Give It Away
Red Hot Chili Peppers Lyrics


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Oh, oh

What I got, you got to give it to your mama
What I got, you've got to give it to your papa
What I got, you got to give it to your daughter
You do a little dance and then you drink a little water
What I got, you gotta get it put it in you
What I got, you gotta get it put it in you
What I got, you gotta get it put it in you
Reeling with the feeling, don't stop, continue
I realize I don't wanna be a miser
Confide with sly you'll be the wiser
Young blood is the lovin' upriser
How come everybody wanna keep it like the Kaiser?

Give it away, give it away, give it away now
Give it away, give it away, give it away now
Give it away, give it away, give it away now
I can't tell if I'm a kingpin or a pauper

Greedy little people in a sea of distress
Keep your more to receive your less
Unimpressed by material excess
Love is free, love me, say, "Hell yes"
Low brow but I rock a little know how
No time for the piggies or the hoosegow
Get smart, get down with the pow wow
Never been a better time than right now
Bob Marley, poet and a prophet
Bob Marley, taught me how to off it
Bob Marley walkin' like he talk it
Goodness me, can't you see I'm gonna cough it?

Give it away, give it away, give it away now
Give it away, give it away, give it away now
Give it away, give it away, give it away now
Oh, oh yeah
Give it away, give it away, give it away now
Give it away, give it away, give it away now
Give it away, give it away, give it away now
I can't tell if I'm a kingpin or a pauper

Lucky me swimmin' in my ability
Dancin' down on life with agility
Come and drink it up from my fertility
Blessed with a bucket of lucky mobility
My mom, I love her 'cause she love me
Long gone are the times when she scrub me
Feelin' good, my brother gonna hug me
Drinkin' my juice, young love chug-a-lug me
Ah, there's a river born to be a giver
Keep you warm won't let you shiver
His heart is never gonna wither
Come on, everybody, time to deliver

Give it away, give it away, give it away now
Give it away, give it away, give it away now
Give it away, give it away, give it away now
I can't tell if I'm a kingpin or a pauper

What I got, you got to give it to your mama
What I got, you've got to give it to your papa
What I got, you got to give it to your daughter
You do a little dance and then you drink a little water
What I got, you gotta get it put it in you
What I got, you gotta get it put it in you
What I got, you gotta get it put it in you
Reeling with the feeling, don't stop, continue
I realize I don't wanna be a miser
Confide with sly you'll be the wiser
Young blood is the lovin' upriser
How come everybody wanna keep it like the Kaiser?

Give it away, give it away, give it away now
Give it away, give it away, give it away now
Give it away, give it away, give it away now
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Overall Meaning

"Give It Away" by the Red Hot Chili Peppers is a song about generosity, love, and the pursuit of happiness. In the opening verses, the lyrics talk about what the singer has: love, joy, and a positive attitude. He encourages listeners to give these things away to their families - their mamas, papas, and daughters - and to share the wealth. He encourages everyone to dance and enjoy life.


The singer then reflects on his own attitude; he realizes he doesn't want to be greedy and wants to share what he has. He talks about how people are so focused on material possessions, but love is what really matters. He wants people to have fun, be happy, and feel the love he does.


In the final verses, the singer talks about his own blessings and how he's lucky to have his mother's love. He talks about how he wants to share his love and joy with others and help them find their own path to happiness.


Overall, "Give It Away" is a feel-good song about sharing and caring for others. The upbeat tempo and lyrics encourage people to be generous and love one another.


Line by Line Meaning

Oh, oh
Opening with a musical expression of excitement or anticipation


What I got, you got to give it to your mama
Encouraging to share your blessings with your mother


What I got, you've got to give it to your papa
Encouraging to share your blessings with your father


What I got, you got to give it to your daughter
Encouraging to share your blessings with your daughter


You do a little dance and then you drink a little water
Enjoy life's simple pleasures


What I got, you gotta get it put it in you
Encouraging to embrace the goodness others offer


Reeling with the feeling, don't stop, continue
Stay excited, keep going


I realize I don't wanna be a miser
Recognizing the desire to avoid selfishness


Confide with sly you'll be the wiser
Sharing with cleverness can lead to greater knowledge


Young blood is the lovin' upriser
Youth have the power to bring about positive change


How come everybody wanna keep it like the Kaiser?
Questioning why people hoard resources like a dictator


Give it away, give it away, give it away now
Repeated call to share and give generously


I can't tell if I'm a kingpin or a pauper
Unclear identity, feeling neither very successful nor very poor


Greedy little people in a sea of distress
Acknowledging the abundance of greed and struggle in society


Keep your more to receive your less
Keeping more than you need results in losing out on other things


Unimpressed by material excess
Not impressed by superficial wealth


Love is free, love me, say, "Hell yes"
Love is the most valuable thing and should be freely given and received


