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Red Hot Chili Peppers

Under the Bridge

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play Sometimes I  
play Like I don't have a  
play Sometimes I feel
play Like my only  
play Is the   I live in
play The city of  
play Lonely as I am
play Together we cry

play I   on her streets
play 'Cause she's my  
play I walk through her  
play 'Cause she knows who I am
play She sees my good  
play And she kisses me  
play I never  
play Now that is a  

play I don't ever wanna feel
play Like I   that day
play But take me to the place I  
play Take me   the way
play I don't ever wanna feel
play Like I did that day
play But take me to the place I love
play Take me all the way

play It's hard to  
play That there's   out there
play It's hard to believe
play That I'm all alone
play At least I have her love
play The city she loves me
play Lonely as I am
play Together we cry

play I don't ever wanna feel
play Like I did that day
play But take me to the place I love
play Take me all the way
play I don't ever wanna feel
play Like I did that day
play But take me to the place I love
play Take me all the way

play Under the bridge downtown
play Is where I   some blood
play Under the bridge downtown
play I could not get enough
play Under the bridge  
play Forgot about my love
play Under the bridge downtown
play I gave my life away

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This ode to Los Angeles is a tragic tale of addiction. Lead singer Anthony Kiedis wrote this 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.

This song was originally just a poem that Kiedis wrote. It was a very personal poem. 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.

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