Red Hot Chili Peppers: The Zephyr Song Meaning
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Song Released: 2002
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The Zephyr Song Lyrics
Just a piece of leg to bite on
What a night to fly my kite on
Do you want to flash your light on
Take a look its on display - for you
Coming down no not today
Did you meet your fortune teller
Get it off...
I have another interpretation, to me it sounds like Anthony's talking about the surf. Remember, these guys grew up in the 70s and 80s, he's talking about flying on his Zephyr Surfboard. That explains 'the perfect weather' and the 'find a place together'. However, I am not disagreeing with the other interpretations.
anonymous Dec 21st, 2006 12:10pm report
Yes, you could interpret it on a drug addiction context, but more that that, I think it is of peace. Of a world-forgetting tendency. 'All the world can pass me by'. This means, no worries, no matter what happens, 'I'm gonna live forever'. FLY AWAY, on my zephyr, some kind of light breeze or wind, relaxing, calm. Drugs, can be also related, as come cause the typical feeling of freedom, 'I feel it more than ever, and in this perfect weather, we'll find a place together'. Together, high feeling maybe? because, there is no love reference in the song. But I stick to my position of no-drugs. The song is about pure freedom, of mind, body, soul, etc.
anonymous Mar 11th, 2007 3:09pm report
first guy. your stupid.
anyway. a zephyr is a west wind so, fly away on my zephyr= fly away on my west wind= get away from it all, also more evidence is the lyicin this this perfect weather and the following two lines.
unrelated the truth is,i looked it up, it is about starting anew.
also guy that said he couldn't think of any non-drug related songs, you r stupid, let me think.... oh yea, dani california, tell me baby, animal bar,... This, if(the song).
post a 1 at the top of your interpritation if you agree with me
anonymous Nov 14th, 11:53am report
Has nobody considered the zephyr motorcycle, a classic late 90's muscle bike. Rev it up, fly away, aviator etc. Getting chick on the back of his zephyr and taking off into the sunset. That was my first thought.
anonymous Jul 15th, 7:52am report
A queef is also known as a Zephyr. Could be a discreet joke. Just sayin.
anonymous Jun 28th, 6:03am report
I'm looking at naming my car Zephyr, but first am looking up to see if anybody in the know has referred to it as about sex, rather than various aeronautical craft or other vehicle. Light breeze probably suites if I buy a fit.
First let's break this down:
"hand to write on" holding
"piece of leg to bite on" penis oral.
"fly my kite on" using penis, or erotic.
"want to flash your light on" get on.
"Take a look it's on display - for you
Coming down". Available, maybe another position to suite the Zephyr lines.
The next bit seems personal.
"No, not today" not coming down. To hazard a guess "no propeller" refers to no penis, and fortune teller might refer to a myth about lesbian love. You get the rest.
The next bit sounds like drugs, but it could be sex.
"Pick it up" penis.
"If not too strong for you" Manliness.
"Take a piece", oral.
"And pass it on", let me go free.
"Fly away on my zephyr" Penis.
"I feel it more than ever" feeling it.
"And in this perfect weather" erotically bliss.
"We'll find a place together" union.
"Fly on my wind", eroticism or penis.
"Rebel and a liberator
Find a way to be a skater" act in sex involving penis, he is the rebel that liberates her.
"Rev it up to levitate her
Super friendly aviator" sex, woman on top, or just ecstasy.
"In the water where I center my emotion
All the world can pass me by" the well of bliss, love or ecstasy.
"whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa - do you
(Yeah) yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah
(Whoa) whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa - want to
(Yeah) yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah"
"We're gonna live forever" Bliss.
As a psychedelic song, sex would fit in with the other explanation.
It's incredible I have not found this as a possible explanation yet. It would be good if the band could confirm what it is about, because it means it would be one of the greatest sublimely erotic songs of all time. They been playing it on radio lately, and it is truely a great song, and much better than what the Beatles psychedelic period, which says a lot.
As a novice.
Wayne M. Overseas. See the Red chillies symbol.
anonymous Oct 18th, 2016 10:45am report
Jeff Ho Zephyr surfboards Santa Monica-Venice 'The Cove'
very desirable surfboards, vintage even better. I'm sure Anthony Kiedis has one and probably rides. Don't know.
"In the water where I center my emotion" what else could this possibly mean? Clearly a song about surfing. You other people are nutters.
anonymous Feb 28th, 2015 2:16am report
Try looking up the zephyr plane and get back to me.
anonymous Aug 21st, 2012 8:42am report
The song is just about a guy relaxing his mind with some kind of drug and wondering how would it be getting a possible ride on the wind in a beatiful night, going up and stay there for a little while just enjoy all the view from above...Great song though...
anonymous Aug 25th, 2011 8:01am report
Or is it about the California zephyr? The amtrak train which launched in 1949? Hank Williams wrote a great song about this. Fly away on my zephyr in this perfect weather etc we will find a place together(to sit on the train). Just shows you can write anything and it gets interpreted in all sorts of ways.
anonymous Jul 15th, 2011 7:13pm report
This song is about the west winds, blowing the waves he rode on his Zephyr Surfboard. also the Z-boys, a skateboarding team from southern california, watch dogtown and the z-boys. a couple of their songs are in it
anonymous Jul 3rd, 2011 7:25am report
This is about LIBERDADE ...
anonymous May 1st, 2011 5:36pm report
"Take a piece and pass it on"
"Coming down no not today"
"I feel it more than ever"
This song is obviously about doing some kind of drug.
anonymous Mar 29th, 2011 3:46pm report
i think it is about drugs, weed maybe, 'take a piece and pass it on' this might be refering to toking on a joint and passing it.
Initially I read it as a relationship song. A zephyr to me was a metaphor for love. After seeing the readings of each of you I read it again and unfortunately for all the kiddies I think you're right it's another drug song. I think the zephyr reference is to do with breathing something in that takes you to a high. The skating references and the water where he is centered are metaphors for the high. I still think it's a song of love and infatuation but with a feeling or state of mind, not a person or object.
anonymous Nov 10th, 2010 11:45pm report
Whatshouldiput ARE YOU SERIOUS???? THAT IS SOOOO SAD. 9/11 happened on september 11 2001 and you just completely disrepected the thousands of people that died by terrorist attacks that day. :/
anonymous Jul 8th, 2010 7:49pm report
I think by skater it means skating between states of mind. The song, quite frankly, in my eyes, is about tripping balls with the people you love. Though, the other interpretations are great. I love the "thinking outside of the box" thing.
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