Red Hot Chili Peppers: Under the Bridge Meaning
Song Released: 1991
Under the Bridge Lyrics
Like I dont 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 shes my companion
I walk through her hills
anonymous Sep 13th, 2006 9:46am report
I guess anthony himself put to rest all our interpretations of this song in his autobiography, "scar tissue." in the book he says that after he got clean for the first time, a lot of things changed in the band dynamic. He began to feel like a bit of an outsider, especially when the others were doing drugs. One day John and flea were smoking pot in the studio, and he looked into john's eyes and he knew he had lost him as a friend. On the bus back to his apartment, he began humming and wrote a few lyrics to suit his mood, "I don't ever want to feel/like I did that day" he shows the comfort his home city (la "the city of angels") gave him in the line, "at least I have her now/the city she loves me"
the bridge in the title is the one anthony went to to shoot up with mexican dealers and gang members this is one of the most beautiful, melodic and tragic songs about addiction, and it is consumated beautifully by the church choir at the end (not John f's mother!)
in their singing with kiedis, (kiedis's part in brackets)
under the bridge downtown
(is where I drew some blood)
under the bridge downtown
(forgot about my love)
under the bridge downtown
(I gave my life away!)
Anthony started singing this tune while driving after an argument with john. Anthony was reluctant to sing it and show producer rick rubin, and it almost didn't make the album. Under the bridge is where he was taken by a mexican drug dealer who would serve him when they went to the drug den but it was only for freinds and relatives, so he pretended to be the guy's future brother-in-law in order to be able to get high. The song is based on drugs, and the city, 'city of angels' is an obvious reference to los angeles.
anonymous Dec 3rd, 2012 12:59am report
Under the bridge hasn't to do with a bridge."under the bridge" means " in the past"
It is most likely about his drug addiction which is over (read exdrug addiction)
anonymous Feb 17th, 2011 2:07pm report
Under the Bridge, as mentioned before, revolves around Anthony Kiedis's addiction to heroin, as well as the loneliness that led him to shoot it. He shot the heroin "Under the Bridge", hence the name of the song.
It also regards the bond he feels with his home city, Los Angeles, the City of Angels. However, when he says "take me to the place I love/take me all the way", he's referring to the state he's in when he's high. Think - before that line, he said he never wanted to feel like he did that day. Easiest way to forget? Getting high. Is it otherwise relevant? No. Besides, he's already in LA, so it wouldn't make sense to "take him there".
anonymous Oct 14th, 2010 10:24am report
The song is definately about doing drugs, and the struggles and Anthony went through, and where he did it. But the song is also about Anthony's broad connection with the city of Los Angeles, its as if he and the city are one with each other. The reason being, the lyrics " 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, i never worry, now that is a lie" respresent his natural bond with the city. Drug use is huge in this song, he lost his love which was at the time his girlfriend Ione Skye. She was at home while he was under the bridge doing serious hardcore drugs. In interviews he has disclosed that the bridge is in Los Angeles, but he will not condone where. He has also stated that " Its easy to be a junkie". This is my favorite song by the Red Hot Chili Peppers. A really good song in my opinion.
anonymous Nov 10th, 2009 11:56am report
This song is about love and pain and the harm he know he caused himself and his loved ones while using as well as the loneliness now that his drug companion is now gone and is no longer there to fill his needs and numb his pain leaving him alone to deal with reality on his own
sawyer1995 Apr 11th, 2009 4:14am report
After doing some research on the Red Hot Chili Peppers and learning more about each band member I was able to analyze their song, “ Under The Bridge”. This song was written by Anthony Kiedis to express his feelings of loneliness and show how heroin affected his life. As his band members grew closer, Anthony began to feel alone and sad (“Sometimes I feel like I don’t have a partner.”) Since he had no real friends, Anthony imagined Los Angeles as being his only friend (“Sometimes I feel like my only friend is the city I live in, the city of angels.”) As Anthony and his band members grew farther apart, he felt the only way to escape was to shoot up heroin under the bridge downtown (“ I don’t ever wanna feel like I did that day. Take me to the place I love, take me all the way.”) As his addiction grows worse, Anthony feels the only thing he can rely on is his city (“ 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.”) Eventually, all Anthony could do was heroin and it caused him to forget about his love for music (“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.”)
