Sometimes I feel
Like I don't 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 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

I don't ever want to feel
Like I did that day
Take me to the place I love
Take me all the way
I don't ever want to feel
Like I did that day
Take me to the place I love
Take me all the way (yeah yeah)

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

I don't ever want to feel
Like I did that day
Take me to the place I love
Take me all the way
I don't ever want to feel
Like I did that day
Take me to the place I love
Take me all the way (yeah yeah)
Ooh no (no no yeah yeah)
Love me I say yeah yeah

Under the bridge downtown
Is were 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 (yeah yeah)
Ooh no (no no yeah yeah)
Here I stay yeah yeah

Here I stay



Lyrics submitted by dsfire

"Under the Bridge" as written by Marlon King, R. Mc Nair, Flea/ A. Kiedis/ C. Smith/ J. Frusciante

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  • +11
    General Comment:i saw anthony on some documentary saying that he was driving along the freeway in L.A once and he was really depressed. He felt like there was no one he could connect with and he was completely alone in the universe, so he started singing to himself, and this is what he sung. The verses at least.
    The chorus is about how he didn't want to feel that lonely ever again, he wanted to go to the place he loves, which was being in a band, making music, and "making love with beautiful women" :).
    the under the bridge downtown part is about when he was a drug addict, his only friend in the world was a drug contact called mario, and they lied to a mexican gang or something to be able to pass through this alley to get under a bridge in downtown L.A to use their drugs that they'd just got, and he said he regarded it as a real low point in his life.
    So there you have it, under the bridge is about being lonely and depressed.
    complete_loneron January 25, 2002   Link
  • +5
    General Comment:I know the real meaning of the song as it relates to Anthony's drug habit but it has a real meaning to me too.
    My wife had left me for someone else and filed for divorce. I moved to a place of my own in a city miles away. At that time I had few local friends and was very alone. There was one day when I was gripped with loneliness unlike anything I had ever known. I set about to make sure I never felt like that again.
    I would spend many hours walking the streets and neighborhoods.
    I really loved the city. It was beautiful and I almost felt that the city loved me too. It was all I had.
    I heard this song again recently and boy did it hit home. I felt like that at one time and sometimes still do. Almost exactly except for last verses.
    i especially love when he says "It's hard to believe there's nobody out there. It's hard to believe that I'm all alone". That was me.

    But the city, she loved me and I wasn't alone.

    Sound a little crazy even to me sometimes but it sure makes me relate to this song.
    mpw604on October 21, 2012   Link
  • +2
    General Comment:Anthony was travelling through L.A. after finished a drug binge and realised how beautiful his city was. He wrote the song that night and went over to John's and they finished it the next day. The name of the song was inspired from a time Anthony took drugs under a bridge with a Mexican (?) drug lord from the mafia.
    xloudiaon March 29, 2010   Link
  • +2
    Song Meaning:Being a guy who was once wealthy beyond his wildest dreams, not only with money but friends and family until the needle found it's way into my life I know precisley what Anthony is singing about. NO one can actually know until they have been reduced to driving around all night either looking for dope or a place to shoot it. At that point you can't think of anyhting else. Hiding in a bathroom stall or in a park or yes even under a bridge. Squeezing ice cubes from a soft drink to drip water into a bottle cap to cook your dope then going on a vein hunt in the dark. Sticking sticking sticking yourself until FINALLY you register. At that point nothign else matters. Then suddenly after you fix, blood still running down your arm from several missed attempts....your high. Then when your mind can think of something else rather than getting off do you start to hate yourself. You think about all the good you have thrown away in your life. Friends...gone, Family...gone. The respect you had spent a lifetime earnig from others....gone. NO one to call, No where to go. No one cares. Your just another F*&#@ junkie. Until youve lived it. Until youve had that stench in your nostrils. UNtil youve curled up some where with blood crusted fingers and cryed yourself to sleep you can never really know. But you can enjoy the song. Peace
    dmgedoneon November 06, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General Comment:listen to the song transition from the opening verses to when the bass sinks in....musical genius
    bshburnon July 19, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General Comment:I think he is saying that, along with his own heroin addiction of course, there is a lot of that kind of stuff in Los Angeles. The word "she" in this song is talking about LA.

    "Sometimes I feel like my only friend
    Is the city I live in, the city of angels
    Lonely as I am, together we cry"

    Together we cry = Him and LA are both depressed, in the same way also.

    Also, the lyric "I drive on her streets" makes it pretty clear that he isn't referring to a girl.
    qwerty2134on January 26, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General Comment:anyone ever read Scar Tissue, his biography?
    this song is about his addiction to heroine and cocaine.
    under the bridge = a freeway interpass downtown where he would buy
    his drugs and shoot up/smoke.

    he isolated himself from the one he loved due to drugs.
    (under the bridge downtown, forgot about my love.)

    and during some point his addiction was so bad he didn't have any money.
    (under the bridge downtown, i couldn't get enough.)

    and the ' i gave my life away ' is pretty obvious as to himself sllowing killing himself with drugs/

    the main point is = Anthony Kiedis is sexy.
    coralFMon January 29, 2009   Link
  • +1
    My Interpretation:He was clean when he wrote this song. His referring to being lonely means he felt alienated by his bandmates, who were still on drugs, and having lost his lover while he still was on drugs. That the city is his only friend means he felt some connection with the city, who saw that he was trying to do better with his life, and watched over him. The "place I love" is with his friends, family, when everything was alright, before the whole mess happened, and he's wishing he could go back to those times. The end, he's listing off all the things he lost while he still was on drugs.
    I don't think it's about getting high and forgetting all the important things, then realizing all the dumb shit you did. It's about after he got clean, the trouble he had adjusting to his new life, (the lonliness + depression he went through) then about regretting all the things he lost.
    azulmineon April 13, 2010   Link
  • +1
    My Interpretation:its a sad song asking for someone to help... nice piece of art.
    beppoon September 03, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General Comment:A lot of people can relate to feeling isolated
    or when you lose the friends you used or got used by and you still have the habit.
    DesignTheAdaptionon September 19, 2011   Link

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