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This song is about bassist Flea and how when he was younger, he was small and got picked on a lot. During Flea's younger years he was by himself and a group of guys called him a name because he had pink hair, so he flicked them off. They proceeded to beat him up. When Flea came home, Hillel (Chili Peppers' guitarist) was making a big pot of soup. He saw Flea's beat up face and said, "Oh my God! What happened?" When Flea told him what happened, Hillel yelled, "Come on let's go get 'em!" But Flea just took one look at skinny Hillel, his soup, and back to Hillel, "Nah man it's alright." So the song is about two things, that story in particular, and also about the great feeling of being really small in a huge world. Flea has said he loves feeling as small as an ant when walking through a forest with huge trees. (thanks, Ty - Hudson, WI)
The line about the "Homophobic redneck dick" refers to the people that were beating up Flea. This line was not Wal-Mart friendly, and RHCP had to distribute versions of the One Hot Minute album without the song to the retailer.
Flea sang on this and played it on a Sigma acoustic bass. He wrote it and is the only one that played an instrument on the song. (thanks, James - Guilford, CT)
A popular Lenten vegetable in England during the later Middle Ages was the pea. There were no known "green peas" until after the 1066 Norman Conquest of England. In 1150 among foods stored at the Barking Nunnery, near London, were "green peas for Lent." Dried peas were one of the principal foods for the poor as they were cheap and filling. (From the book Food for Thought: Extraordinary Little Chronicles of the World
by Ed Pearce)
This is the only song from One Hot Minute that the Red Hot Chili Peppers played live after John Frusciante rejoined the band in 1998. The band collectively chose not to play any songs they wrote with Dave Navarro. "Pea" is the exception as it only features Flea. (thanks, Adrian - Gettysburg, PA)
The Guns N' Roses rhythm guitarist in the early '90s, Gilby talks about the band's implosion and the side projects it spawned.
Artis the Spoonman
Even before Soundgarden wrote a song about him, Artis was the most famous spoon player of all time. So why has he always been broke?