Lead singer Anthony Kiedis (from Rolling Stone, June 15, 2006): "That has a lot of stuff going on. The third part is straight love song: 'My heart, your skin, this love I'm in.' It's also about the power of not having to be right all the time. If you want to get along with somebody, let them be right, and it will last longer."
This one of the band's favorite songs on the album. When the song was not released as a single, the Chilis took matters into their own hands. They held a contest on YouTube in which they asked their fans to produce their very own music video for the song and the winning video would be made the official video. The winning video was directed by Omri Cohen. It shows child versions of the band members driving in a van, picking up a Native American, and ending up at Venice Beach.
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This funky track finds Kiedis stretching his vocal abilities - which have come along way from his early days as a shouter. "When you're trying so hard to get the ears of the world, it's really easy to be super-extroverted, to the point of obnoxiousness," he told Spin in 2006. "And it worked quite well, being the loud, brash, crass, aggressive guy. But instead of losing my voice or becoming a caricature, I found a way to make a transition into something new and different. And that would have been more difficult if I had been born a singer."
What started out as being a song about Kiedis' own creative muse turned into a tribute to all sorts of inspirational sources. "It began to mean more than just one thing, which I actually preferred," he explained in the album commentary. "I didn't want it just to [be about] your imagination. I wanted it to mean as many things as possible. It could be your girl, it could be your drug, or whatever - just kind of an all-purpose thing. But to me, it started off meaning your imagination."
RHCP guitarist John Frusciante was particularly happy when he came up with the guitar part, which is in a different time signature than the bass and drums. Kiedis was so taken with the groove, he used to drive up to cafes and blast unsuspecting patrons with the instrumental. "When I heard that groove it was a deeper and blacker kind of a funk feel, and it was probably my favorite instrumental track - that and 'Hey' were my favorite to things to listen to with no lyrics at all. It rocked me so hard. I would actually pull up next to people in cafes and crank it up, with no vocals on it, just the groove."
Stadium Arcadium is the band's ninth studio album and their first to hit #1 in the US. With 2.5 million copies sold, it's not, however, their best-selling release. That honor goes to their 1991 breakthrough, Blood Sugar Sex Magik, which sold 7.7 million copies in America by 2001 (nearly 14.5 million worldwide).