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By the Way is the first track and the lead single from the band's eighth studio album of the same name. The song was the band's sixth #1 hit on the Modern Rock Tracks chart, staying at the summit for 14 weeks, tying it with "Dani California" as the band's second longest stay at the top, behind only "Scar Tissue", which was at the top for 16 weeks. It also spent 7 weeks at #1 on the Mainstream Rock Tracks chart, their fourth song to top this chart.

Regarding its release, John Frusciante noted: "It wasn't really our decision to put that song out first, but our managers thought it was an exciting song and their enthusiasm convinced us. I guess they thought that it combined the wild part of our sound with the melodic part of our sound. Anthony Kiedis elaborated: "I thought that single was an über-bombastic assault of non-commercialism. For it to be so well received in the United Kingdom was shocking to me, but thrilling at the same time."

By the Way has been performed at almost every show since its first performance in 2002, making it one of the band's most performed songs ever with over 500 performances and counting.

LyricsEdit

Standing in line
To see the show tonight
And there's a light on
Heavy glow
By the way I tried to say
I'll be there
Waiting for
Dani the girl
Is singing songs to me
Beneath the marquee
Overload

Steak-knife
Card shark
Con job
Boot cut

Skin that flick
She's such a little DJ
Get there quick
By street but not the freeway
Turn that trick
To make a little leeway
Beat that nic
But not the way that we play

Dog town
Blood bath
Rib cage
Soft tail

Standing in line
To see the show tonight
And there's a light on
Heavy glow
By the way I tried to say
I'd be there
Waiting for

Black jack
Dope dick
Pawn shop
Quick pick

Kiss that dyke
I know you want to hold one
Not on strike
But I'm about to bowl one
Bite that mic
I know you never stole one
Girls that like
A story so I told one

Song bird
Main line
Cash back
Hard top

Standing in line
To see the show tonight
And there's a light on
Heavy glow
By the way I tried to say
I'd be there
Waiting for
Dani the girl
Is singing songs to me
Beneath the marquee
Of her soul

By the way I tried to say
I'd be there
Waiting for

Oh ah, kissed ya then I missed ya
Oh ah, kissed ya then I missed ya
Oh ah, kissed ya then I missed ya
Oh ah, kissed ya then I missed ya
Oh ah, kissed ya then I missed ya
Oh ah, kissed ya then I missed ya
Oh ah, kissed ya then I missed ya
Oh ah

Standing in line
To see the show tonight
And there's a light on
Heavy glow
By the way I tried to say
I'd be there
Waiting for
Dani the girl
Is singing songs to me
Beneath the marquee
Of her soul

By the way I tried to say
I know you
From before

Standing in line
To see the show tonight
And there's a light on
Heavy glow
By the way I tried to say
I'd be there
Waiting for

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