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Red Hot Chili Peppers - By The Way


Red Hot Chili Peppers - By The Way - Meaning of the song


Much of the lyrics are just Anthony Kiedis's fun wordplay, but it does mention a girl named "Dani," who was the "Teenage bride with the baby inside" on the Red Hot Chili Peppers' 1999 song "Californication," and also appeared in their 2006 song "Dani California." Kiedis claims that "Dani" is a representation of every girl he's ever met in his life.


"Waiting 4," an electro-house track by Peter Gelderblom, became one of the most popular songs in clubs around the world in 2007, peaking at #29 on the UK singles chart. It was heavily based on a sample from "By The Way," and despite their usual hardline stance on the use of their music in samples, The Red Hot Chili Peppers enthusiastically approved its release.


The music video does not depict any of the events described in the lyrics, but rather tells its own story. In it, Anthony gets into a taxi, and when the driver realizes who he is, he begins to drive recklessly and crashes into a bridge. Anthony summons Flea and John for assistance, and they come to his aid. Chad eventually gets into that same taxi, much to the delight of the driver.



By the way - Lyrics


Standing in line to see the show tonight

And there's a light on, heavy glow

By the way, I tried to say

I'd be there waiting for

Dani, the girl, is singing songs to me

Beneath the marquee, overload


Steak knife, card shark

Con job, boot cut

Skin that flick, she's such a little DJ

To get there quick by street but not the freeway

Turn that trick to make a little leeway

Beat that nic, but not the way that we play

Dogtown, blood bath

Rib cage, soft tail


Standing in line to see the show tonight

And there's a light on, heavy glow

By the way, I tried to say

I'd be there waiting for


Black jack, dope dick

Pawn shop, quick pick

Kiss that dyke, I know you want to hold one

Not on strike but I'm about to bowl one

Bite that mic, I know you never stole one

Girls that like a story, so I told one

Song bird, main line

Cash back, hard top


Standing in line to see the show tonight

And there's a light on, heavy glow

By the way, I tried to say

I'd be there waiting for

Dani, the girl, is singing songs to me

Beneath the marquee, oversold

By the way, I tried to say

I'd be there waiting for


Ooh, ah, guess you never meant it

Ooh, ah, guess you never meant it

Ooh, ah, guess you never meant it

Ooh, ah, guess you never meant it

Ooh, ah, guess you never meant it

Ooh, ah, guess you never meant it

Ooh, ah, guess you never meant it

Ooh, ah


Standing in line to see the show tonight

And there's a light on, heavy glow

By the way, I tried to say

I'd be there waiting for

Dani, the girl, is singing songs to me

Beneath the marquee, oversold

By the way, I tried to say

I know you from before


Standing in line to see the show tonight

And there's a light on, heavy glow

By the way, I tried to say

I'd be there waiting for



Red Hot Chili Peppers - By The Way - Live


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