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I got dosed by you and
Closer than most to you and
What am I supposed to do
Take it away I never had it anyway
Take it away and everything will be okay
In you a star is born and
You cut a perfect form and
Someone forever warm
Lay on lay...

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    anonymous
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    Aug 22nd, 2007 8:22pm report


    It's about a girl he used to know that died and he loved her but never got a chance to tell her and that's why he says "take it away I never had it anyway" and he means take away your love I never had it anyway meaning her love for him. remember "way up on the mountain were she died all I ever wanted was your life" because he wanted her to live so he could tell her that he loved her. Maybe that girl didn't actually die she just died in his head.



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    anonymous
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    Nov 6th, 2007 11:47pm report


    Guys, it`s about a lover he had that got pregnant but his lover was married so she had an abortion.
    Let me explain:
    "In you a star is born someone forever warm" - a child, no?
    "Climb on your seahorse this ride is right on course" - OK, what do we no about seahorses? They mate for life with there partners. The lover goes back with here lover and doesn't change here course.

    From the rest of the lyrics it's easy to see that they are lovers and it's only logical that "take it away I never had it anyway" refers to an abortion.



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    TitaniumTomcat
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    Jan 7th, 2015 1:33pm report


    It's about abortion, see notes below:

    I got dosed by you and
    (a reference to the mother taking poison to kill the fetus)
    Closer than most to you and
    (the closest anyone can get to another person is to be in their mothers womb)
    What am I supposed to do
    (the hopelessness of the fetus situation)
    Take it away I never had it anyway
    (the mothers view that once it’s gone she can pretend the baby never existed)
    Take it away and everything will be okay

    In you a star is born and
    You cut a perfect form and
    Someone forever warm
    (the child feels originally safe secure and that the mother will be a place of warmth forever)

    Lay on lay on lay on lay on
    Lay on lay on lay on lay on
    Way upon the mountain where she died
    All I ever wanted was your life
    Deep inside the canyon I can't hide
    (even though the fetus is deep inside the mother it can’t hide)
    All I ever wanted was your life
    (all the baby ever wanted was to be part of the mother’s life)

    Show love with no remorse and
    Climb on to your seahorse and
    (imagery is suggestive of the unborn fetus which looks like a seahorse in water)
    This ride is right on course
    (the babies life seems to be all planned out)
    This is the way I wanted it to be with you (as if the the baby is imagining the life she could have had with its mother)
    This is the way I knew that it would be with you

    Lay on lay on lay on lay on
    Lay on lay on lay on lay on
    Way upon the mountain where she died
    All I ever wanted was your life
    Deep inside the canyon I can't hide
    All I ever wanted was your life

    I got dosed by you and
    Closer than most to you and
    What am I supposed to do
    Take it away I never had it anyway
    Take it away and everything will be okay

    Way upon the mountain where she died (dying on a mountain symbolizes holding a position at all costs, which is fitting considering the fetus has no other place to go)
    All I ever wanted was your life
    Deep inside the canyon I can't hide
    All I ever wanted was your life



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    anonymous
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    Aug 1st, 2014 8:16pm report


    Its about a guy who truly loved and had faith in their relationship. But she had an affair and thought it would be looked over with no repercussions. She had no remorse and therefore,there was no room for forgiveness yet, in her spiritless lethargy she wanted him to just forget it and act as if it never happened. Her thought was totally absurd, she carried out the affair showing herself not to be the woman she had portrayed, thusly, there never was pure love and the woman he had thought died, never being alive in the first place. He could not hide deep in the mountain, so take it away, never had it anyway. Living in reality and not in an absurd charade of some ill fated child.



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    anonymous
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    Jun 11th, 2014 6:49pm report


    @HarrisonPoltorak

    Well , i fucking hate DUMBFUCKS like you teaching people about music , you are a fucking idiot , and that is for sure.

    here's a thought for you people - NOT EVERYTHING ABOUT THE RHCP IS RELATED TO DRUGS

    Dosed is one of the most beautiful songs ever , and i agree about the abortion part for 99% , "Take it away i never had it anyway" , "lay on lay on lay on" is what you sing to a baby , "this is the way i wanted it to be with you" he is singing this song to an unborn baby , NOT TO HILLEL SLOVAK

    and John Frusciante's singing here is probably the best one he ever did on a RHCP song



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    anonymous
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    Sep 24th, 2013 9:32pm report


    I dont know too much about the band except that I love their songs, so I dont want to get too involved here except to say that Dosed is not the song with the gasoline/wolverine lines, so please get that straight before you start having a go at people and getting aggressive about who the true fans are - none of you if you cant remember which songs are which!



