Subterranean Homesick Blues
Red Hot Chili Peppers Lyrics


Johnny's in the basement mixing up the medicine
I'm on the pavement thinking about the government
The man in the trench coat, badge out, laid off,
Says he's got a bad cough wants to get it paid off

God knows when but you're doin' it again
You better duck down the alleyway lookin' for a new friend
The man in the coonskin cap by the big pen
Wants eleven dollar bills you only got ten
Look out, kid
Look out, kid, because it's somethin' that you did
Look out, kid, because they keep all hid

Maggie comes fleet foot, face full of black soot
Talkin' at the heat put plants in the bed but the phone's tapped anyway, Maggie says that many say
They must bust in early may orders from the D.A. the double D.A

Walk on your tip toes, don't try no doz
Better stay away from those that carry around a fire hose
Keep a clean nose, watch the plain clothes
You don't need a weather man to know which way the wind blows look out, kid

Look out, kid, because it's somethin' that you did
Look out, kid, because they keep all hid, look out

Looks to me like you did a little to much hittin' kid
You should've took it to the bridge before you started to skid

Look out, kid
The good god willin', we'll bebop to Bob Dylan
Chillin'em, thrillin'em, and red hot killin'em

Said killin'em
Come on, come on killin'em

Get sick, get well, hand around a ink well
Ring bell, hard to tell if anything is goin' to sell
Try hard, get barred, get back, write braille
Get jailed, jump bail, join the army, if you fail

But users, cheaters, six time losers hand around the theaters
Girl by the whirlpool lookin' for a new fool
Don't follow leaders, watch the parkin' meters

Look out, kid
Look out, kid, because it's somethin' that you did
Look out, kid, because they keep all hid

Look out, kid, because they keep all hid, look out

Lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC
Written by: BOB DYLAN

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Comments from YouTube:

Scott Winfrey

This whole album has the best funk undertones.

Smokey Bear

This song is sick!

Daniel Epson

@Jason Harshman He covered it pretty well, I'll admit.

Jason Harshman

Bob Dylan agrees

Zahna Moore

man i’m so glad my dad has a good taste in music. he’s been playing this album and many more since i was little. i’m 15 now, still listening to rhcp on my own :) i absolutely adore this band. thank you dad.

Coldacre

the template for Frusciante’s playing is all here in this song. it’s a master class of funk.

shotonshitteo

Shakedown opening credits. Just started watching it on Starz.

Fitzhugh Goode

Their best album IMHO. Flea’s best stingray sound.

x1

Actually, Flea didn't use a stingray until about 89. Here, he's using a Spector NS2. On Freaky Styley and their self titled, he uses a Music Man Sabre. It's almost identical to a stingray but it has a graphite neck, produced by Modulus, which later produced Flea's signature model in the 90's. Thought I'd drop a bit of knowledge

Eddieshred

i was the first RHCP album i listened to as a 14YO and is still the best

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