Album: By The Way (2002)

Songfacts®:

  • The song was written, along with "Knock Me Down" and "My Lovely Man" as a tribute to Hillel Slovak, the original Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist who would later be replaced by John Frusciante. Slovak died from a speedball overdose. Other than the title of the song, there are several other references to drugs in the song, along with references to death and the loss of one who is close to you. >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Isaac - C-Town, OH

Comments: 3

  • Rebeka from Rijeka, CroatiaI think it's kind of a love song particulary because of the lines : "This is the way I wanted it to be with you
    This is the way that I knew that it would be with you".. or that he is dosed with someone
  • Lucas from Heerlen, NetherlandsKnock me down was written for Hillel Slovak.
  • Layton from Paris, TxKnock Me Down was written about Anthony's battle with drug addiction through the late 80s and early 90s. No Chump Love Sucker was written about Hillel Slovak not Knock Me Down. Read Scar Tissue by Anthony Kiedis, gives you the whole Chili Pepper's story. Noobs!
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