Can't Stop

Album: By The Way (2002)
Charted: 22 57


  • For this song, lead singer Anthony Kiedis wrote the lyrics around the music. The words are a somewhat random collection of thoughts, with some creative rhyming thrown in to fit the rhythm of the song ("Can I get 2 maybe even 3 of these, come from space to teach you of the pleiades"). The song encourages the listener to live with passion and individuality ("This life is more than just a read-through"), something the Chili Peppers have done throughout their career.
  • A fan favorite, the Red Hot Chili Peppers play this at most of their concerts.
  • The video for this song was inspired by works of Austrian artist Erwin Wurm called "One Minute Sculptures." which are a series of sculptures made in a very creative way, using the human body as a part of the composition. >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Zuzana - Bratislava

Comments: 23

  • Christine from UsaThis song is definitely about spiritual awakening. There are references to a twin flame guiding the awakeming, seeing the truth, authenticity...and so much more pointing to spiritual awakening...
  • Lydia Mcgowan from Monkstown Co. Dublin IrelandOne of my first Red Hot Chili Peppers songs.
  • Aussie Baby from SydneyReferences The Great Gatsby?
  • Seth from TuscaloosaJazz Fest 2016, they opened the show with this jam. Seriously changed my life. I've been down the music rabbit hole ever since.
  • Sonny from PhilippinesIts about spiritual awakening! I realized this now!
  • Jg from Joppa, MdYeeun, Many couples?
  • Mimzy from Salem, Ori think this song is about aliens .... think ... Kick start the golden generator
    Sweet talk but don't intimidate her
    Can't stop the gods from engineering
    Feel no need for any interfering
    Your image in the dictionary
    This life is more than ordinary
    Can I get 2 maybe even 3 of these
    Come from space
    To teach you of the Pleiades (a star cluster where ETs come from)
    Can't stop the spirits when they need you
    This life is more than just a read thru
  • Mike from Luvshuck, PaGo ask the dust for any answers
    come back strong with 50 belly dancers
    anyone know what that means?
  • Zach from Jacksonville, FlAwsome song in my top five
  • Cole from San Francisco, CaThe Red Hot Chili Peppers is the best band ever! This is definitely one of my top 3 songs of all time
  • Ninja from Las Vegas, Nvahh! The beat is just freaken awesome. And the video is real creative. One of my fav songs;)gets me hyphy:P Finally a song with no comments of it being of drug abuse and addiction...haha:O
  • Yeeun from Warsaw, PolandGood song... But many couples misunderstand the song lyrics, I hear it's one of the most misunderstood songs. It's also about the death of this guy, I forget who, though.
  • Théo from Tallahassee, FlI recently wrote an analysis paper about this song for my ENC1102 class. I received an A+ by the way.
    The following is my thesis and a short introduction to my eight page paper:
    "The song is about trial and error and how we learn from the mistakes we make that are caused by temptation. The song can be split up, by verse, into a few closely related parts, which have their own separate and specific themes: The first verse is about having a problem, such as a drug addiction. The second verse ("Sweetheart is bleeding...") is about loss of control, and an attempt at gaining it back. The third verse ("Wait a minute...") is about hitting the hypothetical bottom, how the narrator knew he or she might be screwed, and how the narrator sees himself or herself getting back up. The fourth verse is a repetition of the first verse, which shows how the narrator might have looked back and realized how poorly he or she was living. The fifth and final verse ("Kick start the golden...") is about the lessons learned and the control he has over his life now, as well as how strong he feels. There is no specification as to who the narrator is or what the problem might be, but I have assumed that Kiedis is the narrator and the problem is drug abuse."
  • Ben from Ocean City, NjThis was the song I first heard by the Peppers when I was a little kid, still one of my all-time favorites! This song got me hooked on the music that makes me think pretty much forever, thankyou Chilis!
  • Austin from Smallsville,new England, --The song was left out on their greatest hits cd even though there was enough room for one more song
  • Mark from Worcester, MiJohn Frusciante was the primary creative force behind the music for this song. Heard him in an interview where he cited this as a song that most people associate with Flea, but it was his baby. He was pointing out how hard it is for people to figure out who wrote what, and he had some examples of other songs that Flea or Anthony got started but people think that he did.
  • Olivia from Perth, AustraliaOne of my favourite songs. Love the guitar riff
  • Ikkin from Bedford, Txthis is one of my favorite red hot chili peppers. they rock
  • Chris from New Jersey, Njha i used this for a science project
  • Billy from Calgary, CanadaThis is a pretty nice song.
  • George from Jackson, Njpliedes is spelled pleiades they are a small open cluster of bright stars.
  • Jay from Geneva, CheezlandThis song was used to motivate the crew on "Alinghi" the year that boat won the American's cup for the first time. It was played onborad before each race and has become their signature tune since.
  • Soso from Somewhere, United Statesbeautful song. all their songs have deeper meanings though, find it.
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