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This Velvet Glove is the eleventh track from the band's seventh studio album, Californication. It was played live for the first time in Pacifico Yokohama, Yokohama, Kanagawa, Japan on January 13th, 2000.

Although it wasn't played that much in the Californication Tour, the band started playing it regularly in 2007 during the Stadium Arcadium Tour along with Josh Klinghoffer on acoustic guitar.

Lyrics Edit

Close to my skin
I'm falling in
Someone who's been

Sittin' by the phone
I'm left alone
In another zone

John says to live above hell
My will is well

No one is waiting
For me to fail
My will could sail yeah

It's such a waste to be wasted
In the first place
I want to taste the taste of
Being face to face with common grace
To meditate on the warmest dream
And when I walk alone I listen
To our secret theme

Your solar eyes are like
Nothing I have ever seen
Somebody close
That can see right through
I'd take a fall and you know
That I'd do anything
I will for you

Sailin' for the sun
'Cause There is one
Knows where I'm from

I care for you
I really do I really do

Come closer now
So you can lie
Right by my side

Sit alone in the sun
I wrote a letter to you
Getting over myself

Your solar eyes are like
Nothing I have ever seen
Somebody close
That can see right through
I'd take a fall and you know
That I'd do anything
I will for you

Your solar eyes are like
Nothing I have ever seen
Somebody close
That was made for you
I'd take a fall and you know
That I'd do anything
I will for you

Close to my skin
Someone who's been
I'm a falling in

Disasters are
Just another star
Falling in my yard

John says to live above hell
My will is well

Long to be with
Someone to tell
I love your smell

Quotes Edit

"This Velvet Glove" is a love song for Kiedis’ wife, which centres around the lines, “John says to live above hell / My will is well.”

It sounds like a plain reference to an understanding that’s shared between friends who’ve beaten the same monkey off their backs. Kiedis says the quote is not so literal, but the John the song refers to is indeed Frusciante, and the lyric is an eavesdropped lift from one of his solo works in progress.

“He was singing about living life above hell, meaning whether from drugs or just state of mind”, says Kiedis. “He’d sampled life living in hell, he thought better of it, got over it and was living in a more beautiful space. I was so deeply in love when I wrote it, and John was very much a part of my life during that time, creating good energy, I wanted to mention it.” -Juice Magazine, December 1999

Carlos Costas: What do you think about Californication... for example, which would be your favourite song in the album?

John Frusciante: Ummh. Maybe This Velvet Glove, I love that... -Rockaxis.com, January 2001

In "This Velvet Glove" [from Californication] there’s a line:  “John says to live above hell.”  How far above?

Basically it’s a much more exciting existence being sober that it is being strung out on heroin and cocaine.  Heroin and cocaine are incredibly predictable and really suck the life out of you, and I think he was feeling extreme elation at having his own senses back in order and loving every moment of life, so that was my shout-out to John. -Penthouse Magazine, January 2002

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