Under the Bridge – Red Hot Chili Peppers

Lyrics | Chords

Hi all!

As August comes to a close, we have one more SOTW for you from Hannah’s list!  I can’t believe how quickly this month has gone!  Keep a look out for our monthly theme announcement and interview coming out on September 1st, next Tuesday.

For this week, I chose “Under the Bridge” by The Red Hot Chili Peppers.  This song is one that I have known for a long time, although, not all of the words.  Growing up in the 90’s, I knew this song, but not the title, and certainly not the meaning.  So, let’s delve into the lyrics!

I want to start this discussion out with the chorus:

“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 am not a veteran.  I do not personally know any veterans.  But from interviews that I have heard of veterans speaking of their experiences, and reading memoirs and novels written by veterans I can understand how this chorus could have great meaning to a veteran.

Amidst the stress and anxiety of war, I am sure that the desire to return home can be strong.  Especially when one is in a tremendously difficult situation.

“Under the bridge downtown
I gave my life away.”

This line specifically spoke to me as a moment of transfiguration.  A simplification of a life-altering experience.

I could definitely see how if this song came up in a Personal Music Inventory, it could be symbolic of one’s time in the military, defending our country.

This is one of those songs that is open ended, a “choose your own adventure” for the listener to ascribe their own meaning.  It could be meaningful to any number of individuals from any population.

As you begin your semester, or perhaps just as you look forward to these fall months, give “Under the Bridge” a listen, and put aside some time to learn the song.  It isn’t terribly difficult, and I’m sure that it could come in handy for you in your clinical work at some point.

best wishes,


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