#1
Hey! RHCP has been creeping their way to my favorite band lately. Their song 'Californication' is great, but what do the lyrics mean? What is 'californication?'
Does 'californication' mean doing your dreams? Or is it an object? And the pre-chorous, 'First born unicorn/ hardcore-soft pr0n.' What's up with that?

I love the song, but I really would like to know what the heck Anthony Kiedis is singing about. Haha

EDIT: Does anybody know anything about 'Otherside?' I think it's about living with regret in the afterlife, but I don't know. Other people's opinions would be awesome. =)
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Probably heroin or sex. That's usually a safe bet with those guys.
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i think its about how the world is trying to become more like california
"little girls from sweden dream of silver screen floation" or whatever
its like a globalization theme, not all the lines have to make sense.
#4
Well California is a place, and fornication is sex. That should start you off.
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Fornication is a word...look it up.
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Probably heroin or sex. That's usually a safe bet with those guys.


"Hollywood sells californication." Haha that would fit.
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Well California is a place, and fornication is sex. That should start you off.


Sex...California style?
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I was born and breed in Cali.

Its the process of someone becoming a Californian. I'm not being conceded whatsoever, but having been to about a dozen other states I can confidently say our slang is different and that we are far from any other state behaviorally.

I'm sure its like that in any state, we just have a term for it.
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Californication is definitely just an overall statement about California. The line "psychic spies steal your minds elation" is something Anthony heard this crazy homeless person saying once, I believe he said this in his book scar tissue. The hard core soft porn line is a statement about the flourishing porn industry in CA.
#10
Maybe it doesn't mean anything they just put together california and fornication.

Like in "stadium arcadium" they sung that expression a lot in the song ads then Fruciante said they didn't even knew what that meant they sung it because it sounded good.
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I was born and breed in Cali.

Its the process of someone becoming a Californian. I'm not being conceded whatsoever, but having been to about a dozen other states I can confidently say our slang is different and that we are far from any other state behaviorally.

I'm sure its like that in any state, we just have a term for it.


OK. But surely, there must be a deeper meaning than just being om California. Or maybe they're just trying to pay homage to their home state...

PS: In Michigan, we call it 'Getting laid off and collecting unemployment.'
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OK. But surely, there must be a deeper meaning than just being om California. Or maybe they're just trying to pay homage to their home state...

PS: In Michigan, we call it 'getting laid off.'


There's not bro. It's a long and life-altering process, I think thats epic enough.

Kids around America dream of Californication, we have this facade of greatness. When you get here the rents ungodly, schools are shit, college is way too expensive, and dreams are a dime a dozen. The counter culture is awesome though, and the pot movement is out in the open and growing daily (no pun intended)


Buried under all that is a very small chance at making it big... Welcome to Cali.
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There's not bro. It's a long and life-altering process, I think thats epic enough.

Kids around America dream of Californication, we have this facade of greatness. When you get here the rents ungodly, schools are shit, college is way too expensive, and dreams are a dime a dozen. The counter culture is awesome though, and the pot movement is out in the open and growing daily (no pun intended)


Buried under all that is a very small chance at making it big... Welcome to Cali.



So it's basically reminiscing on before they became big? And how much of a dream it feels like now? That would make sense.
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I've always taken it that "californication" is the movement to be hip and cool like california seems to be. It's kinda like Kiedis is saying that everyone is trying to imitate the glamorous hollywood life that the media often portrays.

"little girls from Sweden dream of silverscreen quotations, and if you want these kinda dreams its californication"

"It's understood that hollywood sells californication"

"Tidal waves coudln't save the world from californication"

As far as the "first born unicorn, hardcore soft porn" lines, I think he's just trying to say that the lifestyle california/hollywood is trying to sell is fake....like a first born unicorn or "hardcore" softporn

idk......just my take on the song, I've never really thought of it as having anything to do with "fornication"
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I've always taken it that "californication" is the movement to be hip and cool like california seems to be. It's kinda like Kiedis is saying that everyone is trying to imitate the glamorous hollywood life that the media often portrays.

"little girls from Sweden dream of silverscreen quotations, and if you want these kinda dreams its californication"

"It's understood that hollywood sells californication"

"Tidal waves coudln't save the world from californication"

As far as the "first born unicorn, hardcore soft porn" lines, I think he's just trying to say that the lifestyle california/hollywood is trying to sell is fake....like a first born unicorn or "hardcore" softporn

idk......just my take on the song, I've never really thought of it as having anything to do with "fornication"


I'm agreeing more and more with you and gizzmodus (sorry if I murdered your name). It makes sense.
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its about the "deterioration of society" in Cali: Porn, Teen pregnancy, drugs, plastic surgery, boob jobs, Cobain killing himself.

"Tidal waves couldn't save the world from Californication"
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#17
It would be nice if all of you guys had read the rules for this forum (DO IT!) and realized that this thread doesn't belong here. Also, you should find the RHCP thread in the Bands and Artists forum and ask this in there. Thanks.


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