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Otherside

Red Hot Chili Peppers

Otherside Lyrics

[Chorus]
How long, how long will I slide?
Separate my side
I don’t, I don’t believe it’s bad
Slit my throat, it’s all I ever

[Verse 1]
I heard your voice through a photograph
I thought it up it brought up the past

Once you know you can never go back
I’ve got to take it on the otherside

Centuries are what it meant to me
A cemetery where I marry the sea
Stranger things could never change my mind

I’ve got to take it on the otherside
Take it on the otherside
Take it on
Take it on


[Chorus]
How long, how long will I slide?
Separate my side
I don’t, I don’t believe it’s bad
Slit my throat, it’s all I ever


[Verse 2]
Pour my life into a paper cup
The ashtray's full and I’m spillin' my guts
She wants to know am I still her slut
I’ve got to take it on the otherside

A scarlet starlet and she’s in my bed
A candidate for my soul mate bled
Push the trigger and pull the thread
I’ve got to take it on the otherside
Take it on the otherside
Take it on
Take it on

[Chorus]
How long, how long will I slide?
Separate my side
I don’t, I don’t believe it’s bad
Slit my throat, it’s all I ever


[Bridge]
Turn me on take me for a hard ride
Burn me out leave me on the otherside

I yell and tell it that it’s not my friend
I tear it down, I tear it down and then it’s born again


[Chorus]
How long, how long will I slide?
Separate my side
I don’t, I don’t believe it’s bad
Slit my throat, it’s all I ever


How long I don’t, I don’t believe it’s sad
Slit my throat, it’s all I ever

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About “Otherside”

A single from the Red Hot Chili Pepper’s 1999 album Californication, the “other side” here is a metaphor for both the struggle to get back to a normal life after addiction and also death itself.

This song is some form of a tribute to former guitarist Hillel Slovak, who died of a heroin overdose himself. Some believe that it is an attempt to communicate with Slovak, or even written from his perspective. Slovak, lead singer Anthony Kiedis, and Slovak’s replacement John Frusciante all suffered from heroin addiction, so this song could be from the point of view of any of them.

The lyrics are somewhat cryptic, and hold multiple meanings as you would come to expect from Kiedis. The music video offers a little insight (although it can be just as confusing), as it seems to depict the story of a man in a hospital trying to fight off monsters before eventually passing at the end. The video gives a very nightmarish vibe, and is most likely using the monsters as symbols of addiction. Kiedis himself described his addiction as “a big grey monster”, which is actually one of the monsters the man faces in the video.

Official Music Video:

For people interested in the musical structure of “Otherside”, check out this video:

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