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A Corner
John Frusciante Lyrics


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I mean it
I wouldn't go ouside and walk around
They may fear for your life
But I've reached this conclusion
everyone's in a corner
face to the wall
I never looked the other way
I'm not allowed to at all
great is my confusion
It never lets me be
no one said to be here
I was punished by me
and there's a weeping fire
that's high as a moutain
and we go all the way up
to the top
great is my confusion
It never lets me down
everyone's in a corner
they'll never turn around

Overall Meaning

The lyrics of John Frusciante's song "A Corner" suggest a feeling of entrapment and confinement. The singer begins by warning against going outside, as there is a sense of danger in the world. However, he then makes the argument that everyone is trapped in their own corner, facing the wall, unable to look the other way or turn around. Furthermore, the singer suggests that this sense of confinement is self-inflicted: "no one said to be here / I was punished by me."


This theme of self-imposed confinement reflects the song's broader themes of mental illness and addiction. John Frusciante has been open about his struggles with both, and the lyrics of "A Corner" suggest a feeling of being trapped in one's own head or in a cycle of destructive behavior. The line "great is my confusion / It never lets me be" speaks to the endless loop of negative thoughts and emotions that can keep a person stuck in a corner, unable to move forward.


Overall, "A Corner" is a haunting and introspective song that explores the dark corners of the human psyche. It is a powerful reflection on the struggle to break free from the mental and emotional traps that can hold us back in life.


Line by Line Meaning

I mean it
I am serious about what I am going to say


I wouldn't go outside and walk around
It's not safe to go outside and walk around because of potential danger


They may fear for your life
Others may have concerns for your safety


But I've reached this conclusion
However, I have come to this realization


everyone's in a corner
Everyone is stuck in a difficult situation


face to the wall
And feeling trapped or helpless


I never looked the other way
I never ignored or turned my back on the problem


I'm not allowed to at all
I am not in a position to do that


great is my confusion
I am extremely confused and lost


It never lets me be
This feeling of confusion persists


no one said to be here
No one instructed me to be in this situation


I was punished by me
I am the one responsible for putting myself in this situation


and there's a weeping fire
There is a deep emotional pain


that's high as a mountain
That is overwhelming and feels insurmountable


and we go all the way up
And it affects us completely


to the top
And it is the most extreme degree possible


great is my confusion
Again, the feeling of confusion persists


It never lets me down
This feeling is constantly present


everyone's in a corner
Again, everyone is in a difficult situation


they'll never turn around
They are unlikely to change their situation




Lyrics © O/B/O APRA AMCOS
Written by: JOHN FRUSCIANTE

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@raunakdas8397

John Frusciante be the kind of artist who doesn't give a damn about his songs hitting the charts or about the money, but just wants to do what he loves to. It's hard to find musicians like these today.

@karlhiscock92

It's always hard to find musicians like that
(because they're obscure...)

@ivanthemountainman9291

You’re fr right, it’s so rare to find musicians that actually do what they love and let that message reach you as a listener, and honestly it’s the best. Thanks for that 4 years later and keep listening to the best)

@aldi0997

realistically speaking, its because he already got his life's worth of money secured from his projects and revenues with RHCP, hence why he got the freedom to create whatever solo project he desired without any concern about sales and charts for daily living. John's solo albums are where his true creative idealism shines

@ciaraskeleton

@Karl Hiscock the guitarist of an incredibly world famous band is hardly obscure, you just...type his name in and you find everything ever. Not obscure, people just don't dig any deeper than the surface to find these gems

@ciaraskeleton

@Aldi09 he made money off of bssm, quit the band at 22, spent all his money on drugs (take a look at his arms). 5 years he sat painting and waiting to die from an OD. He had next to no money when he started producing his solo records. Listen to Niandre lades. He spent a year being sober, got asked to join the band again. That's when all the huge rhcp hits were made. He stayed in the band, still made solo music and then left again. Sat with a few friends and made solo stuff again. It's made on his own 4 track usually, with one other person working on it. The album enclosure I believe is literally cut and stuck together with scissors to create abrupt transitions. He made an album with Josh Klinghoffer too, just them and 1 other guy. He generally hides from money success or fame. Truly. Every time he is in the spotlight his mental health just, crumbles and he has to go back to hiding and making music that he loves.

He has fame from rhcp (a lot of people still dont actually know who john even is), but none of his albums are high production or expensive. He literally made niandre lades to try and scrape a few coins for heroin and crack. We could all record songs on a 4 track. We can all literally do these things. It's just I doubt we have the same amount of talent, dedication and musical vision as a man who was asked to join the peppers at 18 years old. Idk like I get what you're saying but I don't agree at all that he made this music because he feels he can sit back and comfortably relax now that he's all comfortable and rich from the chilli peppers.

@jmnlkop45

when im in a corner john gives me the feeling to turn around it

@lucaskim8500

My hard-times song

@willywilly1

김병신 인생곡

@sahidgil1823

My hard-times album.

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