Red Hot Chili Peppers: Porcelain Meaning
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Are you wasting away in your skin
Are you missing the love of your kin
Drifting and floating and fading away
Do you smell like a girl when you smile
Can you bear not to share with your child
Drifting and floating and...
anonymous Mar 24th, 2013 3:32pm report
Anthony Keidis himself said it was about a woman he met in 1998 at the YMCA. She had a child she couldn't take care of, and either an alcohol related problem or a drug use issue. It has nothing to do with a doll, or your parents getting older.
all of you have it wrong!
It's simply about a Porcelain doll that is floating and wasting away.
2-Are you wasting away in your skin
3-Are you missing the love of your kin
4-Drifting and floating and fading away
2-meaning just that the salt water is eating away at the porcelain
3-meaning that if the doll misses the child that once played with it
4-floating at sea alone...
It's about loving the little moments in life. before they are gone. you see, the porcelain is a doll, and it is floating and "wasting away". why? well, he could actually be singing about a flood that has taken away memories that won't be...."little lune all day" is referring to a moon...which the doll is just floating out at sea alone.....If you incorporate massive floods/destruction to this song(and all the others on this album) it will make more sense....
anonymous Jul 16th, 2011 7:29am report
It's about a woman who was pregnant and addicted to heroin. "Nodding and melting and fading away..."
anonymous Feb 22nd, 2011 2:34pm report
Yes it was about a woman he met who was struggling with alcohol addiction.
anonymous Dec 21st, 2010 12:13pm report
Actually kiedis states it is about a woman he met a YMCA who was a single mother and struggling with alcohol addiction.
anonymous Dec 11th, 2010 12:06am report
I am surprised no one commented on this as it is a really good but underrated song. It is about the sad but inevitable truth of seeing your parents grow apart from you, grow old, and die in a profoundly lonely way. "Are you fading away in your skin" and "can you bare not to share with your child" are clear examples of it
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