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Red Hot Chili Peppers lead singer Anthony Kiedis wrote "Under The Bridge" about his days as a heroin addict and the loneliness that went with it. The bridge mentioned in the song is a place where he sometimes went to buy drugs and get high.

After four albums of unorthodox hardcore funk, Red Hot Chili Peppers landed a huge hit with the ballad "Under The Bridge," which was not at all typical of their sound. The song went all the way to #2 on the Hot 100 (behind "Jump" by Kris Kross) and got on playlists with the likes of Celine Dion and Michael Bolton. It remains their biggest hit. The song was particularly challenging for Kiedis to sing during the Blood Sugar Sex Magik tour, but the Chili Peppers became comfortable with the sound and followed it up with more slower singles like "Soul to Squeeze" and "Breaking the Girl." It didn't feel like a sell-out because these songs were all very heartfelt, just a lot more vulnerable than their previous work.

This song was originally just a poem that Anthony Kiedis wrote. He didn't write it for the Chili Peppers - it was a very personal poem that he thought he might use somewhere else. Their producer Rick Rubin found it in one of his notebooks and told Anthony that it could be a great song. At first, he didn't want to sing it or share it with anyone, but he eventually came around. Rubin recalled to Newsweek in a 2013 interview: "My thinking was that the Chili Peppers were not limited to being a funk band with rapping. And I remember Anthony was embarrassed to show the song to the other guys in the band. But he sang it to John [Frusciante, guitarist] and John came up with his part. Then he played it for Flea [bassist] and Flea came up with his part. And it ended up being a really good song—even though they didn't realize how good it was until people starting responding to it."

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Song Analysis

Key, BPM (tempo) and time signature of Under the Bridge.
EKey
MajorMode
4/4Time Signature
85BPM

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Warner Records
© 2006 Warner Records Inc.
℗ 2006 Warner Records Inc.

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