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Red Hot Chili Peppers: Scar Tissue Meaning

Tagged: Death | Suicide [suggest]

Song Released: 1999


Scar Tissue Lyrics

Scar tissue that I wish you saw
Sarcastic mister know it all
Close your eyes and I'll kiss you 'cause
With the birds I'll share
With the birds I'll share
This lonely view
With the birds I'll share
This lonely view

Push me up...

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    anonymous
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    Jun 27th, 2006 6:21pm report


    All people are slightly correct in thier interpretations. The girl could also be heroine, since addictions can be as consuming as love, a person could feasibly view it as either being addicted to drugs shooting up etc, or the intensity of losing someone or that f-ed up love that people have. Blood loss in a bathroom stall could be refering to either depending on the situation. along with the rest. My meaning of it is just simply something that controlls/consumes you to a point that you feel isolated without it and completely hopeless with it.



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    anonymous
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    Jul 27th, 2006 7:02pm report


    I think the song just uses metaphors to express the pain and suffering people go through in life and the things they try to do to make up for it. They do things to try to get people to notice that they were hurt in some way, like hurt themselves, which often does nothing and nobody notices. This is expressed in the first line of the song, "scar tissue that I wish you saw."
    when the people around them don't realize or pay attention to the person's pain, they just kind of wallow in their self-pity, or "share it with the birds".



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    anonymous
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    Jan 10th, 2006 1:46pm report


    It is about heroin usage, in the book Scar Tissue, written by Anthony Kiedis, it describes him going to hidden spots in certain neighborhoods to satisfy his need for heroin, without revealing himself, being a celebrity. However, the beginning of the song, "sarcastic mr. know it all," is actually about former rhcp member Dave Navarro. In the book, Kiedis says that it's about Navarro saying that sarcasm was his sense of humor. "Under the bridge downtown, is where I drew some blood," is speaking mostly of his heroin use. Also, "With the birds I share this lonely view," is describing most of his life as kind of an outcast.



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    anonymous
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    Apr 18th, 12:25 report


    This song is about him just as much as the girl. She is his savior, pushing him to see who he has become, but she is also a victim of hurt. He can not help. He can only watch the helpless downward spiral of his savior. Girls can save guys from themselves without sexual love. he knows enough about her to know she isnt right, that she going away. He just isnt close enough for her to let him in to save her. She cuts and he knows this. He feels alone in the knowledge as she slowly but most certainly dies inside. People dont see it. They either refuse to or they enjoy. Shes getting beat. He cant convince her to leave and he cant convince her to let him in. He is alone in the knowledge until the end. he wants to comfort her. She just wont let him. She wont let him in.



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    anonymous
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    Jan 3rd, 1:31am report


    All you fucking buttfuckers are wrong, it's about all the things that have happened to the band (slovaks death, john's departure, heroin addiction, etc.) and they're still together, after all the bruises and bumps made on the band. When anthony says "scar tissue that I wish you saw" is inferring the band is very scarred, but still alive. Anthony even said in an interview.



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    anonymous
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    May 22nd, 2013 5:54pm report


    If you are a woman listening to this song it can have a really deep meaning (scar tissue that i wish you saw, sarcastic Mr Know it all)...and the meaning of "With the birds i'll share this lonely view"...well that could be about many different things...I see it as lovers sharing love with a good friend...If that makes any since...Like in all reality we are all animals...some people just don't get that.



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    anonymous
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    Aug 15th, 2012 8:59pm report


    You guys may be looking too muh into it.

    I see it as this: anthony kiedis wrote the book scartissue which is an autobiography. One can infer the song too is about him. He's not a very talkative person when it comes to talking about emotions and feelings. He doesnt even like revealing what his songs are about. He says they mean whatever the listener wants them to mean.



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    anonymous
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    May 16th, 2012 5:38pm report


    I think the line "blood loss in a bathroom stall" could relate to a miscarriage, which also relates to the overall theme of loneliness.



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    anonymous
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    Apr 22nd, 2012 4:29pm report


    This song is not about drugs.



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    anonymous
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    Mar 6th, 2012 3:36pm report


    There isn't always much dtciinstion between the two things. There is no exact medical definition for a gallbladder attack, but it is generally an incident where the gallbladder becomes inflamed and irritated usually from a gallstone, but can sometimes occur without a gallstone. A gallstone is literally a tiny stone that forms from minerals that precipitate in the bile duct. Was this answer helpful?



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    anonymous
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    Feb 11th, 2012 2:40pm report


    I understand that for Anthony and the Chili Peppers, this song is about addictions and drug abuse and all that, but for me personally, and being a girl, I kind of relate it to my life like this:

    "Scar tissue that I wish you saw
    Sarcastic mister know it all
    Close your eyes and I'll kiss you"
    Wanting to be with someone who doesn't take you seriously, and taking it out on yourself.

    "'cause with the birds I'll share
    With the birds I'll share
    This lonely view
    With the birds I'll share
    This lonely view"
    Being the outcast and feeling isolated from happiness.

    "Push me up against the wall
    Young Kentucky girl in a push-up bra
    Fallin' all over myself
    To lick your heart and taste your health"
    This is the girl's view of the guy, and how he tries to fill his own emptiness with sex.
    "'cause
    With the birds I'll share
    This lonely view..."
    But inside, he's just as broken as she is.

    "Blood loss in a bathroom stall
    Southern girl with a scarlet drawl
    Wave good-bye to ma and pa"
    This is the guy leading other girls on and taking them away from their old life.
    "'cause
    With the birds I'll share
    With the birds I'll share
    This lonely view
    With the birds I'll share
    This lonely view"
    But he repeats his old habits and leaves them, and goes out searching for happiness in someone else.