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    anonymous
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    Aug 7th, 2013 8:15am report


    its about hillel.

    the only confusion is the word she, she refers to his drug addiction. he went away with some friends in the mountains to kick heroin. rehab wasnt working for him then, much later he had a successful rehab with the subject of venice queen (another story).

    read the damn book "scar tissue"

    way up on the mountain where she died (the drug addiction)

    all i ever wanted was your life (hillel)

    deep inside the canyon i cant hide (from his addiction)

    its deliberately vague, music and lyrics are supposed to be open to get your own meaning from and make it mean something to you, otherwise its just noise.

    but to me if you read scar tissue the meaning is apparent :)



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    anonymous
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    Feb 4th, 2013 2:37pm report


    The song was written as a tribute to Hillel Slovak, the original Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist. Slovak died from a speedball overdose. Other than the title of the song, there are several other references to drugs and loss in the song



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    anonymous
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    Aug 20th, 2012 8:54pm report


    scar tissue doesn't say for certain that this song is about a girl he knew... it suggests but never say's outright. when i heard this song, my mind simply thought it was about his ex who died of an o.d but now for me its about heroin altogether. it's a combination of a love song for a girl he knew and a love song for heroin. almost as if the two are the same. take away i never had it anyway, is the songs most heart tugging lyric, and is a phrase often used by heroin addicts because you get the high but it's never enough and you never have heroin you only borrow it. the mountain, canyon lyrics are references to his ex i think and their romance before she died of heroin. closer to you, once again is a reference to heroin itself.. along with "cut" a perfect form. in you a star is born for me is a reference to the fatc heroin ineabled rhtp to write their best songs. but like i said, this is my opinion and everyone else's are just as valid.



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    anonymous
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    Aug 27th, 2011 8:43pm report


    Ok weirdos it's about Hillel and their love for drugs! Not about AK's made up girl who he was in love with but she died..!



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    anonymous
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    Feb 14th, 2011 2:38am report


    @HarrisonPoltorak is wrong. actually, you are all wrong. (not being rude at all just pointing out a fact). The song is in fact, as stated by Anthony Kiedis himself about a model he dated name Johanna(idk if i spelled that right) who we fell in love with but johanna did not love him as much as he loved her. "I got dosed by you and closer than most to you what am i supposed to do? take it away i never had it anyway" is refferring to that fact and when she broke up with him he was saying "take it away" and she never truly loved him "i never had it anyway". @HarrisonPoltorak obviously never really read the book....so yea...there Are songs about hillel [my lovely man, this is the place (it refers to him "the day my best friend dies ") and a few references in Under the Bridge...etc.]



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    hibbart
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    Jul 1st, 2010 7:27am report


    Okay,
    @HarrisonPoltorak I went out and got Scar Tissue and read the whole thing after reading your comment. First of all there were only ever five guitar players for the chili peppers. Second of all he never gives any meaning behind any songs on by the way. It could be about Kim Jones



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    HarrisonPoltorak
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    Apr 7th, 2010 4:33am report


    YOU GUYS ARN't REAL CHILI PEPPERS FANS!! First of all the dude who read scar tissue didn't pay attention because Anthony Kiedis explains that this song "Dosed" from the "By The Way" album is about Hillel Slovak the first guitar player of The Red Hot Chili Peppers, also the best of the 9 guitar players that have played with the chili peppers over the years. Hillel Slovak was also Anthony's best friend. Then Hillel Slovak died from a heroin overdose. So get your facts right. Oh and the dude who said it's about a abortion, your a fucking dumb ass. just leave this shit to the people who appreciate music and actually understand the meaning of things.



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    cotyford
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    Sep 24th, 2007 9:39pm report


    Thank god for that last submission...has no one ever read scar tissue? look people, I love the chili peppers I've meet keidis and flea and in no way shape or form is the song about hillel. The song is about a girl he met that dies of a drug overdose (I think) that he fell madly in love with (his first) and never had the chance to say it. READ THE BOOK



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    anonymous
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    Aug 10th, 2007 8:51am report


    I think there is a lot of confusion going on here. "This is the Place" is the song where he says "Can I get some vaseline/Step into a modern scene." "Dosed" is where Anthony sings "I got dosed by you/closer than most to you..." The former seems to be the Hillel song with its drug references but Dosed seems to be about love lost.



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    anonymous
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    Jul 13th, 2007 7:49am report


    Yea that guy is right there is nothing to do with gasoline wolverines modern scences or any of that and first guy your thinking of this is the place



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    anonymous
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    May 18th, 2007 5:28am report


    It's about hilell dying and your all wrong there's nothing to do with vaseline gasoline or wolverines!

    This interpretation has been marked as poor. view anyway


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