Red Hot Chili Peppers - Can't Stop (Official Music Video)
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Red Hot Chili Peppers - Can't Stop (Official Music Video)

Updated: Mar 6




The song itself is distinct, especially when in comparison to the various other tracks on By the Way. Some consider the song to be among the only true punk/funk sounds on the entire album, along with "Throw Away Your Television". "Can't Stop" was considered to be "energetic" and melodically encompassing, by combining textured, melodic, and funky themes together into one.


The song was the Chili Peppers' seventh number one on the Modern Rock Tracks chart, and second from the album By the Way. It also peaked at number 57 on the Billboard Hot 100. Regardless of the moderate recognition it received on the Billboard Hot 100, the song is a live performance staple.





Lyrics


Can't stop, addicted to the shindig

Chop Top, he says I'm gonna win big

Choose not a life of imitation

Distant cousin to the reservation

Defunct the pistol that you pay for

This punk, the feeling that you stay for

In time I want to be your best friend

East side lovers living on the west end

Knocked out but boy you better come to

Don't die, you know the truth as some do

Go write your message on the pavement

Burn so bright I wonder what the wave meant

White heat is screaming in the jungle

Complete the motion if you stumble

Go ask the dust for any answers

Come back strong with fifty belly dancers


The world I love

The tears I drop

To be part of

The wave, can't stop

Ever wonder if it's all for you?

The world I love

The trains I hop

To be part of

The wave, can't stop

Come and tell me when it's time to


Sweetheart is bleeding in the snow cone

So smart, she's leading me to ozone

Music the great communicator

Use two sticks to make it in the nature

I'll get you into penetration

The gender of a generation

The birth of every other nation

Worth your weight, the gold of meditation

This chapter's going to be a close one

Smoke rings, I know your going to blow one

All on a spaceship persevering

Use my hands for everything but steering

Can't stop the spirits when they need you

Mop tops are happy when they feed you

J. Butterfly is in the treetop

Birds that blow the meaning into bebop


The world I love

The tears I drop

To be part of

The wave, can't stop

Ever wonder if it's all for you?

The world I love

The trains I hop

To be part of

The wave, can't stop

Come and tell me when it's time to


Wait a minute I'm passing out

Win or lose, just like you

Far more shocking

Than anything I ever knew

How about you?

Ten more reasons

Why I need somebody new just like you

Far more shocking than anything I ever knew

Right on cue


Can't stop, addicted to the shindig

Chop Top, he says I'm gonna win big

Choose not a life of imitation

Distant cousin to the reservation

Defunct the pistol that you pay for

This punk, the feeling that you stay for

In time I want to be your best friend

East side lovers living on the west end

Knocked out but boy, you better come to

Don't die you know the truth as some do

Go write your message on the pavement

Burn so bright I wonder what the wave meant


Kick start the golden generator

Sweet talk but don't intimidate her

Can't stop the gods from engineering

Feel no need for any interfering

Your image in the dictionary

This life is more than ordinary

Can I get two, maybe even three of these?

Coming from space

To teach you of the Pleiades

Can't stop the spirits when they need you

This life is more than just a read through



Songwriters: Anthony Kiedis / Chad Smith / Michael Balzary / John Frusciante

Can't Stop lyrics © MoeBeToBlame, Universal Music Publishing Group




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