Low brow but I rock a little know how
I may not be sophisticated, but I still have some skills


No time for the piggies or the hoosegow
No time for negative, greedy people or prison


Get smart, get down with the pow wow
Get wise and engage with the community


Never been a better time than right now
Emphasizing the importance of taking action immediately


Bob Marley, poet and a prophet
Praising Bob Marley's artistry and wisdom


Bob Marley, taught me how to off it
Bob Marley's music taught me how to let go of negativity


Bob Marley walkin' like he talk it
Bob Marley lived what he sang about


Goodness me, can't you see I'm gonna cough it?
Excitedly and playfully announcing the intention to share one's blessings


Lucky me swimmin' in my ability
Grateful for one's own strengths and abilities


Dancin' down on life with agility
Moving through life with grace and ease


Come and drink it up from my fertility
Sharing one's abundance with others


Blessed with a bucket of lucky mobility
Grateful for the ability to move and change easily


My mom, I love her 'cause she love me
Expressing love and gratitude for one's mother


Long gone are the times when she scrub me
Reflecting on the past and how things have changed


Feelin' good, my brother gonna hug me
Anticipating a positive interaction with a sibling


Drinkin' my juice, young love chug-a-lug me
Enjoying life to the fullest and seizing the moment


Ah, there's a river born to be a giver
Discovering the inherent generosity of nature


Keep you warm won't let you shiver
Nature provides for and protects us


His heart is never gonna wither
The love and kindness of nature will never fade


Come on, everybody, time to deliver
Urging everyone to give and share generously


Give it away now
Final call to action to give abundantly




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

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@Brilla100pre

✨ Lyrics
Oh, oh

What I got, you got to give it to your mama
What I got, you've got to give it to your papa
What I got, you got to give it to your daughter
You do a little dance and then you drink a little water
What I got, you gotta get it put it in you
What I got, you gotta get it put it in you
What I got, you gotta get it put it in you
Reeling with the feeling, don't stop, continue
I realize I don't wanna be a miser
Confide with sly you'll be the wiser
Young blood is the lovin' upriser
How come everybody wanna keep it like the Kaiser?

Give it away, give it away, give it away now
Give it away, give it away, give it away now
Give it away, give it away, give it away now
I can't tell if I'm a kingpin or a pauper

Greedy little people in a sea of distress
Keep your more to receive your less
Unimpressed by material excess
Love is free, love me, say, "Hell yes"
Low brow but I rock a little know how
No time for the piggies or the hoosegow
Get smart, get down with the pow wow
Never been a better time than right now
Bob Marley, poet and a prophet
Bob Marley, taught me how to off it
Bob Marley walkin' like he talk it
Goodness me, can't you see I'm gonna cough it?

Give it away, give it away, give it away now
Give it away, give it away, give it away now
Give it away, give it away, give it away now
Oh, oh yeah
Give it away, give it away, give it away now
Give it away, give it away, give it away now
Give it away, give it away, give it away now
I can't tell if I'm a kingpin or a pauper

Lucky me swimmin' in my ability
Dancin' down on life with agility
Come and drink it up from my fertility
Blessed with a bucket of lucky mobility
My mom, I love her 'cause she love me
Long gone are the times when she scrub me
Feelin' good, my brother gonna hug me
Drinkin' my juice, young love chug-a-lug me
Ah, there's a river born to be a giver
Keep you warm won't let you shiver
His heart is never gonna wither
Come on, everybody, time to deliver

Give it away, give it away, give it away now
Give it away, give it away, give it away now
Give it away, give it away, give it away now
I can't tell if I'm a kingpin or a pauper

What I got, you got to give it to your mama
What I got, you've got to give it to your papa
What I got, you got to give it to your daughter
You do a little dance and then you drink a little water
What I got, you gotta get it put it in you
What I got, you gotta get it put it in you
What I got, you gotta get it put it in you
Reeling with the feeling, don't stop, continue
I realize I don't wanna be a miser
Confide with sly you'll be the wiser
Young blood is the lovin' upriser
How come everybody wanna keep it like the Kaiser?

