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Hometown Gypsy
by Red Hot Chili Peppers

Drivin’ up the coast
To find a version of the truth
Left the backdoor swinging
Like a dirty little sleuth

The truth is I have never left
Felt half this alive
Now it’s time to dance
Upon the grave called forty-five

Jacked up on some Kerouac
And surely bulletproof
The girl who taught me what to do
Was missing her front tooth

Gentle as a storm
Inside your mental health
I want to find the answer
But I just can’t find myself

I say "so long"
To the way I played
The way I played
Inside of yesterday
Hey let’s run around
The great escape
From out of my hometown

Later I would look for love
Inside a woman’s dorm
A couch to keep me humble
And her breath to keep me warm

Ophelia was the girl
That I was feeling for
Come to realize
It was me who was the whore

A captain lost himself
Inside a forty year old skull
The drink of choice was knowledge
And we always wanted more

Drunken sailors
Seeking their Geronimo
Instead they found the things
That they really didn’t want to know

I say "so long"
To the way I played
The way I played
Inside of yesterday
Hey let’s run around
The great escape
From out of my hometown
Country roads
Would never let me stay
The way I played
Inside of yesterday

A devil’s growl and cat’s meow
Were blended into one
Termites called suburbanites
Were eating all the fun

A juggernaut of comedy
And blasphemy
I wanna stop the madness
But I think it has to be

I say "so long"
To the way I played
The way I played
Inside of yesterday
Hey let’s run around
The great escape
From out of my hometown
Country roads
Would never let me stay
The way I played
Inside of yesterday
Hey let’s run around
The great escape
From out of my hometown

Contributed by Abigail L. Suggest a correction in the comments below.
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Child of Father Goro

If rhcp was Texas instead of California.... jk

John

If Rhcp was Country/funky instead Funk Punk

Child of Father Goro

It's because the beginning of this song has that sorta western/Texas feel to it.

Jesse G

This song is kinda like Cabron when you think about it...

John

''CABWON'' (Jonathan Ross) lol

Casper van Helvoirt

One of the best chorusses I can remember i've heard. It's got power, melody, feel, groove, funk, everything.

NoName Surname

@casper van helvoirt absolutely true.
When I heard it for the first time I couldn't believe this song wasn't on I'm with you

syntax

canyonero

ecoRfan

Sounds like "Canyonero" from that Simpsons episode, "Two Step" by Dave Matthews Band, and even "Country Death Song" by Violent Femmes. Such Red Hot Country Peppers and better than 99% of "pop country" of the modern day.

Mikey Fatass

CANYONEROOOOOOOOO

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