By the Way
Red Hot Chili Peppers Lyrics


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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
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

Overall Meaning

The song 'By the Way' by Red Hot Chili Peppers is an upbeat, fast-paced track that describes the excitement and anticipation of standing in line to see a show. The opening lines suggest a crowd waiting eagerly for the concert to start. The 'light on', a reference to the stage lights, creates a 'heavy glow' that builds the anticipation of the performance.


The song then goes on to mention 'Dani the girl,' who is singing songs beneath the marquee. This could either be a reference to the lead singer Anthony Kiedis's former girlfriend or a fictional character. Kiedis has mentioned that the song is about a friend who passed away.


The lyrics of the song are full of witty wordplay that gives the song its character. For example, 'steak knife card shark, con job boot cut' is just one example of the clever wordplay that peppers the song. The song is a high-energy celebration of life, love, and music.


Line by Line Meaning

Standing in line
Waiting in a queue to get into the show


To see the show tonight
To watch the performance that is happening tonight


And there's a light on
The stage lights are on


Heavy glow
Bright and intense light


By the way I tried to say
Incidentally, I tried to communicate


I'd be there, waiting for
I would be present, waiting for someone


Dani the girl
Referring to a girl named Dani


Is singing songs to me
Dani is performing and singing for me


Beneath the marquee, overload
Under the sign, which is full of lights and information


Steak knife card shark
A person who is good at playing and winning card games with a sharp knife


Con job boot cut
Scamming someone with a particular style of boot-cut pants


Skin that flick
Covering or removing the movie reel


She's such a little DJ
She is a great DJ


Get there quick
Hurry up and get there


By street but not the freeway
Reaching the destination through the smaller streets, not the highway


Turn that trick
Do something smart or clever to achieve a goal


To make a little leeway
To create some space or opportunity by using a tactic


Beat that nic
Overcome an obstacle in a clever way


But not the way that we play
Not using any unfair means


Dog town blood bath
A place where conflict and violence is common


Rib cage soft tail
A style of motorcycle


Black jack dope dick
Referring to someone who is addicted to gambling and drugs


Pawn shop quick pick
Buying something from a pawnshop very quickly


Kiss that dyke
To kiss a lesbian woman


I know you want to hold one
I am aware of your desires


Not on strike
Not doing any job actions that affect work


But I'm about to bowl one
But I am about to do something significant


Bite that mic
To use the microphone effectively


I know you never stole one
I'm sure you have never stolen a microphone


Girls that like
Referring to the girls who prefer


A story, so I told one
A narrative that I have conveyed


Song bird, main line
A singer who has a prominent place of representation


Cash back, hard top
Referring to a car which has an excellent fuel efficiency and a rigid roof


Of her soul
About her essence or spirit


Oversold
Sold more tickets than the space can handle


Ooh, ah, guess you never meant it
A phrase used to suggest that someone did not do something they said they would


I know you from before
I am already familiar with you




Lyrics © Peermusic Publishing
Written by: Michael Peter Balzary, John Anthony Frusciante, Anthony Kiedis, Chad Gaylord Smith

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LETRA/LYRIC

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
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

Oh, ah, guess you never meant it
Oh, ah, guess you never meant it
Oh, ah, guess you never meant it
Oh, ah, guess you never meant it
Oh, ah, guess you never meant it
Oh, ah, guess you never meant it
Oh, ah, guess you never meant it
Oh, 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



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@RedHotChiliPeppers

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@Myrrsito

It has been confirmed that i'll be there no mather what.

@albertmontero8729

yes

@tamandua9271

FINALLY

@damianrodriguez2866

Yuhhh

@JB-eg9jc

WOOO

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@RedHotChiliPeppers

On this day in 2002, the music video for “By The Way” was released. Directed by Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris.

@miriamvazquezxD

<3

@autumwilliams7949

This is one of my favorite RHCP'S songs none stop head banging!! I'm talking
major brain DAMAGE!! [?]

@Liquidmax1

again cant wacth, supouse to be my favorite band and they block my country 

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