Give it away, give it away, give it away now
Give it away, give it away, give it away now
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@owenjackson1865

Lyrics 🙃

What I've got you've got to give it to your mama
What I've got you've got to give it to your pappa
What I've got you've got to give it to your daughter
You do a little dance and then you drink a little water
What I've got you've got to get it put it in you
What I've got you've got to get it put it in you
What I've got you've got to get it put it in you
Reeling with the feeling don't stop continue
Realize I don't want to be a miser
Confide with sly you'll be the wiser
Young blood is the lovin' upriser
How come everybody want to keep it like the kaiser
Give it away give it away give it away now
Give it away give it away give it away now
Give it away give it away give it away now
I can't tell if I'm a kingpin or a pauper
Greedy little people in a sea of distress
Keep your more to receive your less
Unimpressed by material excess
Love is free love me say hell yes
I'm a low brow but I rock a little know how
No time for the piggies or the hoosegow
Get smart get down with the pow wow
Never been a better time than right now
Bob Marley poet and a prophet
Bob Marley taught me how to off it
Bob Marley walkin' like he talk it
Goodness me can't you see I'm gonna cough it
Give it away give it away give it away now
Give it away give it away give it away now
Give it away give it away give it away now
Lucky me swimmin' in my ability
Dancin' down on life with agility
Come and drink it up from my fertility
Blessed with a bucket of lucky mobility
My mom I love her 'cause she love me
Long gone are the times when she scrub me
Feelin' good my brother gonna hug me
Drink my juice young love chug-a-lug me
There's a river born to be a giver
Keep you warm won't let you shiver
His heart is never gonna wither
Come on everybody time to deliver
Give it away give it away give it away now
Give it away give it away give it away now
Give it away give it away give it away now
What I've got you've got to give it to your mama
What I've got you've got to give it to your pappa
What I've got you've got to give it to your daughter
You do a little dance and then you drink a little water



@Ewer_

Поспели вишни в саду у дяди Вани,
У дяди Вани в саду поспели вишни,
А дядя Ваня с тетей Груней нынче в бане,
А мы под вечер погулять как-будто вышли.

Днем сидели мы и скромно выпивали,
Постепенно "Каберне" вливалось в кишки,
Вдруг соседский Петька намекнул скромно,
Что у дядя Вани в саду поспели вишни.

А мы не знали, про это мы не знали,
И выпивали, "Каберне" мы выпивали,
А в это время в саду у дяди Вани спели вишни,
Даже сликонца перезревали.

"Каберне", "Каберне", "Каберне" нау! (3 раза)
Быстро пейте, вишни переспели!

Ящик подавили и пошли на дело,
В голове мысля созрела,
Прочесать весь сад соседский быстро,
Пока вишня в нем не переспела.
Дома мы штаны переодели,
Чтоб штаны на жопе не порвались,
Чтоб удобно было лазить по деревьям,
Тварью буду, не пизжу, в натуре.

Маманя, приготовь заплаты,
Маманя, заготовь иголки,
Маманя, не ори так долго,
Мы ведь погулять решили,
По деревне выйти.

"Каберне", "Каберне", "Каберне" нау! (3 раза)
О! о, е!
"Каберне", "Каберне", "Каберне" нау! (3 раза)
Быстро пейте и пошли на дело!

Нам осталось еще чуток пройти,
И еще два дома нам обойти,
Петька сука, падла, тише, не галди,
Потому что дяди ванин сад вон, впереди!
Ребята, тише вы залазьте,
Заметят нас, нет заметят?!
Вдруг заметят что мы воздухом все дышим!
Сказал с кошелками мудак этот Петька,

А ну-ка, Петька, нагни эту ветку!
Он всю вишню в рубаху ссыпал,
А к ней навис, да перегнул слишком ветку,
И вместе с вишнями в осадок выпал.

"Каберне", "Каберне", "Каберне" нау! (3 раза)
Не греми стаканом, услышит дядя Ваня!

Пусть дядя Ваня купает тетю Груню,
В колхозной бане пускай ее чеканит,
Мы скажем вместе: "Спасибо, тетя Груня!"
И дяде Ване скажем: "Thank You! Дядя Ваня!"

Но собака дяди Вани не дремала,
Она не спала и все осознавала,
Она сука, все отлично понимала,
И вместе с жопой штаны нам разорвала.

Маманя - мы штаны порвали,
Маманя - жопу разодрали,
Кобеля мы проморгали дружно,
И за это мы, маманя, круто пострадали.
"Каберне", "Каберне", "Каберне" нау! (4 раза)
А "Каберне", нау! (2 раза)
"Каберне" нау! (18 раз)



All comments from YouTube:

@RedHotChiliPeppers

On this day in 1991, the music video for “Give It Away” was released. Directed by Stéphane Sednaoui.

@Faladiegao

Essa musica é massa!

@DiegoSena

Uma das melhores!!!

@CajaManzanillo

I remember my teen life... hahahaha

@tiagueragospel

saudade do john....

@rodrigoigle5633

que buen video , excelente Los RED HOT !!!

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@omegajrz1269

What I like most about Red Hot Chilli Peppers is that all the instruments stand out. Nobody drowns anyone. You hear everyone shine equally.

@fairyfrusciante

yes!!!

@lupash

Rick Rubin and Brendan O’Brien sound engineering it makes all the difference in the world

@hamansing787

Solid observation.

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