    "Soft spoken with a broken jaw
    Step outside but not to brawl"
    I kind of picture this as describing the guy. He's sort of shy, but tries to play it off like he's tough on the outside.
    "Autumn's sweet we call it fall
    I'll make it to the moon if I have to crawl"
    For this, I feel like it could be a pick up line for the girl he loved but left, saying he'll do anything to make it work.
    "and
    With the birds I'll share
    This lonely view..."
    But when she won't take him back, he feels empty and he screwed up.

    "Scar tissue that I wish you saw
    Sarcastic mister know it all
    Close your eyes and I'll kiss you 'cause
    With the birds I'll share
    With the birds I'll share
    This lonely view
    With the birds I'll share
    This lonely view..."
    This is just the girl saying that she loves him and she wanted him to know that, but he hurt her so much, that she believes even being alone would be less painful than what she had with him.



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    anonymous
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    Nov 17th, 2011 11:13pm report


    I've got a friend suffering from Stomach Cancer and got his tumor shrunk but it started growing to where it's the size of a softball. and when it's out it left scar tissue. obvious really.



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    anonymous
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    Nov 8th, 2011 11:08pm report


    well as you will find in alot of RHCP songs is that its about getting over and using herion. yes it sounds like he is singing about a girl but it also seems like that in otherside and snow. but this band suffered the loss of their formal lead singer from a herion OD and another one of the band members have a herion problem and he was really close to the ex lead singer so alot of their songs have to do with herion



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    anonymous
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    Jul 18th, 2011 7:44pm report


    It's almost all about addiction, y'all. The one part that's not is the line "sarcastic Mr. Know it all." That's about Dave Navarro (who annoyed Kiedis, and has had his own drug problemT). the scar tissue that he is referring to represents not only the pain from his childhood, but also the literal scar tissue from mainlining H. The southern ladies which he references both refer to heroin (when you're a junkie, you will literally lick or eat tar heroin--which tastes disgusting--to avoid withdrawal. When you're going through withdrawal, it's called "being sick,"--like you have a terrible flu. And you will do anything to get some H to "get well." So yes, you will literally "fall all over yourself" to get well. And the "scarlet drawl" is referencing when you hit a vein to shoot up...blood turns the H in the syringe red, that's how you know you've got a vein and aren't just skin-popping H or injecting it intra-muscularly (not as quick of a rush). "Say goodbye to ma and pa..." that's easy: when you are a junkie (i.e., H addict), you might as well just say goodbye to everyone and everything you love. "With the birds..." yeah, it's one hell of a lonely view, but when you're on H, you literally feel like you are flying as high as you could ever imagine. "Soft spoken with a broken jaw, step outside but not to brawl": you totally speak softly and slurred when on smack...and it's pretty easy to get any of your bones broken...people on H fall a lot. And he's stepping outside to score and shoot (up), not to brawl. "Autumn's sweet, we call it Fall": ever hear of "the winter of your life?" It's a century-old idiom referring to your time nearing death. The Fall of your life comes just before intractable decline and inevitable death. Do H long enough and, yes, you absolutely will die.



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    anonymous
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    Jun 26th, 2011 6:08pm report


    your all dumb and over thinking this song.
    this song just represents how after all these years and after all the people they lost that they cared about, and all the things they've been though they are still are together making music. how so youa ask?
    well let me break it down, sarcastic mr. know it all is dave narrivo, bloodloss in a bathroom stall is river phenoix. these are two people that were dear to the band that they lost. two other people dear to the band that were lost was hillel and kurt cobain. since anthony lost some of the people deariest to him he feels like an enternil outsider. thats why with the birds he shares that lonley view. but later in the long john and fle sing background vocals in the choris, saying how they share that lonley view with him. and how they are all still together after everything they've been though



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    anonymous
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    Jun 2nd, 2011 6:11am report


    it's clearly about dying. either it be from drugs or a scarred ego. the sarcastic mr know it all in my point of view is pointed at the guitarist. and close your eyes and i'll kiss you is directed at the girl he's talking about. he wants one last kiss before he dies and with the birds i'll share this lonely view means he'll be in heaven watching like a bird and with them he'll share a view of the girl he's singing about. makes sense. and blood loss in a bathroom stall means he slashed his wrist in the bathroom.



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    anonymous
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    May 25th, 2011 5:54pm report


    The song is about heartbreak and baggage "scar tissue that I wish you saw" being that he wished his ex-girlfriend saw how much she hurt him.



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    anonymous
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    Apr 15th, 2011 4:25am report


    when referring to the phrase "Scar Tissue", i find it hard to find another reasonable explanation, other than Heroin and drug use, come from the lyrical genius Anthony Kiedis himself. "With the birds i'll share this lonely view", can be interpreted differently amongst us all. And that is what Kiedis believes MUSIC is all about. He loves to tell a story with no intended ending, or use unclear metaphors and analogies, so that we the listeners, can use his words as initiation to a very imaginative and deep intellectual thought process. I comprehend that line as Kiedis being that "bird" and having fame and fortune at his disposal but still lacking happiness and comfort due to a recent breakup and the distance growing between the band members at the time. Kiedis being my number one inspiration, you will not be surprised to find the quote, "i'll make it to the moon if i have to crawl", located perfectly in my right arm sleeve.

    DR. Dash Moore
    6 Year Psychologist and devoted Chili Pepper Enthusiast.



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