Psychic spies from China try to steal your mind's elation And little girls from Sweden dream of silver screen quotation And if you want these kind of dreams it's Californication It's the edge of the world and all of Western civilization The sun may rise in the East at least it's settled in a final location It's understood that Hollywood sells Californication Pay your surgeon very well to break the spell of aging Celebrity skin, is this your chin, or is that war you're waging? First born unicorn Hardcore soft porn Dream of Californication Dream of Californication Dream of Californication Dream of Californication Marry me, girl, be my fairy to the world, be my very own constellation A teenage bride with a baby inside getting high on information And buy me a star on the boulevard, it's Californication Space may be the final frontier but it's made in a Hollywood basement And Cobain can you hear the spheres singing songs off Station To Station? And Alderaan's not far away, it's Californication Born and raised by those who praise control of population Well, everybody's been there and I don't mean on vacation First born unicorn Hardcore soft porn Dream of Californication Dream of Californication Dream of Californication Dream of Californication Destruction leads to a very rough road but it also breeds creation And earthquakes are to a girl's guitar, they're just another good vibration And tidal waves couldn't save the world from Californication Pay your surgeon very well to break the spell of aging Sicker than the rest, there is no test, but this is what you're craving? First born unicorn Hardcore soft porn Dream of Californication Dream of Californication Dream of Californication Dream of Californication
Written by: Michael Peter Balzary, John Anthony Frusciante, Anthony Kiedis, Chad Gaylord Smith
Lyrics © MoeBeToBlame, WORDS & MUSIC A DIV OF BIG DEAL MUSIC LLC
Lyrics Licensed & Provided by LyricFind
10 facts about this song
The song "Californication" is from the sub-genre of alternative rock, specifically funk rock. The Red Hot Chili Peppers are known for their unique blend of rock, funk, punk, and psychedelic music styles.
"Californication" is the title track of the Red Hot Chili Peppers' seventh studio album. The album was released on June 8, 1999, by Warner Bros Records.
The album "Californication" was a huge commercial success selling over 15 million copies worldwide. The song itself reached the top of the Billboard Modern Rock Tracks where it stayed for one week and also peaked at number one in Iceland and New Zealand.
The song's lyrics reference Californian culture, Hollywood, and several celebrities, like Kurt Cobain and David Bowie. It also addresses the darker aspects of the state like pollution, drugs, and Hollywood's plasticity.
Music Video Recognition
The music video of "Californication" is famous for its video-game-style visualization, which became iconic in the music industry. In 2000, it received a nomination for Best Art Direction at the MTV Video Music Awards.
The line-up during the "Californication" period was Anthony Kiedis (vocals), Flea (bass), John Frusciante (guitar), and Chad Smith (drums). This is often considered the classic Red Hot Chili Peppers lineup.
The album "Californication" marked the return of guitarist John Frusciante who had left the band in 1992 due to drug addiction. His return brought a more melodic and harmonically complex style of guitar playing back to the band's music.
Following the release of the album, the Red Hot Chili Peppers embarked on a world tour that lasted for two years, playing sell-out shows across the globe.
The song "Californication" is built around a single guitar melody, which is played throughout the song. The structure follows the verse-chorus-verse format. The song is also notable for its quiet verses and louder choruses, a common characteristic in several alternative rock songs.
The term "Californication," which describes the globalization of California's culture and lifestyle, has been picked up in popular culture and media, including Showtime's TV series, Californication.
Discuss the Californication Lyrics with the community:
Use the citation below to add these lyrics to your bibliography:
"Californication Lyrics." Lyrics.com. STANDS4 LLC, 2024. Web. 28 Feb. 2024. <https://www.lyrics.com/lyric-lf/11561159/Red+Hot+Chili+Peppers/Californication>.