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Dark Necessities is the second track and lead single from the band's eleventh studio album, The Getaway. After announcing it's release through their Twitter page on May 2, 2016, the single was released three days later on May 5, 2016. The music video was premiered on June 16, 2016 via Facebook, one day before the release of the album.

The song was yet another hit for the band on the Billboard charts. It became the band's 25th top ten single. The song became the Chili Peppers' 30th to chart inside the chart's top 20.

Fans were able to pre-order the album through the band's website where they were able to purchase various packages which include "Dark Necessities" on a webstore exclusive cassette single, containing "The Getaway" unlisted on it's b-side. Also, fans who pre-ordered any of the packages got a digital download of "Dark Necessities", "The Getaway" and "We Turn Red" for free.

It made its live debut on May 22, 2016 at the Rock on the Range festival in Columbus, Ohio.

LyricsEdit

Coming on to the light of day we got
Many moons that are deep at play so I
Keep an eye on the shadow smile
To see what it has to say
You and I both know
Everything must go away
What do you say

Spinning Knot that is on my heart is like a
Bit of light in a touch of dark you got
Sneak attack from the zodiac
But I see your fire spark
Eat the breeze and go
Blow by blow and go away
What do you say
Yeah

You don't know my mind
You don't know my kind
Dark necessities are part of my design and
Tell the world that I'm
Falling from the sky
Dark necessities are part of my design

Stumble down to the parking lot you got
No time for the after thought they're like
Ice Cream for an Astronaut
Well that's me looking for we
Turn the corner and
Find the world at your command
Playing the hand
Yeah

You don't know my mind
You don't know my kind
Dark necessities are part of my design

Tell the world that I'm
Falling from the sky
Dark necessities are part of my design

Do you want this love of mine
Darkness helps us all to shine
Do you want it, do you want it now

Do you want it all the time
But darkness helps us all to shine
Do you want it, do you want it now

Pick you up like a paper back with the
Track record of a maniac so I
Move it in and we unpack
It's the same as yesterday
Any way we roll
Everything must go away, what do you say
Yeah

You don't know my mind
You don't know my kind
Dark necessities are part of my design

Tell the world that I'm
Falling from the sky and
Dark necessities are part of my design

PersonnelEdit

  • Anthony Kiedis: Lead vocals
  • Josh Klinghoffer: Guitar, backing vocals
  • Flea: Bass, piano
  • Chad Smith: Drums
  • String quartet (contracted by Chris Tedesco) includes:
    • Peter Kent: 1st violin
    • Sharon Jackson: 2nd violin
    • Briana Bandy: viola
    • Armen Ksajikian: cello

GalleryEdit

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