Apparently, it refers to past patterns in his life--about what he has experienced, the patterns of his life; a similar idiom in form, but not in meaning, is cut from the same cloth.
From SongMeanings | lyrics | Red Hot Chili Peppers - Breaking The Girl
I read Anthony's biography, Scar Tissue, a couple weeks ago. /.../ He mentioned that when he wrote this song, he was just thinking about past patterns and the girls he may have hurt, partly due to his father's example. <Posted by lilybart on 10-31-2004 @ 12:55:26 AM >