"I started freestyling some poetry in my car and putting the words to a melody and sang all the way down the freeway. When I got home, I got out my notebook and wrote the whole thing down in a song structure, even though it was meant to be a poem to deal with my own anguish." - Anthony Kiedis
"I was driving away from the rehearsal studio and thinking how I just wasn't making any connection with my friends or family, I didn't have a girlfriend, and Hillel wasn't there. The only thing I could grasp was this city, Los Angeles. I grew up here for the last twenty years, and it was LA - the hills, the buildings, the people in it as a whole - that seemed to be looking out for me more than any human being.'' - Anthony Kiedis
"I started thinking about my life and how sad it was right now. But no matter how sad or lonely I got, things were a million percent better than they were two years earlier when I was using drugs all the time. In the end it wasn't like I was writing in any sort of pop-song format. I just started writing about the bridge and the things that occurred under the bridge." - Anthony Kiedis
''THE STORY BEHIND THE SONG''
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