Red Hot Chili Peppers - Under the Bridge



"Under the Bridge" is a song by American rock band Red Hot Chili Peppers and the eleventh track on their fifth studio album, Blood Sugar Sex Magik (1991). Vocalist Anthony Kiedis wrote the lyrics while reflecting on loneliness and the struggles of being clean from drugs, and almost didn't share it with the band.


Released in March 1992, "Under the Bridge" was praised by critics and fans for its emotional weight. The song was a commercial success and the band's highest-charting single, peaking at number 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 and certified platinum. It was also a success in other countries, mostly charting in the Top 10.


Kiedis was reluctant, as he felt the poem was too emotional and did not fit the Chili Peppers' style. After singing the poem to guitarist John Frusciante and drummer Chad Smith, they "got up and walked over to their instruments and started finding the beat and guitar chords to match it". Frusciante chose the chords to balance the dark lyrics, saying "I thought if the lyrics are really sad like that I should write some chords that are happier".


Frusciante and Kiedis worked on the song for several days. It was one of the few tracks completed prior to the band moving into the Mansion, where they recorded the album. After the song was recorded, Rubin felt the grand ending would benefit from a large group of singers. Frusciante invited his mother, Gail, and her friend, both of whom sang in a choir, to perform.




Lyrics


Sometimes I feel like I don't have a partner

Sometimes I feel like my only friend

Is the city I live in, The City of Angels

Lonely as I am together we cry


I drive on her streets 'cause she's my companion

I walk through her hills 'cause she knows who I am

She sees my good deeds and she kisses me windy

Well, I never worry, now that is a lie


I don't ever wanna feel like I did that day

But take me to the place I love, take me all the way

I don't ever wanna feel like I did that day

But take me to the place I love take me all the way


Yeah, yeah yeah


It's hard to believe that there's nobody out there

It's hard to believe that I'm all alone

At least I have her love

The city, she loves me

Lonely as I am together we cry


I don't ever wanna feel like I did that day

But take me to the place I love take me all the way

I don't ever wanna feel like I did that day

But take me to the place I love take me all the way


Yeah, yeah yeah

Oh, no, no, no, yeah yeah

Love me, I say, yeah yeah

One time


(Under the bridge downtown)

Is where I drew some blood

(Under the bridge downtown)

I could not get enough

(Under the bridge downtown)

Forgot about my love

(Under the bridge downtown)

I gave my life away, yeah

Yeah yeah

Oh, no, no no no, yeah yeah

Oh no, I said oh, yeah yeah

Here I stay