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Red Hot Chili Peppers: Scar Tissue Meaning

Tagged: Death | Suicide [suggest]

Song Released: 1999


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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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    SevisSam
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    Mar 30th, 3:40am report


    Although the idea of the song being about drug addiction is more likely, I like to think the song is about death. The line, "Scar tissue that I wish you saw" makes me think of someone who self harms, and wishes someone would notice it and help them. "With the birds I'll share this lonely view" makes me feel like the song is about someone who has killed themselves, and is watching from above as other people suffer, wishing they could help and refusing to move on. The part about pushing the girl with a push up bra against a wall reminds me of rape. "Blood loss in the bathroom stall" makes me think of another suicide victim, as it is followed by "wave goodbye to Maw and Paw". "Soft spoken with a broken jaw, step outside but not to brawl" makes me think of a a bully victim being determined to stay civil, but losing their life. I like to believe that the chorus at the end symbolizes the main person saying goodbye to their loved ones, and finally letting go to move on to a better place.



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    anonymous
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    Feb 23rd, 2018 2:12am report


    I believe it's about being on the outside looking in and feeling helpless to help, and watching abuse of various kinds such as domestic abuse, drug abuse, etc. Scar tissue is emotional rather than literal.



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    anonymous
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    Sep 6th, 2017 9:31pm report


    The song is about Heroin use. Addicts build up scar tissue from using the same vein (in the same area) consistently. "Blood loss in a barthroom stall" is the blood that leaks out of needle's entry point.
    "Lick your heart and taste your health" refers to his putting his mouth over the where the blood leaks out and tasting it. I'm sure he means the girl.
    As far as sharing his lonely view with the bird I think he's talking about angels after he dies? I've thought a lot about that part but it could mean a lot of things.



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    anonymous
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    Apr 14th, 2017 4:47pm report


    Birds are angels and what they no is secret and mysterious. They like angels see the earth from an outside perspective and therefore see a much bigger, more complete, picture. Knowing so much more than those who prefer ignorance to understanding can be a lonely place to be for those who choose ignorance are many.



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    anonymous
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    Mar 30th, 2016 3:34pm report


    The band do write songs about other subjects apart from drugs. In fact it's probably a subject they least write about. It cool fi ding out the real interpretation but to me my own is much more important. I was in a long term relationship and me and my partner were huge chili fans and this sort of was our song. I know that's a huge cliché but after we split the song took on a whole new meaning."Scar tissue that I wish you saw" wish u could have seen how hurt I was. "with the birds I share this lonely view" After I had nothing and no one to share life with. This rest has nothing to do with it what di ever but those lines eat my heart every time.



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    anonymous
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    Jun 17th, 2014 6:03pm report


    i always thought of the song as being about drug use and a girl. scar tissue meaning a dark past that he wishes a girl knew about. sharing the view with birds being about being high on drugs. like high in the air with birds but the drugs also making him lonely. the sarcastic mr. know it all i believe he references in the book as his and flea's sense of humor as very sarcastic. someone mentioned dave navarro and i think that's right that navarro didn't really mesh well with the band and their sense of humor.



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    anonymous
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    Apr 18th, 2014 4:25pm 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, 2014 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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    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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