If You Have To Ask

Album: Blood Sugar Sex Magik (1991)
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  • A want to be gangster
    Thinkin' he's a wise guy
    Rob another bank
    He's a sock 'em in the eye guy
    Tank head
    Mr. Bonnie and Clyde guy
    Look him in the eye
    He's not my kinda guy
    Never be
    Confusion proof
    Pudding's sweet
    But too aloof
    Orange eye girl
    With a backslide dew said
    Yo homie
    Who you talkin' to
    A backed up paddywagon
    Mackin' on a cat's ass
    One upper cut
    To the cold upper middle class
    Born to storm
    On boredom's face
    And a little lust
    To the funky ass flea bass
    Most in the race
    Just lose their grace
    The blackest hole
    In all of space
    Crooked as a hooker
    Now suck my thumb
    Anybody want to come get some

    If you have to ask
    You'll never know
    Funky motherfuckers
    Will not be told to go

    If you have to ask
    You'll never know
    Funky motherfuckers
    Will not be told to go

    Don't ask me why
    I'm flyin' so high
    Mr. Bubble meets superfly
    In my third eye
    Searchin' for a soul bride
    She's my freakette
    Soak it up inside
    Deeper than a secret
    Much more
    Than meets the eye
    To the funk
    I fall into my new ride
    My hand my hand
    Magic on the one
    Is a medicine man
    Thinkin' of a few
    Taboos that I ought to kill
    Dancin' on their face
    Like a stage on vaudeville

    I feel so good
    Can't be understood
    Booty of a hoodlum
    Rockin' my red hood

    If you have to ask
    You'll never know
    Funky motherfuckers
    Will not be told to go

    If you have to ask
    You'll never know
    Funky motherfuckers
    Will not be told to go Writer/s: Anthony Kiedis, Chad Smith, John Anthony Frusciante, Michael Balzary
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Comments: 6

  • Evan from Kali, MiI'm surprised that it isn't already mentioned: the fact that this is a cover. This is a cover of a P-Funk song of the same title. P-Funk is arguably their largest influence.
  • Mark from New York, NyWow, thanks for that. Thats deep Mike...
  • Michal from Lubin, PolandActually, the song has a meaning. The chorus is a quote of Louis Armstrong. Where he was at some fancy party, a woman asked him what it is, that "jazz thing". He answered: "Well, ma'am, if you have to ask, you'll never know". Kiedis uses this quote to impress his love to funk music. btw this is what all song is about - funk, loving funk :].
  • Madalyn from Greensburg, Pai've been in love with them and haven't stopped... 1993 is when i heard it and it is forever
  • Brian from Winchester, Mathe chili peppers- you love them or you hate them, maybe that's what this song is about. you wish they'd stay forever, or be banished. it's a weird metaphor
  • Sully from Newport, VtOn RHCP's album Live In Hyde Park, Flea (roughly) quotes the chorus of this song before the band plays a cover of Black Cross by 45 Grave: "This song is called Black Cross. And if you have to ask, then you'll never know."
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