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Getting born in the state of Mississippi
Poppa was a copper and my momma was a hippie
In Alabama she would swing a hammer
Price you gotta pay when you break the panorama
She never knew that there was anything more than poor
What in the world does your company take me for?

Black bandanna, sweet Louisiana
Robbin' on all the bank in the state of Indiana
She's a runner, rebel and a stunner
On her merry way saying baby what you gonna
Lookin' down the barrel of a hot metal.45
Just another way to survive

Chorus:

California rest in peace
Simultaneous release
California show your teeth
She's my priestess, I'm your priest
Yeah, yeah

She's a lover, baby and a fighter
Should've seen her coming when it got a little brighter
With a name like Dani California
Day was gonna come when I was gonna mourn ya
A little lonely she was stealing another breath
I love my baby to death

Chorus:

California rest in peace
Simultaneous release
California show your teeth
She's my priestess, I'm your priest
Yeah, yeah

Who knew the other side of you
Who knew what others died to prove
Too true to say goodbye to you
Too true, too say say say

Push the fader, gifted animator
One for the now and eleven for the later
Never made it up to Minnesota
North Dakota man was a gunnin' for the quota
Down in the badlands she was saving the best for last
It only hurts when I laugh
Gone too fast

Chorus:

California rest in peace
Simultaneous release
California show your teeth
She's my priestess, I'm your priest
Yeah, yeah

California rest in peace
Simultaneous release
California show your teeth
She's my priestess, I'm your priest
Yeah, yeah



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    XaneboyFeb 9, 2009 at 4:45 am
    I think this song is about a husband and wife, Dani California, the husband was a cop the wife was a hippie when they had a kid i think she did something that made the whole community freak out. so she took the kid and fled. She robbed banks along the way just to get by. They made it to North Dakota when a man wanted the reansom on Dani's head so he either killed her or took her to jail. Now the son cries when he thinks of her.
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    heybaybay123Oct 13, 2008 at 3:02 am
    the red hot chili peppers wrote this song when they were on tour in the state of California but they did write it about a girl named dani california who grew up with nasty parents and turned to crime to survive
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    UnregisteredJul 19, 2014 at 3:06 pm
    The song is a wrap up of a story of a girl from californication ("teenage bride with a baby inside") and by the way ("dani the girl") and this is just a wrap up of this characters story. At least that's what Anthony said in an interview on the song.
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    UnregisteredAug 15, 2012 at 10:10 pm
    You can never get enough of
    what you love . Yeah that's what i got out of it
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    UnregisteredJul 12, 2012 at 11:57 pm
    Its a story that they just made up about a girl. And if its not i dont have a clue wat its about

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