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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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    Jun 21st, 2007 6:12am report

    I believe that this song is entitled "Californication" yes to combine the two words, but more importantly to show the two things most "important" to Americans today...sex and a the influence celebrities have on us. It is saying that California is not all it's cracked up to be- but not the state...the state of mind. When they talk about space being made in a Hollywood basement they're saying that humans are so advanced that we can now do something that before only God could create. Everyone builds up the glamorous life until they realize that it will only destroy us. As for that sun- rising in the east-- that represents the beginning of civilization...if it sets in the west being California, that means- ok, civilization will end with this life that we're creating, but that's ok at least we'll go out glamorous. I dunno....I think it just has to do with how celebrities and the media have so vastly influenced and changed our lives. It's fitting then that California be the state used....then again, it's only in every other Chili Pepper song created ever.


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    Jun 14th, 2007 6:26pm report

    Well I think that this is about the life in hollywood and what califoria has to offer.

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    May 19th, 2007 5:51pm report

    I think this song is about California where most movies and music are made, are in a way brain warping the world because all over the world people look at these movies and this lifestyle and take to it ."Little girls from Sweden
    Dream of silver screen quotations
    And if you want these kind of dreams
    It's Californication"


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    May 11th, 2007 5:10pm report

    Well it's a long song so there is a lot of stuff in it that really doesn't have much meaning. I think really all it is is just filler. Kind of like the rest of Beethoven's 9th symphony. All anyone cares about is the dan dan da daaaa and the rest is just filler. Without filler it wouldn't be a symphony after all.

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    May 4th, 2007 5:57am report

    I Agree with you guys. Completely.But you always recite the same passages,i mean what is Alderon? and why are earthquakes good vibrations to a girl`s guitar?

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    Apr 27th, 2007 4:07am report

    I agree with most of you u can tell that it's about california being over rated and celebrities with plastic surgery and that yet that random dude who said about Dani is right.

    If you listen to Dani California it says "poppa was a copper and her momma was a hippie" obviously this means that she was brought into a bad family so she was pregnant as a teenager perhaps and getting married coz of the baby. and in Californication they say "teenage bride with a baby inside getting high on information" talking about Dani who was impregnated, engaged and trying to know all she can about this stuff.


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    Apr 14th, 2007 4:16pm report

    By the way the last interpretation was just part of my own personal experience. Some of what I said is not in the song its just what its saying.

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    Mar 30th, 2007 3:38pm report

    Ok California has been fucked up by Democrats, HollyWood stars and all of this other stuff that goes on there. Now for some reason people want to be part of this all and be just like them even though its a horrible lifestyle. All of the White little suburban kids all think there gangsters because of the Music and movies that come out of there. People get all sorts of sick ideas about sex and politics and people want to be just like all of the people there. So pretty much the song is just pointing out the obvious which all of these idiots out there haven't figured out. And being an artist he can get his opinions out there through song and that is what he's done. Also Dani California is just about some chick or chicks and his story about them not anything that has to do with the song Californication. Also there last point that I'm pointing out is that it's all fake and all that stuff will never last so really all of this stuff with stars is just not even worth caring about. I mean seriously why should I care Angelina Jolie's sex life or who she's done what with I mean shouldn't I care more about my own life and whats going on. Seriously.

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    Mar 15th, 2007 3:39am report

    Some one PLEASE explain to me the "And Alderson's not far away"

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    Mar 13th, 2007 3:50pm report

    It couldn't possibly be about Dani California moron way way way up there. Take a look at your copyrights.

    It's about the decline of Western civilization in a broad sense, but the lyrics point out details.

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    Feb 23rd, 2007 2:09pm report

    Californication is a portmanteau of California and fornication, seen on bumper stickers in the state of Oregon during the late 1970s and early 1980s. The stickers said "Don't Californicate Oregon" in reference to the ongoing influx of Californians into Oregon. This shift was brought about largely by the completion of California Interstate 5 in 1964. Prior to that time, the main route into Oregon from California was through the twisty, two-lane Oregon Highway 99. Towns including: Medford, Eugene and Portland have tripled or more in size since 1964, and this population shift has been added to by the massive movement of both legal and illegal immigrants into the West Coast states from south of the border.

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    Jan 12th, 2007 1:13pm report

    alright I don't want to repeat what everyone is saying so ill try and clear up a Few things. Dani California is hardly the point but she doesn't exsist. Its like a mash of every girl he has ever come across or dated in his life (anthony) this is about basically the decreption of society and that everyone wants to be liike california because tv makes it sound so great but he's saying that it really isn't and your better off being yourself. WHen he says Cobain can you hear the spheres singing songs off station to station he's mentioning at how one of his closest friend committed suicide from the hollywood pressure and he's speaking out about it because it really affected him.


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    Dec 23rd, 2006 12:44pm report

    To me, Californication is about Anthony's idea of a perfect world, or, the theory of a Utopian society, which has been passed down for hundreds of years. The state of California is perceived as the center of most attention in the U.S. due to the media, popularity, etc. Perhaps the way Anthony sees California is a way he thinks the world should be seen.

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    Dec 23rd, 2006 12:24pm report

    this song has many meanings but the guys who are saying that dani california and californication and stuff are linked are completely wrong. This song can be viewed in many ways like I said. First, it is implying that california is overrated and does influence the world nagatively. Then, it can be viewed as "californication" is supposedly another way of saying an ideal world. Like people think it would be great but would turn out being horrible. The song says "dream of Californication" which could maybe mean dreaming of a "perfect world". I've also heard that it has a lot more to do with Kurt Cobain than we think. IF you look at it from Kurts view he hated the publissity (dont know how to spell it) and fame. "and Cobain can you here the spheres going from station to station" means his fame and sucess was uncontrolable. In the end some say all the fame and such killed him. But I'm not sure about it. It depends on how you look at this song to get a meaning.


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    Nov 13th, 2006 11:03am report

    Well I think your all right! Its a great song aint it?!

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