Hope this helps. Sawyer<33333333
anonymous Mar 11th, 2009 3:16am report
A sad and haunting song about being addicted to the "rush" and the things that lead you to a place in your life where firing up seems like the only escape. It's a ritual and after the deed is done you feel good for awhile only to get the uncontrollable craving again and again (oh no, no no oh yeah yeah)....If you haven't "drawn blood" you probably don't fully understand the song. Sorry to be so blunt but it's a fact!
anonymous Jan 24th, 2009 1:05pm report
This song is about Anthony feeling left out of the chili peppers b/c flea and the others were shooting up and ignoring him...its also about how he lost his girlfriend b/c of his addiction
anonymous Dec 16th, 2008 12:14pm report
ok i agree this song is about anthonys drug using days, but its also about the connection he lost with john during the blood sugar days. i kno this is true bcs i read anthony keidis's bio scar tissue at least 19 times. "Under The Bridge" wasnt even sopposed to be a song, it was a poem anthony wrote when he realised he lost the connection with john. Rick Rubin was flipping thru anthony's notebook and found it, then got him to show it to john and chad while waiting for flea to get to rehersal. but yeah
This interpretation has been marked as poor. view anyway
anonymous Aug 12th, 2008 8:13pm report
Well I think that it was about a friend, and I've heard that it was a poem AK wrote this poem about him.
They would both go under that bridge downtown to shoot up heroine, and his friend OD'd under that bridge and now he feels like the only friend he has and the only one who loves him is the City he lives. and where he's been for so long. Hence "Lonely as I am, Together we cry"
When he says "I don't ever want to feel like I did that day" he's saying that he doesn't want to go through the pain of losing that friend, and "take me to the place I love" is he's talking about using heroine or another drug to run away from the sadness of his friend.
That's what I get out of it.
I know this is probably wrong, but I live in Grand rapids Michigan, so since my theory involves this I had to say something about it. Since Anthony Kiedis grew up in grand rapids, do you think he could be talking about it since people in southern Michigan are sometimes referred to as living "under the bridge" since the mackinaw bridge is separating the two peninsulas, and so he lived "under the bridge", but I'm probably wrong...
anonymous Jul 20th, 2008 7:14pm report
Anthony Keidis wrote this song about how he doesn't want to feel bad about doing drugs, also fuck the guy who's about to vote.
anonymous Jun 28th, 2008 6:58am report
This song was a poem Anthony wrote and didn't show the rest of the band for quite some time.. when he eventually did, well you know what happened after that.
anonymous Apr 2nd, 2008 4:52pm report
This song was a poem written by anthony arond 1990 when he bacame scared because his bestfriend and former chili pepper Hillel Slovak died because of an overdose. He was driving home after a rehearsle with the peppers when he noticed that John and flea were become close friends and he was sort of left out. on the drive home he started making under the bridge. He kept on singing "some times I feel like I don't have a partner" later his producer was stubling through his notebook and found his poem and told him it would be a great song. Anthony gave in and wrote it to the world even though it was so personal (I mean when I listen to it I get tears because of how much heart he puts into that song.) it was the #2 on the top 100 just under Tears in Heaven by Eric Clapton. Personaly I would say this is the best RHCP song ever writen and I have had many people agree with me but that is what the song is about. being lonley while your closest friends become closer and you start drifting away and going to do drugs under a bridge but scared for your life because of your friends Hillel Slovak who died in 1988.
Hoped I was helpful
More Red Hot Chili Peppers song meanings »
Submit Your Interpretation
|Ride Captain Ride||kooljohn176|
|Walk This Way||anonymous|
|I'm You're Captain||kooljohn176|
|If It Means a Lot to You||anonymous|
|Tangled in the Great Escape||anonymous|
|Do I Wanna Know?||anonymous|
|The Reckless and the Brave||anonymous|
|Where Did You Sleep Last Night?||anonymous|
|Welcome to the Machine||anonymous|
|Thinking Out Loud||anonymous|