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Take a Tour of "Stadium Arcadium" With Anthony Kiedis

Anthony Kiedis on the Chili Peppers' new album

June 1, 2006 1:57 PM ET

''Desecration Smile''
''There's a reference to Heather in the last verse: 'Beneath the heather lies the meadowlark.' It's also a song I wrote after she had taken me to see a band called the Terrors. I sing about being 'serenaded by the terror bird.' ''

''Hard to Concentrate''
''I dedicate it to Flea, because he's the one engaged to be married. But it was really coming from my heart, a projection of my love for Heather.''

''Death of a Martian''
''It's an ode to Flea's dog, who was our mascot. He watched us write all of Californication and By the Way, then died during the making of this record. The dog was called Martian.''

''Make You Feel Better''
''That's what this band tries to do. The song is about feeling the blessing of being in a position to transmit light to people all over the world with music.''

''So Much I''
''Part of the song is that overwhelming feeling where you don't just want to say 'I love you,' but 'I love you so much.' ''

''We Believe''
''This has its own thing going on. It's speaking to the African pixies, out on the Serengeti.''

''Turn It Again''
''It's about communicating with God by dancing. Start your dancing engine, and you will have the attention of the great spirit in the sky. That spirit will instantly pay you mind and listen.''

''Stadium Arcadium''
''This is from the cup of love -- not just love for the individual but for the act of reflecting the light from the heavens, back into the world.''

''Charlie''
''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.''

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