastic surgery there's so many examples

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    anonymous
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    Aug 22nd, 2007 8:02pm report


    I think you all have good points but I believe he says about how Hollywood infects people's life and how they try to be like the Hollywood stars. Since cheating is similar to fornication and because hollywood is in california he puts those words together making californication... That's it I think.



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    anonymous
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    Jul 15th, 2007 7:35pm report


    Alright first off who ever said it is about Dani California is partly right,but not 100 percent. Californication is talking about how superficial Hollywood is. Dani California is mentioned "teenage bride,with a baby inside getting high on information",but the song isn't entirely based on her.



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    anonymous
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    Jul 5th, 2007 7:23pm report


    Guy earlier mentioned Californication being from a bumper sticker and explained the meaning of the sticker. I interpret the bumper sticker and the title of the song to be very similar in meaning. "Californication" is the process of becoming California-like rather than the common Cali - fornication (Sex) interpretation. I live outside of the US and have never heard of the bumper sticker, I just always interpreted the title of the song this way. -ation is a suffix used often for this purpose. Anyway, that's just how I always interpreted the title.



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    anonymous
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    Jun 22nd, 2007 6:26pm report


    Also "the sun may rise in the east at least it settles in a finer location" is saying that California is an ok place better the the east coast and it doesn't have to set in Hollywood






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